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Little Lamb Quilt Labels

I digitized a new quilt label this morning and thought I would share it with any of my readers that have embroidery machines. I’m offering it in VIP format but you are free to convert it within your embroidery software. The design measures 80.9 x 70.4mm (3.19 x 3.09 inches).  The graphic above shows how the label will look in three different colors, but you are free to color the label any way you choose.

I usually stitch my quilt labels on Kona cotton fabric, which I starch and press. I also use a tear-away stabilizer under the design as it stitches.

You can download this embroidery design freebie from BOX in the right margin. The file is labeled quilt-label-1.zip. Please read the copyright and use information in the included doc file.

Quilt Label

I hope you enjoy using this cute label on your baby quilts.

Happy stitching,

Nancy

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I applied double-fold bias binding to finish the edges of my quilt.  I really don’t have a binding preference on square or rectangular quilts.  Bias cut or straight of grain both work well.  If my corners were rounded or edges scalloped, I would definitely use bias binding.

Quilt Binding

Applying Double-Fold Binding to Quilt

The final step before I could call the project complete involved embroidering a quilt label.  I wanted something a little smaller for this quilt so I chose a simple bunny design.  As you can see, I used some of the leftover binding to frame the label.

Quilt Label

Little Bunny Quilt Label

I want to mention one more thing regarding free motion quilting.  An even rhythm (hand movement in sync with machine speed) produces even stitches.  If you move your quilt too slowly, your stitches will be too small and possibly bunch up.  Conversely, if you move your quilt too quickly, your stitches will be too large.  Both practice and warm up really help you to find the right balance.

Free Motion Quilting Stitches

Work Toward Even Free Motion Stitches

In the planning stage, try to find designs that flow nicely without too many starts and stops.  Sometimes it’s fun to take traditional quilting designs and convert them for free motion quilting.  As you draw them out on paper, it’s helpful to use numbers for the starting point, direction, and stopping point, simplifying them as much as possible.

I have lots of quilts floating around in my head and look forward to sharing the adventure with you.

Completed Quilt

A Happy Ending

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1 Peter 1:4

I don’t know about you, but I have lots of leftover binding strips.  Why not use them to add some framing to your quilt labels?  It’s so easy to do and adds a special touch to the back of your quilt.

Normally, I place my label in the bottom left hand corner on the back of my quilt.  Where you position your label is entirely up to you.

Completed Quilt Label

First, I sew the binding to the label on the sides I need it to cover.  Since the label bottom and left side will be buried in the seam allowance, I leave these as raw edges.  The binding is applied to the label in the same manner as it is applied to the quilt sandwich.  I turn the corners just as I do in part two of my binding tutorial.

Binding Sewn to Exposed Edges

Next, I place a few strands of fusible thread on the reverse seam allowance and press the rolled binding for a few seconds with a steam iron (cotton setting).  If you prefer, you can zig-zag around the seam allowance with fusible thread in your bobbin as I demonstrated in part three of my binding tutorial.

Pressing Binding to Wrong Side of Label

Once my binding is secured to the reverse side of the label, I’m now ready to position the label on the back of my quilt.  I tuck the bottom and left raw edges into the seam allowance and place strands of fusible thread on top as shown.  I then fold the binding back onto the seam allowance and steam press, being careful to press only the binding, not the quilt.

Positioning Fusible Thread Strands

To adhere the upper part of the label, I strategically place fusible thread stands under the binding edge and again steam press for a few seconds.  My goal here is to simply tack down the edges until I blind stitch them to the quilt.

Upper Label "Tack Down"

Wasn’t the simple?  I find so many uses for fusible thread.  Every time I cut a fusible thread tail, I place it in this small plastic bag, always ready for action.

Fusible Thread Tails

Since I’ve mentioned fusible thread numerous times, here is a list of some online sources where you can purchase this helpful product if you can’t find it at your local quilt shop.

Create For Less

Red Rock Threads

Nancy’s Notions

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Embroidering Quilt Labels

The Piecemakers4Life quilts will all have a special embroidered label on the reverse side.  Each label is graced with the precious truth that children are a gift from God.

This pea pod label is from Psalm 139.

Quilt Label - Psalm 139

Our blue bunny label is from Psalm 127.

Quilt Label - Psalm 127

Of course, the labels will be color coordinated with their respective quilts.  All of the quilts we make are given to our local crisis pregnancy center, and we are praying that God will use our quilts to encourage the women and children who receive them.

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