August 19 ~ Hand Sewing Photo of the Day

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Quilt Label
By Georgia, Georgia McDonald

Georgia writes, “This label was stitched for a quilt that I made my daughter’s kindergarten teacher last year. Very simple to do– I asked her to write the message on a piece of paper then I traced it onto the fabric and stitched over it using a split stitch. I like to make embroidered labels for my quilts (not that I have made all that many)– a nice finishing touch, and probably my favourite part really!”

You can see other label photos in the embroidery set in Georgia’s photostream (and while you’re there, look at this The Princess & the Pea embroidery!).

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62 Responses to August 19 ~ Hand Sewing Photo of the Day

  1. I need to learn how to embroider – what a great way to finish a quilt! And the Princess and the Pea embroidery is amazing!

  2. charlie says:

    I have never put a label on any of my quilts or projects because I have always thought the people who got them knew who made them. Yet in the back of my mind I felt that I should do it anyway. Truthfully, a large part of the problem has always been that I felt intimidated in not knowing how to make them and then attach them properly. So…………….reading about labels again, here, has been a good prompt for me to take the plunge and “just do it”. In a way I feel silly for having not done it earlier. Thank you.
    ~ Charlie

  3. Kelli says:

    Oh my goodness, I am in love with this idea!!!! I sometimes forget to label my quilts at all (and some I choose not to because they’re not so great…) But I’m working on getting better and this such a lovely way to do it. I will definitely do this for my Christmas projects I’ve already got in mind! thanks!!!!

  4. Julia M. in MI says:

    What a great idea and special touch to a handmade item!?!

  5. Candice says:

    So very sweet…the perfect detail to any handmade quilt!

  6. Barbara says:

    Have some Quilts that need labels. Like this idea very much. Thank you.

  7. Sarah S says:

    her name is imogen…that’s amazing!

  8. Grace Wong says:

    woah, I had no idea that was sewed! neat!

  9. WendyLou says:

    Thanks for this post!! I recently finished my first quilt, and I want to embroider a label for it. Now I think I might have the inspiration that I was looking for.

  10. Diana Summers says:

    Great idea! Love your embroidery!!!

  11. maddy sherman says:

    lovely idea and lovely details… thank you

  12. Kathleen C. says:

    I make such plain labels for my quilts-now I’m going to use simple embroidery; Thanks for the photo and idea. I’ve always done hand applique and hand quilting, and I’d love to expand my use of embroidery on a quilt.
    Kathleen C.

  13. Leslie says:

    What a lovely idea, thank you for sharing!

  14. Pat Chivers says:

    Thanks for sharing, a wonderful idea!

  15. I wish all quilts had labels with all the information. I went to your website, and the princess and the pea emboidery is gorgeous.

  16. What a great idea for a tag. I do cheat myself and trace my info from type written words, my hand writing is horrid.


  17. Laurel says:

    Great idea and beautiful work!

  18. Lisa says:

    Great idea, gives that personal touch.


  19. ellen says:

    So much more personal than when I use a permanant marker myself. Great idea!

  20. Jenny says:

    I also usually embroider my name on the back of quilts…it takes more time, but it adds just an extra loving touch! Thanks for the lovely examples.
    krousegirl2 at aol dot com

  21. Jennie says:

    Love this idea! I’ve been looking into fabric ready printer sheets and scanning, but I’ll have to try this “simpler” approach to transcribing my daughter’s work!

  22. PenguitoSmile says:

    This is so cute!

  23. That is an adorable finish to a gift quilt!

  24. Helena says:

    I so love the idea of having the child write it out. It makes it so personal. Wonderful quilt.

  25. Georgia says:

    Karen – it won’t fade. I traced the writing onto the fabric (use a washable marker, or just an ordinary pencil will do), and then stitch straight over the top with your embroidery floss. What you can see is the embroidery, not the marker.

