What’s in a name? A while back fortune smiled on me in the form of a quilter named Linda. She has taught me so much, not just quilting techniques, but the nuanced questions she asked me from the first time I brought my quilts for her to perform her magic on. She was never pushy when asking those leading questions such as; what thread color would I like, or did I already have a pattern in mind.
One of the biggest shocks I received was in the form of some very innocent questions. Would I be labeling the quilt, and for her “own” records… what was the name of the quilt to be. (Sorry I ended that in a preposition!) I told her the pattern name for the quilt that I’d made, but realized that my wife had used the same pattern for her quilt as well.
For my first quilt given to Linda she has the name down as “Sage Garden (Blue)” and Kay’s quilt is “Sage Garden (Red)”, when I applied that label my daughter had noted that it was the same colors as her Sally doll. When the label was affixed to the quilt at long last it read:
Sally Doll Quilt
Pieced by Michael Lawrence
Quilted by Linda Scott
My daughter Samantha was very proud and proceeded to name all of the quilts that she saw… I actually took her advice on the names she came up with. It turns out she is very good at coming up with quilt names, though I’m still a little nervous at her preference in baby names. Grandfather’s don’t get to decide though, our job is to love them even if the parents do pick funny names.