Monday, October 21, 2013

Quilt Labels

Can not even put into words how good it was to have our boy home for a bit... nor how hard it was to put him on that plane yesterday. Ugh. Now we're counting down 8 months until he's back from his next deployment. It's going to be a long 8 months.

We have enjoyed his presence, his amazing hugs, his quick wit, his sparkling eyes when he gets tickled, the conversations, the soothing sound of him playing his guitar, and it is far too quiet around here today.

It's been a coon's age since I've sewn anything - over a month, but I have a few quilts that are back from the quilter's and ready for binding so I tried to fill some time to stop myself from moping. Not sure if I was very successful, but I did manage to get some quilt labels made.

Labeling my quilts has always been a struggle for me. Don't rightly know why because I do think it's important. Whenever I run across a quilt in an antique shop, the first thing I think is, "I wonder who made it". I've never seen one labeled.

So I am making it a point to work on that and I thought I would share a few that I made yesterday while I pouted and sniffled my way through the day.

I made this one a few weeks ago for the Here Fishy Fishy Baby quilt for my niece's first baby. I mailed it last week and  I'll show it to you in a couple of days.

This label is for another quilt I just finished that took me an entire month to bind. That tells you how much time I've spent with needle and thread lately:

  And this one is now stitched to the back of the Barn Star quilt I finished back in January:

I made this one up for Bonnie's Hunter's Easy Street. It has been quilted, but still awaits a binding and looking at it, I will probably make another label on a lighter background. That blue doesn't read very well on the gray. Oops...missed clipping some thread tails on some of these.

And this one is for another quilt I just got back from the quilter's. I can not wait to tell you about this one, but it too still needs to be bound:

I made this one is for the King of the Jungle baby quilt that I need to finish next:

This label goes on the gigantic Western Scrappy Trips quilt that is on our bed. It is our Covered Wagon quilt, so named because a friend (Hi Saska!) said it was big enough to cover a covered wagon. I am thinking of embroidering our initials in the horseshoes.

And lastly, I made one for my Scrap Jar Stars quilt:

Once I make these labels, I really like them.

They don't take much time. I spend more time browsing through designs than it takes to make them. I only have access to a few fonts with the Digitizer Jr program I have, but it has served me well. Once in a while I think about purchasing the full fledged program, but when I think about shelling out that much dough, I just can't do it.

There are so many ways to label your quilts so consider this my public service announcement to just choose one and get those quilts labeled. I've printed some labels and used a pigma pen on others. These labels have a few tears on them, but at least they are finished. Now please excuse me while I go add a few more tears to a pillow.


Vickie said...

I can't imagine how you feel right now. Your a strong woman and I'm betting you know Psalm 91 by heart. P.S. I love your labels ! Hugs !

laverne said...

Wonderful you had some time with your boy,I know it wasn't nearly enough!Hope your girl got to se him also.Prayers for him,is he deploying to Afganistan?Seems like that is where everyone is going.I love your quilt labels!Especially putting the ranch name on there.That will be really special for your great grands to have many years down the road.Hope you will have a post about the fall works soon!Lots of pictures and recipes please!Had a little more rain here,Praise the Lord!Lots of tanks are still very low though.Wichita Falls is about 30 miles from me and the lakes they use are just a hair over 30 percent capacity.The local small town Windthorst gets water from 1 of the lakes and Archer City where I work gets water from the other so kinda scary.Thankfully I have a water well,never has been a huge producer but I'm pretty careful with it.Praying you get more rain.

Nancy said...

The labels are fantastic! I like all of them, but the barbed wire one is my favorite. Looks like you have two favorite machine quilters. Are they local ladies?

So glad your son was able to visit before his deployment and that you stocked up on hugs and all the special sounds of having him in the house again. May they linger until you can see him again.

Doniene said...

You've been in my mind, heart, and prayers!!! You can always come by - I've got a great shoulder to cry on!!! So very glad you got that time! I'm amping up the prayer for Tyler until he comes home again!

The labels are AWESOME!!!!!

Blessings dear friend!

Judith Blinkenberg said...

I am so happy you had time with ypur son. I will keep him on my prayers. My heart goes out to you. I have only labeled one quilt and I think about it when I give the quilt away. I will try to do this in the future. We are beginning to pack to move. My heart isn't in it because it's on the side of a hill with stairs, but having 20 chickens has made this process more difficult. I am following through until the Good Lord says different. Blessings to you my friend. I began a new blog. Not much on it right now but if you find yourself bored, haha, it is Wish I could have thought of a more interesting name. Take care. Judy

Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

I know your heart is full. Is Tyler making the Marines his career?

Love your labels. My daughter has my embroidery machine AND hers for a little business she has, so she makes my labels as a form of 'rent' for the machine!!

Thinking about you!

Dar said...

Sorry your baby has gone back to "work", but maybe those 8 months will fly by quicker than you think. Your labels are great! I've done a few with my embroidery on my Bernina, but usually am in a hurry and just print them on fabric with computer. I have a hard time naming my quilts too. Maybe I should let my loyal bloggers name mine -- hmm will try that IF I ever get one finished!! lol

Jen said...

I hate to label and bind my quilts. So, now I embroider right on the backing before I quilt them....that takes care of 1 step and there's no way that label can come off.

Alycia said...

Look at you go!! Hugs to you. My boy went back too - and it was hard, yours is definitly tougher - prayers going yours and the boys way.... Keep quiltin till your sane ;)

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I can't believe I've never labeled a single one of my quilts. I justified it by saying that they've been gifted to my daughter and her family. But I wonder now if it would have been wonderful to have at least the date or something on them - and maybe an explanation why I made the quilt. Need to start labeling!!

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