How to label a quilt: 7 ideas from popular authors

birdhouse quilt label from Vicki BellinoThe quilt label. The very-very-last-last detail to place on a quilt so you can put a fork in it and call it done. When I’ve sewn the last stitch on my binding and spread my quilt out to gush, smile, and smooth—and then realize when I turn it over that I’ve forgotten to add a quilt label—my brow furrows. Dang. I thought I was finished!

Nope. I’m not. Because you gotta add a label. You just gotta.

No matter what your quilt is intended for—everyday use, special-occasion use, heirloom use (which means no use!)—quilts need labels. The next time you’re nearing the end of a project, ask your quilt a question: “Where will you be in 10, 20 … 50 years?” If your quilt doesn’t answer, she doesn’t know. And that’s why you need to make sure a label will link her directly back to you. No matter where you are.

After reading several Martingale authors’ ideas for how to label a quilt, I’m starting to unwrinkle my brow a bit. Their collective advice? You made it. OWN IT! Claim and credit your quilts. Make sure your far-in-the-future heirs know how gifted you really were.

From simple to showy, here are a few ways in which Martingale authors create their quilting labels.


Carrie Nelson, author of Schnibbles Times Two and Another Bite of Schnibbles

Carrie NelsonThe labels on my small quilts are machine stitched onto the backing fabric before quilting, while the labels on the big quilts are pieced, and then sewn into the backing itself.

As for what should be on the label, the answer is: whatever you want to include. My friend Karen Housner, a certified quilt appraiser, says that anything and everything I can do on the label to personalize it is a good thing. So my labels always include the following:

  • The name of the quilt
  • The name of the quiltmaker: that would be moi
  • The name of the gloriously talented machine quilter who has had to work so hard to make me look better than I am
  • Phoenix, Arizona, which is where I live
  • The year and sometimes the month that the quilt was completed—especially if it’s for a special occasion, event, or purpose
  • Anything else I deem relevant at the time
  • A favorite quotation

Quilt label from Carrie Nelson


Vicki Bellino, author of English Paper Piecing and Bloom Creek Quilts

Vicki BellinoI’ve tried using many different types of quilt labels: preprinted labels sold on the bolt, packaged muslin label sheets, and traced designs from books. There were times when none of them were what I wanted, and I was usually unhappy with my handwriting! So, I started playing around with freezer paper and using my computer and inkjet printer to make my labels. One thing led to another, and now I look forward to creating a custom label for all of the quilts I make. This is how I do it.

Note: This method is to be used with an inkjet printer only—laser printers could be damaged by the combination of heat and freezer paper.

quilt label 2 from Vicki Bellino

1. On the computer, center and type the information you want to appear on your label, such as the name of the quilt, the size, who made it, the city, and the date, etc. Choose a font you like, but bold type will show up the best on your label.

2. Iron the fabric you want to use for the label onto the shiny side of an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of freezer paper. (The precut freezer-paper sheets work best.) Place the freezer-paper sheet into your printer so that when it feeds through the printer, the label information will print onto the fabric side. Print the label.

how to label a quilt 1 Vicki Bellino

3. Peel back the fabric from the freezer-paper sheet and heat set the ink with a hot, dry iron, or use a commercial solution such as Bubble Jet Set to set the ink into the label. The solution is highly recommended if you use colored ink. It’s available at many quilt shops and online.

how to label a quilt 2 Vicki Bellino

4. Trim the label fabric and add borders 1″ to 1 1/2″ wide using leftover fabric from the quilt. If you’ve used fabrics from a specific fabric line, you might want to cut a strip of selvage that shows the name of the fabric designer, the name of the fabric line, and the fabric company, and include that in the border of the label. Another option is to add appliqué that was used in the quilt. You might also insert a 1/4″ flange that frames the label prior to adding a border. These are just a few ideas . . . be creative and add your own personal touches!

5. Turn under the raw edges of the label approximately 1/4″ and press. Position the label near one of the bottom corners on the back of the quilt and pin in place. Hand stitch to the backing fabric around all four sides of the label.

quilt label 1 from Vicki Bellino
Another example of a quilt label from Vicki Bellino


Kay Mackenzie, author of Scrap-Appliqué Playground, Inspired by Tradition, and Easy Appliqué Blocks

Kay MackenzieWhen I’m making a quilt, I keep the leftover fabrics handy until I’m totally done with the project. It’s fun to use leftovers from the front of the quilt to frame the label on the back.

I use a permanent fabric marker to write the information on the label. Then I back the label with another piece of light fabric to prevent the backing fabric from showing through. I sew strips of fabric onto the label to make a simple frame, sides first, and then top and bottom (or the other way around). You can use the same fabric on all four sides, one fabric for the sides and a different fabric for the top and bottom, or four different fabrics.

