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    Junior Member geeblay627e120's Avatar
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    Is it a common practice to name a quilt? Is the name based on the color? Or the pattern? If you buy a pattern, then do you name your own personal quilt based on the colors?

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    There are no rules! You can name, or not name, as your fancy dictates.

    Quilt shows usually are looking for quilt names, as is AAQI, on their donation quilts. Otherwise, you get to decide.

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    Hi and welcome to the board from Iowa. Unless you are presenting them for show I don't know that people name them. Personal preference I believe (smile).

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    I can never think of names!

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    I always name mine, show or not. I gave birth to it, therefore it gets a name....even if that name is 'study in yellow #7' and it never leaves my studio. :lol: Personal choice.

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    Personal choice. But I do name mine. Usually the name stems from what I call the quilt in conversation (First Quilt, Blue Irish Chain, Christmas Quilt), but sometimes I actually come up with a name that amuses me (Dear Jane Goes Dutch).

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    Quote Originally Posted by geeblay627e120
    Is it a common practice to name a quilt? Is the name based on the color? Or the pattern? If you buy a pattern, then do you name your own personal quilt based on the colors?
    I don't always name mine, but when I do, I am influenced by the recipient, my reason for making the quilt, the color scheme I chose, the pattern, and/or a combination of these.

    Examples:
    Dillon's Critters - made in honor of a boy named Dillon, using a "Critters" charm pack.
    Floral Rows - row of floral squares.

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    I've named some of mine. My first quilt I ever made was called my "Quilt of many Boo boos" because I made tons of mistakes on it (it was my first afterall). The first one I FMQ'd I named my "butt ugly quilt" and it still sits on the shelf waiting to have binding put on it.

    The last one I finished the top of is called my "Twisted Rainbow" because it is from a Twister Pattern and it's a primary rainbow. I've made one I called a Crazy Rainbow, but once again the primary colors and the fact it was a Crazy quilt.

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    The first one I made was named: Lifes Lessons. It was for my sister and I told her that she just needed to remember the love that went into it and overlook the mistakes...

    I don't always name mine, just when they are special.

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    I name mine also, sometimes I ask for help here or from family. But most of the time the name will come to me by the time its finished.

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    You can name a quilt anything you want. There are no rules. :thumbup:

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    i have always named my quilts- and the names are as individual as peoples names- it all depends on the quilt- who it's for- what occassion---ect- my granddaughter's birthday quilt is 'Ashley's Ocean' because her name is Ashley- and the quilt is a bargello ocean filled with sea life-
    they are all different- and deserve unique- personal names.

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    interesting discussion gee, thanks for the question.

    I thought quilts were named by the type of blocks used and then personalized, like Margaret's Log Cabin.

    I hadn't paid that close of attention to the naming, now I will :-)

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    I have taken to giving my quilts song names. The first quilt I named was "The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring, Tra-La (from the Mikado) because the fabrics were loaded with spring flowers. The quilt I'm working on right now is "The Gambler" (Kenny Rogers) because of the "winning-hand" pattern I'm adapting. Does anyone know if there is any infringement on copyright laws by doing this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aab007 View Post
    I have taken to giving my quilts song names. The first quilt I named was "The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring, Tra-La (from the Mikado) because the fabrics were loaded with spring flowers. The quilt I'm working on right now is "The Gambler" (Kenny Rogers) because of the "winning-hand" pattern I'm adapting. Does anyone know if there is any infringement on copyright laws by doing this?
    Copyright does not protect song titles...only the lyrics and music. That's why there are so many songs with the same title. You're safe.
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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    I name my quilts what ever hits me at the time. Sometimes, it's named for the pattern and sometimes it's for the colors I used. One, I named "A Promise Kept" because my wonderful Mother-in-law started it for my husband and passed away before she could finish it. Before she passed away, I had the chance to ask her if she would like me to finish it for her. She was greatful that her youngest son would get his quilt. She made 7 quilts, one for each of the older "kids" and my husband is #8. I helped her with each one except for the first 2 that she made herself. The quilt's name was because she promised each of her kids they would get a quilt from her and because I promised her that I would finish the last one for her. Needless to say, my husband treasures that quilt. My quilts have personalities so they should have name too.

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    I consider quilts works of art and works of art always have names. What you base your names on is entirely up to you.

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    I generally name my quilts, but there is certainly no need to. Sometimes the name is simplistic, like, "Adam's Christmas Quilt 2012". More often, I put more energy into the namin than that. i have made about 500 quilts. Names and photos help me keep track of them.

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    Some I name and some I don't. I made a maple leaf quilt with the leaves turning in different directions and named it Autumn Breeze. A bargello using butterfly fabric that I quilted with a flower design I called Flowers in My Butterfly Garden. Also, my mother and I bought the same fabric and patterns, but she wanted me to make her quilt while I made mine...i just changed up the fabric placements. I also quilted them with the same pattern and call them the Sister Quilts. (She has custody of one and I have custody of the other. LOL) Most get named as I am making them and some never get named.
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    I named one of my wall hangings "Vicodin" because I was on it when I made it. LOL I was just out of the hospital after surgery and had it all cut out and ready to sit and sew.
    Jean in MI

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    i always name mine--the name comes about by any number of ways-influences...sometimes it has to do with the pattern involved-sometimes it is chosen because of the recipient, or occassion...sometimes a color or theme may influence it---it's like naming your new puppy/kitty---the name that identifies the quilt is it's name
    my blue bargello with the appliqued sealife is called 'Ashley's Ocean' because Ashley asked for a new quilt (and i really like blue & dolphins, grandma)
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    Quote Originally Posted by aab007 View Post
    I have taken to giving my quilts song names. The first quilt I named was "The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring, Tra-La (from the Mikado) because the fabrics were loaded with spring flowers. The quilt I'm working on right now is "The Gambler" (Kenny Rogers) because of the "winning-hand" pattern I'm adapting. Does anyone know if there is any infringement on copyright laws by doing this?
    I do this too! I have a blue log cabin plus quilt I did all in blue and white called "Wrapsody in Blue."

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