I put the binding on this star quilt meant for a friend, which is long over do. Label on it today, ship it tomorrow.
I'm also adding labels and sleeves to some quilts for different exhibits. It occurred to me that a small talk on labels on your quilts would be appropriate today... I have a few quilts that were sent in for display with NO LABELS on them at all. If I didn't know who they were, I would have no idea who to get the quilts back to... Even if you were sending it out just to be photographed, bound or whatever...put your name on it and phone number.
If you have a quilt leaving your house, whether you think it's important to you or not, PLEASE put your name, address, phone number email etc on that label. Write it on the quilt or sew on a label.Your quilts are a show of your hard work! And frankly the quilts are going to last longer then all of us, so it's also your legacy!
Having been on the board of the Quilt Alliance where we document share and preserve the stories of quilters, I have seen some amazing quilts over the years without any info on them. We are always asking, "Wow! Wish I knew more about this quilt, at least a name to think about who put in the hard work..." This is not a hard step to do, after putting all that hard work into your quilts.
Even if your are writing on the backing of your quilt in a fabric pen, DO SO.
Put your mark and be proud of your beautiful effort.
Quilts do disappear.
So what do you need on that label?
This is what I write:
Name of the quilt if it has one.
City & State of person who made it. Year made.
Quilted by: ( if not you)
City & State of person who quilted it
(full address if it's a show/work quilt)
Who is receiving the quilt:
City & State in which that person lives
your Email & their email
extra : your Phone number
(I add a phone number to Show/work quilts, but not necessarily for gift quilts)
A line or two about the quilt.
For example: was it a donation, was it a gift, what inspired it, etc
You can of course, make your label as fancy as you like and/or write your name on the back of the quilt.. Computer printouts are popular or, have fancy ones made...
I personally appreciate the Handwritten label by the quilt maker. It's like putting my signature to a document... I like it like a personal hand written thank you note... special.
So that's my thoughts on labels... Please read on to help fellow quilter whose quilts were stolen.