Press under 1/4″ all the way around the edges of the label, baste it to the back of the quilt, and hand stitch in place, sewing through the backing fabric only.

quilt label from Kay Mackenzie


Heather Willms and Elissa Willms, authors of Double Take and Christmas Quilts from Hopscotch

Heather and Elissa WillmsWe find it easiest to attach the label after the binding has been machine stitched to the quilt top but before it’s been hand sewn to the quilt back.

1. Place the label at the lower-left corner of the quilt back, aligning the edges with the side and bottom of the quilt, and pin in place. Machine baste a scant 1/4″ from the edge of the quilt, sewing along the bottom and left edges of the label. Stop sewing at least 1/4″ from the corner of the quilt. The basting stitches should run right alongside the stitching line (in the seam allowance) for the binding.

how to label a quilt 1 from Hopscotch

2. Hand stitch the label to the quilt back along the upper and right sides of the label. Then fold the binding over the raw edges of the quilt and label and hand sew the binding to the back of the quilt.

how to label a quilt 2 from Hopscotch


Kim Diehl, author of the bestselling “Simple” series of quilt books, shares these three easy ideas for making and attaching quilting labels.

Kim Diehl1. To easily stabilize the cloth while you write, first iron a piece of freezer paper to the wrong side of the fabric. After the writing is complete, remove the paper. Press the raw edges under 1/4″ and baste or pin them in place. Use a small dot of basting glue in the seam allowance of each corner to anchor the label onto the backing, and then hand stitch it to the back of your quilt.

2. Put any “orphan” block to good use, regardless of its pattern. Simply add a muslin border to each raw edge of the block, and use a fine-tipped permanent fabric marker to record information about your quilt. Use matching thread to appliqué your one-of-a-kind label to the back of your quilt.

3. For quilts that are extra special and destined to become family heirlooms, try this clever approach to attaching your quilt label. Prepare your label as usual, and then use a hot iron to press under the raw edges approximately 1/4″ on all sides. Anchor each pressed seam allowance in place with a small dot or two of liquid fabric glue. Next apply a thin layer of adhesive basting spray to the wrong side of the prepared label, and press it firmly into place onto the back of your layered quilt sandwich. As your quilting stitches are sewn they’ll include your label, and it will become an integral part of your finished quilt for a secure and lasting record of your handiwork.


How do you label your quilts? Do you use the same technique every time, or do you mix it up depending on the quilt? Share your ideas in the comments for other quilters to try!


82 Comments (leave a comment)

  • On the guild raffle quilt, a member machine embroiders the information directly on the backing fabric.

    Carol Williams on July 26, 2012
  • I either write directly on the quilt back or make sure the label is added to the back BEFORE the quilting is done – to make it harder for the label to be removed.

    —Paula Y on July 26, 2012
  • I make a square and print the label information on fabric run through my printer and fold the fabric into a triangle and sew it into a corner while attaching the binding. When I hand stitch the binding it becomes a pocket in the corner.

    —Bonnie on July 26, 2012
  • Thanks for posting this! I have been looking for ideas on quilt labeling for awhile, and your post has really helped me out. I hope you don’t mind, but I posted a note and a link to this on my blog to share with my friends and readers!

    Gina Koston on July 26, 2012
  • Gina, we’re so glad that you found it useful! By all means, spread the word!

    —Cornelia on July 26, 2012
  • I have 2 methods I usually use: 1. I have a friend who has an embroidery machine and she’ll make any kind of printing for me I request, she’s even starting adding design elements into the labels. And now 2. I’ve discovered that I can use my inkjet printer to make labels. I use the Paint feature of Microsoft Office and great whatever picture design goes with my quilt, add text and then print it onto fabric that has been fused to freezer paper. Press with a hot dry iron to set the ink. I always press under the edges by 1/4″ and when sewing down binding I put the label in a corner and sew the binding down catching the label in the stitch and applique sew the two other sides down.

    —Beth on July 26, 2012
  • I use a business card template. Every January I print one page of labels on fusible fabric. Each label has my business name and logo, my name and the year. There is space to write in the name of the quilt on each label.
    I can then cut them apart as I need them and fuse them to the back of my quilts. I get 30 labels per sheet and only have to print them once a year.

    Kathy Craig on July 26, 2012
  • I machine embroider my labels on muslin bordered by fabrics from the quilt top. It is the last step for each of my quilts. Before I had my own machine I paid someone else to do the labels. I always include a dedication.,full date., my full name and town plus state.

