How do you label your quilts?

I”ve been sitting contemplating a photo of the quilt label I made for the “It’s a Sterling Life on Berkeley Square” quilt:

Sterling Life Label

This label was created using the Paintwork tool on a BERNINA 880. Now I have to confess, I’m not totally in love with the Paintwork tool, or the cutwork tool for that matter. In my opinion, I want my embroidery machine to be doing what it does best – stitching embroidery designs with thread! There are definitely better ways to cut appliqué shapes (AccuQuilt GO! dies and my electronic cutting machines – Brother Scan N Cut and Silhouette Cameo). And my inkjet printer does a much better job if I want to print a label onto fabric.

How do you create the labels you put on your quilts? I have another confession – I’m really bad at labeling my quilts. Most of the time, I write on the back using a Sharpie pen. And sometimes even that doesn’t happen!

Leave me a comment below and let me know how you label your quilts. If a quilt label were to come with a design collection, what would you want it to say? How would you want to make it? Print it onto fabric? Stitch it using your embroidery machine? Both cases leaving a space for you to write in your personal info?

173 Comments

  1. I embroider all my quilt labels. They sometimes take a long time. It would be great to buy labels that we can fill in/edit words, and then embroider.

    Thanks.

  2. I label my quilts using machine embroidery. I’m running out of ideas as what to name them though.

  3. I also attempt to document a minimum of information, such as recipient, my name and date. Sometimes I even title it. I do this all with my digitizing software and may include an artistic touch that feels right.
    For art quilts, though, I’ve digitized my handwritten signature and year and will stitch that directly on the finished art quilt.

  4. I have machine embroidered quilt labels in the past but now I use my Electric Quilt software to make the label and print it onto a printable fabric. I usually theme the label colors to the quilt and have half a dozen designs I just swap around and change colours on. I put the recipient’s name on it, when it was completed and who did the quilting if it isn’t me. I have a record of all the quilts I have made and the quilt label can also be printed on paper for my scrapbook of quilts.

  5. I always add a label to the quilts that I give for gifts. At first I would machine embroider (Bernina 830 V8) my labels adding information such as the name of the quilt, my name, their name, date, etc. I would also add a couple of small lines at the bottom of the label with the “care instructions.” This got a little time consuming so I started using my EPSON desk jet printer. The labels come out great. I always use a design that coordinates with the quilt. Once the label is completed I sew a binding around the label and then I hand sew it onto the quilt. I plan to sew labels on the quilts that I plan to keep.

  6. I have an embroidery machine and always make the quilt label using it. Different fonts and borders and small designs to add to the label. I include the name of the quilt, who made it and quilted it, date it was made, city and state and any other info I feel is needed to document it.

  7. I have saved a format in my embroidery machine that I can alter with a border so all I have to is bring it up and embroider my label. I think embroidered labels are so much nicer that computer printed ones. This is the main reason I purchased an embroidery machine, but have branched out to do other things after taking some classes and following you.

  8. Quilt labels for me end up being as big a projects as the quilt was. A few years ago when quilt theft had become an issue I started embroidering the label onto the binding. It became a one line label, but could include all the necessary information. For example: “ Cinco de Mayo Made especially for Harper on her 5th Birthday Spring 2012. pieced and quilted by Aunt Kelly Lee.
    Design by So and So”.

    I avoid putting the label on the binding across the top of the quilt but even a throwsize gives you loads of room down the sides and across the bottom. I stitch so the words only show when viewed fromthe back. Requires a great deal of planning but the results are well worth the effort. The lettering is digitized with my software and is appropriate for the quilt as well as the gifted.

    A thief would be very hard pressed to pass the work off as his/her own without raising questions and it can’t be removed without destroying the quilt.

  9. Quilt labels for me end up being as big a projects as the quilt was. A few years ago when quilt theft had become an issue I started embroidering the label onto the binding. It became a one line label, but could include all the necessary information. For example: “ Cinco de Mayo Made especially for Harper on her 5th Birthday Spring 2012. pieced and quilted by Aunt Kelly Lee.
    Design by So and So”.

    I avoid putting the label on the binding across the top of the quilt but even a throwsize gives you loads of room down the sides and across the bottom. I stitch so the words only show when you look at the back. Requires a great deal of planning but the results are well worth the effort.

    A thief would be very hard pressed to pass the work off as his/her own without raising questions and it can’t be removed without destroying the quilt.

  10. Hi Sarah: I like to design my labels in Microsoft Publisher and import clip art or embroider something that goes with the front of the quilt, add who the quilt is made for and the occasion, my name, city, state and date. I border the label with fabric from the front of the quilt and hand stitch the label to the back of the quilt sometimes stitched in the binding. I print my labels on EQ Printables on my inkjet printer.

  11. I love to create a embroidery label with my Bernina 830. I make them for others as well!

  12. I use the monogram feature in embroidery V8 to make a label. It contains a small embroidery design, quilt name, date, quilter. Use Bernina 730e to embroider the badge, then hand sew it on back of quilt

  13. I like making my labels match the theme of the quilt…so I do them individually. Example. I made a panel movie quilt…the label had a movie reel stitched out. Then the details…quilt name, made by, date,etc. If this was gifted to some one…their name was on it.
    A baby quilt with duck fabric…row of baby ducks on the label. Yup…this can be fun.

