Last week I finished the binding on a baby quilt—how satisfying! But I wasn’t quite done. When you finish making a quilt or sewing clothes, do you sign your work, label it, or add a small sewn message?
I know some sewists who make labels to put inside the clothes they sew. Others have their own ways of adding a logo or a patch, or stitching a name onto their handmade clothes or quilts.
Over the years, when I’ve made quilts for gifts, I’ve probably “signed” about half of them. If it’s for a baby, I’ll embroider baby’s name, and sometimes his or her birthday, plus a “Love Abby” onto a heart. Then I’ll appliqué the heart to a bottom corner of the backside of the quilt.
I like to think doing so will always remind the child, and its parents, that the quilt was made by me, with love. But I haven’t always had time for this finishing touch, and have given plenty of quilts without my appliqué heart.
On a cloudy day last weekend, I spent some time working on an appliqué heart for that new baby quilt. I embroidered it freehand, as I couldn’t find my chalk pencil. Part way through, I stopped, and realized I didn’t love it this time around. I considered abandoning the appliqué heart.
But my husband voted I keep it, saying he thought the personal touch meant a lot, even if I didn’t like how my stitches came out. I walked away for a day, and when I came back, I agreed. Now I just need to finish it with a “Love Abby,” turn the edges of the heart under, and sew it onto my quilt back. (And ponder imperfection on another day….)
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What about you? Do you finish your quilts or clothes with a tag, patch, appliqué, or otherwise sign your projects? Why or why not? I’m curious to hear your take.