    —marilyn on July 26, 2012
  • I always sign and date my quilts by writing directly unto the fabric- depending on the colors of the fabric, would dictate where I sign it. I try to find a conspicuous place, but when I am folding a gift quilt before wrapping it, I always try to make sure that my signature is noticed. I write something like "made with love for you by…". With some of my baby quilts, I include a marker that the parents can use to record babies firsts- ie: tooth, step, baptism/christening, etc.,and of course directions on how to set the ink and also care for the quilt. I have some quilts that MY grandmother made for me when I was very young, but we have no idea exactly when they were made. that’s sad.

    —Claudia on July 26, 2012
  • Question…what is the life of a label done on the ink jet. I hope my quilts will still be around for my great grand children.

    —marilyn on July 26, 2012
  • Using free motion I stitch my name, name of quilt and date onto a piece of fabric used in the quilt, then cut borders to add to the name plate. I ALWAYS slip a small piece of fusible web under the label before I hand stitch it to the quilt and touch it with an iron so that it is permanently attached before adding the binding.

    —Sylvia on July 26, 2012
  • I like the idea of printing on a square, folding it in half and forming a small pocket in the corner. The idea came from a Bonnie on 07/26/12 (that’s my name also). You don’t have to hand sew it on or have quilting lines over it. Great idea!!

    —Bonnie on July 26, 2012
  • Love all the ideas! I also use my ink jet printer but instead of freezer paper, I cut my material into an 8-1/2 by 11 piece, iron and starch it, and then run it through the printer. I’ve never had a jam yet.

    —Julie on July 26, 2012
  • I sew quilts for my family and each label I type out a sweet message for my children and then print the label out and handsew on the back of the quilt. My children love their quilts from mom/grandma.

    Judith, Texas on July 26, 2012
  • Hi. I have a embroidery machine, I choose a design that I can make adding my information for my quilt in the center. I make up the label by embroidering the design and the name of quilt, maker, quilter, year, place, and anything else wanted on that label. After stitching this out and turning edges of top, and both sides, I place it along the bottom of the back of the quilt and include it in the stitching of the binding. I hand stitch the remaining three sides to the back of the quilt, being careful not to let any stitches show through the front. This way it is not likely to come loose from the quilt.

    —Ginny Cook on July 26, 2012
  • I love the use of selvages. What a fun idea—thank you! I use a wealth of preprinted label forms or blocks with enough white space to allow writing. I’m particularly fond of some Lorilei blocks from years ago. The Identi-pens are very stable and do not wash out. I put on the name of the quilt, my name as maker, the date, my hometown and the initials of my guild (just to see who notices!). As I moved, the labels have become a sort of diary. I stitch my labels to the backing before quilting and then quilt through them.

    —Pat Hersl on July 26, 2012
  • I usually make a handwritten label using a pigma pen on muslin and hand stitch it onto the back (name, year, location, sometimes fiber contents). In addition I try to find an inconspicuous place on the front on which to write my name and the year in pigma pen in case the label comes unsewn over time and wear. If it’s a special quilt, I will do a hand embroidered label as I did on a quilt for my son and daughter-in-law for their wedding. I like the idea of quilting through the label to make it a more permanent part of the quilt. There are also some really nice quilt care labels available that I think would also be a good addition.

    —Carol C on July 26, 2012
  • I have labeled most of my quilts over the last 14 years by designing a label on the computer with the usual information and adding my title "the Rocking Horse Lady" and a little rocking horse.

    I recently sold a small table topper and bread basket I had made and labeled. A couple of days later I was at a flea market and spotted it at one of the booths. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Then I turned it over, and someone had cut my label out. Talk about being shunned. I quickly bought it back.

    Don’t think I ever want to sell a quilt again.

    —Linda Baird on July 26, 2012
  • I agree, quilts need a label. My favourite method is to print a label then add a border, however I always sign my quilts by hand. I also hide a couple of scraps of fabric from the quilt (laying flat) under the label, just in case it ever needs mending. In the last few years since I started doing this I’ve only had to mend one little tear and my small hidden stash of ‘needle turn patching fabric’ was so handy.

    Cheryl on July 26, 2012
  • I do a combo of the above. I use already paper-backed fused fabric which can be purchased. (I prefer EQ brand). I use a whole 8 1/2 xy 11″ sheet and turn it to "landscape" set-up with 2 columns. I write using different fonts, sizes all the info I want to put on. I print it out on regular paper. Then on the other half of the regular paper, I put a picture of the person receiving the quilt (ie, baby, wedding couple etc.) I then put this paper into my ink-jet printer and scan/print onto this already made paper/plastic backed fabric. I follow the instructions that come with the purchased paper. I also heat set the picture/ writing. I cut the finished label in half, trimming to a desired size. Then I use fabric from the front of the quilt to frame the picture and writing separately. I hand sew it onto the back. The first thing people do upon receiving the quilt is to check the label.