  14. I am probably like a lot of people and have less than half of my quilts with labels. The ones that I have done, have mostly been done by hand (printing something out on the paper and then tracing it on muslin) or printed directly onto printer ready fabric. On one occasion, I did use machine embroidery for a border of a label, and then filled out the rest by hand in Pigma Pen. I would love to do more with machine embroidery, but I need to actually take the time to sit down and learn some software.

  15. I label all of my quilts. I will use a design on my Babylock Destiny and add the lettering to it. I am not in a habit of “naming” my quilts, but rather coming up with a statement that I think is personal to the person that I am gifting the quilt to.

  16. susan sendelbach

    Sometimes I embroider the frame and fill in the personal info by hand. I would love to be able to embroider my personal info as well.

  17. Hi, sorry but not only labelling but naming my quilts are definitely missing in action

  18. I usually use my embroidery software to create a label specific to the quilt. I include the name of the design, who it is for and that it was pieced and quilted by me, the year and other info specific to the quilt.

  19. I use machine embroidery.

  20. I do tend to label my quilts and other items – table runners, for instance. sometimes the label is made with a Sharpie pen; sometimes I incorporate the label into the front design; sometimes I will use the Bernina software to create the label; and sometimes I just use the built-in fonts on the machine to stitch the label.
    I generally prefer the label to be stitched. Usually the project itself gives me the name it wants!

  21. I usually use my embroidery program to do my wording, work out sizes, then use one of my oval shapes designs and add to wording, sometimes I add a small flower or design, sewing it out, attach visofix to the back and press, then hem stitch with invisible stitching

  22. I digitize labels using Bernina V8 software and stitch out on my Bernina 830. I always like to add some kid me of inspirational saying on the label. I like your idea of using the PaintWorks tool. Maybe gut try that next time.

  23. i some times use 2 of my labels as design squares on the face of the quilt. the child’s/persons name-date of birth on one block and my name and date that quilt was made on the other block and use parts of the designs from the other blocks to decorate around the info

  24. Jeannine Spencer

    I make my own with the name of the pattern, made by, who it is for and date. I do this with my embroidery machine.

  25. I design my quilt labels to reflect whatever design or pattern I’ve used in my quilts.

  26. I hire someone else to do it or I hand embroidery it. I would love to have a digitalized embroidery label that I could use each time. It would be very helpful. I would be willing to purchase something that has several different label options.

  27. I make a label specific for the individual I am making it for using the lettering feature on my embroidery machine. I also do some embroidery embellishment such as a frame or musical notes what ever coordinates with the quilt.

  28. Sarah, I met you in Albuquerque many years ago when you digitized our balloon for us…thank you. Yes! I always make labels for my quilts. I usually grab pieces of embroidery I already have and change it to reflect the quilt’s meaning – so each is different. I name the quilt & add my name and date. I embroider it directly on to the quilt. I want the person I make it for to know and remember. Hopefully my family will appreciate them.

  29. Sometimes I hand write the label, sometimes I use my embroidery machine to make a label, I even have some printed labels on fabric that you write on. I have made my labels using scrapy material, I use a light color for the middle, then add other pieces of material around that. I always add a label even if it has my first name, date, and town. Just about all of my quilts go to charity.

  30. I would like to stitch mine on my embroidery machine. I currently buy a preprinted label.

  31. Before my embroidery machine I used purchased labels and filled the details with a pigma pen. Since then I have made my labels with my software. One of the neat things that I saw recently was machine embroidered details on the binding it looked really good. One of our quilt group ladies recently bought two quilts at a garage sale and sadly no labels were attached. They were very old with so much work and effort but the sad part was no one cared.

  32. I make my labels with my embroidery machine. Usually I border them with a design or fabric from the quilt

  33. I have done some quilt labels using my embroidery machine, but I’ve found that the labels get quite large by the time I put all the lettering on the label. For the past several years I’ve found that my favorite way of making labels is using the computer to design the label. I can add any picture I want and change colors easily. I have even used a photograph as a background and done the printing on top of the photo. When I’m satisfied with everything, I print it on fabric and sew it on the quilt.

  34. I design a label in my Bernina embroidery software.

  35. I use my PEP software to design a label and than embroider it and sew on the back of the quilt.

  36. I use 6D premier plus to try an design the label’s, name, date recipient’s name an a verse

  37. I am trying to remember to make labels but often forget. I try to make them with my embroidery machine but I often have a difficult time getting them the right size. One of the last ones that I made had the words way too small.

  38. I am not a labeler, most of my quilts are to be used and used well. If that happens they will not be around for anyone to care who or when it was made. I want my quilts to be used and loved to pieces, not stuck in a trunk somewhere for someone to find a hundred years from now.

  39. I machine embroider a heart that is echoed, with my name and the year in the center. I like small embroidery motifs that correspond with the quilt..flowers, hearts, birds, decorative borders etc. with room to add my own text either with pen or embroidery.

  40. I keep wanting to apply labels to my many quilts I make for others but sadly… I have not done that. Can you offer suggestions for an easy option.

    • Use a Sharpie or other permanent fabric pen and sign and date the back. Or add your “label” in the quilting design. I saw somewhere that they embroidered on the binding the label information.

  41. I use my digitising program for the writing. I put who it’s to what is it for and a date and who it from. I usually put some sort of picture the us some of the fabric from the front to frame it. Then as I bind the quilt I stitch the label in as well.

