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    naming my quilts OMG it's hard

    Is there a wed site or ? I can go to that has lots of names to choose from so I could find names that fit my quilts. Thanks so much- I am so not good at this! GOD BLESS

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    Not aware of anything. I always choose some element of the quilt to name it. It may be something to do with the fabric, the block, the pattern name, the quilting design or the giftee. For example the quilt I made for my brother was based on his tattoos so I named it Dan's Tats.
    Another example, I made a pattern that was called "star dancer". My focus fabric had cats on it so I named it "kitties dancing with the stars".
    Another, I made a pieced cat quilt using all homespuns so I called it "homespun housecats"
    My current WIP is another cat pattern done in all batiks. Most batiks are made in Bali so I am calling it "bali cats", a play on alley cats.
    Naming is fun and easy. Just pick something about the quilt that inspired you like the color, the block, a quilting motif or if it is a gift for someone and have fun with the name. There are no rules and no limits except your own imagination.

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    I don't know of any web site.
    The quilt itself usually suggests a name for me - often a song title. If it's for someone and nothing else suggests itself - I just call it Name's Quilt 2012 (or whatever year its done).

    Some members have put up a picture and asked for suggestions.

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    I never thought about this part of quilting?? "Naming the quilt". Thanks for the insight. Teresa

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    Not sure why you guys name quilts?
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
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    I don't usually name my quilts, I don't have any conflict with calling it what it is (log cabin, pineapple, etc). I do know of a quilter who designs her own quilts, they are mostly applique so they are all original. She gives them girl names. Miss Kyra, Miss Karen, Miss Debbie, etc.

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    I don't name my quilts either. I just call it "Log Cabin Scrappy" or Grandmother's Flower Garden.....whatever the pattern is, that's it's name. Or really original: Alex's graduation quilt. However I did start naming my vehicles: my mazda miata (MM) is called Marilyn and our Montana Mountaineer (MM) is called Norma Jean (all after Marilyn Monroe). Alas, the truck is called "the truck". Good Luck with your names.

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    I usually use some kind of inspiration about the quilt to name it also. AZ Jane, I name mine because I use it in the Label.

    Eg. My sisters quilt (one of my first) was called "Metaphor for Life". Her tag said - "Metaphor for Life quilt made by TK for Colleen. (date) This quilt is full of mistakes and love, just like life. Mistakes should be forgiven and Love should be wrapped around you.



    Just go for it Fallon... there was a reason you chose the fabric, pattern and recipient... It is a fun part of quilting.
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    For me it depends. If it is "just" a quilt - I don't name it (past Purple Log Cabin) but if it is a gift or what I'd call an heirloom then I do name it. A quilt I just finished piecing is named for my Step-Mother who passed last year. She LOVED "Bells of Ireland" (flower). I pieced the quilt while coming to grips with her death etc. so I named it "Bells of Ireland".
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    I don't name them either. They wouldn't come if I called them, so why bother?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Jane View Post
    Not sure why you guys name quilts?
    Every quilt you make, no matter how humble you may think it is, should be labled for posterity. At the very least they should contain the makers name, the year of completion and the town or state you live in. Many quilts carry names as well this has helped future generations know the names of quilt patterns as many just named them what they were, such as "log cabin" or "ohio star". Imagine, we would know absolutely nothing about the Jane Stickle quilt (Dear Jane quilts) if Jane had not bothered to label it. Curators would only be able to guess at the age and origin of the quilt. Because Jane labled it we know the maker, where it was made and that it was pieced during the civil war. You may think your creation is simply a utility quilt made to be used and "loved to death" but it may just survive the ages and become an hierloom handed down for many generations. If you don't name your quilts you should at the very least label them. I just think naming is a nice extra touch, just like an artist will often title or name a painting. We are all artists and our canvas and paints are fabric and threads. I think it is nice to name a quilt, just as you would name a painting if you were a painter.

    Edited to add:, Think about how many posts we see here on the QB of someone finding a vintage quilt at a thrift shop or auction and asking if we knew the pattern or could we date it based on the fabrics. How cool if everyone labled their quilts so finds like this in the future could be described to other people who find interest in old quilts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fallonquilter View Post
    Is there a wed site or ? I can go to that has lots of names to choose from so I could find names that fit my quilts. Thanks so much- I am so not good at this! GOD BLESS

    Embrace your quilt in your mind--------------look at it as a child. I'll bet a name comes to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    Every quilt you make, no matter how humble you may think it is, should be labled for posterity.
    Just to clarify, my understanding of what the OP was asking was what names we come up with for our quilts, NOT whether to label them or not. I label every one of my quilts, and as I said before, I don't have a problem with calling them what they are, such as Log Cabin or Pineapple. To take your comment further, if we each made a log cabin but came up with different names for it, then it would be very confusing for future generations!