    Elaine West on July 26, 2012
  • Rather than try and turn under a quarter inch before hand stitching the label in place, I face the label with some stabilizer. Stitch the stabilizer to the front of the label using a quarter inch seam all the way around with your machine. Then slash the stabilizer and flip it to the back of the label encasing all of your seams. As the stabilizer is now on the back of the label, there is no need to stitch up the slash where you turned it inside out. Stabilizer is so lightweight that it adds very little bulk and can be attached to your quilt by hand stitches or machine. I usually machine stitch labels on quilts that will be frequently washed.

    —Penny on July 26, 2012
  • Love the idea of sidestepping the turning-under process, Penny–thanks for adding your idea! I’m gonna try this.

    —Jenny on July 27, 2012
  • I do what Heather and Elissa do for the most part, using all the info that Carrie does on the label. On occasion I’ve written right on the quilt back, and if I am able to use both sides of a quilt, I will only put my initials in a camoflaged area.

    —Linda P on July 26, 2012
  • I use an old fashioned method to label my quilts–embroidery! The greatest demand is for baby quilts. I embroider the baby’s name, birthday, and sometimes weight or other information, per parental request on the quilt. I then embroider the quilt title and date and add one of my preprinted quilt labels that are commercially available through most mainstream craft companies.

    —Joanne Lenigan on July 26, 2012
  • I usually make a label using my embroidery sewing machine. Sometimes I add a design, but always my name, date, name of quilt and place of residence.

    —Marilyn Koestler on July 26, 2012
  • I usually generate a computer printed label. I attach mine in the lower right corner, anchoring in the right side and bottom into the binding seam, and turning under the remaining two sides. Sometimes, I add a small piece of the "challenge" fabric, or companion fabric, as an accent, but I admit the last one I did was straight from the computer, fusible on the back, smacked with an iron into the lower right corner, and stitched into the binding seam. Nothing fancy, just functional. I usually use the challenge fabric on the back, and adding another huge flower on the back seemed redundant. Hope the judges don’t "judge" me down for it.

    —Claudia on July 26, 2012
  • I create a quilt label in my 5D Professional Machine Embroidery software program, send it electronically to my sewing/embroidery machine (or I use a USB stick), and stitch it out in the hoop. I then trim it to size, put a backing wrong sides together with the finished label, stitch and turn, press it, and attach it to the quilt in the lower left-hand corner incorporating it with the binding on the left and bottom sides of the label. I then hand-stitch around the other two sides of the label – – and wella – – it is done!

    —Jeanne Plesman on July 26, 2012
  • I always do a very basic, occasionally framed, label for my quilts. I just wanted to thank the designers so much for the terrific tips. I think the one that rang the bell for me was ironing the label fabric to freezer paper before writing on it! What a brilliant (but simple) idea! Thanks for that one Kim Diehl 😀

    —Kayt on July 26, 2012
  • I print my infomation on the computer using my program for labels, I find the address label big enought, I add a picture depicting the quilt theme,I print it on T-shirt iron sheets using reverse print,(I’ve also used the freezer paper but it doesn’t alwas go through my printer without wrickling),then Iron it on white fabric, after cutting it to size ,I back the piece with another fabric and sew around all sides, then make a slit in the backing and pull it through It makes a nice even piece to sew on the quilt

    —ELIZABETH CROSS on July 27, 2012
  • All of my quilts are labeled with a heart shaped piece of muslin. I turn under a scant quarter on the curvy edges and baste. Then, I baste it into the lower back corner before the binding is applied. The heart needs to have a 90 degree point to fit into a 90 degree corner. When the binding is applied, the heart is permanently attached under the binding. Next I do a lot of hand embroidery on and around the edges of the heart. Now, lots of stitches attach the heart to the fabric of the quilt. The last step is to add the writing with permanent pen to the label. Also, if I have remembered to save some bits of the selvedge from some of the main fabrics, I sew that under the binding along the bottom back side of the quilt to tell the world what fabric I used and slip stitch the loose edge in place.

