Labels for quilts?--need advice, please

Labels for quilts?--need advice, please

Post by Sharon in O » Thu, 18 Jun 1998 04:00:00



Hi everyone...
I am in the process of making two quilts for (1) a college graduate, and
(2) his sister, a high school graduate, both this month.  Obviously, I
didn't get them done in time for their graduations, but they know I'm
making them and are anxious for me to finish!  I made them both quilts
when they were babies, so it is time for new ones!  What I need to know
is about making labels for the backs of the quilts that will stand up to
many washings, wearings, etc.  How do you all do your labels?  Print
them on fabric with color ink jet printers, write them with permanent
pigma pens, or use your embroidery machines to do that?  I don't have an
embroidery machine, except that mine does do lettering, but takes a
while.  If you do the labels on an ink jet printer, do the colors go
away with a washing?  I would really like the message to last as long as
the quilt.  Maybe I need to do hand embroidery????  Also, do you just
stitch the label to the backing after quilting it?  I've made lots of
quilts but haven't put labels on them....

Thanks for your help
Sharon in OR

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Labels for quilts?--need advice, please

Post by Rita Denenber » Thu, 18 Jun 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> Hi everyone...
> I am in the process of making two quilts for (1) a college graduate, and
> (2) his sister, a high school graduate, both this month.  Obviously, I
> didn't get them done in time for their graduations, but they know I'm
> making them and are anxious for me to finish!  I made them both quilts
> when they were babies, so it is time for new ones!  What I need to know
> is about making labels for the backs of the quilts that will stand up to
> many washings, wearings, etc.  How do you all do your labels?  Print
> them on fabric with color ink jet printers, write them with permanent
> pigma pens, or use your embroidery machines to do that?  I don't have an
> embroidery machine, except that mine does do lettering, but takes a
> while.  If you do the labels on an ink jet printer, do the colors go
> away with a washing?  I would really like the message to last as long as
> the quilt.  Maybe I need to do hand embroidery????  Also, do you just
> stitch the label to the backing after quilting it?  I've made lots of
> quilts but haven't put labels on them....

> Thanks for your help
> Sharon in OR

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Labels for quilts?--need advice, please

Post by Mad-Luce » Thu, 18 Jun 1998 04:00:00


Sharon,
        Lately, I have been printing labels on ink-jet transfer paper, and just
ironing them on.  I hand stitch them to the quilt after it is bound.  On
one, I ironed the label directly to the quilt backing, and machine quilted
through all.  Done this way, the label cannot be removed without destroying
the quilt.  (For those extreme paranoiacs among us...)
Linda



Quote:
> Hi everyone...
> I am in the process of making two quilts for (1) a college graduate, and
> (2) his sister, a high school graduate, both this month.  Obviously, I
> didn't get them done in time for their graduations, but they know I'm
> making them and are anxious for me to finish!  I made them both quilts
> when they were babies, so it is time for new ones!  What I need to know
> is about making labels for the backs of the quilts that will stand up to
> many washings, wearings, etc.  How do you all do your labels?  Print
> them on fabric with color ink jet printers, write them with permanent
> pigma pens, or use your embroidery machines to do that?  I don't have an
> embroidery machine, except that mine does do lettering, but takes a
> while.  If you do the labels on an ink jet printer, do the colors go
> away with a washing?  I would really like the message to last as long as
> the quilt.  Maybe I need to do hand embroidery????  Also, do you just
> stitch the label to the backing after quilting it?  I've made lots of
> quilts but haven't put labels on them....

> Thanks for your help
> Sharon in OR

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Labels for quilts?--need advice, please

Post by Quiil » Fri, 19 Jun 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>Hi everyone...
>I am in the process of making two quilts for (1) a college graduate, and
>(2) his sister, a high school graduate, both this month.  Obviously, I
>didn't get them done in time for their graduations, but they know I'm
>making them and are anxious for me to finish!  I made them both quilts
>when they were babies, so it is time for new ones!  What I need to know
>is about making labels for the backs of the quilts that will stand up to
>many washings, wearings, etc.  How do you all do your labels?  Print
>them on fabric with color ink jet printers, write them with permanent
>pigma pens, or use your embroidery machines to do that?  I don't have an
>embroidery machine, except that mine does do lettering, but takes a
>while.  If you do the labels on an ink jet printer, do the colors go
>away with a washing?  I would really like the message to last as long as
>the quilt.  Maybe I need to do hand embroidery????  Also, do you just
>stitch the label to the backing after quilting it?  I've made lots of
>quilts but haven't put labels on them....

>Thanks for your help
>Sharon in OR

Hi Ya Sharon!

