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Do You Label Your Quilts

I wanted to take time and promote myself just a little bit. I made my first quilt in February 2004.

I feel very fortunate that labeling and photographing your quilts was being talked about a lot at that time. Because I photographed all my quilts, I know I have made 192 quilts so far. I don’t have 3/4‘s of those quilts, so my photo journals mean very much to me. I treasure them.

I was also fortunate to have an embroidery machine when I started quilting. I was able to label my quilts easily. At a minimum you should include on a quilt label:
Name of quilt (I usually name mine),
Who was the quilt made for,
Who made the quilt,
Where was the quilt made,
When was the quilt made.

Most people either print their quilt labels on printable fabric or hand write them with a permanent ink pen. There is nothing wrong with that. But, I want you to know you can have a custom machine embroidered label very reasonably.

I started embroidering quilt labels for people in 2011. You can purchase a basic quilt label for as little as $5 (plus shipping). I charge 50 cents for 1000 stitches. All the work is done on the computer so you know exactly what it will cost. I tell customers to have an idea of what they want to spend. It can be only text or you can trick it out as must as you want. It all starts with an email to me at sewjackie@live.com or directly from my Etsy shop (there is a link on the right side of my blog home page). You pay for the label on Etsy via PayPal or credit card. I have shipped labels to California, Texas, Canada, and even Spain.

At the top my blog page I have tabs for pictures of labels I have made and Fonts that are available. So next time you need a label, give me a try. Machine embroidered labels will never fade with time.

Eeeeek! An Obituary Quilt?

Every time I mention I’m making an Obituary quilt people shiver. I love my family and my family’s history. Finding obituaries is finding a treasure trove of information. I get really excited when I find information that tells me what they and their lives were like. This is how I remember them, how my children and grandchildren will get to know them.

Remember Me! This was truly a labor of love and a learning experience! I have a tendency to jump into projects feet first and figure out the details along the way. My sister and I had collected so many wonderful obituaries that one day I said “I know, I will make them into a quilt”. I started entering the information into my lettering software and began embroidering them. Some took over 3 hours to embroider. Then I had to figure out how to connect them into a cohesive top. I’m not sure if I was successful or not. I just started playing with them on the design wall, measured the negative space and figured out how to join them. The star blocks are Rapid Fire Lemoyne Stars (my favorite). I know it looks a little weird, but I kind of like the randomness of the top. I had real trouble with the borders. The embroidery shrank up the fabric, so I had to rip out what I could and add fabric to try to square it up. I got one end of the top square but not the other. I couldn’t take off the whole border as part of the embroidery went into the seam. I did not want to start over so I just went with it.

These obituaries start in 1900. That’s amazing, 113 years ago!!!

Obituary Quilt Remember Me