  42. I create my own label specifically for the individual (if I am giving the quilt away) or based on the theme of the quilt. The label is created via Premier Software for lettering and I locate an embroidery design that works for the quilt and personality of the receiver… i.e. sports, artsy, country, so forth. I put the name of the individual, year, special day ie Christmas, birthday, etc and who it is from. I will either stitch on the back of quilt by hand or machine sew it one before the final quilting. Thanks for reaching out

  43. I usually use my Bernina 830 and v8 software and create a simple who, what, where, when lable. It’s usually a 4 x4 label. Sometimes when I’m in a hurry, I use a pigma pen and just sign and date the quilt on the back.

  44. Judy Argetsinger

    I always embroidery my quilt labels. I usually use some type of design along with the lettering that relates to the quilt or the giftee. Include the name of giftee, occasion of gift, my name and relationship to the giftee, date and place there it was made or where the occcasion took place.

  45. Honestly? I don’t do a whole lot of quilting, and I’ve never labeled any of them. Sometimes I embroider the recipient’s name on the quilt, but that’s about the extent of it. My quilts are more utilitarian than decorative, so I guess I never saw a need to get too fancy.

  46. I make a label with my embroidery machine, sometimes with on-board software or using my Masterworks software. I do something that ties the quilt and label together. I include the occasion, appropriate dates, recipients name, my name at a minimum. I hand sew it to the back lower right hand corner of the quilt. I like picking an appropriate fabric and colors for the label and really making it part of the overall design of the quilt.

  47. I have started to label my quilts, but I haven’t found one that I’m in love with. I think some elegant label formats would be welcome.

  48. My quilts are always machine embroidered labeled with the usual info. As well as Designers name and State and Country. Using my 6 D software and a frame which suits the quilt pattern. I try to use lettering which is appropriate for that particular quilt. The fabric is the quilt background fabric or white if better. The dark thread would be the dominant colour. I would not use label patterns if included. Sorry Sarah.
    Dorrie in Australia

  49. I create labels in my Bernina V8 software with the usual information about the quilt and me. I like to get creative and embellish the label as an addition to the theme of the front of the quilt. Sometimes I make a separate label and hand stitch it to the back of the quilt. My favorite method is to embroider the label directly to the backing of the quilt. This makes the label completely permanent. Sometimes I will stitch the information along the edge of the binding using the decorative alphabet stitches of my sewing machine.

  50. I too machine embroider (Bernina software) my quilt labels. I usually pick out an embroidery design which is complementary to the quilt, add a border, and then put in the quilt name, date, created by me, and then sign it. If it is being made for someone specifically, I add their name and occasion usually at the top of the information. I then hand stitch it to the backing.

  51. Eileen M. Mascari

    Hello, I always use a piece of fabric to match the quilt I am making. I always put who I am making the quilt for, who is making it, date, where made and by whom. I may put granddaughter, grandson, great grandson or granddaughter, etc. Then i sew fusible interfacing on the back and turn inside, out and then press where I want to put it on the back of the quilt. Then I hand stitch around the whole quilt label to make sure it stays on.

  52. I use Embrilliance software and design my own quilt labels with name and date. At Quilt Festival in Chicago, there were some quilts exhibited by a wonderful young girl from Iowa who did her labels in counted cross stitch…stunning. And a great idea.

  53. Toward the completion of the quilt, I begin thinking of a special name. Ex: The baseball theme quilt: “For my All-Star Grandson —“, with my name, date, location and star embellishment; “Quilt Hugs!” To my 90 year old Mom; “The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You”—Texas embroidery medallion blocks quilt; a Depression Era fabrics quilt’s label is shaped as a bonnet; a Western themed quilt’s Label is a horse shoe etc. I always feel I have “birthed” the quilt, so naming is appropriate! People are always eager to see my special labels! And the labels always make me smile!

  54. I have handwritten and printed onto photo fabric in the past but have now learnt to use my Premier Plus software to design a label and then stitch it out on my Husqvarna Designer Ruby. So far these have just had a plainish border with the name pf the recipient, the date, occasion and my name but to be able to bring up a beautiful border like the one on yours and then put my own words, in my choice of fonts, in the centre would be amazing.

  55. I make embroidered labels for all of my own (or gifted) quilts & wallhangings, as well as for my quilt group (one other member has recently acquired an embroidery machine). I could send you some photos or pdfs, but mainly they’re just text w/o any motifs & only a couple have had frames. I have a format I follow for most & switch out the fonts to suit the size, so it’s not too dense or hard to read. All lines are centered & typically the label lists a title or the Quilt’s Name, followed by … Line 1: Who made the top (pieced or purchased); Lines 2-4: Quilted by (usually our hand-quilting group) & the names of each member who actually worked on it; Line 5: City & State; Line 6: Month & Year started & finished (we usually take 3-6 months for a quilt, but we’re down to 4 members now, so it can take longer). Sometimes this info is edited to include a Gift Recipient & Reason (Birthday, Anniversary, etc) or historical significance. Normally this label is sewn onto the back (one corner or center bottom) & stitched under the binding. A few have been made into a envelope-style pocket which contains scrap pieces of fabrics used for possible repairs in the future.