    —Debra Burgess on July 27, 2012
  • I use freezer backed muslin or a light fabric from the quilt to feed through my computer to print the label. Then I re-ink the printing using pigma pens to be sure the printing is permanent. Or I use my embroidery module to sew the label. After either of these two methods, I trim the label to size and use left over binding to ‘bind’ two sides of the label. I sew the binding to the front of the label just like I sew it to the quilt. Then I turn under the binding, miter the corner and press the binding to the back side of the label. The other two sides are machine sewn in one of the back corners of the quilt after the binding has been sewn on but not turned under. Then I hand sew the two bound sides of the label to the backing and catch the rest of the label when I sew down the binding. Thus the label ‘binding’ matches the quilt binding.

    —Alice Hix on July 27, 2012
  • I cut a 7-1/2 square of good muslin fabric and fold it diagonal. Slide a piece of freezer paper between the layers and iron it down with the shiny side up to the side of fabric you will be writing on. Hand write
    everything you want to say on the label. Then attach the label to the right side of the back of quilt before you sew down the binding. Sew the binding on and two side of the triangle will be attached under the
    binding. You need to hand stitch down the diagonal part of the triangle. This is really easy and looks very nice on the quilt. You can make the square bigger if you have a lot of info you want on the quilt. Happy quilting????

    —Jackie Williams on July 28, 2012
  • When I label my quilts, I do it on my Embroidery machine. If I have made it for someone I know,I print the following:Name of quilt, designed, made and quilted with love for ______, by (my name),
    month/year, location. If it is a quilt I’ve made for no one in particular I would print: Name of quilt, made and quilted by moi, location and date.Then I use Heat and Bond on the back, iron it onto the back of the quilt turn under and slip stitch the edges by hand. I try to keep it approx. 4″ X 4″in size.

    —Chirper on July 28, 2012
  • Can anyone recommend a really GOOD pen if I decide to write out my label by hand? I keep buying pens that are supposedly everything-proof–nope. Same when I try to find pen/pencils to mark quilting lines, etc. Can’t find any that are dark enough but wash out. Help!

    —jeani jessen on July 29, 2012
  • I have created my labels using Aida cloth and DMC floss from my counted cross stitch supplies. Sometimes I embroider a motif into the label to reflect a pattern in the quilt or the quilt name. I usually fuse it to the back of the quilt and hand stitch. I have, on other occasions, machine embroidered my label. But, after reading all these wonderful tips, I can’t wait to create my next label and try something new!

    —Karen C on August 15, 2012
  • I usually embroider my labels with my machine and add pretty little things that match the theme of the quilt or something that reminds me of that person.

    —Marsha Nelson on March 12, 2013
  • I have heard of the pocket idea before. In that instance, the pocket was used to place pictures of the event the quilt was for. Or sew scraps under the label in case there is an injury to the quilt.

    —Voni on March 13, 2013
  • My handwriting is not beautiful enough for labeling. I used cross-stitch to record the information with matching embroidery thread and it looks lovely.

    Sally Shaw on March 13, 2013
  • My handwriting is not beautiful enough for labeling. I used cross-stitch to record the information with matching embroidery thread and it looks lovely.

    Sally Shaw on March 13, 2013
  • I never thought to label a quilt! I do wonder where they all are! I will have to keep that in mind. I’m a dressmaker more than a quilter.

    —Sheri~mama to eight on March 16, 2013
  • I frequently use my embroidery machine to stitch my labels but the last baby quilt I made I used the alphabet on the electronic machine. I stitched it out in rows and put on back of quilt. Someone commented that it looked like hand embroidery.

    —Linn Pata on May 28, 2013
  • I did a fiftieth wedding anniversary quilt made of various blue and white stars for my in-laws. (I was practicing getting neat points.) In each center square I put a photo representing their years together. I quilted it with celtic knot designs. The label was made with white binding tape, hand appliqued and on it, with an indelible Sharpie, I noted the occasion, and all other pertinent info. I just waited for inspiration and it came.

    —Kathleen Scala on June 4, 2013
  • I tried making my quilt labels using Vicki’s method. After 10 attempts, I have given up. I think it must be a problem with my printer as I have an HP 309 and my fabric and freezer-paper keep getting jammed in my printer.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks

    Hi Kathy,

    I’m so sorry to hear that you had problems with this technique. Some printers are just fussy, I’m afraid, and it sounds like your printer is one of the fussy ones. The only tips I can offer: Make sure that your freezer paper is cut exactly 8 1/2″ x 11″, or better yet, use the kind that is precut (often available in quilt shops). Also, make sure that your fabric is cut cleanly with no stray threads or "fuzzies". If you’ve tried all of this and still aren’t getting good results, then you might need to purchase specially treated and cut fabric sheets that are designed to be put into printers-this can get pricey, but it may be your only option.

    I hope this helps!
    ~Cornelia

    —Kathy Baker on September 15, 2013
  • Thanks this was very helpful. I wanted to create my own and using the freeze paper etc worked.

