Why should you create a quilt label for that Log Cabin Quilt you are giving away?

 Every quilt needs a label to document some basic information about the quilt and it’s creator, the quilt maker.  A quilt label is a way to document the who, what, and why of the quilt’s beginning.  The label can be incorporated into the quilt on a block. It can also be a separate creation added on the front or back of the quilt.

I am making a quilt label to go on the back of my Log Cabin Baby Quilt, across the corner.

What Information Should be Included When You Create a Quilt Label?

  1. Who is the quilt for?
  2. The date the quilt was made including at least month and year.
  3. The quilt creator’s name.
  4. The name of the quilt (if you name your quilts)
  5. The occasion for which the quilt was made.

The first three are basic and should be on every quilt.  The others can be optional.

Make a quilt label, embellish it with embroidery, applique, bias binding Free pattern idea sheet

Design a Corner Quilt Label

I am going to create a personalized corner label to be placed on the back of the Log Cabin Baby Quilt.  Usually I use scraps or leftover fabrics from the quilt.

Step 1  Design the label and choose the fabric

To figure out what size of label, I measured diagonally from the corner and up 6″, and then at that point across the corner. I used a piece of paper and folded it to help me visualize the size.

For the size I am making I need a triangle of fabric measuring 8.5″ on the short sides and 12″ on the long side. (I cut a piece of paper 8.5″ x 8.5″ and folded it diagonally and laid it on the quilt corner to see if it was the right size)

I don’t want the long side to be bias cut, because of the risk of stretching so I am going to cut the long side on the straight grain of the fabric and I am using two layers of fabric.  I am using a white tonal fabric. After I cut the fabric out I used fusible thread and fused the two layers together. Get a Quilt Label Cheat sheet here.

Cutting the quilt label on the straight grain of the fabric

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Step 2 Add the details

Write your details on the label. You can do this with permanent ink or embroidery thread or with your sewing machine, if you have a lettering option. I usually use the lettering on my machine and contrasting thread.  It usually looks nice.  It is also fairly simple and quick to do. For my label, I used Pearl Cotton embroidery thread and embroidered the name of the child I am giving it to. And then used the lettering feature on my machine for the rest of the details.

Step 3 Embellish the label to your liking

Now we need to add something fancy, pretty or cute to embellish and dress up the label. This is another opportunity to let your creativity and uniqueness shine through.  As quilt makers, we all have our own flavour and unique qualities and elements!

I added the appliqued heart  to my label as an embellishment.  I added bias binding to the diagonal edge finish, and you can find a tutorial for bias binding here.

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make a quilt label and place on the front of the quilt across a log cabin corner blockmake a quilt label and place it on the back of the quilt across a corner!Step 4 Add the label to the quilt

Decide where you will place your label.  I tried three options before I decided on the back of the quilt. Then pin it onto your quilt before adding the binding.  The outside edges will be sewn in the quilt binding when the edges are finished.  There lots of ways to add the label. Other ideas are to hand stitch it on, or include it in a block, of applique it on.  The ideas are endless! Don’t forget you can get a Quilt Label Cheat Sheet here.

The most important part is to give a written record of who it was made for, when it was made and  the name of the quilt maker!

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