What to Include on Quilt Labels

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When making a quilt label, is it appropriate to include the name of the person who designed the pattern? And is it necessary to contact the designer of a quilt pattern to receive permission to enter a quilt (made using that pattern) in a quilt show?



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When it comes to quilt labels, you can include any information that you think is important. So if later on you want to remember who designed the quilt I would absolutely include it. I would also include who made and quilted it along with the year it was made. Other fun information to include could be who it was made for, if someone special.

In reference to your second question, this may depend on the type of show you are entering it in. In general however, I would say that yes you need to ask for permission. Here is a line from entry guidelines for an AQS quilt show:

“Any quilt that cannot be defined as an original piece requires written design permission from the inspiration(s) source.”

Hope this helps!

Ashley

Related links:

How to Make a Fabric Paper Quilt Label
How to Use Printed Quilt Labels
How to Make an Embroidery Quilt Label
Quilt Care Part 2: Labeling and Displaying Quilts

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7 Responses to “What to Include on Quilt Labels”
  1. merry

    I have just finished pinning my quilt, ready to start sewing. I have a babylock journey, the setting are 2.5 and 4.0, what should the settings be for quilting, the batting is thin packaged. I also want to know the setting I would use for free motion quilting

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      Hi Merry. I am not overly familiar with that exact brand of machine, so I would recommend consulting your machine manual to see what it recommends. In general, when I am quilting I will have my stitch length on either 2.5 or 3.0. When doing free motion quilting you won’t actually set your machine on anything, as you will be determining the stitch length as you move your fabric under the free dogs.

      Hope this helps!

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Patricia. Pincushion projects are great because you can stuff them with almost anything. You can use old scraps of fabric, small bits of quilt batting, or my favorite- just a small amount of polyester fiberfill. I find that it is easiest to stuff into your pincushion and provides a good shape.

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  2. Pat

    I have always put my name, when completed, quilted by–, where I live and the recipient’s name( if that was why I made the quilt) on all my quilts. My grandmother never put any label information on her quilts and I am sure that many of her quilts are still around but great grandchildren or their families do not know who made the snuggle quilts they still use. In 2000 I began to add another number to all my quilts. Whether it is a 12″ x12″” wall art quilt up to a king sized I have now a “Log” number at the very bottom of the label. A woman I met in a quilt shop in Bath, England in late 1999 told me that if you make 3 or more quilts a year for 5 or more years you will forget details so I should keep a “log book” of my work. I had been making quilts for about 20+ years by that time but I decided I would start my log register on January 1, 2000. My number system —— lists the year made-the number that quilt is on that year’s list – and the total number of quilts since I started my list. I make a lot of charity quilts and family( cousins,their kids and grandchildren, all my nieces and nephews and their kids and grandkids, and a few close family friends and their families, SO— my last quilt for an auction to support our local Gig Harbor Yacht Club has the number 2017-9-380 on the bottom of the label. By the way, of those 380 quilts in the past 16+ years, only 4 have gone to a commercial long arm quilter. Only about 1/4 were wall or tiny crib sized pieces. The rest are being used by the owners.

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  3. Mary

    I have sent several questions about the scrap quilt I am trying to start. Please help.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Mary,

      What are the questions that you have? We can send them to our experts to review.

      Thanks,
      Becky National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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