Embroidering 60 signature blocks was way out of my physical ability, so I opted to sign each piece using a Y&C FabricMate fabric pen recommended by eQuilter.com as one of the best pens for signature quilts. The ink doesn’t bleed and becomes permanent and doesn’t fade in the laundry like the Pigma pens. The color I used was the perfect shade to match the fabrics which made me happy.
© June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved. My husband insisted I smudge my signature via photo editing—apparently there are signature thieves running amok in the world.
The fabrics for the corner pieces are from April Cornell’s collection. The middle signature fabric is a very pale peach made by Timeless Treasures.
We all used the same pattern kindly provided by a lovely German quilter, Bea of Capricorn Quilts. According to America’s Quilting History (see Resources below), quilts using the same block design for each person is called a friendship quilt. One using different blocks based on individual choice is called a sampler album quilt. Either way, signature quilts are messages of caring.
What fun it’s going to be exploring each of the 60 “friend” blocks I’ll receive in return and then making them into a finished quilt. Caring for each other through textiles and our individual skills—don’t you just love that?
- Album Quilts: A Look At These Fascinating Signature Quilts
- America's Quilting History: Friendship Quilts: Precious Remembrance
- Album & Signature Quilt History, 1830-Today
- International Quilt Study Center & Museum
- Labels and Signature Blocks
- Signature Quilts