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Labels and Great Products


I began quilting 24 years ago, but I haven’t quilted for 24 years. There have been some gaps in there when family and work and stuff have got in the way. My latest vacation from quilting lasted about 7 years. Sure, I have done a few sewing things here and there, but to seriously consider myself quilting I began again this last fall.

Yesterday I wanted to finish up my 2 latest projects. The “Christmas Charm Quilt” and “Hearty” needed labels to be DONE.  I pulled out my old label book, Create Your Own Quilt Labels! by Kim Churbuck and got to work. This is how I make a quilt label.

1. I choose a design that I think will compliment my quilt.

2. Copy the design with my scanner. I increased the size 150%.

3. Cut a square of white muslin 6″ square.

4. Tape the copy of the design to a window or light table. Actually I use my clear sewing table and put a lamp under it without the shade, but this could be dangerous if left unattended so if you do so, do it with care.

5. I tape the muslin to the design so that I can see it through the fabric.

6. I take out my Sakura Micron Pigma Pens and trace the design. These are the BEST pens in the world. I have a few sets of them. They come in many colors and many tips. I haven’t used mine in 7 years and when I opened the cap and used them, (expecting them to be dried out) they worked like they were brand new! I was shocked and impressed.

7. Once I have the main elements I want traced. I have fun coloring it in and adding special touches.

8. For lettering I print out what I want to write on the label and trace it the same way. This can take a couple of tries to get the right size font.

9. Trim the patch and sew it to the back of your quilt.

Ta da!!  You are finished.


Current Work


Flash back to 1999, those of us in the quilt world were facinated with charm quilts and charm block exchanges. The goal was to make a quilt with 2000 pieces by the year 2000.

Well some of the quilters out there were successful, but I having 4 children under the age of 8 was happy just to participate in a charm exchange, I had no real intention of  making a 2000 piece quilt.  So my quilt buddies and I exchanged a whole bunch of Christmas fabrics with one signature square. I don’t even remember how many we swapped, but my pile sat there for some time. (We all know this feeling.)

Flash forward… It has been 11 years now and I have finally drafted a pattern, exectued it and am now working on the finishing touches. It is not a true charm quilt because there are duplicate fabrics within the quilt, but I am very happy with the results.

Christmas Quilt

Christmas Quilt

In my attempts to reduce my stash and finish up projects, I pieced the back of the quilt. Now I love to quilt, but that doesn’t mean that I do not have my share of frustrating moments. This piecing of the backing was VERY frustrating to me. Maybe I will talk about that another day.

Yesterdays post was inspired by my second attempt to machine quilt this top. My first attempt was to stipple quilt it, but I am very out of practice and it just wasn’t looking good. I figure if you are going to spend that much time on the top, you shouldn’t just ruin it with bad quilting.

More on this later……