One of the big things that quilt historians and appraisers are always concerned about is accurately dating quilts. Dating of quilts can be inferred by the fabrics and the style of the quilt and the quilting, but a date added to the quilt is a wonderful thing. Examples of quilts with known dates are used to compare with non-dated quilts to assign an approximate date. Quilt collectors and historians also love to know who made a quilt. So many beautiful quilts are sadly anonymous, and we can only wonder who made them. Adding a label to your quilts is one way to ensure that future quilt historians and collectors know that you made it and when.
I have made several quilts and I must confess that I am not very good about adding labels. It is always something that I say I will do one day soon. In an effort to make that no an issue I am starting to add the information into the quilting. I quilt my name and the date right into the quilt. This way I know that it will always be there (no label to be later removed) and I won’t forget to do it.
I have also embroidered my name and date into some quilts where it seems to fit better than quilting it in. here are a few examples.
Here are a few where I quilted it in
I recently finished a whole cloth quilt that had very dense quilting in some areas.
I wanted the name and date to be in there but not stand out ( you have to look for it) so I did it in contrasting thread.
here it is as I was adding it
I like that way of doing it so I did that yesterday on the quilt I am currently working on
This section of the quilt is what I worked on yesterday and it represents about 10 hours of quilting. I did use contrasting thread on this and in the right light it does show up
I hope that my quilts will be around in 100 years and that someone will be glad to know who made them. I have about 20 more that still need a label ….I need to get that done!
But I want to work on this one again….I can’t seem to stop. here are a bunch more pictures of the progress (click to enlarge)