Sigh... Labeling the quilts I've made is not something I’m good at. Here's a picture of me at around fifteen with my second quilt. This might be the last quilt I labeled. I hope my quilts will all be used, to death, long before someone thinks to figure out who made them and why! Haha! Nothing would make me happier :)
But, I like to read the labels on other people's quilts… I know, nosey right? It’s something about the history and the story they tell. I’ve worked up four main categories for labeling quilts and the kind of information you would include in each! This might help you tell a little about the story of your quilt in label form. And this time of year when we are entering a lot of our work in state and county fairs, it seems like a good idea to put a label on it!
This label is pretty bare bones, just the basics. Who made the quilt, and Who it was made for. Done.
While still basic, this label has a few more details. In addition to the to-and-from information, it may also include the name of the quilt and the year it was made, the size, and the material used (I.E. 100% cotton). It should also include both the piecer's name and the machine quilter's name (if it was professionally longarm quilted).
This label reads just like it sounds! Full of historical information for future generations. You can include just about anything of significance on this label. In addition to all the information from the professional label, the historian may include the occasion the quilt was made for, who designed it, and whether it was an original design or someone else's pattern. Memorable facts: was it made from a loved one's old clothes or ties? Maybe it would even include a favorite quote or verse.
This is where the wheels come off! Haha! This label should be the size of a full page and include everything above, possibly adding the story of the quilt's inspiration, the care and washing instructions, and a veiled threat to the recipient: if not treated with care, you will come back to haunt them in their dreams ;) You get the idea… go to town!
Well there you have it, that was fun! I might get better at labeling my quilts now!
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Happy Sunday, everyone!
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