Monday, 14 April 2014

What's in a name?

The absolute hardest part of any project for me is naming a quilt that I have made.

I love picking the colours for a new project, I love making the blocks, I like (not love) putting the blocks together to make the top, I love the quilting and I love, love, love binding my quilts but its there that the love affair stops.

Some people come up with the most inventive and unique names but when it comes time for me to name a quilt I draw a complete blank.  Every single time.

I want to think of something fun and appropriate but I never can.  I really hate this part of the process and I confess to having made and gifted many quilts that were left unnamed simply because I couldn't come up with anything.

Anyone else have this problem?

For example, I have just completed a Japanese X & + quilt for my gorgeous 7 year old niece.

It's been a week since this was bound and I still cannot come up with a name for it so it feels unfinished in my mind.

Whats wrong with me?  Why do I find it so hard to come up with anything?

Help me please.   Where does your inspiration come from when naming quilts?  Is it the colours you use in the quilt, or the style of quilt or maybe its to do with the recipient?  I try to draw on all of these elements but still I get nothing, nada, zilch!

I don't want to settle for the usual "handmade with love blah, blah, blah" so any input or inspiration you can throw my way would be very gratefully received.

Until next time.