After decades of studying historic and contemporary quilts, I have become more and more of an advocate for labeling your quilts, especially as adding a label or signature seems to be a final step that often gets overlooked. When I ask quilters why they do not label their quilts, I’ve had them tell me that they simply forget, that they are ready to be done and move on to the next thing once the binding is finished, and that they don’t know what to write. But labeling your quilts is important both for your own legacy and for the legacy of women’s arts. And like every other good habit, labeling is something that you learn to do regularly through practice.
What to Include in your Quilt Labels
by Janice E. Frisch
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About the Designer
Janice E. Frisch, Ph.D., has been making and researching quilts for the past twenty years. She is the owner of the business Tangible Culture, through which she gives quilt history lectures, teaches quilting classes, and makes custom memory quilts. Her groundbreaking research on the American block-style quilt is published in the book American Quilts in the Industrial Age, 1760-1870, edited by Patricia Cox Crews and Carolyn Ducey. You can learn more about her work and book her for guild lectures on her website: www.TangibleCultureLLC.com
Photo by Tall and Small Photography.