Signing and dating a quilt
In some cases, Signature quilts are the only material evidence that documents the names of individuals who have a relationship to each other.Historians, genealogists, cultural anthropologists, sociologists, and art historians are among those who use Signature quilts in studies, for example, of family and community histories, social and kinship relationships, and economic, religion, political, and organizational histories. Based on the material evidence provided by extant quilts, the practice of writing on quilts is known to have occurred, albeit infrequently, before 1800.
In the process of developing this project, the Signature Quilt Project team identified and answered a number of questions that guided the definition of a Signature quilt for this project, reviewed and assessed the existing literature about Signature quilts, and discussed selected tools that would be beneficial to those interested in researching Signature quilts.The following text provides an introduction to Signature quilts, a critical review of the existing literature, and, to assist those researching Signature quilts, an introduction to sources for researching names and a summary of questions and definitions pertaining to Signature quilts.Signature quilts -- those that carry multiple signatures or names inked, stamped, embroidered and otherwise inscribed -- are important primary historical documents that are of great interest and value for research in many disciplinary areas.The project is suitable for confident beginners, and becomes progressively more complicated. Here’s the general layout of the quilt, from my design drawing in EQ7, so you know what you’re in for … I’m just a stay-at-home Mum, who loves patchwork, who does this in her spare time …
And, here’s some guidance for fabric selection and yardage. you will have to wait for your daily update to know which block to make! I’ll present a new quilt block, every day, for 365 days.