Do you label your quilts? I am the absolute worst at it, but I am working on getting better at it.
This past weekend I actually went to work and started making labels...even stitched them on my projects. LOL!!
What did I learn from all this?
Well, I can sure cut down the size considerably.
I can have the the label ready before I attach the binding.
(that saves me hand stitching down 2 of the sides anyway)
And I need to add the date on our blog hop buttons.
Yep, that just never crossed my mind, until I printed out my labels.
I will be doing that on future buttons, in case anyone else uses them for their quilt labels.
One of the very first posts on my blog back in 2009 was about printing on fabric and the options that were available. You can find that post here
There have are many new products on the market, but my favorite is still
"Bubble Jet Set 2000".
It's the least expensive way to do, and it is washable. Jenkins, the manufacturer explains the magic of their product HERE. I use batik fabric, because of the tight weave. Personally, I think it prints a cleaner image. It's so easy to do. Just cut your fabric into sizes that will run through your printer. Mine were 9" x 11 1/2". (later trimmed to 8 1/2" X 11") I laid them in a baking pan and poured in enough "Bubble Jet Set" to cover them. You can stack multiple layers. Let them set for 5 minutes. Allow them to dry and iron them onto freezer paper.
I use these sheets because they are stiffer than the normal freezer paper and my printer is happier with them. I can use them over and over, as well.
Trim your fabric before putting them into your printer, making sure there are no strings to cause problems. Once printed let set for 30 minutes. Wash them using a mild detergent or Bubble Jet Rinse, and allow to dry. Your labels are ready to go.
So...that being said
Monday starts our Sew It - Show It Challenge, and this month we are "Green" with envy.
Green Apples, that is!
31 of our favorite bloggers are ready to share.
You don't want to miss out!
Pinker n' Punkin Quilting & Stitching
Now, if that isn't enough...
Carol just announced a new hop
This challenge must include one or more of the following
Check out all the details on her post HERE and join in on the fun.
There is still space for you on the April Challenge.
Drop me a line if your interested.
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'
What a great idea to add a pic of the blog hop with the date. I never date my quilts, but I do add a label showing I made it. I need to change things up a bit. Thanks for sharing the how-to!ReplyDelete
I'm going to have to try the Bubble Jet Set because I know there's a bottle of it here somewhere and I don't think I've ever used it. I keep forgetting I have it. I usually just iron regular cotton onto the freezer paper and run it through the printer and then press it with a hot iron on both sides. Hmmm....wandering off to hunt.....ReplyDelete
Thanks for the explanation. As you say, there are so many ways to print.ReplyDelete
I just have to remember to do it!! Oh dear!
Thanks for the great ideas - never heard of that Bubble Jet stuff before - and the special fabric is perfect. I'm pretty good at labels though I usually do a machine embroidery label. It is perfect to have the label done BEFORE the binding goes on!! I've even been known to have the label finished - ready to apply - and then the quilt languishes till I have to change the date when it's completed. lol That might have been a bit toooo early. :) I always look forward to the hops; hope you girls keep them going.ReplyDelete
:)) I wrote the above comment as LJ under Google. Every once in a while, my comment doesn't come up with the Google sign-in. Still haven't figured out 'the why'. I do lots of things - sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Grrrrr!ReplyDelete
A vert good reminder to date and label quilts! I am very bad about this!ReplyDelete