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Quilt Label Sayings and Quotes for All Occasions

Quilting Quotes 4 2016You’ve made a handmade gift quilt to celebrate a special occasion: a graduation, a wedding, the birth of a new baby, or a precious friendship. Why not say something special to match the occasion on the label that tells the recipient who made the quilt?

Here is a list of sayings and quotes to put on your quilt label to show the recipient how much care and creativity was lavished on this special, one-of-a-kind gift.

All-Purpose Quilting Quotes and Sayings

  • When you sleep under this quilt, you sleep under a blanket of love
  • From my hands… to your heart
  • The best kind of sleep beneath Heaven above/ Is under a quilt, handmade with love
  • May this quilt warm your body and comfort your soul
  • Memories stitched with love
  • When you use this quilt, remember me
  • I wish you health/I wish you wealth/ I wish you gold in store / I wish you Heaven after death/ What could I wish you more?
  • I count the stitches line by line/ And watch the thread record the time
  • Love and memories we impart/ To quilt the fabric of the heart
  • May you be free from cares and woes/ When under this quilt you seek repose
  • “Whatever things are true, just, pure, lovely/If there be any praise/ Think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
  • Quilting… cheaper than therapy.

    Handkerchief quilt label

    Photo by Heather Acton, Flickr.

Quilting Quotes and Sayings about Friends

  • A good friend is like a warm quilt wrapped around the heart
  • A good friend, like an old quilt, is a treasure and a comfort
  • Good friends, like quilts, never lose their warmth
  • Our friendship (or our family) is a patchwork of love
  • Our friendship is sewn with love and measured by kindness
  • Friends are the flowers in the garden of life
  • Friendship, like a well-made quilt, stands the test of time
  • Our friendship is a tapestry/ Woven through the years/ With threads of joy and laughter/ Happiness and tears
  • Many faces, many smiles/ Remember me across the miles
  • It takes a long time to grow old friends.
  • (On a Christmas place mat, table runner, or mug rug): On Christmas day at half past three, brew yourself a cup of tea. I’ll think of you, you think of me, as we sit beside our Christmas Tree
  • “A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.” Proverbs 27:9

Husband or Wife / Anniversary Sayings

  • Love is the thread that binds us together
  • Like our (my) love, this quilt was made to last

Wedding Gift Quilting Quotes

  • May this union be blessed with love and happiness
  • Joined together in friendship, united forever in love!
  • New love in bloom now fills your life/ As you become husband and wife
  • Love, honor, and cherish
  • There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved
  • “Love is patient and kind/ Love is not jealous or conceited or proud/ Love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable/ Love does not keep a record of wrongs/ Love is not happy with evil, but rejoices in the truth/ Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13
  • “Take spring when it comes, and rejoice. / Take happiness when it comes, and rejoice. / Take love when it comes, and rejoice.” Carl Ewald
  • “To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” David Viscott
  • “Love does not consist in gazing at each other,/ but in looking outward together in the same direction.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • “Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.” Jean Anouilh
  • “To love someone deeply gives you strength./ Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu
  • “Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” Roy Goodman
  • “There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” Martin Luther
  • “Two such as you with such a master speed/ cannot be parted nor be swept away from one another once you are agreed/ that life is only life forevermore/ together wing to wing and oar to oar.” Robert Frost
  • “To keep your marriage brimming/ with love in the wedding cup/ Whenever you’re wrong admit it./ Whenever you’re right – shut up.”  Ogden Nash
  • “May all your days be wine and roses/ And the only thing to come/ Between your kisses/ Is your noses”

Baby Quilting Quotes

Baby quilt label 444069097_a30e99cf25_o

Photo by TheKarenD, Flickr.

