Friday, 24 May 2013

The Name's A Game

Project X became Falling for Stripes
Lately, several people have commented to me that they like the names I choose for my quilts and asked how I come up with them.

I'm not going to go into why we should/shouldn't name quilts because well, I'm just not gonna. If people want to name their quilts, cool. If people don't want to name their quilts, that is just fine by me too. To each her/his own.

I have fun naming my quilts, but it wasn't always like that. There is one quilt several years ago that I named for its intended recipients because I just couldn't think of anything else. Then I made it into a kind of game and now it's one of my favourite parts of the quiltmaking process.

Pretty much as soon as I start the quilt, I start mulling over the name. While cutting, piecing, and quilting, I'll play with different ideas:
Occasionally, the name pops out at me right from the beginning. In other cases, like Project X a.k.a. Falling For Stripes, it doesn't come until the quilt is finished.

Mostly, I just try to have fun with it. I also figure that I can always change the name, if I think of something better down the line.

How do you come up with names for your quilts? Any ideas to add to this list?


  1. I'm pretty dull like that Most of mine are already named..but I like that you name your is fun seeing how you got it.

  2. I'm not very creative with my quilt naming I'm afraid. You've got me thinking though. Maybe I'll have to try it. :)

  3. I'm not great at it but I always name them. You are so creative with your names, I love it!

  4. I think naming the quilts is a good idea....I'm just really bad at it.

  5. I like to name a quilt, but if a good name doesn't come to me, then it's not a big deal or it becomes No Name Triangle!

  6. All good places to look for a name. Sometimes I just want to go with "Fred" or "Sally".

  7. I love your naming process! I need to stop numbering mine...

  8. I love your naming process! I need to stop numbering mine...

  9. I usually end up with a name that reflects the inspiration for the quilt or the mood it sets. When all else fails I go with a descriptive title.


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