I've been doodling several ideas for a label for my We Are Family quilt and was struggling to fit everything I wanted to say in just one label so ended up making three! As usual, I'd drawn my label in pencil first, then drew over the pencil lines with a very fine sharpie pen. When my paper template is completed, I tape it to a lightpad, then tape my fabric over the top. Using a Micron Pigma pen (my favourite is a brown shade with a fine nib, size 005) I can then trace the wording onto the fabric. Lightweight interfacing is fused onto the back, to give the label a bit of body, and to prevent any shadowing of the embroidery threads. I usually incorpoate fabric scraps that are leftover from the front of the quilt for the backgrounds of the labels. I didn't have many low volume scraps left, but then I thought - why use one fabric for a quilt label when you can use nine? I've kept the overall design for these first two labels very simple, with the wording hand embroidered using the dark grey embroidery thread that was included in the kit...
...this shows the first label, made with nine low volume background fabrics - I've included the name of the quilt, We Are Family, and my grandson's name. The wording says "stitched especially for my grandson. Quillted with love and pieces of my heart." The next label was a bit of fun - and says Quilt Care Instructions - cool machine wash, dry in the shade, do not iron, suggle and use often...
...all of the labels were made using Karen Kay Buckley Bigger Perfect Circle templates to get the circular shape and then they are hand appliqued onto the back of the quilt. The third one says stitched by Nicola Foreman, and has a small lion's head appliqued onto the middle. The lion was my favrourite block from the front of the quilt...
...now the labels are all appliqued onto the back lof the quilt, it's ready to be gifted to my gorgeous little grandson. I can't wait to see him suggled up under this!
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