Guest Post // 6 Creative Quilt Label Options for your One-of-a-Kind Heirloom!

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Hi! Shelly Pagliai here today from Prairie Moon Quilts with some creative ways to use Dear Stella’s cute new label panel from the Love You To The Moon collection by Rae Ritchie!

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Using pieces from the Love You To The Moon collection, along with the 24″ label panel and several other coordinating Dear Stella prints, I’ve created six different labels that you can make using the tutorials below, to add an extra special touch to your quilts!

But before we get started… I wanted to let you know about the *GIVEAWAY* that Dear Stella and I are hosting together!

Scroll down to the end of this post for details and entry instructions.

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Now let’s get started making labels!


Label #1 (finished size: 8” square)

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When I saw this circular piece of the label panel, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it! Follow the steps below, referring to reference photos for the steps with bracketed numbers.

Cut the circular piece out of the panel with as much of a seam allowance as you can [1].

Now is a good time to write your message on your label. I talk about the markers I use in the instructions for Label #2, so refer to Label #2 if you need help with that part.

From a yellow print, cut a 5 1/2” square. Finger press the square in half both directions [2].

Finger press the label circle in half both directions and line it up with the finger-pressed marks on the square, and pin it in place [3].

Turn the raw edge under as you go, and appliqué the label in place on top of the square [4]. (You can also cut the circle the exact size you want it and raw-edge appliqué it on by machine, if you prefer.)

From a coordinating print, cut two rectangles 2” x 5 1/2” and two rectangles 2” x 8 1/2” [5].

Sew the short rectangles onto the sides of the appliquéd label piece, pressing seams toward the rectangles [6].

Then sew the longer rectangles onto the top and bottom, again pressing the seams toward the rectangles [7].

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To attach the label to your quilt, first press under 1/4” on all sides of the label:

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Then position it where you want it on the back side of your quilt, and pin it in place:

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Appliqué the label in place, making sure that your stitches don’t go all the way through to the front side of the quilt. (This is like the same stitch that you would use to whip down your binding — super easy!)


Label #2 (finished size: 5 1/2” x 9 3/4”)

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This label was made with my daughter in mind! I’m making her a very special quilt, and she may indeed find it quite magical (I’m hoping), so I combined several pieces of the panel to create a special label for her special quilt.

Cut out the following pieces from the panel [1]:
• Top piece: 4 1/4” wide x 2 3/4” tall
• Middle piece: 5” wide x 6 3/4” tall
• Bottom piece: 6” wide x 1 7/8” tall

I used the pens shown in the photo to write the desired information on my label. The white marker is a Uni-Ball Signo, great for marking on dark fabrics, and the black one is a Sharpie Pen. You can make the lines thicker or thinner by how much you go over them, and achieve the look you want. I’ve found that these two pens don’t bleed or smear, making your letters crisper and cleaner looking. I use a scrap piece of fabric to practice on before I write on my actual label, too!

You will also need to cut, from a coordinating fabric:
• 2 rectangles 1 5/8” x 2 3/4”
• 2 rectangles 1” x 6 3/4”

Lay them out with the panel pieces, as shown [2].

Sew the rectangles to the sides of each panel piece, pressing seams toward the rectangles. Trim these sections to 6” wide, if necessary. Then sew the three panel pieces together to complete the label. Press seams either direction [3].

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To attach the label to your finished quilt, see the instructions included with Label #1 above.


Label #3 (finished size: 6 1/2” x 8 1/2”)

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I fell in love with this print [1] from the collection! It’s just so cute — the animals and all their contraptions — adorable!

So I fussy cut a piece [2] from that print, 7” wide x 3 1/2” tall.

To go with it, I cut a piece [3] from the label panel, 5” square.

The yellow fabric is from Moonscape Basic. I cut:
• 2 rectangles 1 1/2” x 5”
• 1 rectangle 1 1/2” x 7”

Lay all these pieces out together, as shown [4].

Sew the two short rectangles to the sides of the 5” label piece, pressing seams toward the rectangles [5].

Sew the longer rectangle to the bottom, and the fussy cut print piece to the top (making sure you have everything right side up). Press the seams toward the rectangles [6].

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Write your desired information on the label before attaching it to your quilt (see Label #2 for some tips on writing on your label). To attach the label to your finished quilt, see the instructions included with Label #1 above.


Label #4 (finished size: 9” diameter, or 9 1/4” square)

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Don’t you love this moth? I HAD to use it for a label! Cut it out 4 3/4” square [1].

From a coordinating print, cut the following [2]:
• 2 rectangles 3” x 4 3/4”
• 2 rectangles 3” x 9 3/4”

Sew the short rectangles to the sides of the panel piece, pressing seams away from center. Sew the longer rectangles to the top and bottom, pressing seams away from center [3].