  56. Rebekah Pierson

    I browse my embroidery files and find a design I like then I adapt it or add to it finally I add the lettering
    Rebekah Pierson
    Kennewick,WA

  57. I like to embroider my label if the quilt is a gift. Having some ready to embroider label designs with space to add my own message, etc. would be my preference, since I would rather buy embroidery designs than invest in expensive design software.

  58. I digitize my quilt labels with my Floriani software.

  59. I am new to quilting and have not made a label yet, but I would love to put them on my quilts. I have watched tutorials on making labels and I did not like the hand written ones, I also felt that some of them were just too big and unprofessional looking.

    If a quilt label were to come with a design collection I would want it to say what the design is and have space for my personal info. I would like to stitch it using my embroidery machine.

    Your back to basics videos are excellent. I have followed along to both of them and have found them invaluable. Are you able to download the quilting pattern for the How to stitch a Happy Popup basket panel – quilted in the hoop? It would be so good to practice this. I have purchased the feathered christmas design and the Transformation quilting collection, I feel I would like to practice on something smaller before I attempt it.

  60. I always label my quilts. I think it’s important, because we found quilts in my Mom’s things, and we are not sure who made them and when. I take a photo of the quilt with me, and print the photo with the documentation on the sew-in fabric sheets that are made to feed through a printer. I like to put the date and any “story” of the quilt, along with city and state. And, if I make the quilt especially for someone, I note that on the label.

  61. Hi Sarah,
    What you have done with your label is what I did for my customers for years. I was in the quilt label business here in Ottawa, Canada until I retired. Only, it was all done in stitches since I do not have the paint feature on my machine. I used Embird software to get great fonts.
    The only line I would suggest you add is the place because the person who inherits or buys the piece may not be in your current family and these pieces easily outlast us.
    Often the quilter’s name would be added if the quilter was someone different.

  62. All of my quilts are labeled, using my Bernina V8 software, I include the name of the quilt, who the quilt is for, when it was done (thru to finished), who taught the class (if appropriate), who did the machine quilting, along with my name, the county and state where I live, and the date. I rarely embellish the label, but hope to get better about doing so.

    • Jan Dunlap Pittman

      I always use my embroidery machine to make a label. Most of my quilts I make for a special occasion for a friend or family member. I always write who to and from who with the date and occasion. Sometimes use embroidery embellishments. I hand sew the label to the quilt.

  63. I always label my quilts. Most often I design a machine embroidered label in my V8 software, stitch it out and hand sew it to the back of the quilt. The lettering is embroidered and I usually add some small embroidered motif(s). The quilts are usually a gift for someone important to me. Sometimes I just free motion stitch/write my name with the year I completed the quilt if it is a quilt to show or to keep for myself. Occasionally I write with indelible pen on a fabric square–my name, state, name of the quilt (if I named it) and the date of completion. And I have also designed a label on the computer and printed out on a fabric square.

    So, printable, embroiderable–either of those (or both) would be great–with a space to write my name, state, and year of completion.

    Thanks for asking!

    • I did the label for our guild raffle quilt that was juried into the AQS Paducah show in 2017. The center of the quilt was prepared edge Appliqué and I digitized the same bouquet in a miniature version of the same artwork with running stitch in the same colors as the Appliqué.

  64. I use my embroidery machine. Then hand or machine stitch label to back of quilt.

  65. Patricia Springall

    I do what you do…sharpie pen, however I would purchase a design if it were available. PS: not too big!!

  66. I dont usually label because just have basic machine.. i would love to be shown ways to make labels using a Singer Confidence Quilter machine.

  67. I make some by embroidery and sime I print off on fabric sheets. Then I color in with color pens or pencils.

  68. ROBERTA MCINTIRE

    I usually find an embroidery design that goes with the quilt, then use my Bernina software to design and fill in the info needed, then stitch the whole thing out. Quick and easy!

  69. I make a label on my emb. machine and write to the person what I want to say.
    I date it. and put my name on it. I never sign with a pen. Labeling is important to me.

  70. Sometimes I embroider on binding. Sometimes I make a label pretty plain and generic tho as it is a pain to attach to quilt back.

  71. When I do label my quilts, I simply embroider my initials and the year the quilt was completed. Wish I always remembered to do this but I am usually in a rush so It gets laundered, pressed and wrapped 1

  72. Linda Martindale

    I make up new labels for every quilt I make using the Bernina software. I include the name of the quilt, who it’s for, and who made and quilted the piece. I also include the date and place it was made, and if it’s for a special occasion I include that.

  73. Generally I embroider using my Bernina 830…the name I have given to the quilt, the recipient and date and my name too. Sometimes I incorporate part of a block into the label

  74. I embroider mine on my 880 Plus

  75. I have made labels by using my printer on fabric but recently I started using my embroidery machine and embroidering the label, such fun!!

  76. I rarely do labels. When I do, it is usually hand printed with a fabric marker on a piece of fabric used in the quilt, sometimes even the quilt backing. They aren’t fancy at all. I’ve thought of doing something more elaborate, but just never seem to quite get there.

  77. If you are using a constant label, make it up and copy it on your copy machine. (color if the label is in color) Place as many labels as you can on 8 1/2″ by 11″ paper and color print them on the fabric you stick to the fabric or buy the already to use fabric for printing. It must be an ink jet printer and it can be one of the less expensive ones. Depending on the size you can get up to 8 on a page.