    —Danette McKenzie on November 17, 2013
  • I simply quilt the name of the recipient, my name, place and year directly into the lower section of the quilt. No need for labels and it won’t wash out, as it is part of the quilting. If it is done in the same thread as the main quilting, it is discrete but still legible.

    Elspeth on January 3, 2014
  • I want to try some of these great ideas! I’ve used Bubble Jet Set with muslin, freezer paper and my HP printer, but the ink faded. I used colored ink. I’ll try again with different cloth.
    Meanwhile, I printed the colorful words in reverse on artist transfer paper (which I found at the fabric store), then ironed the labels to the items, which in this case were tree skirts for my daughters. That worked very well.

    Fran Gardner on January 12, 2014
  • I’ve traced a basketball for one grandson, a dog with A newspaper in it’s mouth and a simley face hold scrolling a scroll. Written on each " A quilt for …… . Them
    …. made with love by… nana …….

    —Ann Martin on January 25, 2014
  • Oh my gosh, I love it. New to the quilt world (December 2013) and needed to label my 1st completed quilt. I tried the freezer paper/printer label and just let me say I am hooked. This was so simple. My label is printed on flannel and I just knew this would probably tear my printer up but NO it didn’t. I can’t wait to make more and my mind is racing with endless possibilities. THANK YOU so much.

    —Diana Collins on March 3, 2014
  • I don’t use labels, but quilt the information into a discrete part of the quilt!

    —Elvispeth on March 16, 2014
  • I have been labeling most of my quilts for years. I include my name, date and name of pattern, unless it’s a gift then it gets fancier with colored pigment markers and a design of some kind.

    —Terri Tresise on March 25, 2014
  • I put Steam-a-Seam on the back of my labels and fuse them to the back of my quilts to better secure them in addition to sewing them on. Typically use machine embroidery for the wording, sometimes add photos printed on fabric sheets along with fabrics from the quilt as a frame. I love the previous idea about using selvage information as part of the label! Thanks for all the wonderful tips!

    —Les C on March 26, 2014
  • Last summer I made schlep bags for my granddaughters and put a label on the inside, Made with Love by Granny and the year. Later in the year with help and guidance of a friend we a hummingbird quilt. On the label it allowed me to put who made it and the year.

    —Marv on March 28, 2014
  • I have done many different labels on my quilts over the years. So far I haven’t seen this idea suggested. On quilts I want to be sure the label does’t come off, fade or get damaged I print a decorative label boarder onto clear iron on transfer sheets. When I’m done making the quilt I use a permanent fabric pen to write the information directly onto the backing, set it with an iron and then iron the transfer with the boarder over the information to further protect it. I end up with hand written information on the quilt and something decorative around it that way.

    —Fox on April 12, 2014
  • I have been searching the internet to find an appropriate quotation or saying that I could put on to a label on a quilt that I have just finished as a gift for my nine-year-old granddaughter. Has anyone got any ideas or suggestions as to where on the internet I could find such a quotation or saying?

    Hi Beth,
    That is a tall order! I googled "quotations for quilt labels". A lot of the quotes I found pertain to the quilters themselves which is not really what you’re looking for! I did find this site that had lots of great suggestions for different people and occasions:

    Quotes & Sayings

    I hope this helps!

    Cornelia/Customer Service

    —Beth Kingon on April 28, 2014
  • If it’s a baby quilt, I make a pocket and then do the label separately so that it can slip out when the quilt needs laundering.
    I’ve printed on the inkjet printer, but those labels fade in the wash, so I try to embroider the information as much as possible.
    For labels attached directly to the quilt, I sew the label right-side down to another piece of fabric, leave a small opening and then turn it right-side out, press and top stitch 1/4″ from the edge. Then I attach it by hand to the back of the quilt. This eliminates having to turn a single piece of fabric under around all the edges – works every time!

    —Jeri Boyd on May 14, 2014
  • IMO the label is the most important piece on a quilt. Let the world know that you’ve done this wonderful piece of art.
    I handembroider all my labels. Handembroidery gives it the very personal special touch. It needs a bit more effort and time to make them but it is worth every single minute.
    I finish the labels like a "tiny quilt" without backing and handstich onto the back AFTER quilting.
    When you add it before quilting maybe the quilting destrois the label and you have quilting lines going thru the embroidery you don’t want.
    Is it allowed to add my website to show off my labels?
    Here it is: http://www.sewwonderfulquilts.jimdo.com
    Happy quilting!