I use my printer and Jelly Roll pens.  I have some neat graphics programs that
I can choose a "coloring book" option for the graphics.  I cut a piece of
muslin to 8.5X11 and iron it to the same size piece of freezer paper.  Print
what ever I have designed for the label, then color the graphics, and trace the
text.  It takes a while.  I then peel the freezer paper off, and wash the label
by hand.  The ink that my printer used comes out. The ink that I put on stays.
I iron the label dry(also heat setting the ink) turn a nice hem, and blind
stitch it on.  Sometimes the color of the backing shows thru...so I just fuse
another layer of muslin to the back.

I'm sure you have heard this before...but you should ALWAYS label your quilts!
That way,  when you become a rich and famous quilter, the folks who had your
first original works will also be rich!  :-) It also makes it easier for your
family to trace who made what when they start digging in the blanket chest 40
years from now fondling each quilt and chasing down wonderful memories of
snuggling under them.

Have a great Day!
Debbie

 
 
 

Labels for quilts?--need advice, please

Post by Sharon in O » Fri, 19 Jun 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> I use my printer and Jelly Roll pens.  I have some neat graphics programs that
> I can choose a "coloring book" option for the graphics.  I cut a piece of
> Debbie

Debbie...
Thanks for the info, but I need to ask:  What are Jelly Roll pens and
where do you get them?  Do they come in lots of colors, and are they
expensive? I know about Pigma pens, but haven't heard of these.  Sounds
good to eat!!

Thanks to others for your suggestions for my labels.  I will try them
all out and see what works best with the fabrics I have.  

Sharon in OR

 
 
 

Labels for quilts?--need advice, please

Post by Quiil » Fri, 19 Jun 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>Debbie...
>Thanks for the info, but I need to ask:  What are Jelly Roll pens and
>where do you get them?

Sharon,

The Jelly Rolls are made by Sakura..the same folks that make the Pigma pens. I
got mine at the quilt shop locally.  I think I saw them in the Keepsake catalog
but I'm not sure.  The ones I have came it a set of 12 different colors and I
heard they also come in Neons..but I haven't seen those.  I paid $11.90 for the
set, (so says the tag, but I won't swear that I didn't find one of those great
sales either).  I didn't think that was too bad a price considering the Pigmas
are about $3.00 a piece.

When I saw your post on the ng, it reminded me that I needed to make a label
also.  So that is what I have been doing for the last hour.  It takes a while,
but I think the look of the label that I get is well worth the time and effort.
 After all...haven't we just spent ump*** hours making the quilt?

If you can't find the pens locally, give me a holler and I'll send you the name
and number of the shop I go to.  They will be glad to send them to you.

Good Luck!  :)
Debbie

 
 
 

Labels for quilts?--need advice, please

Post by Pat Ale » Fri, 19 Jun 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> >Debbie...
> >Thanks for the info, but I need to ask:  What are Jelly Roll pens and
> >where do you get them?

HI _ I too have used this method for labels - it doesd work great. I found my my
Jelly Roll pens at my local office supply place - they had them in all sorts of
colors, at about 1.20 each, but did not have the sets.  Hope this helps...

Pat in WY where we had a week of spring, went back to winter (snow in June) and now
the weather is more like fall...........

 
 
 

Labels for quilts?--need advice, please

Post by Sharon in O » Sat, 20 Jun 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> The Jelly Rolls are made by Sakura..the same folks that make the Pigma pens. I
> got mine at the quilt shop locally.  I think I saw them in the

<snip>

I found some fabric permanent pens in different colors, which I bought
at a 30% off sale at my favorite fabric store! Then my last stop on the
way home, I found Jelly Roll pens!  That figures, doesn't it?  Anyway, I
now have enough information to get at those labels.  But, I have to
finish the two quilts first.  Hopefully I can do a "Happy Dance" that I
see so many of you doing!!  If I only didn't have to work, cook, do
laundry, clean house, etc.,  I could sure get a lot more sewing done...

Sharon in OR

 
 
 

Labels for quilts?--need advice, please

Post by Megan Peac » Tue, 23 Jun 1998 04:00:00


This is such a cool idea!  I love Gelly Roll pens, but it never would have
occurred
to me to use them on fabric.  By the way, these pens are really nice for
writing
on paper too--the ink flows smoothly and they don't smear. (This is
important if
you're left handed).

Besides the standard rainbow marker colors, they do come in neon and
pastels,
and today I saw some new "milky" colors too.

A different Megan in Seattle


Quote:
>>Debbie...
>>Thanks for the info, but I need to ask:  What are Jelly Roll pens and
>>where do you get them?

>Sharon,

>The Jelly Rolls are made by Sakura..the same folks that make the Pigma
pens. I
>got mine at the quilt shop locally.  I think I saw them in the Keepsake
catalog
>but I'm not sure.  The ones I have came it a set of 12 different colors and
I
>heard they also come in Neons..but I haven't seen those.  I paid $11.90 for
the
>set, (so says the tag, but I won't swear that I didn't find one of those
great
>sales either).  I didn't think that was too bad a price considering the
Pigmas
>are about $3.00 a piece.
[snip]
>Debbie