  78. I usually use my embroidery machine to create the label. Sometimes I embroider it on the binding; if I make an ‘I Spy quilt, I make a fabric envelope on the back to put the list of things to find in; if I feel particularly artsy at the moment I will make it with micron pens. I feel the most permanent method is to stitch a label though.

  79. Hi Sarah,

    I like the look of machine embroidery labels. Never have found a good design program for them. I make my labels with the lettering and designs that I have in my machine.

  80. I embroidery my labels. I use a design from the collection if it is machine embroidery quilt or find an embroidery design reflective of the quilt or using my software (V8 Bernina) in monogramming. I include my name, date finished, city, state. I usually name the quilt. I make an embroidery border in the edges and then turn under about a quarter inch. I usually sew into the binding on two sides on the back, though I have for designs reasons I’ve put it some else on the back.

  81. Sarah I embroidery my label on the back before the three pieces are sandwiched and quilted. For quilt as you go quilts I embroidery the label on the back of the square to be put in the bottom right corner before sewing the squares together.

    • Pennie, I like that you take the time to do that — you never have to worry about a label going missing. Unfortunately, I usually can’t wait to get it together AND I couldn’t include all the info I like until it’s done & that can take a long time if it’s hand-quilted!!

  82. Suzanne Sullivan

    I always label and name my quilts. Many times I have not designed the quilt nor have I done the quilting so I always give credit to the quilter and/or the designer. I try to use my software and embroidery machine to design and stitch the label with all the pertinent information. I have decided that I am going to design a label that will be my “signature” for all future quilts. BTW Love your designs.

  83. I never get them labeled. I have every intention of labeling and then it doesn’t happen.

    • Debbie, I know what you mean! When I first joined our local quilt group, one lady became my mentor & she once owned an antique shop & lamented all the quilts that had passed through her shop w/o any information or attribution. I took this to heart & started doing all our group’s quilts & my own.

  84. Frieda Grischkowsky

    I always compose my labels in my embroidery software. I usually pick a design from my vast (!) collection of embroidery designs, ad the name of the Quilt, my name, name of the Quilter if I didn’t Quilt it myself, and the date with a font of my choice. All my quilts get labeled!

  85. Hi Sarah, I love your label! I usually create a quilt label in my software, using part of the embroidery design as a frame and the information in the center.

  86. I use my baby lock embroidery machine. I download from an embroidery site online (I like urban threads) a suitable design that captures the significance of the quilt then use one of the built in alphabet fonts to provide the details.

  87. I always embroider my quilt labels. I honestly have never printed a label, ever. I use Embird software and have purchased a number of their well-digitized fonts. I design a frame, sometimes using different corner-type elements, sometimes using purchased simple frames (which often I resize), sometimes making a frame using lines of decorative machine stitches (I sew on Pfaff machines, Creative Series). I choose the frame and colors to coordinate with either the front or the back of the quilt. After embroidering, I turn the edges under and hand-stitch to the back of the quilt.
    If a quilt label were to come with a design collection, I would want it blank, just the frame only. That way I could provide any text I wanted. I would also want the frame re-sizable. Depending on the amount of text in a label, mine sometimes run as large as 260×200. I would love to send you a few photos of labels I’ve embroidered. Embroidered labels last forever, look so nice, and enable one to include everything necessary to maintain the quilt’s history.

  88. I am hoping to start quilting…I have all the supplies just need the push and I love the Rejoice quilt. Do quilters, as a rule, label their quilts?

  89. I label my quilts by stitching lettering on the bindings. I use the alphabet on my Janome 6600 because the letters are exactly the right size to fit on the binding back and not show on the front. I name my quilts after songs, and often I will stitch the song lyrics on the binding as well. You can see some examples on my facebook page.

  90. Sarah – I use my Babylock embroidery machine and I have many beautiful fonts downloaded. I just create the label and I usually do it like this:

    Made Especially for my nephew William
    April 2, 2018
    Much Love, Aunt Jan

  91. I usually embroider a label for my quilts.
    Carol

  92. Machine Embroidery

  93. I digitize my labels using the Bernina V8 software.Example — I will email to you my label for the Sedona Star Quilt.

  94. Your label is beautiful! I make mine in my V8 software . I have A FEW STOCK ONES WHERE I CHANGE THE NAMES AND DATES BUT most of the time I create something personal. I like your borders which I do not usually add but will now do more of in the future..
    I customize the font ( masculine, feminine, babyish, etc ), the message, and often I add something meaningful-
    a clef, cello or cellist for my musician’s quilt, an antique sewing machine for a sewing friend, a part of a logo from their company, golf equipment for my golfers, etc.

  95. I use my computer to put the info, etc also adding some applicable clip art then print it on the printable fabric sheets. I add a narrow border matching one if the quilt fabrics and sew it on by hand. No quilt goes out of my house without a label!

  96. I have been quilting since the 70s. I believe you should always sign or label your quilt! For years I just embroidered my name and the year on the front. We won’t always be around and I believe the owner of the item would want know something of its history. Now, with the embroidery machine I always make a label for the back. I always include reference to any pattern or embroidery designs I used in the quilt, the date it was completed (at least the year). y na,e as maker and the name of the quilter, if it wasn’t me. I include a little history such as who it is for, wh it was made, the event (marriage, graduation, etc.) if appropriate. I just don’t think a quilt is finished w/o a label!