    Claudia Hillesheim (Inchy) on September 18, 2014
  • If you are having problems with your "fabric iron to freezer paper" jamming in your inkjet printer, try ironing an extra sheet of freezer paper to the backside of the paper. I find that double thickness is just enough for it to feed through without jamming up the printhead. I used to be able to make permanent labels, but now they fade & blur when I rinse them under water. I think my genuine HP replacement cartridges use a different type of dye in them. I really don’t understand it. I like to cut my label out using my square up ruler with the point facing down so I can sew it as a triangle into one of the corners of the quilt before machine sewing the binding to the front (as been mentioned previously above.) But what I just started doing is sewing a one inch wide leftover binding strip to the long diagonal to create a thin border instead of having that plain edge showing. I stitch it down by hand (turning it under 1/4″) before finishing the binding by hand the usual way. It frames the label it looks really cute!

    —Oleg on November 3, 2014
  • I love all these suggestions! I wish I had an inkjet printer, but ours is laser. I always appliqué my labels to the quilt back, but recently found an idea that is VERY inexpensive, and works well. I iron (cool iron) a used dryer sheet and use that to back my label, using the same method as Penny suggested. It works and it’s free!
    I use the same method with many of the pieces when I am appliquéing per the quilt pattern.

    —Barb Davison on April 15, 2015
  • all the ideas are wonderful, wanted to add one thing. I have always put on my label "Made With love and Stitches" for……
    Also used on back of framed cross-stitch

    —Jan Taylor on April 17, 2015
  • I use either a piece of fabric that is in the quilt or a label cut from a panel of labels that you can find at quilt shops. I use a pigma pen and print the name of the quilt, the date it was started and the date it was finished. I write who it was made for, the occasion, and city and state it was made in. I tell if it was hand or machine pieced, hand quilted or machine quilted and by who. I sometimes include fabric content, manufacturer and fabric designer. I also list washing instructions. I outline the backside of the label in Steam-a Seam 2…usually Lite version and heat set it to the quilt. Then I finish the edges in a blanket stitch by hand. I have read in several articles in quilt magazines that the more information that is on the label, the more valuable the quilt is later on. I often add a Scripture reference at the end (just the chapter and verse, not the whole thing).I know it sounds like a lot, but I think of some of the quilts I have found and wish I knew this information.

    —Pamela Zajicek on May 6, 2015
  • I use my embroidery machine to label my quilts but instead of making a separate label, I embroider the info directly onto the backing of the quilt before it is made into a sandwich.

    —Bettye Day Adams on May 6, 2015
  • Finished my RAG quilt. Already sandwiched. Is there a way to put babies name on it?

    —Debbie lakey on June 4, 2015
  • I also use the freezer paper method, however, for my grandchildren I have also started using fabric from the quilt I made for their parents wedding. I use this in the quilt back and the label is in this block.

    —Carol Brahn on October 4, 2015
  • Hi,
    I would love to put a label on a baby quilt using the inkjet printer method above but i am unsure what you mean by freezer paper,I think this method would be my best option i live in Tasmania, so can anyone help with this question?

    REgards Viv Gibson

    Hi Viv,
    In the US "Freezer Paper" is a type of paper that is used to wrap food-usually meats-for freezing. Now quilters and crafters have discovered it! It is shiny on one side, matte on the other. If you lightly press it (shiny side down), it will adhere to fabric temporarily, stabilizing it so that it can be put through an inkjet printer and is also often used for applique’ templates.
    We do sell it in sheets on our website right here.
    ~Cornelia

    —Viv Gibson on February 22, 2016
  • I love to think up unusual names for my quilts. One of them, a churn-dash quilt, is called, "Don’t forget the butter for the royal slice of bread" , another is called, "Sonnet"…if you remember the sequence of lines, they go ababcdcdefefgg…I got all confused when I put this quilt together – I usually label the blocks if it is complicated. Well, I messed up, so you can see where I got the name. Another is called, "Potting Shed" because the background is brown with florals in the blocks.

    Gail G on March 11, 2016
  • I have to admit I don’t label my quilts like I should. I just forget. I always have good intentions for labeling my quilt and taking a photo of it for a scrapbook…and then I forget!

    —Lynda on March 11, 2016
  • I use various ways to do labels, but a lot of my quilts are made in a class and I like to give credit to the shop and the teacher. First I put the name of the quilt then:

    "Made by my name, city, state in a class taught by John Doe at Fun Stitches Quilt shop, in July, 2014 Finished in April 2015.
    or
    I might say "Made for grandson’s name by Grandma my name, city and state and the year.

