This week, I finally finished my Splendid Sampler quilt. (And I promise, this is the last post I will be writing about it. If you are still working, I would love to see yours…post to Instagram #SplendidSampler.)
Anyway, I got to thinking about the way we document quilts. Everyone does it differently, and plenty of folks don’t label their quilts at all. What a shame! I think all quilts deserve a label, even if it’s just your signature at the bottom. They take so much time and effort. While we are working on them, we spend time thinking of the people who will receive them. Life is going on around us while we are sewing.
I remember one of the first quits I ever made was done in the aftermath of 9/11. So much of the news, the change in our lifestyles, the culture, all got sewn into that quilt. It’s nothing special, just a Christmas quilt sewn in flannel and hand-tied. But I never made a label for it. I just tucked it away. Even now, when I pull it out, it brings me back to that time when we were all huddled around our TV sets getting information. And it brings me comfort.
So now, when I create labels for my quilts, I try to capture the moment or at least the sentiment that carried me through the project.
You can do this many ways.
I have embroidery software and am comfortable using it. However, I know a lot of people who create their labels in Word or something universal and print it out onto fabric. Printed Treasures printable fabric works well for this purpose and so does the printable fabric from Electric Quilt. Just follow the directions.
You can also just hand-write the label with permanent ink. Some people like to sew it into the binding in the corner. Others, like me, just like to hand-stitch it to the back of the quilt.
Whatever your chosen process, just make it your own. When you give quilts to people, you’ll find that after enjoying the initial beauty of the quilt, they are always charmed a second time by the label, the sentiment, the love.
It’s like the card, the thought, the capture of that moment in time. And even if it’s only for yourself…ESPECIALLY if it’s only for you and your family. Take the time to document.
Your effort is worth the credit.
(I deleted particular names off the labels for privacy here.)