  97. I use Embrillance to make each one and sew it out on my embroidery machine.

  98. I usually grab a pen and write on the back. I would probably be more inclined to do a proper label if it were digitized and ready to go.

  99. I use 2 methods depending on the quilt. I print onto fabric the info or embroider it.

  100. Sue Van regenmorter

    I have only done 3 quilt labels 2 with a Sharpie and the other using my embroidery machine

  101. Michele Dickinson

    When I do make a quilt label, which is not very often, I design something in Bernina software and embroidery on fabric to attach to the back of my finished quilt.

  102. I definitely want to be able to embroider my own quilt labels. I have not been able to find a label that is small enough or a font that is small enough. I am looking forward to learning about the possibilities.

  103. I make embroidered quilt labels and sew them to the back of the finished quilt.

  104. I would love to see and would do a fast purchase if there was a set of simple designs and alphabet that could be set up on computer and then on to the embroidery machine-I know others that do what I do, hand write them or else do it on computer and print it out on the inkjet paper=but how wonderful it would be to embroidery out on fabric corresponding to fabric from project-Hope this helps your need for info.

  105. Hi Sarah,
    I create a label on the computer in the word program usually with a photo of who the quilt is going to (nieces and nephews) with who made it, quilted by, when started and date finished and just put it through the printer onto fabric. I then put a decorative stitch around it to anchor the label to the quilt. However, I would like to use my embroidery machine to make them.

  106. I do a lot of machine embroidery so mine are all embroidered with some kind of personalized embroidered design that compliments my quilt design or theme.

  107. I like to embroider my labels with my embroidery machine.

  108. I many times will create a label in my embroidery software and then stitch it out on my Janome 15000.

  109. I used to print my labels on special fabric, but they just aren’t colorfast and fade over time. Now I use my embroidery module, designing the label in my Embrilliance software. The labels last much longer!

  110. I use my embroidery machine and software.

  111. I always ME a label with the date of the event, the reason why & for whom the quilt was made (first & last names), “Machine Pieced by Me & my hometown” and “Machine quilted by me or my long-arm quilter & her hometown.” Many times I add flowers, heart, wedding rings, an animal, etc. – something that coordinates with the event or the fabric of the quilt. Since my name is ‘Sue’ & my first quilt made was Sunbonnet Sue pattern, I also try to add a small Sunbonnet Sue ME to the label too.

    Also I just finished a donation quilt for my granddaughter’s Autism Acceptance group fund-raiser (in May) so I added an applique ribbon of puzzle fabric to the label. Having a ME or applique ribbon in your set would be very helpful for charity/fundraising quilts.

    I WILL buy a CD of your designs for quilt labels since I have several of your designs (like MANY!!) & I have never been disappointed in any. They are clear & detailed & always produce fantastic results!! Thank You!!

  112. I use my embroidery machine but, like you, sometimes it doesn’t happen. I wish there was a downloadable design that could be easily altered.

  113. I have never made a quilt label…I just usually use a perm pen and sign my name and date it on the back….WOULD love to know how to do this…..

  114. Christie Davidson

    I love making quilt labels. They are small, don’t take a lot of time and I get to be creative. I use Premier+ embroidery software. I am always on the hunt for small designs. I always use cut away stabilizer and although writing is small it is very dense. When finished I trim to within 1/2″. I cut another piece of fabric the same size for the backing. Put the two pieces right sides together and sew completely around them. Then I slit the backing fabric and turn the label right side out and attach to my quilt.

  115. I use a label making program that came with Quilt Maker software from Pfaff. If I am in a rush I use a permanent ink pen on preprinted label fabric.

  116. We use our own machine embroidered designed quilt labels. All my labels match with my name and design, my moms all say Quilts by Genny in arc at top and Made With Love in the bottom arc. One sister uses BJ Designs, etc. a second matching label is added for recepient name, details, event. On the arc/ circle labels we can add a name, date, etc in the middle. We have been known to create special poems, Bible verses, in memory of, as labels. I would not purchase a label to match a quilt. If it was included in the patter, I migh be tempted to combine my level and that one.

  117. I love making my labels and mainly embroider them. I like to do this directly on my baking fabrics. I learned this helps to prevent someone from removing the label and claiming it for their own.
    I put my name, the name of the person who quilted it when I don’t do my own. The date I completed it and if it was for a special occasion. If a gift I note who it was gifted to. So I would like space to include this if embroidery was provided.
    Great topic! Labels are so important and help to mark the history of one’s quilt.

  118. I embroider my quilt labels and sentiments on the quilt backing before the quilt is quilted. I always include who (if anyone) the quilt is for, a sentiment about why, the date, and my name and town.

  119. Because I am a Premier+2 software owner I make my labels in that and then embrider them. Much easier to do lettering there than on my new Icon.

  120. Sometimes I design a machine embroidered label, especially with a child’s quilt, but more often now, I print on fabric, a label I type up on the computer. That way I can include more information, including a picture of the quilt and possibly it’s recipient, along with material and batting used, and the label doesn’t take up the whole back of the quilt. lol!