    —Verna on March 11, 2016
  • It’s like the "cherry on top"—the usual method::: the quilt label is the final step after binding! Vicki Bellino and I share the same technique using our ink jet printer– we EVEN love the same script font! ❤️❣❤️

    —PEG on March 11, 2016
  • I use the computer waxed paper method and include the fabric line, name of pattern and technique along with who it is for and my name with the date.

    Thank you for this wonderful prize

    —Marilyn on March 12, 2016
  • I’ve never need the 8-1/2 X 11 freezer paper. Where do you get it? I have always taped a piece of cloth on to the printer paper print it that way. It has worked well for me, but I like the idea of the freezer paper. I had never thought of printing it on material with a print on it. I like that idea too.
    Thanks

    Hi Gertie, we know where to get 8 1/2 x 11 freezer paper – and it’s Kim Diehl’s favorite! 🙂 You can purchase Kim Diehl’s Best Applique Freezer Paper at our website or at your local quilt shop. Thanks for your question! –Jenny

    —Gertie Carroll on March 12, 2016
  • I meant to type I’ve never heard of 8-1/2 x 11 freezer paper.

    —Gertie Carroll on March 12, 2016
  • I’ve used several different methods to make labels for my quilts, including hand embroidery and my bad handwriting with a permanent pen. My favorite method by far is using my wonderful Janome machine to embroider a label, using the smallest font, and smallest hoop. Then I attach in the regular manner, turning 1/4 inch under and hand stitching.

    —Carol on March 18, 2016
  • This article was very helpful, especially about using the freezer paper to stablize the fabric first before writing on it and then using a bit of fabric glue to hold the 1/4″ edges in place before sewing. Thanks so much.

    —Virginia Akins on March 22, 2016
  • I use white, wide bias binding. I use a permanent fabric marker and put my name, town and year. Then I hand stitch it to the back bottom corner of the quilt.

    —Irene on June 5, 2017
  • Thanks for the instructions on how to label quilts. I have been having difficulty on what information should go the label and just how to make them.

    Patsy Bowman on June 6, 2017
  • I think labels are generally supposed to be sewn on the backs of quilts, but I’ve started free-motion stitching my information right onto the front of a quilt in the lower right corner. You pretty much have to be looking for it to notice it. I don’t have a label maker so I just hand-write my text using graph paper to keep the letters consistent, then use a pencil and tracing paper to make the template. I tape it in place, free-motion stitch all the letters, then tear the paper off. Everything I make is a gift for somebody in the family with their name being prominent in appliques or embroidery-type stitching, so I might as well have my name on the front too 🙂

    —Elizabeth on September 2, 2017
  • I just spent some time reading all the posts (enjoyable!) and wanted to add on rag quilts if I have forgotten to do my free-motion stitched label before putting the blocks together on a rag quilt, I just do it on top of a finished block through all layers. Contrast thread on top, matching on bottom. Since the quilt ends up so wrinkled after washing/drying the underside stitching isn’t visible. And also the comments about inkjet printers – inkjet is water-based ink and if it isn’t chemically stabilized after printing will dissolve and wash away. I use my Kodak printer which only uses waterproof ink, making my own cotton fabric sheets with freezer paper. You can print any image on cotton with the Kodak, photos or whatever, and they end up washable. You can test an inkjet photo on paper and hold it under a running faucet and see the ink go down the drain. Try a Kodak photo and it’s waterproof. Same results on cotton fabric 🙂

    —Elizabeth on September 2, 2017
  • luv all the suggestions. Going to add a label to the quilt I just made for my grandson.

    —fay H on October 28, 2017
  • Luv all the suggestions. Will be adding a label to the quilt I just made for my grandson.

    —fay H on October 28, 2017
  • So many people these days have in dog in their family. I have a fabric on hand with all sorts of dogs printed on it. I cut out a heart with their dog on it and insert it either on the corner of the label, or somewhere on the back of the quilt. Everyone appreciates this touch! Just my idea……..

    LOVE everyones ideas!! Thanks so much.

    Wellesley, Ontario, Canada.

    —Valerie Freund on March 19, 2019
  • I like to add the year to one of my quilt blocks on the front of the quilt, if it is a sew along quilt. I embroidery the year I started, and the year I finished. If I wish to honor the block ( or quilt designer) I also embroidery their name.
    On the label, I add the name of the quilt, date it was finished, my name, my town(city) and state, and the name of whom I made the quilt for. Sometimes, I add how many pieces the quilt has, for special quilts, such as a handmade grandmother’s flower garden quilt.

    —Kim Mc. on May 20, 2019
  • Thank you for the great article on how to label quilts. This has given me some new ideas to try. I have made labels using a printer and have included all the important information mentioned in Carrie Nelson portion of this article.

    —Leah on May 21, 2019

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