Wednesday, August 24, 2016

On Naming Quilts

Quilting was my creative past-time of choice for many many years before it ever dawned on me to name them. It wasn't until late in 2011, well into my first year of blogging, that I named my first.

Up until that time, my quilts were known by the pattern used to make them. But when one creates their own, that doesn't work so well, now does it? Mango was my inaugural 
design, the color of  the fabric in that top right ring, a favorite of the recipient. Not too clever, right? But giving it a name at all brought a new dimension to my work, and somehow naming became more important after that.

Now it's rather routine for me to name a quilt when it's complete, and though I really enjoy adding that bit of personality, it's not always easy! And sometimes I'm happier with my choice than others. Mulling this all over the other day, I thought it would be fun to share some quilt names - and the quilts of course - the I'm especially fond of.

"Pinky-Swoon" front

ástərisk was fun in that I used the phonetic spelling even when entering it in a quilt show. The registrar questioned me on it, but I kindly insisted that I had written its name correctly.

Once when I was stuck for a name, I couldn't resist following the lead on some artwork I'd seen, and named this one Untitled in Green.

Naming is such a personal thing, and for me, can be influenced by a color or a shape, a technique or a feeling. Sometimes I know a quilt's name as I begin to cut fabric; other times it'll sit for days after completion before a name comes. How about you? I'd love to hear about your own experience naming your quilts. How about sharing a couple of your favorites in the comments, and better yet, include a link to your quilts!