I like to get creative with my quilt labels and try to make something that ties in with the theme of my quilt. In this case I thought it would be fun to make my label like a tombstone. Usually I would just use a Pigma pen to write my information on the fabric that I am appliquing but in this case I wanted the writing to look carved with this faded, aged look. I've also tried the iron-on transfer paper but I hate trying to applique through the stiffness it adds and I don't like the glossy look it gives the label. Of course you could buy photo transfer fabric to print on but I didn't want just a plain white, I wanted something that would work a little better with my quilt. So here it is, a quick tutorial on how I used an ink jet printer to create this label.
Here are my supplies: a sheet of Quilter's freezer paper and a charm square of Sugar Cookie grunge from the Fruitcake collection by basic grey.
I started by using Microsoft Word to create the label. The tombstone shape is one of the provided Flowchart auto-shapes and I created my text with the free font Northwood High. Once I got the sizing and spacing just the way I wanted it I printed it out on regular paper so I'd have a guide.
Then I took my fabric and starched it until it was crisp. Using my paper template to properly place my fabric in the printing area, I pressed it to the sheet of freezer paper. Once I knew it was stuck on really well I just popped it in the printer and printed my word document. I pressed it again with a really hot iron to heat set the ink and then peeled it off the freezer paper and appliqued it to my quilt.
I do have some concerns about how this will wash. I probably wouldn't use this technique for a baby quilt or something that will get a lot of washing but for a seasonal wall hanging like this it should be fine.