I took a quick picture of the label for my Round 1 ORB Quilt Along before sewing it on. I was in a rush to get the label on and a hanging sleeve on the quilt today. The quilt needed to be dropped off for our local quilt show by 5pm today. Yikes! Talk about waiting til the last minute. I will be sure to share pictures of it when it returns from the show.
As you can see I used what little scraps I had left from the front of the quilt to encase the label. This is the first time I used a print out of a font from my computer to trace for the lettering. I really like how it turned out. I ironed freezer paper to the back of the label fabric (white middle piece). Then I taped it to the sheet of paper that I printed out on my laser printer. I held the sheet of paper up to the window so that I could see the type through the fabric and traced it with a pencil. I finished the text by using a very fine tipped archival marker.
After the tracing, I sewed on the border like you would courthouse square blocks. Top and bottom edges, then the left and right edges; making sure to cut off the excess after sewing each side. Then I sewed a 1/4" all the way around the block. This was so I could have a guide to iron under and also to make sure the seams on the border pieces stayed in place.
I used an Elmer's Glue stick to glue the edge in place and have it tucked under. That way I didn't have to fuss with it during my sewing. I used the glue stick and the iron to set it. I read about this trick in a tutorial online, but can't remember where. If any of you know, can you comment with the link :)
And let me tell you! Boy, does it work! Sewing this label and the binding for this quilt was a breeze using the glue down technique. No bunching, no holding the binding in place, no pinning, no clips. Ahhhh...