I recently completed a quilt with a horse theme for my grandson and I like to include a label that says something about the recipient as well as the quilter. My grandson loves horses and I had a recent photo of him on a horse. I printed the picture on Inkjet Printable Fabric (I used Printed Treasures) along with information on how and when the quilt was made as well as a photo of myself. I left a 1/4-inch border around the edges of the printed portion.
Printable fabric is quite stiff and difficult to sew by hand. I added strips to the printed panel that allowed for easy and neat hand stitching in place.
I cut strips of coordinating fabric 2 inches wide for the sides of the panel.
After stitching with a 1/4-inch seam, I pressed toward the strips and then measured to get the width.
I cut strips for top and bottom 2 inches wide x the width measurement. I stitched the top and bottom strips onto the picture panel with 1/4-inch seams.
The seams were pressed toward the border strips. Then I turned under and pressed 1/4 inch on the top and left hand side of the completed piece. This piece was then pinned to the lower right hand side of the quilted backing, matching the right-hand side and bottom raw edges.
I basted the right-hand side and bottom of the label panel and keeping the pins in place, hand-stitched the left hand and top edges of the panel.
Then the binding was sewn onto the quilt and hemstitched – and the quilt was complete.
My grandson really liked his quilt and will always have a record of it as well as pictures of how we both looked when it was made.