  121. I too have the Scan n Cut machine, and the GO cutters, but when I make my labels I hoop one of the stabilizers that’s gets softer as you wash it, with my fabric. I have MANY embroidery designs, so I try to use something that works with the quilt. First I do my lettering, then the design, with my embroidery machine. The last label I made was for a friend, for her granddaughter. The embroidery came first though, as it was a heart with flourishes. Then I did the lettering inside the heart. Then I unhooped, turned to the back, drew a heart shape in the stabi!izer, cut out the heart shaped stabilizer, then cut around this about a half an inch. Clipped all around, glued the fabric seam allowance to the stabilizer on the back, then just whip stitch it on the quilt! Works wonderful, and always have a beautiful unique label!

  122. I typically create a label with my embroidery software and then stitch it out.

  123. I use a fabric marker pen or marker for the quilt label or I embroider a little quilt label, with name of quilt, who it is for and when it was made and by whom

  124. I always embroider a quilt label for my quilts. I include the name of the quilt, who my husband and I gave it to, what the occasion was, the fact that I made the quilt, and when I finished it ( month and year). Sometimes I include other things if they apply such as if my husband chose the fabric or design, what particular line of fabric was used, if a friend did the quilting, if the batting used was wool, and other such interesting things. If the quilt is not a gift, and I made it just because I was inspired, the quilt label only has the quilt name, my name as creator, and when it was finished (month and year), because there’s nothing else to say.

  125. I use my embroidery machine. I find a design that matches some element in the quilt and add lettering for the information. I even sell labels to other quilters. I attach them to the back before quilting so that the label is quilted in. I try to label any quilt with a special purpose or new technique or design.

  126. I always quilt my labels. I use a small, simple border design, usually on the top and bottom. I use V8 fonts. I then fold the edges under neatly and hand sew to the quilt. I always attach labels when its a gift. I want them to know where it came from years from now.

  127. I don’t know if this is possible, but it would be nice if the quilt label was customizable so that personal information could be added and printed or embroidered along with the rest of the label.

    The wording could be simple. “Made by…,” “for…,””place…,” “date”.

  128. I currently stitch out my quilt labels with my embroidery machine (Viking Epic).
    I love the idea of you including an embroidered label that would coordinate with the quilt/identify the design, but would allow for personalization by the quilter for date/name etc.

  129. I always machine embroidery the label using different colored threads for each phrase. Then I make an small appliqué or two to frame the lettering. Much like what
    you did but not so intricate. I usually like to make a special saying or comment
    after who it was made for and who made it and before the year it was made.
    I figure the person will see the label every time they use the quilt and it it can
    make a big impact on the sentimental feeling for the quilt each time they see it.

  130. I design them in my V8 software and stitch them out.

  131. Carolyn J. Reistle

    I have a Janome embroidery machine I use to make my labels. I put the name of t, he quilt design, my name and date it was made. Sometimes I add an embroidery design

  132. Barbara Markland

    I love that label. I do make labels for my quilts. Sometimes I use a triangle in a corner that I machine write picked and quilted by with my name. City and state with the month and year.
    Other times it’s on along piece added by the binding. I don’t know how to attach a picture here.
    Nothing as pretty as yours. It would be great to have something we could embroidery on our Bernina machines then sew on the binding.

  133. Embroidery info but have not used special designs like you did. I did just now watch a Quilt Show segment on screen printing using Cutting machine to make a border for quilt labels. Looks easy and I plan to try that.

  134. I always label my quilts. I use EQ8 to design almost all of my quilts, and I use it to create a border for my labels that is customized to match the quilt. I print the labels onto EQ Printable fabric that can feed through an inkjet printer.

    If you were to design a label to match your design sets, I would probably scan it and import the image into a Word document, where I would add a borderless text box and type whatever documentation or greeting I desire. I can size the label with the formatting tools in Word. Then I can print it onto the EQ printable fabric, which is stabilized for sending through the printer and it is treated to bond with the inkjet ink permanently.

  135. I mostly type and embroider a message, sometimes including a picture copied onto printable fabric. I sometimes frame it with embroidery depending on who or what it is for.

  136. I like to combine photos, word art, hand stitching & embroidery depending on the occasion the quilt was made for and who will be receiving it. Each one is an original for sure.

  137. I write my labels on printer paper, then scan them into my printer and use freezer paper with the fabric I want and print. I could use word to do that, but I like the hand written look.

  138. I create my labels using Bernina SW version 8.1 and then I embroider them on a piece of fabric left over from making the quilt.

  139. I either use a preprinted label that I hand write information on or I machine embroider a label and hand write information. Sometimes for a small quilt I may just write a date on the back. I rarely label small wool items eg a banner that goes on a stand.
    I do take a picture of everything I make.

  140. I usually machine embroider a label and hand stitch the label to the back of the quilt.

  141. Dear Sarah – another confession – very bad with labeling. Thanks for your wonderful designs. I love it

  142. I use my embroidery machine to stitch a label on a leftover piece of fabric from the quilt or a piece of backing fabric.

  143. At this time, I use my software to type name of quilt, by me, where, date, and identify the designer if used. I use a square or circle but could do any shape. I haven’t imported extra designs, but could if desired. Then, I embroider with pleasing color of thread. I usually use fabric from the quilt to make small borders. Hope that is helpful. I have inherited quilts with no name or label. I really would like to know the dates. At this time I know the who and should put that on the quilt for my heirs.

  144. I always embroider my name and date on of piece of the backing fabric and stitch it into the binding and the hand stitch it down. Sometimes I stitch it onto a heart shaped label. It is basic but identifies the maker.

