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    I almost always add a label. I never thought about adding my signature. Neat idea. I do add my name and date. When I make postcards and gift cards by machine I sometimes write on them with a Frixion pen, then machine stitch over it. I then iron it and the pen disappears.. I guess the machine stitchers(like me) could do it this way.

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    I'm a new quilter and did not appreciate the importance of a label until my son & daughter-in-law moved into my grandparent's house and found 2 quilts stored in a closet made by my grandmother, her mother and her aunt. Their names and dates were sewn into the quilt. One was from 1894, the other from 1916 (the year before my grandmother married). Without the information on the quilt I would have never known the makers or dates and all that history would have been gone forever. And I hope my great-grandmother would be pleased that her great-great grandchildren would receive the gift of her handiwork 100+ years later.

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    Much food for thought. Thanks.
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    I always put a label on my quilts, but never thought of a signature. What a great idea. It might not mean much now, but should the quilt survive 100 yrs., I think those who possess it would be happy to have not only the information from the label, but also a signature to 'authenticate' it. When I see old quilts, I would love to know the history, and enjoy imagining what the quilter was like, how she lived, the occasion for making the quilt. I will never be famous, but with my quilts, I will be known by somebody in the distant future. That feels kind of good.
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    I don't want to preserve my bad hand writing, but I'm glad there are people who do as you do. These days, many kids are not being taught cursive writing in school, so it's getting to be a lost art.
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    I usually make a label on the computer since the pens are not permanent.

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    I just now started doing labels for my personal quilts.

    The charity ones will still have one that gives the name of our organization. I've had fun doing the personal ones with embroidered labels--just made the first one a couple of weeks ago and spent some time yesterday making one. However, I'm not very interested in doing a signature at this point. That may change, however, as I learn to use embird better and better and may figure out how to digitize the signature. I'm not terribly interested in using either a pen (they fade as a quilt that was given to us had verses written in a special ink pen and with each washing the words got lighter and lighter) or t shirt transfers (they come off). Neither am I interested in hand embroidering a label--but if I can figure out how to digitize my sig--it is definitely something to remember.

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    I usually put an embroidered label on my quilts but I really like the idea of the signature on it. I think I'll start adding one. Thanks for the idea.

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    Mom3 - this is such a good point. Thank you for bringing it up and thanks for the youtube link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    Somewhat off topic.... Can you imagine how Daphne Greig felt when she traveled from Canada to the Quilt Market in Minneapolis and the US Customs agent forced her to write "sample" IN PEN on all of her display quilts.

    http://daphnegreig.blogspot.com/2010...et-report.html
    Yes, I saw the pictures and was horrified.

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