I’ve probably made over 100 quilts, but I could’t give you a solid number. However, I can tell you, of all the quilts I’ve made only 3 have labels on them. I really should have labelled all my quilts! Once the quilt is out into the world there is nothing to identify me as the maker. That’s a lot of time and effort put out there without recognition. Could you imagine an author, publishing a book and not taking the time to put their name on it? Well, I guess there are those authors who work under fake names.
I wanted to come up with a plan for labels that was quick and easy but also looked like I did parts of it by hand. Enter the Hand Stitch selections on the Janome Continental M7. These stitches stitch out with the character you see in hand embroidery This is right up my alley because I am a completely unskilled hand embroiderer!
First up, you really want to use a stabilizer behind your fabric for your label. Any decorative stitching on a mid weight to light weight fabric benefits from having a stabilizer added. I used Madeira’s Super Strong stabilizer which is a cutaway stabilizer. You could also use a tear away or wash away stabilizer.
To make my label I first did a practice stitch out of my lettering so I knew my spacing needs. Practice makes perfect. Then I stitched out all my words using the built in fonts (there are 5!!!) on Janome’s M7 Continental. For the message I’m stitching using a 12wt thread so I chose to use all upper case because I found the lower case you lost some of the letter shapes.
Next up the decorating stitches! This part I took a little time planning out. On a scrap fabric I marked out my starting point and the orientation of my fabric. Then I cut them out and laid them around my label to try out where I would like them. This would allow me to line everything up and there would be no surprises. For these accents I used a 50wt thread.
Once I had everything stitched all I had to do was fold under the edges and hand stitch them on my quilt! Now to just finish the binding on the other side and get this to my Mum!
I hope your are inspired to make some labels for your quilts!