|Urban Shadows - 18" by 24" 2012
So I thought I would take you through the process of how I make my labels.
First I cut a piece of freezer paper the size of a piece of regular printer paper by just using the paper itself as a guide.
Tip of the Day: Freezer paper can be used for a ton of things including templates, applique, and labels. A roll should always be kept with your other quilting notions.
Next, I take a good piece of cotton - usually something that has a heavier hand like a twill, and iron it onto the shiny side of the freezer paper. Now the trick to this is that you want to leave the iron on long enough so the paper stays on but not too long as it melts on and you can't peel it off later. For my Rowenta that takes a good 10 seconds. Trim the fabric to the size of the paper.
Then, I use my Word program to make the label itself. I make sure it has the Name of the quilt, My Name (aduh!), my town, and the year. Sometimes I add a little something that tells why I made the quilt or the scripture that is associated with the title. I always try to pick a font that fits the feel of the quilt and sometimes I'll add a graphic that works with the theme. Here's a screen shot of today's label:
Now, its just a matter or running the fabric through your printer and printing out the label on it. I peel the paper off and heat set the ink by ironing it again.
|(yeah - I was 3 labels behind - plus the Beauties!)
Finally there are a few ways you can attach your label. You can fuse it on but when I do that it tends to get a bit of a see-through quality. Not to mention its all stiff. I've put on the label and then quilted it so that its super secure and nobody can just rip it off. But what I really like to do is just applique it on with a nice blind stitch. My reasoning is that most my pieces have been well documented that I made them and if somebody stole it - I wouldn't need the label anyways to prove that it was mine.
And that's all there is too it! Now Urban Shadows has its label which makes it officially done and ready for the fair!
Ohhh and by the way, Urban Shadows is the first piece that I actually used surface design on. I screen printed it with thicken dyes and used - wait for it - freezer paper to make the cool design on the screen itself. See another use of freezer paper!
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