When you stumble across a family heirloom, don’t you find yourself yearning for some background behind the object? Don’t you wish you knew the date it was created and by whom? And where? I sure do. So I think we should take that into consideration when we make quilts and include a label.
Of course, labels are as individual as signatures but here are my self-inflicted rules for quilt labels – with the emphasis on self-inflicted! I think it’s important to document the title of the quilt, the recipient (if there is one), the quilt maker’s name and hometown, the date of completion and…how to care for the quilt.
Two more rules that I have are to make the label visually appealing and add it to the quilt before the quilting is complete. I’ll explain how I add it to the quilt in a future post but for now, I’ll concentrate on digitizng.
My Quilt Embellisher has 99 different labels to get you started. Open a new file in My Quilt Embellisher, click on the Border icon and select a favorite – I like Border 74.
It has adornments at the top and bottom; an inner bean stitch outline and an outer satin stich outline. Select the design, right mouse click and Ungroup. Now, delete adornments and the satin stitch outline.
Select the Text icon and click inside the frame. Move the cursor to the Properties box and type the title of the quilt. Select a font from the drop down menu, I’ve selected Bauhas. Click Apply.
Select the Text icon again and click inside the frame. Move the cursor to the Properties box and type your name, click on Enter and then type your hometown on the second line. Click a different font from the drop down menu – Cursive in this sample. In the Line Spacing box, enter -5. Click Apply. The negative number automatically pulls the letters close together mimicking handwriting.
Just a little more information and we’ll be done. Select the text icon again, click inside the frame and move the cursor to the Properties box. Type the date on the first line and the care instructions on the second line. In the font drop down menu, select Arial 4mm. Click Apply.
Select all of the elements, right mouse click and select Align, Horizontal Center.
Once you’re satisfied with the layout, reorder the color sequence. In the Sequence window, select the first color, the frame.
Move it to the last position. The label is ready to be stitched!
On Wednesday, I’ll share the next steps – applying to the quilt.
I love how easy it is to customize a label in My Quilt Embellisher.