I've never been great at that final finishing step in creating a quilt -- attaching a label. Most of my quilts (if they survive that long) will have historians wondering "who made this" and "why".
As I write this post, my guild's show starts tomorrow and I have a number of quilts entered (actually every quilt I've made since the last show two years ago). I am not sure there will be room to display them all -- but I want to be ready -- just in case.
Our guild has very few guidelines, but one thing they do request is a label so they can make sure that tags are matched correctly with the quilts and they can make sure to return the quilts to their proper owners.
Two years ago, I ran out of time and printed a sheet with quilt name, my name and date with fusing on the back that was then ironed to the quilt. Definitely not a glorious way to finish my quilts.
I consider this a terrible "back problem".
This year I vowed to do better. After making a list of my quilts, I realized I had 18 labels to make. So I devoted a good chunk of my time yesterday to producing custom labels, printing them on EQ Printable fabric, and then actually sewing them on the backs of my quilts. No fusing for me this year.
Would you like to know my technique for creating these custom labels in Electric Quilt. Check out my video tutorial to see how I did this.
Stay tuned for part 2 where I will share how I used the Photo Layout feature in Electric Quilt to quickly insert my labels, arrange them and print.
Here is a slideshow of the completed labels.
If you would like to see the actual quilts (and live in the Minneapolis area), our show is Friday and Saturday (April 28 and 29, 2017) at the Maple Grove Community Center in Maple Grove, MN. Hours are 10-4. I should be wandering the show most of the time -- so be sure to stop me and say hi.
And make sure to ask one of the white glove ladies to show you my backs. Then you can see the labels as well.
I also cover another method of creating labels in my Beginning Electric Quilt online class. The next session is scheduled to start on May 4th. Register now.
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