Wednesday, January 18, 2012

How do you sign your quilt?

I would be interested to know how or what techniques everyone uses to sign their quilts. I do not have many readers at this point since I only started the blogging recently (and I'm not sure I have any!). I have seen some people that use embroidery to write something on the back (which I do not have the capabilities). I have also heard of free motion signing of the back. I know that my sister-in-law uses a laundry marker to write something on the back. My Aunt C. likes cats so she uses several fabrics to make the backs and at least one of them has cats in it. I am a Wizard of Oz fanatic (and from Kansas) so for my first 2 quilts I used some fabric (not all) on the back that had ruby slippers on it. Has anyone tried anything else that works well and looks awesome?

And here is a picture of some curtains that I made while I was in the too scared to free motion something phase:

The material has tiny little dark green leaf patterns on it. I was going for the forest look since they were for the guest bedroom which is totally decked out to look like Dorothy Gail's bedroom.

If you are reading this, leave comments so I know someone is out there :)


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Leeann said...

have a look at your stats in your blogger dashboard, then you will see how many are reading! We are out here!

Mike Pearson said...

haha, I finally figured it out!

danih03 said...

The last quilt I did I made a quilt label. I used matching fabric and ironed freezer paper to it. Then rotary cut it down to paper size to fit in my printer. I used text edit on my computer to layout the info I wanted on it, e.g. the quilts name, made by(me), made for, and the date. I just put the month and year because I didn't know the exact finish date since I sewed this in as part of the backing, but you can always blind stitch it on as a last step if you want the exact date. I experimented with this because I had a feeling the ink would wash out. It did! So at my local quilt shop I bought a product called Retayne. I took a small cake pan put water with the retayne in it. Carefully laid the label in there to soak for a few hours. Washed the label. The ink held up this time! So I sewed it in the backing. I know it sounds like a lot, but It was kind of fun to experiment, and I really liked the look of the label. Plus, you have so many fonts to pick from!Also, you can match your fabric to your quilt. But I would stick with a medium to light solid, or a light print so you can see your words. Whew! Now that I just wrote you a small how to book, I hope it all makes sense! I will keep an eye on your blog and trust me, you will have lots of followers before you know it! I have only been blogging for a short time and I already have 19! Well, it's not the masses following me, but hey, I don't want to get overwhelmed either!

Tasha D said...

I have often thought of drawing/handwriting a label onto fabric with micron pens(or some other permanent acid free marker), but I always remember that I can't draw and end up printing them on the computer and hand stitching them on after the quilt is finished. I buy sheets of paper backed fabric that are already prepared for printing on an inkjet. I can see the benefits of using danih03's method though, co-ordinating fabric for the label would be a nice touch. :)

Mike Pearson said...

I orderd the Avery Fabric (printable on inkjet) It just arrived in the mail yesterday. I am going to try it and see how it goes. If you have any suggestions let me know. Also, I have to learn how to stitch (without a machine) to put the label on. I guess it's called a blind stitch???

Cynthia@aquilterbynight said...

I make the simplest of labels with a pen called "identipen" - just a glorified Sharpie I think. I like to hand write the labels just with quilt name, year, my name, and location - nothing fancy but handwriting the label is the closest thing to signing a quilt I think. In the past I've also used embroidery thread. Good luck! I'm new to blogging about quilts too and I know what you mean about wondering if anyone is reading it!

Mike Pearson said...

Thanks for the tip! Now I am following your blog, so at least you know I will be reading it :)

Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

I do add proper labels whenever entering a competition or show, but more often I will write directly on the backing with a fabric pen whenever possible. I am a big fan of triangles for hanging small quilts and make mine from fabric scraps light enough for the marker to show.
When adding lots of information or an artist's statement on the label, I often make them in Excel and create a border using the colours on the front. I print them onto printer fabric and they are all done and ready to stitch onto the back.
This was an old post, but now you know I have been reading.)

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