We would like to focus our attention on QUILTING WITH JANOME so here is Part 1 in a series of posts on this topic.
Adding a quilt label to a quilt can be seen as a chore…..just one more thing to do after you thought you had finished that big quilting project? However, the importance of adding a good label to your quilts cannot be underestimated. Here’s a link to one quilter’s thoughts on this topic. and another from Brandy Lynn here in BC, Canada. The general consensus is that our quilts are very precious so we should take that little bit of extra time to make a label and attach it firmly to the back of every quilt we make. I am guilty of slipping up sometimes but for the most part I have made this part of my routine: quilt….sleeve……label……binding.
There are, of course, many different ways to label your quilts. Probably the laziest and quickest way is to use a black sharpie (permanent) marker and simply write on the back of the quilt. Guilty…..been there, done that. However, it is a bit crass so I have attempted to be more refined by embroidering a label with my Janome embroidery machine to then stitch to the back of the quilt. If I am very organized, I sew this to my backing by machine before I sandwich the quilt. However, most times I forget so the label ends up being tucked into the binding on 2 sides of the label with the remaining 2 sides being slip-stitched by hand onto the back bottom corner of the quilt.
All our Janome embroidery machines have the functionality to “type” words onto the edit screen on the machine. This can be a little time consuming though it works perfectly well. All Janome embroidery machine models offer several fonts from which to choose as well as size (small, medium & large) font size; some also offer orientation in the hoop: vertical or horizontal. This can be very useful if you have a lot to say on your label & stitching it vertically fits in more than the narrower horizontal orientation – for example in the RE or B hoop. Whichever you select, the words will show on the screen and you still have the option of moving them around by selecting each little green box in turn & using the jog keys or click & drag to move the wording.
It is quicker, however, to type the label using your embroidery software: JANOME DIGITZIER MBX or ARTISTIC SEWING SUITE. Select the font, size, orientation +any other variables you might like to use. Then type words onto the software screen such as GEISHA QUILT # made by Liz THOMPSON…. or whatever you wish to record about your masterpiece. And it IS a masterpiece to be treasured and remembered for many years to come. Many of my quilts are made as samples to showcase machines and/or quilting techniques so I often end up writing little “stories” on my labels………you can use whatever style that floats your boat! These labels take a rather long time to stitch out as tiny lettering is a time consuming stitch-out: each letter is done separately with a thread trim between each (which is much appreciated by me as I do not have to do a myriad of jump thread clips afterwards).
So here’s my advice: set up your Janome embroidery machine to make a label but have some other sewing to do on your other JANOME sewing machine……yes, I know you have more than 1……many of you tell me just how many Janomes you own! OR or you bought your 2nd, 3rd or 4th Janome from me at one of our Janome events! Don’t be tempted to sit & watch the embroidery as you might get bored…rather occupy your time starting on the next quilting project!