This weekend’s mail brought the November/December 2013 issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited. Inside is my article on labeling quilts which, after nearly 15 years of maintaining the Lost Quilt Come Home website (http://lostquilt.com/), is a topic very near and dear to me. I jumped at the chance to write this article for them.
While I was writing the article, I revised a couple of articles and blog posts that I had written in the past, updating them and adding new information. In the article, I not only give reasons why everyone should label their quilts and what basic information should go on a quilt label, but I also give ideas for different ways to create unique labels.
During my writing process, I also spent time photographing all of the labels on my own quilts to use as illustrations for the various ideas I presented in the article. As I was taking those photos, I realized that it probably would be a good idea to make that a standard practice for all of my future quilts. I already make time to take really good photos of the front of the quilt, and sometimes I flip them over and take photos of the quilting from the back, but having a record of what is actually on each label could prove useful if one of my quilts ever come up missing.
If you need ideas on how to make labels for your own quilts, be sure to pick up a copy of this magazine. It’s full of other useful information, too.