Quilting Inspiration: Quilt Labels

RainbowRiver I recently completed a baby quilt…You can see my niece “swimming” on it in the picture on the left. Except it’s not really done, because I haven’t put a label on it. It does not matter that I have a good reason for not labeling it yet (the baby hasn’t even been born! I don’t know if the baby is a boy or a girl! I don’t know the baby’s name or birth stats!), it only matters that I cannot move this quilt into the “done” column until I put a label on it!

At the very least, a quilt label should tell us who made the quilt and when she made it. If we consider the quilt label part of the historical record, any other information is gravy. If the quilt is a gift and we consider the quilt label part of the gift, then a few more details are really nice. Just think, if a baby quilt gets packed away in the attic and years go by, how nice would it be to know that this is the quilt that Aunt B made without having to interview everyone in the family?!?

Here are a few more details that you can add to your quilt label to make it really helpful or meaningful as the years go by:

  • Your name
  • The quilter’s name (if it is not you)
  • Date completed
  • City and state
  • Recipient’s name and relationship
  • Occasion
  • A personal message

When it comes to the best way to add a label to a quilt, there is a different answer for every quilt! It could be as simple as signing your name and the date on the backing or binding with a permanent fabric pen, or as complicated as a hand-embroidered message. I’ve collected a bunch of ideas and inspiration for labeling your quilts over on Pinterest.

135 L6 002 You can fuse or sew a label onto the back of the quilt after it is quilted. Labels like this can be embroidered or written by hand with a fabric marker.




BindingLabel You can stitch a label into the binding. This is a great option if you are planning to enter the quilt in a show or contest and don’t want the label to detract from the quilt itself.




Pre-MadeLabel You can have personalized tags created that you can iron on, or even attach with decorative stitches. These are a great option if you have a backlog of quilts that need to be labeled or if you are trying to create a “brand” for your quilts.

OrphanBlockLabel I love pieced labels! Whether you stitch the label onto the block or write on the block with a fabric marker, a patchwork quilt label can repeat the look of your quilt top on the backing.


Whatever method you choose, I hope you’ll take the time to give your quilts a label…after all the time you’ve spent on them, they deserve it! Click here to download some tips for labeling your quilts.

Now, I am just anxiously awaiting the birth of my newest niece or nephew so I can “finish” my baby quilt!

Do you have a favorite method for labeling your quilts? Have you received a quilt as a gift that had a special label? Tell us in the comments below!


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