  145. Sarah! Even though I do not label my quilts, lots of people do! I’d love to see a machine embroidered label collection designed by you!

  146. I use my Bernina software and letter the label with the name of the quilt, if it was a class who the teacher was and the date with my name.
    If it is a gift there is usually a message to the reciever.
    I would not want a label included with the pattern to have writing on it but would use it if there was a design.

  147. I’ve never yet labeled a quilt. The quilts I’ve made get heavy use, are not show quality, and therefore I believe do not require labels. It just doesn’t seem important to me. I do admire the folks who label their quilts. I enjoy seeing and reading labels as well. Just not for me.

  148. Silly me, left out what I would do! Embroider an already designed to match my quilt, name of quilt, who it is for, my name and date.

  149. I usually take a frame from my embroidery software and put a text box in it with the quilt name, who the quilt is for, date and made by my name.

  150. I’m not too great at labeling my quilts either. I’ve embroidered labels for heirloom quilts and hand sewn them to the quilt, done the same on some of my quilts, machine embroidered on the quilt backing, and sometimes I just write my initials and the year with a Sharpie…
    As to what I’d like in a label as part of design collection: flexibility to include as much or as little as I want. Suggested Label Elements: quilt name, my name, date, place of creation, dedication, design elements from the collection. Most importantly, the ability to use or not use individual elements.

  151. I use my Pfaff Premier+2 software to design my label and add an embroidered design that is appropriate to the quilt design. Generally I make a label for all my gifted quilts. The quilts I sell at events do not have a label. I think I should really label thses also.

  152. I use Pfaff Premier software to design labels. Some are really special using embroideries to embellish. But I have made a general label template with quilt name, my name and the date plus a simple border. At least I have less of an excuse not to make a label!

  153. I choose an embroidery design that I feel complements the theme of the quilt, add my own text to say the name of the quilt, when it was completed and that I made it. Then I embroider it on a separate piece of fabric which I sew into the binding on two sides, leaving the fold open at the top, and hand stitch the remaining side, creating a pocket on the back to hold hankies or tissue or a pocket book if so desired.

  154. Sarah, please create a quilt label product in your usual great style. I would love one that has a nice embroidery frame and fill with the blank options. I never make quilt labels because they are too exhausting by the time you are done with the project. But they are so important. Help us, Sarah.

  155. I use the embroidery machine to make labels. I design it in my bernina software and sew it out. I usually have a design that goes well with the quilt and put the name of the quilt. my name the date it was finished and where I live. I usually do put a label on most quilts except the ones that are seasonal and I put up every year.
    I might use a label that came with the design set

  156. Gayle Armstrong

    Hi – I always make a label for a quilt that is intended for a friend! I always embroider that label with a special and meaningful embroidery and then embroider all the pertinent information of for whom and by whom. I think this makes the quilt more meaningful for my friends.

  157. I’ve only made labels a couple of times as I’m too eager to get on to my next project.
    Pretty silly because I wouldn’t consider a quilt finished without binding.
    Maybe I need to rethink that set label as the goal to qualify as finished.

    I would LOVE to OWN an embroidery collection from Sarah Vedeler for labels. Your Sterling Life label is beautiful.

  158. Linda Bolyard Bolyard

    I’ve been looking for good ideas! I have not labeled any so far.

  159. I design the quilt label in my Bernina Software Version 8, and stitch it out using embroidery, then either machine sew or hand sew it to the back of the quilt. I include: who the quilt was made for, the date, my name, the name of the quilt and/or what pattern I used or was inspired by, and Sandpoint, Idaho. Depending on who the quilt is made for, I often include a verse from the Bible.

  160. I label using my embroidery machine – usually.

    If it’s a special quilt for a family birth or wedding, then I use my printer. I add a photo of the newborn or the couple, along with the information.

  161. Diane Obernesser

    I’ve used my printer to make labels. Not sure how long it will last. More recently I’ve used permanent pens or my embroidery machine.

  162. I love the way you did the label you show here. I have been creating mine in Word or Powerpoint and then using the printer fabric to print them in color.

  163. Barbara Sanders

    I have a simple design I made in Letterworks. A heart with my name, location and date. I do not include pattern name!

  164. Usually a sloppy afterthought or none at all. But I did remember before i put the binding on a few quilts ago to add the corner label. I printed the label on my inkjet. It took me quite a while to figure out how to print on the diagonal in Word. So I made a label for a 2nd quilt at the same time and saved the template. Probably would have been easier to do it with software 8, or the Silhouette cameo that’s still in the box, but I’m not comfortable enough with that for making printed things. Anyway I printed on a fabric printed sheet and folded it on the diagonal, basted to the quilt corner and sewed it on with the binding.

  165. labels are very individual and I struggle on each quit many time I don’t even label them. My best go to is a hand embroidered signature and greeting to the person or myself

  166. I use printable fabric, type up the info with a fancy font, print, fuse, and then hand stitch around the edge

  167. I machine embroider my quilt labels with quilt name, recipient, date, and any other pertinent info … sometimes I add an orphan block or do a coordinating embroidery for fun

    • I always label my quilts using Husqvarna Premier +2 software (the current version) with a design I have digitiized or other design in my collection which goes with the theme of the quilt and is specific to the person receiving the quilt and the occasion that the quilt is created for. I always include my name as the creator and the date made.

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