[10:10 PM update]
I've been catching up on my blog reading tonight, and I simply smirked and was pretty amazed that Bonnie also chose today to talk about labels in her Labels, labels, labels post. I would love to say 'great minds think alike,' but I don't think I can put myself in a category anywhere NEAR our beloved Bonnie. I just thought it was ironic that we both posted on labels on the same day...
Read on, as you wish...
Most of us know the theory and importance behind putting that final touch on our amazing quilts. (YES! It's completely okay for you to admit that you create AMAZING quilts!!!)
Are you like me?
Many of my quilts get labels on....eventually. However, there are also many that are floating around my house (and van) that are unlabeled. Have I considered placing labels on them? Of course! There are times when my mind wanders to the unknown future... what if something (heaven forbid) happens to Paul and/or myself and/or my entire family. The quilts will either be kept in the family, or sold at a garage sale .... who knows, right?!
And then, there they are.
...fast forward 50 years. A lover of quilts picks up one of our amazing quilts, and with determination searches all over for SOME sign of who or when the quilt was made... only to come up EMPTY!
Those scenarios definitely get my motivational juice flowing that "eventually" really should happen "SOONER THAN LATER."
My method of creating labels has changed over the 14 years of my quilting endeavors.
My early "techie" years included trying to make labels with the printable photo paper. Sadly, the ink never seemed to set. After the first wash, the labels were blank :\ Therefore, that method was quickly scratched off my list.
For many years following, I would hand create most of my labels by tracing a printed label onto fabric through a light-box (aka: a piece of glass with a flashlight underneath. HA! DIY at its finest!). Every now and then, I still revert back to this method of label creation. There IS something about having that personal hand-written touch on a quilt. I use acid-free pigma pens, and I do worry that eventually, there may come a day when the ink fades away.
For the past couple of years, I have created quite a few labels using my embroidery machine. Each label varies in size, color and format -- the label truly is made to fit the style and purpose of the quilt.
I know there isn't a way to post pictures in the comments, but I'd love to hear (or see) about labeling methods you use. Drop me an email with a picture if you would (firstname.lastname@example.org) -- I'd be glad to post it on a future post. OR, consider writing a blog post of your labeling method, and .... share the post with me ??
and Happy Thursday!