helpful little labels

by Nova on July 10, 2010

Do you have a system when you lay out a quilt, shuffling blocks before deciding on the final cut? Maybe once you have the perfect lay out you have to move your blocks from the design wall, bed, floor or wherever your  design area of choice is at the time. Frustrating? Yep! I’ve resorted to post it notes in the past to label blocks, or little scraps of paper with numbers scribbled on and pinned to the various blocks to try and retain the order as they are piled up for piecing at a later date. Sometimes they just get piled up as I would be all blasé with myself thinking that of course the pile wouldn’t get disrupted and all would be fine when I eventually came to sewing the blocks in my preferred order only to discover that it’s not and I don’t remember & so it begins again…..sound familiar…?

Let me introduce my quilt block tags to you…..

These helpful little re-usable labels  are just  fab, bringing order to quilt blocks waiting in line to be stitched into a top :) Once I have perfected my layout design, I pin on a label, always at the top left of the block for orientation so when I finally get to lay them out to sew together I’m not wondering which way up they were. Yay.

I am sure this is not an original idea and you can probably buy these somewhere? Anyhoo, I have saved some sheets of block labels just for you, ready to print, laminate, cut out and using a hole punch make a hole in a corner, attach a pin, find a cute tin to store them in so they are safe for the next quilt and you’re ready to rock! love that!  I made enough for a quilt that is 12 blocks x 12 blocks –  which should be plenty for most projects.  I hope you find these useful too – do drop me a line to let me know :)


Happy block labeling :)


{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

eileen July 10, 2010 at 7:51 am

what a super clever idea–i’m always using the post-it note thing and they tear. wish i’d seen this yesterday so could have printed it up and sent with my daughter so she could laminate them. hopefully she’ll print and lamintate some for me and my good quilting buddy. thanks so much for sharing and have a great day!!


eileen July 10, 2010 at 7:52 am

p.s. the little tin you used is sooooo perfect–block worker :)


Peta July 10, 2010 at 10:15 am

Thanks Nova!
what a great idea :) and as for the tin …….. too cute !!


Amy Seven-Stitches July 10, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Grr, have just written scribbly bits of paper to keep track of blocks. If only I had found this week earlier. Very handy Nova, I will remember to download them for next time. Thank-you


wishes, true and kind July 11, 2010 at 3:27 am

Thanks, Nova! What a great idea (and why didn’t I think of it before?). Thanks for doing the work for us :)


Kellie July 11, 2010 at 6:30 am

you rock! I was just thinking about trying to make some of these the other day, and here you are with the whole “here’s one I prepared earlier” number, lol. I bought myself a laminator for Christmas and am always looking for a reason to use it. My husband calls me “The Laminator” (cue Arnold Schwarzanegger voice!) ;o)


Nova July 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm

You’re welcome :)
I’m so happy that they are helpful to you all too xxx


Mary Ellen July 18, 2010 at 7:11 am

Thank you sharing your great idea.


Linda November 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm

I am so glad I found you and the block tags! What a fantastic idea. Much better than the post-its I’ve been using. Thank you so much. 8-]


Riff February 9, 2011 at 9:40 am

First I want to thank you for sharing, much appreciated. Second, does one laminate the page first and then cut out all the tags or will the tags fall away from the laminate, making it necessary to laminate each tag separately. I feel a bit stupid but it did cross my mind. Thank you again, a great idea.


Marta August 27, 2011 at 11:37 pm

What a great idea…thanks for the idea and for the labels!!!
Marta for Italy :-)


Gwen October 19, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Just found your great blog – I am going to make these for my quilting friends for Christmas – so excited!!! Thanks so much, what a great idea!


ChuckieR October 31, 2011 at 2:18 am

This is a fabulous idea. I made a set for myself and one for my cousin. We quilt together for charity and these will be an enormous help. Thanks for making my quilting day easier.


Suzanne November 22, 2011 at 5:12 am

I can’t wait to make these. Yay!


Liz February 17, 2012 at 5:52 am

Thanks so much! I just found and printed these!
Love your blog and your style!


Biloxibird April 24, 2012 at 12:29 am

Thank you so much. Never thought to laminate them. Or to put them with the safety pins! Blessings


Caroline Sullivan April 25, 2012 at 8:44 am

Wonderful idea. Thank you. Going to make some ASAP.


Jean Stokes April 27, 2012 at 4:55 am

Thank you so much i always tear little pieces and write on them


nancia April 27, 2012 at 10:59 pm

as an ex-preschool teacher i feel qualified to answer a laminating question (i laminated everything except the kids- they were too lumpy). laminate the page first then cut them out. they will serve very well unless you are quilting under water. 8-)


nancia April 27, 2012 at 11:04 pm

and , btw, nova, very smart move! so far i’ve only made doll quilts and baby quilts , so haven’t needed much of a system. i am soon embarking on a large quilt project and i think your system sounds brilliant!


Linda June 15, 2012 at 11:54 pm

THANK YOU. These are wonderful. Linda


Cindi June 16, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Glad I found your site. I am a brand new to quilting. Still trying to decide my first quilt to make. If you have any suggestions or easy patterns for me to begin with , I would appreciate all advice. I am learning the lingo a little and am anxious to get started. Getting all helpful tips I can find before I begin.


Pat June 17, 2012 at 12:31 am

What a great idea! It is so kind of you to share with us! I’ve already printed them and will be laminating them when I finish here! U R Awsome!


leanne January 13, 2014 at 9:38 am

thanks for these labels – great idea ! I did use flower head pins with the number written on the flower but I keep losing them ! these little tags will be fabulous :)


LYeager December 31, 2016 at 3:53 am

Thank you so much! I just happened across your site just before ordering markers that cost almost $20. Give yourself a big hug from me. :)


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