Do you hate making quilt labels? I do. I used to be fairly good about labeling the quilts I made, and still am, but only the ones I give away. It seems such a bother, such a last minute after thought. I know how important it is, so for me, it's one more thing to feel guilty about, like not flossing before bedtime, or neglecting to recycle properly.
So, recently I discovered a couple of quilt labels that were made in this very clever manner. I tried it out on the baby quilt Sara made and think this will be my new "go to" method of putting on a label.
So, here's what I did. I cut out a four inch square of white cotton fabric, and a four inch square of freezer paper. I ironed the freezer paper to the fabric and folded the two layers to form a triangle. The purpose of the freezer paper is to make a firm surface to write on. You know how when you try to write on a piece of fabric, it is kind of all over the place? Well, this keeps it all firm and steady and easy to write on without messing up.
Not the neatest printing job, but there you have it, I have written my label. I should have squeezed in the town and state where the quilt was made, but I forgot. When you try this, you will do a much better job than I did.
Now, whip off that piece of freezer paper and discard it.
Place the folded triangle right up to the edge of the back of your quilt, snugging it into the corner. Using your sewing machine, sew a couple of inches along the two short sides of the triangle. Keep back from your quarter inch seam allowance. I think I did a 1/8" seam. Don't bother going all around the triangle, just do the two sides. You can do this before or after you have sewn on the binding (but before you hand sew the edge of the binding down).
The idea is to affix the raw edges of the label to the quilt. Your stitching lines will be under the binding and will not show. The folded edge is now on the outside edge, forming a little pocket in the corner on the back of the quilt. I suppose if the pocket aspect bugs you, you could hand stitch down the folded edge to the backing, but it didn't bother me.
I had already sewn the binding to the quilt, so all I had to do was flip my binding over and hand sew down as usual.
This could not have been faster or easier. Took three times longer to explain than to do it. No more excuses not to attach a label to your quilts!