  • Sent from above/ Our sweet bundle of love
  • A package of joy, a bundle of bliss/ This quilt for baby was sealed with a kiss
  • Blessed are the children, for they shall inherit the quilts
  • First we had each other/ Then we had you / Now we have everything.
  • Five little angels around your bed/ One to the foot and one to the head./ One to sing and one to pray,/ And one to take your troubles away.
  • Read me a story/ Tuck me in tight/ Say a sweet prayer/ And kiss me goodnight.
  • Snips and snails/And puppy dog tails/ That’s what little boys are made of.
  • Small wonders/ Bring special joys
  • Ten little fingers/ Ten little toes/ The sweetest of smiles/ And a cute little nose/ All these add up/ To a wonderful thing–/ A baby–/ The greatest gift/ Life can bring.
  • With a butterfly kiss/And a ladybug hug…/Sleep tight little one/Like a bug in a rug.

Quilting Quotes for Illness or Difficulties

  • “Be strong and of good courage.”  Joshua 1:9
  • “In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was inside me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus
  • “Promise me you’ll always remember/ You’re braver than you believe/ And stronger than you seem/ And smarter than you think.” Christopher Robin, to Pooh. A.A. Milne

Memorial Quotes for Loved Ones Who Have Died

Source: Lorenzo Jenson III, 100 Heart-Wrenching & Powerful Quotes About Losing A Loved One

  • “The song is ended, but the melody lingers on…” Irving Berlin
  • “Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.” Terri Guillemets
  • “If tears could build a stairway/ And memories a lane/ I’d walk right up to Heaven/ And bring you home again.”  Unknown
  • “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” Anonymous
  • “Death—the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.” Walter Scott
  • “Don’t cry because it’s over/ Smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss
  • “My feet will want to walk to where you are sleeping/but I shall go on living.” Pablo Neruda
  • “May this quilt wrap you with never-ending love/ just as [your loved one] embraced you in [her/his] loving arms.”

Using Poetry for Quilt Labels

If your quilt is large enough, you can print an entire poem on a printable fabric sheet and use the poem as the label.  The quilt label shown below quotes the famous World War I poem “In Flanders Fields” in memory of a beloved father who died.  Some of Shakespeare’s sonnets are short enough to make beautiful quilt labels. You can find a wealth of beautiful poetry, much of it out of copyright, on the Poetry Foundation website.


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  • Kellie December 28, 2014, 11:45 am

    Wonderful ideas!

  • Suzanne Newman January 3, 2015, 1:37 am

    Ogden Nash. Quote for wedding or bride shower quilt

    “To keep your marriage brimming
    with love in the wedding cup
    Whenever you’re wrong admit it.
    Whenever you’re right – shut up”

    • cdmwriter January 3, 2015, 9:54 am

      Thanks so much, Suzanne! I had never heard that one. (And very true, too.) We will add it to the official page right away.

  • Connie Rowland March 19, 2015, 1:39 pm

    Just found your site. Looking forward to seeing what you have. I’m looking for a quote to put on the label of my grandaughters wedding quilt.

    • Felicity Walker March 19, 2015, 3:02 pm

      Hope you found something perfect, Connie.

  • Ida Boose April 27, 2015, 4:32 pm

    Wonderful site I hope to use some.of these sayings when I complete my quilts.

    • Felicity Walker April 27, 2015, 6:14 pm

      Welcome, Ida, and thanks for the compliment! Send us a photo when you get a quilt finished — we’d love to see it.

  • Rita December 9, 2015, 6:17 am

    May all your days be wine and roses
    And the only thing to come
    Between your kisses
    Is your noses

    • Felicity Walker December 9, 2015, 7:32 am

      I love it, Rita! I’m going to put this in the list so everyone sees it.

  • Stella January 22, 2016, 6:35 am

    I make quilts for graduation gifts to my grandchildren. I never know what to write on the labels except to whom, the graduation date and from whom. Now with your wonderful list, I have a lot to choose. Thank you and keep up the good work!!!!

    • Felicity Walker January 22, 2016, 7:01 am

      Thanks for the encouragement, Stella. We put together this post almost eight years ago and it is one of the most popular on this blog.