    Susan – Just put your fabric over the paper with the writing on it and trace over the top – simple as that. If the handwriting is done in something dark enough (black marker) then it will be easy to see through the fabric. You could also tape the paper to a window and then tape the fabric over the top so that the light shines through – works just like a light box.

    Hope this helps!

  26. Stacy says:

    That is so beautiful! I need to find someone to teach me how to embroider that beautifully!

  27. Melna says:

    Very cute, Georgia! I have a big to do list, and one of the things I want to do is embroider my daughter drawings, so little time!

  28. Taya says:

    What a great quilt label and great idea for a teacher gift. Thank you for sharing!

  29. Katie Mitchell says:

    What a great idea!

  30. morepjs says:

    that’s such a lovely way to personalize a quilt, I have to say, I love it.

  31. Amber says:

    I was so just thinking about making me a bunch of these for my quilts lol I think that they add that more personal and loving touch 🙂

  32. Elizabeth says:

    Very cute idea–I will have to keep it in mind for my next quilt label! 🙂

  33. Sandra says:

    What a lovely thing to do…both the quilt and teaching your daughter nice manners. She’ll go far in life due to your kind instruction.

  34. Jodieth says:

    That is such a loving gift and a great idea.

  35. Rochelle says:

    What an adorable idea!

  36. Nicole says:

    It’s wonderful, everything Georgia makes looks so perfect and pretty!

  37. Erin says:

    I love this idea…especially sweet in childrens’ handwriting.

  38. BeckyS says:

    What a great idea! How very clever of you.

  39. jennsquared says:

    What a great idea! I love the hand writing touch! it makes it really personal.

  40. Tracey says:

    I’m just about to finish up a quilt for my sisters wedding (it was 3 years but this might be the perfect finishing touch!

  41. susan says:

    Does anyone know how you would trace handwriting from a paper onto fabric? It’s probably pretty simple but I’m obviously missing something in the process. Thanks!

  42. mon ami says:

    what a cute idea. I love that it is in her handwriting not just a letter template

    thanks for sharing

  43. Margie says:

    Thats such a sweet idea!

  44. wintu nancy says:

    What a cute idea, and so special in your child’s handwriting. I have go to get better about doing labels for my quilts.

  45. Ramona says:

    I love the idea of a personal note. How perfect!

  46. Rebecca says:

    I did this on my last quilt and found it really easy to free-motion as well, such a nice touch!

  47. jill says:

    Can’t wait to try this with my daughter.

  48. Krystina says:

    I wish I was her daughter’s kindergarten teacher! Wow!

    The princess in the pea embroidery is so sweet. I love the tiny little pea.

  49. Alissa says:

    What a great personal touch!

  50. Penny Sue says:

    That is a great idea. Thank you for keeping us motivated in our sewing endeavors.

  51. alison says:

    What a great idea!

  52. Natalie says:

    That’s a nice step to making your gift complete.

  53. Kaye Prince says:

    I love to make hand-sewn labels for my quilts too, but this is an absolutely darling idea! Great job!

  54. Sarah E. says:

    so cute I love it!

  55. Jane says:

    Wow! What a great teachers gift! And the embroidery is so enticing. I’ve been wanting to do some embroidery for about a year now, but so many other projects get in the way….also time spent on the computer!

  56. Ruth says:

    What a cute idea! I love the fact that you used your daughter’s message for the label.

  57. Karen says:

    I am always wondering what to do for the label, that makes it personal and also something that will not fade overtime. Will this fade? Or did you sew right over the words too? I’ve used fabric markers and such, but I am still nervous that it will fade in the wash. any thoughts?

  58. Amy says:

    What a cute idea!

  59. Andi says:

    I need to learn how to embroider – what a great way to finish a quilt! And the Princess and the Pea embroidery is amazing!

  60. Kerneknop says:

    How cute is this…

  61. rosa souza says:

    Touching! I loved it!

  62. Georgia says:

    Thankyou so much for showing my photo!

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