On Naming Inanimate Objects — Like Quilts
Are you a namer?
I am not a namer.
My mother and sister are namers. I remember the name of two of our family vehicles — Bertha and Mirabelle. I don’t remember which vehicles they refer to however. I know a lot of quilters are namers. They have names for their sewing machine(s) or their quilt machine.
Naming my children was rough. Often the names I had picked out for them before we went to the hospital was not what we ended up with. I made sure they had names before we left the hospital because I realize that it important for a child to have a name, and if we waited until we got the child home, well, that just meant more paperwork.
Quilts, on the other hand, I don’t know why they need a name. Unless, of course, I am creating the quilt and sharing the pattern. I have a real problem with this. Quilts talk to me in so many ways, but I sometimes I feel like I haven’t been properly introduced because they haven’t told me their name. In fact, the quilts I send to magazines, I usually let the magazines name them.
One quilt I made recently I named Wonky Autumn Leaves. It will be coming out in Fat Quarterly. I will share more about that one soon. I changed up a few things as I went along because the quilt told me it needed something different than I had in mind. I feel like I might have just found the quilts nickname. I was only mostly okay with that name. I felt like their was a better one, but with a deadline looming, I just had to go with Wonky Autumn Leaves. Hope she likes it!
One other quilt that I just quilted yesterday, I can’t even begin to think of a name. I went through a creative process with this quilt, and it turned out nothing like I started. I really enjoyed making it, and I just want the quilt to introduce herself to me! But, since this one is going to McCall’s Quilting, I am sure I will ship her off and wait until the magazine comes out to be formerly introduced.
So — are you a namer? What’s the name of your sewing machine?
(Mine is “Sewing Machine” by the way. You know, to distinguish it from “Quilt Machine.” Or sometimes to my kids — the little one or the big one.)
Any suggestions on naming quilts? I have a feeling I’m hopeless.