  • Betty Stazenski February 22, 2016, 1:45 pm

    for a Christmas table mat/place mat (accompany the gifted mat with a tea bag and a pretty tea cup) ” On Christmas day at half past three, brew yourself a cup of tea. I’ll think of you, you think of me, as we sit beside our Christmas Tree”. —–I am most definitely saving this site. Such wonderful ideas. Thank You

    • Felicity Walker February 22, 2016, 3:17 pm

      Beautiful, Betty. I will add that to the main part of the page. I love making things for Christmas, and I’ll bet a lot of our readers do too. Thank you.

  • Mary February 25, 2016, 9:56 pm

    Im making two quilts one for my daughter & one for my sister, they are both Mother’s Day gifts. I need help on what to put on these quilts. Thank you. They are both very special to me ❤️❤️

    • Felicity Walker February 25, 2016, 10:24 pm

      That’s a challenge, Mary. I looked around on the internet and found this link to 100 quotes on mothers: http://parade.com/288611/viannguyen/100-inspiring-quotes-about-moms-for-100-years-of-mothers-day/

      A couple I liked: “Motherhood. All love begins and ends there.” — Robert Browning.
      “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness…” –Victor Hugo.

      There are lots of others. I hope you can find one you really love. Best of luck with the quilts.

      • Mary February 26, 2016, 6:36 am

        Thank you so much…they are all beautiful 💜

  • Andrea Tomlinson March 9, 2016, 3:39 pm

    I think I will enjoy your Quilter’s Diary Newsletter

    • Felicity Walker March 9, 2016, 5:11 pm

      Thank you, Andrea, and welcome. We hope you enjoy the blog. Happy quilting!

  • Brenda March 15, 2016, 12:57 pm

    Do you or do you know of someone that makes labels to sale? I may be interested, thank you

    • cdmwriter March 24, 2016, 7:19 am

      Sorry, Brenda, we don’t make quilt labels. You can find them pretty easily with an interenet search for “quilt labels.” Good luck!

  • MP April 4, 2016, 8:34 pm

    My Great Grandmother made a quilt top out of our family’s old clothes from the 50’s and 60’s. She gave it to me in 1974. Just a year ago I finally trusted someone to finish it (a family friend). She and her friend did a most beautiful job on it. I would like to have something put on it besides names and dates. I may pass it down to my great niece, her namesake.

    Thank you

    • Felicity Walker April 4, 2016, 8:38 pm

      I hope you found a quote on the list that would be appropriate, MP?

  • clarice April 7, 2016, 7:21 pm

    Hi I am making a quilt for my best friends husband who is a movie buff, so i have printed old movie stars onto the fabric and would like one square to have something embroidered on it to do with life and our role in life, my hubby came up with something along the lines of *life is but a stage and we are the players* he said he thought shakespear wrote it, any other ideas would be appreciated..thanks

    • Felicity Walker April 7, 2016, 10:21 pm

      The quote that instantly came to my mind was “Here’s looking at you, kid,” from Casablanca. Without knowing which movies or movie stars your quilt includes, I looked for a list of famous movie quotes and found this list of 100 famous movie quotes (which happens to include “Here’s looking at you, kid”!): http://www.infoplease.com/ipea/A0931686.html

      Hope that helps. I would really love to see a photo of the finished or unfinished quilt.

  • clarice April 9, 2016, 2:32 am

    thankyou so much that is very helpful and such a quick response…yes humphry bogart is one of the actors greer garson, marilyn monroe, errol flynn,mickey rooney, olivia de havilland and john wayne is the list..thankyou so much once again

  • Patricia May 7, 2016, 10:25 am

    No graduation category??? Others don’t seem appropriate . . .

    • Felicity Walker May 7, 2016, 10:28 am

      Sorry, Patricia! The quotes you see on the page are all we currently have. We update when someone gives us a good suggestion, so the page listings represent our best and most current. I’ll have to do some searching to see if I can find anything suitable.