You can use the label square like it is, or you can do like I did, and cut it into a circle for extra added interest [4].
Just choose something circular you have handy to draw around for the size circle you want. I used the lid of my sewing box!

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Write your desired information on the label before attaching it to your quilt (see Label #2 for some tips on writing on your label). To attach the label to your finished quilt, see the instructions included with Label #1 above.


Label #5 (finished size: 9” x 10 3/4”):

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For this label, I started with the following pieces from the panel [1]:
• Top left piece: 3 1/2” tall x 4” wide
• Top right piece: 4” tall x 3” wide
• Bottom piece: 1 3/4” tall x 4 3/4” wide

To go with these pieces, I fussy cut from one of the coordinating fabrics: Treetop Party [2]! Too adorable!
• Top right piece 3” wide x 3 1/2” tall
• Middle left piece 4” square
• Bottom right piece 1 3/4” tall x 2 1/2” wide

Sew these pieces together into rows. Trim each row to measure 6 1/2” wide, if necessary [3].

Sew the rows together to create the center portion of the label. Trim this center portion to 6 1/2” wide x 8 1/4” tall. From a coordinating print such as Moonscape, cut the following pieces [4].
• Two strips 2” x 8 1/4”
• Two strips 2” x 9 1/2”

Sew the shorter strips to the sides of the center unit, pressing seams toward the strips. Sew the longer strips to the top and bottom, pressing seams toward the strips [5].

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Write your desired information on the label before attaching it to your quilt (see Label #2 for some tips on writing on your label). To attach the label to your finished quilt, see the instructions included with Label #1 above.


Label #6
I’ve got one more label option to show you, and this one is super simple!

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The panel has these triangular-shaped label pieces on it, so cut out the one you’d like to use, adding as much seam allowance as you can [1].

I’m using the lighter-colored one on my quilt, and now is a good time to write your message on (see Label #2 for some tips on writing on your label). Press under the long edge 1/4” [2].

Now, as you’re attaching the binding to the top of your quilt, choose the corner you want your label in, and simply sew the square edges of the label to the back of the quilt as you’re sewing your binding on! Just pin it in place and catch it in the same seam [3].

Then all you have to do is appliqué down the one long edge of this label [4].

Makes much quicker work of it, right? And can you believe I had a quilt from last year that still needed a label? I can’t, either — for shame! You never wait this long to label your quilts, do you?

When you whip your binding down on the back side of your quilt, just keep on stitching over the label portion, and it makes your label all neat on the back corner [5]!

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You could also use this method with any of the other quilt labels above, except for the circular one. Just position two sides of the label to be sewn in with the binding, and you’ll have less of the label to appliqué down later!


Here are a few extra tips that might help you with your labels…

            • When a seam will be on the outer edge of a label, backstitch at the ends of those seams, to keep them from pulling out while you’re doing the appliqué part.

            • If you’re using a stripe fabric, and you want the stripes running all the same direction, pay special attention to which direction you’re cutting the rectangles from, and you can get them positioned correctly. (See Labels #3 and #5 above for examples of this.)

            • If you can’t cut as much seam allowance as you’d like for your label patch, consider taking a bit smaller seam allowance than the normal 1/4” so you’re not cutting off the edges of your design. Be careful not to go too small, however, because you don’t want the seams of your label pulling out as the quilt gets used.

            • Experiment on a fabric scrap with various markers and pens to get your letters to look the way you want them, or consider using embroidery and stitching the information on, if time allows. Do this before you sew your label onto your quilt back!

Thanks for visiting the Dear Stella blog today. I hope this inspires you to get your quilts labelled properly, and in style! (Don’t procrastinate about it like I do!)

There are so many cute parts and pieces to this panel that you can do so much more with. I encourage you to experiment with the other little bits to create all sorts of cute little labels for your quilts. And not just labels! I couldn’t resist also using this piece right here:

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To see what I did with it, and get the *free tutorial* for that as well, go visit my website, Prairie Moon Quilts.

If you’ve made it this far, we’re having a give-away for 2 bundles of Love You to the Moon; one for you, and one for a friend! Because good labeling habits are contagious.

And for an EXTRA chance to win, I’m also having a giveaway on my blog! So when you pop over to get the additional free quilt block tutorial, you can enter there too. Happy Stitching!

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43 Responses to Guest Post // 6 Creative Quilt Label Options for your One-of-a-Kind Heirloom!

  1. Liss says:

    These are adorable!! New to quilting but I will be sure to label my next one!

  2. denniele says:

    Great labels, Shelly! Thanks!

  3. Shelly did a wonderful job creating different ways to use the panels.

    I like to sew my labels in before quilt to make sure they stay on.

