Way back in May I posted a question to Facebook asking for suggestions on things to learn. One of the most requested topics was how to create a name tag for the back of your quilt.
Of course, there are millions of ways to create a name tag, and yes, many are far simpler than the method I'm teaching today. This is simply my favorite method of creating a really unique tag for those extra special quilts so let's learn how it works!
This method of creating a turned edge using freezer paper and starch was inspired by Sharon Schamber, a master quilter and amazing teacher of advanced quilting techniques. Click here to find Sharon's site.
Now one little step that unfortunately had to be cut out of the video due to length was the tips about marking the tag with your information.
When writing on fabric, it's always good to test and make sure you're working with a pen that won't bleed or smudge when either wet or dry. Personally I use Micron Pigma Pens and find the 3 point to be a very nice size.
You'll want to take a minute to heat set this ink with a hot, dry iron to make sure the marks are totally set in the fabric and won't run when they get wet.
If you're worried about the pen or marker you plan to use, simply run a test! Mark a square of white fabric and get it wet, then mark another and heat set and get it wet. See how things react and experiment to see what works and what doesn't!
As for the information you choose to write on your tag, most quilts can be tagged with just the quilt name, date completed, and your name.
If you plan to show your quilt, you will need to include a lot more information such as address, phone number, website, and email address.
If you're worried about making all this information look really good, simply type it all up in a Word file and print it out on a sheet of paper. Use a lightbox or glass door to transfer the typed words onto your white fabric.
So that's it for this week! I hope you'll find some time this week to pull out fabric, make a small name tag, and ensure you'll get credit for your quilts for years to come.
Instructions for Linking Up Your Blog:
1. Write your blog post. Publish it on your blog.
2. Copy the link of the specific blog post. This is not just the link to your blog itself (www.freemotionquilting.blogspot.com), but the link to the specific post: http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/2012/01/quilt-along-2-quilting-in-rows.html
3. Click the blue link up button above and paste your link into the box.
Keep in mind that you're posting your progress from LAST week on THIS week's post. This way you have time to watch the lesson, play with the ideas, then post your progress to the next quilt along. I hope that makes sense!
Let's go quilt!