This may seem small, but I think it is a critical step in the Quilting process. Yet all too often, it is overlooked. Don’t forget to sign (and date) your Quilt!
You’ve most likely put a lot of time into your quilted project. It’s a beautiful work of art, and quilts are made to last. Adding your name and date completed will be VERY helpful to quilt historians centuries from now. Ok, maybe mine won’t last that long. But they’ll be passed on to family members or friends. They’d be appreciative too to know whose hands made the quilt, and how long it has lasted.
There are several methods you can use to sign your Quilt. The most obvious: with a pen. Ideally a permanent marker. But even Sharpies fade or bleed over time, especially if your quilt is being used/washed. A neighbor suggested making a pocket in the quilt backing that would fit an index card w/ you information on it. But again, with washings/use, the card could get lost. You can find many places that can make custom tags and labels for you, so at least your name would stand the test of time.
For the few quilts I have made, I’ve chosen to embroider my signature and the date. Using a disappearing ink pen, I wrote my name and the date on a coordinating swatch of fabric. Then I used fusible web (Wonder-Under) to adhere it to the backing piece of my quilt. Just to be sure it’d stay put, I machine stitched around the patch. (MAKE SURE you do these steps BEFORE you assemble your quilt sandwich.) That’s it!
All artists should sign their work. Quilters are no exception 😀