Tips and Tutorials On The 22nd #4 (#TTot22)

Welcome to Tips and Tutorials On The 22nd (#TTot22). This is the fourth installment, however, all the prior links are posted on my Pinterest board (here).

Making Quilt Labels with Word Processing Program

For my tutorial this month, I am going to talk about one way to make a fast label for your quilt. We will use software on your computer, like Pages (Mac) or Word (PC). You will need a picture of your quilt. For my purposes, I am using one I exported from Electric Quilt 8.

  1. Open a blank document.
  2. Find your Insert option in the top banner and select Images/Picture.
  • Get it to the approximate size you would like, for instance, I kept mine a square, about 6 x 6. You can see the size on the right side of Pages and on the top menu of Word.
  • Then, click on text to insert a text box. Both Pages and Word have this option at the top of the screen. You can change the size/color of your font.
  • Insert the title of your quilt.
  • Copy the title and move it to the bottom of the quilt. Change the text to your name and year the quilt was made.
  • Your label is ready to print.
  • For printing on fabric, my favorite has always been Printed Treasures. We always sold this one in the quilt store I worked in and people were always happy with it. I have quilts that have been washed and when you FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS, it works. This product seems almost unavailable, so I would suggest trying the EQ brand*, it could be like many things availability has changed due to Covid 19.
  • In pinch I have used freezer paper with fabric. Because, I often use the freezer paper sheets for appliqué, I have it in both sheets and on a roll. And, I admit to being lazy and prefer printing or copying on my printer rather than hand tracing. Here is a link to printing with fabric on freezer paper. Most recently I used Island Batik white and I loved it! Here is a link to where you can buy the sheets*, these are new to me but a deal in comparison to the ones I usually recommend.

What other things can you put on your label? Before blogging, I recommended a lot more information be placed on a label. Any of these things can me included: Name/s of quilt maker, pattern name, designer’s name, longarm quilter’s name, dates begun and finished, city and state, techniques used, the name of recipient, occasion for making the quilt, and even washing instructions. I know use this when I am in a hurry for a show or shipping to someone for display purposes.

So, I hope you found this a helpful tutorial. Our word processors are pretty powerful pieces of software so I thought this could be helpful to others. If you would like to know how to do this in Electric Quilt 8, I can do one of those tutorial

March Tips and Tutorials:

March was a great month and here’s a summary of some of the amazing tips and tutorials that were linked.
How to Make a Wreath From Fabric Strips
Make your own Starch
How to Make a Picture Frame Border
Fix a Fabric Bleed
The Magical Magnet Name Tag
Magic Star Tutorial
Machine Binding Without Shame
Face Masks with Fabric Straps
Slice Stitch Challenge
Y-seam Reality Check and Refresher
Using TAP or Transfer Artist Paper
Improving My Photography Skills
How to Make Folded Corners without Drawing Lines

The linky party below is for this April and open until the end of the month. Keep those tips and tutorials coming! With this isolation, I keep trying to learn new things, so bring it on!


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Its a busy time on the blog….todays blog, late tomorrow is TGIFF (it starts early) and Saturday is Awesome Ocean Parade, and if all goes well there should be at least one more finish before the end of the month

Coming Up on the Blog:
Crayola Quilt & TGIFF (4/23)
Parade of Awesome Ocean Quilts (4/25)
ProStitcher Retreat
2020 Monthly Color Block for May
Tips & Tutorials (5/22)

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12 Comments

  1. April 22, 2020 / 8:19 am

    Hi Kathleen! Happy Earth Day. I can’t believe it’s time for tips and tutorials already. The 22nd really snuck up on me this month. You’re also hosting TGIFF this week – I am slightly hopeful to have a finish. There is a quilt top finish . . . but I’m shooting for a quilted finish instead. Thanks for sharing your tutorial on how to make a label. This sounds pretty easy! We need to get into the habit of labeling our quilts. Take care! ~smile~ Roseanne

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      April 22, 2020 / 9:04 am

      Yes, it couldn’t be much easier, and of course, you go even forgo the picture and just do the words!

  2. April 22, 2020 / 9:09 am

    I haven’t tried printing labels with my printer yet. I may order some of that Printed Treasures and give it a go. I’m terrible at labeling quilts!

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      April 22, 2020 / 9:12 am

      I see JoAnn’s has it, but Amazon had a really expensive package. I just added a link to the EQ brand, which I have also heard good things about. I would always do pigma pen if I wanted it to last, but for a fast solution for a show or anything else, this is perfect!

  3. April 22, 2020 / 9:33 am

    I’ve always been anal about labelling my quilts and I’m so glad, as after 20 years, one forgets specifics of one’s babies… Great information here, and yay, I have a tutorial I linked up!

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      April 22, 2020 / 10:14 am

      For the new baby, I did use my Pigma pen and put all her particulars on it! That way you don’t have to do what I just did with my son and look it up when he asks!

  4. Rebecca Grace
    April 22, 2020 / 10:08 am

    What a nifty idea for a label! Do you always use an image of the actual quilt? I’ll bet a photo of the quilt maker on the label would be treasured by owners of a family heirloom quilt handed down…. You have just given me a fabulous idea for the next time I finish someone’s grandmother’s UFO!

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      April 22, 2020 / 10:13 am

      Oh, it is so easy and I was using it for a quilt to be sent off. You could do anything your heart desires – pictures, just a frame, whatever works for you!

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      April 25, 2020 / 11:34 am

      I am so glad for your tutorial this month…and you do know any old ones are always welcome if you feel like refreshing visits to those pages!

  5. April 22, 2020 / 6:30 pm

    I love to add quilt labels too. Mine always have a lot of information, lol. Thank you for the tutoril.

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      April 25, 2020 / 11:35 am

      I like a lot of information, too. We should always label our quilts, and I use my printed labels a lot, but the ones with the real information are so important!

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