  • Sheila Hawkins May 13, 2016, 10:16 am

    I need a label for a memory quilt i just finished. The father owned a bar and saved the crown royal bags. The son asked for a quilt made from the bags. The quilt is finished but i need a label. The bar owner died recently and the son wanted the quilt for his sister to remember tbeir dad. I ended up making two. One for each of them. His is a surprise. I just cant think of an appropriate saying for the label. Please help!!!

    • Felicity Walker May 14, 2016, 5:37 pm

      Sheila,

      This is a tough one. I have been thinking about it for the past day. I did a little searching into Crown Royal’s ad campaigns and found that they had a slogan “For every king, a Crown Royal.” How about calling the father “The King of [name of bar]”? Or “In memory of the King”? They also had a campaign slogan, “Reign On.” How about “[Name,] Reigning on”? Just a couple of thoughts. I hope these help. I think that whatever you put on the label, the quilt will be treasured by the children, so you don’t have to worry too much. In a pinch, you can always say “Made with love in memory of [name].” The son will love it.

  • Felice Kendrick May 23, 2016, 3:42 pm

    I need a label for a twin size quilt for my cousin’s 18 month old grand-daughter that is in a serious battle with cancer. Any ideas, maybe a scripture or passage of encouragement and or love.

    • Felicity Walker May 23, 2016, 5:54 pm

      So sorry your grand-daughter is facing this situation, Felice. Several quotes came to mind when I thought about this. The first is one of my all-time favorites, but might be a bit old for a toddler: “In the midst of winter, I found inside myself an invincible summer.” –Albert Camus.

      The second one I found looking at quotes for encouragement in times of illness: “Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God.” –Ram Dass

      The third is the lyrics of a gospel song, His Eye is on the Sparrow. It’s long, but I think there are several sections in these lyrics that might work for a quilt label:

      Why should I feel discouraged and why should the shadows come?
      Why should my heart be lonely and long for heaven and home?
      When Jesus is my portion, a constant Friend is He,
      His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.
      His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.

      I sing because I’m happy;
      I sing because I’m free;
      His eye is on the sparrow
      And I know He watches me.

      Let not your heart be troubled; these tender words I hear;
      And resting on his goodness I lose my doubts and fears;
      Though by the path He leadeth but one step I may see;
      His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.
      His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.

      I sing because I’m happy;
      I sing because I’m free;
      His eye is on the sparrow
      And I know He watches me.

      Whenever I am tempted; whenever clouds arise;
      When songs give place to sighing; when hope within me dies;
      I draw the closer to Him; from care He sets me free;
      His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.
      His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.

      I sing because I’m happy;
      I sing because I’m free;
      His eye is on the sparrow
      And I know He watches me…

      I hope these help. Our prayers go out to your family. Christine and Felicity.

  • Jana June 14, 2016, 5:26 am

    My sister patty Allen makes the most beautiful. Qhilts i have one she had made our mother who passed r.i.p

    • Felicity Walker June 14, 2016, 8:41 am

      Quilts made by your sister are real treasures, Jana. So glad you have them.

  • Liz Ansbro August 7, 2016, 5:04 pm

    I love your phrases. Just brilliant. Keep up the good work

    • Felicity Walker August 7, 2016, 5:12 pm

      Thanks, Liz! We’re blushing!

  • Carol September 5, 2016, 10:38 am

    Thank you for these wonderful quilt label ideas. I’m always in a dither as to what to write. I’m in the process of gathering signature squares for my granddaughters wedding quilt. I think I’m going to embroider some of your wedding idea quotes and mix them in with the other squares. Thanks again.

    • Felicity Walker September 5, 2016, 10:44 am

      We appreciate the kind words, Carol, and would love to see photos of what you do with your quilt.

