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How do you make custom quilt labels?

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Make custom quilt labels by handwriting on fabric, printing the label message from the computer, or embroidering the message onto the fabric. The label can use fabric that contrasts with the quilt backing or scraps of the quilt fabric to make a mini quilt block.

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If the quilt is a gift, customize the message on the label to show the name of the person it's for and perhaps the occasion, such as "To Jenna on her 21st birthday." If the quilt itself has a name, that should go on the label along with the quilter's name and the date. A place can be added, such as "Hilltop Farm" or "Savannah, Georgia." Some people include quotes or Bible verses in the label message.

One way to make the label is to cut out a 4-inch by 6-inch or 5-inch by 7-inch piece of unbleached muslin or other fabric and iron the reverse side of the fabric to the shiny side of a piece of freezer paper. This keeps the fabric from shifting when writing on it. Using paper or the computer, write out the message to fit the label size. Put the fabric on top of the message to guide you when you write it on the fabric. Using a window or light box helps make the message easier to see.

A 1 1/2-inch wide strip of fabric from the quilt makes a simple border. Press the edges toward the back of the label, pin the label on a corner of the quilt back, and use slip stitching to applique it onto the quilt. Make sure no stitches go all the way through to the quilt top surface.

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