    If it's an original design, go ahead and name it. If it's a Carpenter's Wheel (for example), here's an idea of what could be written on the label: "Superduper Name" made by Mary Smith, adapted from Carpenter's Wheel, New York 2012.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I don't name them either. They wouldn't come if I called them, so why bother?
    My feelings exactly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    Just to clarify, my understanding of what the OP was asking was what names we come up with for our quilts, NOT whether to label them or not.
    Yes but my response was not to the OP but to AZ Jane who didn't understand why some of us even name quilts. I was trying to offer a reason as to WHY we would name quilts and naming goes hand in hand with labeling IMHO. why bother to name if you aren't going to put an identifying label on?

    Regarding the confusion to future generations this could be a very possible reason why so many of the old quiltblocks we know are known by 3 or 4 different names.

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    I always name my quilts. I bought some fabric and a pattern in Austin TX and made a flag quilt out of it and it's name is "Flag over Texas" and my other Texas quilt is "Hearts from Texas". I have "Flower Power" for one I gave my daughter, etc. I love naming them. To me, it's part of the process.
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    I lable my quilts but mostly just put the pattern name, date, made by........... and if it's especially for someone I put that on the lable, re: name, occasion, and date. I have named a few. I made a single irish chain, and appliqued pots of flowers in the blank spaces for my DGD for graduation. I named it "Bouquets For Amanda" date etc. I do think naming is nice. But, to each his own.

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    because I am entering a couple in a local quilt show and they asked for the name of my quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    My feelings exactly!
    I need a name for a quilt show otherwise I don't think I would go to the trouble either. But I always label them

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    Quote Originally Posted by fallonquilter View Post
    I need a name for a quilt show otherwise I don't think I would go to the trouble either. But I always label them
    I've seen people on here post their quilts and ask for suggestions as to names, so that may be an idea if you find yourself stumped. I have a hard time naming mine sometimes, too, especially if there aren't any special circumstances surrounding them, but sometimes it's required and I have to come up with something. (Usually, my own ideas sound silly to me, but I have to go with it! ha)
    It's good to know that "here on the board", there is a lot of creativity and expertise to draw on!
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    I name all of mine and take pictures for me and the recipient. Just think if the quilts that were made years ago had this documentation to go along with them. It gives more meaning to the quilt. The entire time I'm making the quilt I'm mulling over ideas in my head. Every once in awhile I'll post a pic here, these gals can come up with some great suggestions!

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    I always name my quilts. Well, actually that's not quite what I meant to say. My quilts seem to name themselves. It might be part of the name of the pattern ("Andy's Lasagna") or the fabric line "By Water's Edge") or circumstances of quilt ("Leftover Blues") or something pertaining to the recipient ("Cara's Coffee"). If you're having trouble, ask on the board. Everyone seems really willing to help & the names I've seen them come up with have been good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanabee Quiltin View Post
    I don't name my quilts either. I just call it "Log Cabin Scrappy" or Grandmother's Flower Garden.....whatever the pattern is, that's it's name. Or really original: Alex's graduation quilt. However I did start naming my vehicles: my mazda miata (MM) is called Marilyn and our Montana Mountaineer (MM) is called Norma Jean (all after Marilyn Monroe). Alas, the truck is called "the truck". Good Luck with your names.
    LOL. Glad I'm not the only one. I call my car Beauty altho the truck is called the monster.
    As for quilts, being a newbie at quilting I have only completed 2 quilts and am working on a 3rd.
    Just finished the 2nd one so haven't named it yet. Still thinking on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    Yes but my response was not to the OP but to AZ Jane who didn't understand why some of us even name quilts. I was trying to offer a reason as to WHY we would name quilts and naming goes hand in hand with labeling IMHO. why bother to name if you aren't going to put an identifying label on?

    Regarding the confusion to future generations this could be a very possible reason why so many of the old quiltblocks we know are known by 3 or 4 different names.
    Ok your post makes more sense to me now, lol. thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelsunshine View Post
    I call my car Beauty altho the truck is called the monster.
    Beauty and the Beast? lol

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