  • Shannon Denbow October 20, 2016, 6:22 am

    Hi there. I love these quilt labels. I have been pondering over this for a little while. I have designed an art quilt for my sisters and brother. I am making duplicate ones for each of them. It is a long term project but it developed when we had suddenly and unexpectedly lost our oldest brother. My art quilt is essentially a memory quilt for my deceased parents and my brother. I have no clue as to what to put on a label for them. I hope it is used or displayed rather than put away in a box, but one never knows. Hopefully, these will be completed for Christmas a year from now… at least that is my goal.. If you have any thoughts on memory quilts or passing of loved one or ? I would be grateful. Thank you!

    • Felicity Walker October 20, 2016, 9:20 am

      So sorry for your loss, Shannon. These gifts you are making will be such a treasure for your family. I did a little looking for quotes about lost loved ones and found this link, which might be helpful: http://thoughtcatalog.com/lorenzo-jensen-iii/2015/08/100-heart-wrenching-powerful-quotes-about-losing-a-loved-one/

      A lot of the quotes are very sad, but some seem like they might work on your quilt label. Here’s one I like, if you are open to the idea of Heaven:

      If tears could build a stairway,
      And memories a lane,
      I’d walk right up to Heaven
      And bring you home again.
      —Unknown

      Here’s another one I also thought would be appropriate for a quilt label:

      When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
      —Anonymous

      You have inspired me to add a section on quotes for memorial quilts to this page. Thank you for your comment.

  • tama Goodew October 21, 2016, 3:49 pm

    My daughter passed away and her friend from college is naming her new baby after her. I’ve made a quilt that consists of pictures of them and novelty prints of things my daughter loved. I am needing help with the dedication and signing of the quilt. HELP. I want to acknowledge their friendship, honor them for naming their daughter after mine, and celebrate the new baby, all in one dedication. HELP!

    • Felicity Walker October 21, 2016, 5:25 pm

      What a moving situation, Tama. I’m not sure I can come up with a quote that covers all aspects of your situation, but I did find this one that I thought might work in combination with a heartfelt note thanking your daughter’s friend for remembering your daughter in the naming of their new child. Maybe something like this:

      “A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.” Proverbs 27:9
      Thank you for remembering (daughter’s name) at the time of your precious child’s birth.

  • Kay Muench October 29, 2016, 10:13 am

    I just finished a quilt for our first great grandson, we had two daughters and between them we have five granddaughters, so this boy is really special besides he had open heart surgery when he was two weeks old but doing just great now, thank you for the great quotes

    • cdmwriter October 29, 2016, 10:22 am

      Congratulations to you and all the younger generations, Kay! Did you use one of the quotes for the quilt label on your great-grandson’s quilt?

  • Carol December 12, 2016, 6:02 pm

    Great site!

  • Margaret December 14, 2016, 9:13 am

    Definitely need to save these for future references. Great collection of sayings.

    • cdmwriter December 14, 2016, 11:05 am

      Thanks for your kind words, Margaret.

  • Diana December 23, 2016, 10:52 am

    Thank you for this site. I love these quilt phrase ideas. I have saved several of them. I am actually searching for one for my sweet Aunt who has cancer. I finished the scripture/garden quilt for her last night. Now I need a label but I cant find any referring to Aunts. When I think of my childhood, her face comes to my memories as someone who always offered me smiles and made our family laugh when she was around.

    • cdmwriter December 23, 2016, 10:24 pm

      I don’t think we have any quotes that specifically mention aunts, but there are some that mention strength through adversity. My personal favorite is “In the midst of winter, I found inside myself an invincible summer,” by Albert Camus. I used my machine’s alphabet stitches to embroider that saying all around the border of a quilt I gave to a friend who had cancer. She used that quilt when she went to chemotherapy and when she was at home, feeling low.

      I am sure your aunt will take great comfort from your loving gift.

  • Mary January 14, 2017, 6:22 am

    thank you

    • Felicity Walker January 14, 2017, 7:59 am

      We’re glad you found something you liked here, Mary.