  4. Mari Lorente says:

    Es preciosa

  5. Diane Beavers says:

    I love to use the fabrics selvages in my labels. It captures the collection and designers name, an a way to upcycle scraps.

  6. Karrin Hurd says:

    Great label ideas. Thanks for sharing

  7. Clara Chandler says:

    I will keep Shelly’s tutorial as a starred favorite for future use. The circle label is very clever. Love Rae Ritchie’s prints. Thanks for the chance in the giveaway.

  8. Lisa Leimone says:

    I draw lines with a sharpie on the smooth side of freezer paper then iron the wax side down on the back of my label, this keeps the label from shifting while writing and I can see the lines so my writing is straight!

  9. Laura M says:

    My labelling tip, is don’t leave making the label to the last minute. If I think about it during the quilt making process, I am more likely to make and attach! These labels are wonderful and I hope my LQS will bring them in.

  10. Kathleen D says:

    I have used my clear, acrylic extension table with a flashlight under it as a “light box” when writing my labels. I first choose the font I want to use and print out what I want to say. Then I tape the printed paper to my extension table and place my label on top for tracing with a permanent fabric ink pen (i.e. Micron or Pentel Gel Roller). I iron the label with a pressing cloth after copying my words to set the ink. It works well for me.

  11. Cathy C says:

    I like to make a mini block to complement the front and use it as a label

  12. Jessica Rampelburg says:

    I would love to use these for quilt labels. And rae ritchie is my favorite designer.

  13. Bev says:

    I’m getting ready to put labels on a couple of baby quilts – thanks for the inspiration, Shelly!

  14. Amanda Whitmore says:

    I use a lightbox to transfer my design to fabric for a one of a kind label.

  15. Olivia Kwong says:

    I like the idea of incorporating the label into the patchwork. I’ve definitely seen a lot where it’s just added on top like an applique.

  16. Barb Roberts says:

    Nice stack of fabrics, would love to win those!

  17. Cecilia says:

    Thank you for the great ideas! I love making matching labels for my quilts.

  18. Cherri K says:

    I always match my label to what’s on front of the quilt. I try to keep the theme going. I love labeling my quilts!

  19. MoeWest says:

    For small wall hangings, I put triangles of fabric in the top corners to hang the quilt with a dowel. These triangles are also a good place for label information. I fold a square in half to make the triangle and sew it into the binding, so no edges to hem.

  20. Mabel Willmon says:

    Great quilt label ideas, Inspire me to label all of my quilts. Thank you for these ideas.

  21. Carol says:

    Love these!!!

  22. Sherry Loncar says:

    I love your label ideas. They are too cute❤️❤️❤️

  23. Ms Sam nicholson says:

    Can’t wait to try making these labels, Thank you!!

  24. Christi says:

    If you are pressed for time just label the binding on the back. This alone is better then nothing.

  25. Teri c says:

    I need to learn to label the quilt first.

  26. Joan says:

    What great labels, thanks for the tutorials!

  27. Sandie Cornish says:

    Gorgeous labels – Love how you’ve used them! x

  28. Jan S says:

    I hand draw my quilt labels with permanent markers and hand sew them on.

  29. Nancy Page says:

    Thank you for this great giveaway!! Your ideas for labels are super super good! I will have to give these ideas a try. Have a super great day and Holiday Season!

  30. Elizabeth says:

    If in a pinch, just quickly hand stitch the date and name into the binding. Can always go back later then!

  31. Rhona says:

    Thanks for all the label ideas, love them!

  32. Angie Terry says:

    Such great ideas. I really need to get into the habit of labeling my quilts

  33. Angie Terry says:

    Thanks for the great ideas. I really need to get into the habit of labeling my quilts

  34. kathy Persons says:

    I write on a little label with a fabric pen

  35. Mary D says:

    Labels can be as creative as you are. For a wedding wine themed quilt I used a wine bottle mini block for the label. I have made mini kitty blocks for quilt labels. I have used purchased labels, fabric panel labels. My advice is to be creative in your thinking when making quilt labels. There is no one way to do them.

  36. Elizabeth says:

    So many great ideas! Definitely need to buy these labels! Too cute.

  37. Judy S. says:

    I always include the specific date that the quilt was made. Too many have been handed down to me with no date, just a name.

  38. Kate says:

    This will make labeling my quilts so much easier!

  39. Kristina says:

    Thankful for all the great info on labels!!

  40. BettyK says:

    I just purchased quilt labels to use from a first visit to a quilt shop close to me.

  41. Irene Jones says:

    Love your fabric. I made a wonderful quilt using Dear Stella Italy Fabric. Loved the little scooters. Thank you for the chance. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  42. Deanna says:

    I generally make corner labels out of 3″ squares folded on the diagonal, but it would be fun to have other options. Thanks for so many suggestions.

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