Thursday, June 10, 2010

Day 3

Today, I wrapped up sewing my binding on the front of the quilts. Tomorrow, I will start hand-sewing down the binding to the back of the quilt.

When I make quilts to give to other people, I like to add a quilt label to the back of the quilt. I read a great tip in American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine a few years back.

I used to make the labels like the picture below. I would have to applique all four sides down.

The technique in the magazine only has you applique 1 side. Here are the steps:

  1. Cut a square out of the fabric you want to use for your label. I make it about 5", maybe a little larger if you have more to write on the label.
  2. Iron the label in half diagonally.
  3. Add your message to the label. I usually write on the label before I attach it to the quilt in case I make a mistake. I typically use Micron Pens. I have also found a fabric stamp pad to stamp images on the fabric.
  4. When you sew the binding to the front of the quilt, place the triangle in the corner of the quilt with the folded side towards the center of the quilt.
  5. Hand-sew the bind to the back and then applique the folded edge to the back of the quilt.

Here is an example (the yellow is the label, I hadn't written on the label yet):

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