  • Judy Hanson January 23, 2017, 12:04 pm

    I’m making a double wedding ring quilt for my son and daughter-in-law to be. The center if it has a panel with a tree as their wedding theme is “The tree of life” to reflect the beginning of a new family tree. I’m looking for a short message for my label. Any thoughts or suggestions would be most appreciated. Thank you.

    • cdmwriter January 23, 2017, 2:42 pm

      Sounds so beautiful, Judy! The tree of life is one of my favorite images. I found a number of tree-related quotes suitable for a wedding at this site:
      http://weddingtraditions.about.com/od/MarriageTraditions/a/Quotes-and-Readings-Tree-Ceremony.htm

      I especially liked these two:

      A gentle kind of togetherness,
      While separately we stand.
      As two trees deeply rooted
      in separate plots of ground,
      While their topmost branches come together,
      Forming a miracle of lace against the heavens.”
      – Janet Mills, “The Power of a Woman: Timeless Thoughts on a Woman’s Inner Strengths”

      “In a cool solitude of trees
      Where leaves and birds a music spin,
      Mind that was weary is at ease,
      New rhythms in the soul begin.”
      – William Kean Seymour, “The Cats of Rome: New and Selected Poems”

      I hope you find the right saying for their wedding. Please send pictures of the quilt!

  • Donna Hoenicke January 27, 2017, 5:28 pm

    I’m new to making a label. I love your quotes. Do I write these on my fabric or are they embroidered on

    • cdmwriter January 27, 2017, 6:28 pm

      You can do either one, Donna. I’ve seen many labels written with Pixma permanent pens on fabric. If you have an embroidery machine, you can program it to embroider the quote. You might be interested in this post about different ways of making quilt labels. Good luck with your quilting!

  • Judi Stinson January 29, 2017, 1:36 pm

    I am making a memory quilt for my brother and his wife who lost their 21 year old son to suicide in May 2016. I am using 12 of his favorite t shirts.I have been searching for the perfect words for the label and found comforting words about memories in you list. Thank you so much for making this list available……Judi

    • cdmwriter January 29, 2017, 3:20 pm

      So glad you found the right comforting words here, Judi. We can’t take credit for the quotes, which were mostly gathered by others. We just organized them here for quilters.

  • Sandra McNatt February 24, 2017, 10:41 am

    Where can I get the quilt label The Best of Sleep? Thank you

    • cdmwriter February 25, 2017, 9:05 am

      Unfortunately, we don’t sell quilt labels. We just post the quotes you can use to make your own label. You might be interested in our post about how to make quilt labels.

  • Glenda Reece February 28, 2017, 8:20 pm

    Love your site, still looking for something personal maybe short and sweet (not family) anything like mom/mother is O.K. to use, I want to say a lot, in just a few or couple of words- but i’m stuck.
    Maybe you have an idea to share… he means so much to me, and visa-versa. (it’s just him and me) and no real family!
    Thank you for your thoughts and ideas, God bless.

  • Glenda Reece March 8, 2017, 7:40 pm

    Hi, just sending this back to you to see if you can think of anything? I have done a lot of looking, but your site seems to have the best!!! Had to mention who it is for…
    Love your site, but I’m still looking for something personal, short and sweet (not family) anything like mom/mother is O.K. to use, I want to say a lot, in just a few or couple of words- I’m still stuck. I don’t know if this could help out for a idea, but the quilt is based with stars, black and white w/silver embellished fabric… I have been working on his quilt for over 6 months, getting real close to being done w/the border…. can’t wait….
    Thank you once again, and I hope you are able to help.
    Glenda
    Maybe you have an idea to share… he (My Son) means so much to me, and visa-versa. (it’s just him and me) and no real family!
    Thank you for your thoughts and ideas, God bless.

    • cdmwriter March 9, 2017, 8:49 pm

      Sorry for the lack of response, Glenda. We are working on transferring this blog to our new site, NewQuilters.com, so have not had much time for anything else. I did find this site, which has some quotes I thought might work for your quilt label. Hope this helps.

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