According to my records, I started naming my very first quilts around when I started quilting 6 years ago (in fact, I am so glad I have been blogging for so long; it's so easy to look back!). At the time, it seemed that so much work deserved a name. Here and there, I simply leave quilts untitled, but the large majority of my quilts (including mini quilts) have names. Sometimes I think about the name from the very beginning; other times, it's an afterthought (while I'm quilting: "I should probably think of a name for this thing..."). I don't usually feel pressured by it, but to me, the quilt doesn't feel done until it has a name (and a blog post!).
Often, I name by design. When I'm exploring a specific shape or concept, like orange peels, I enjoy a series. For example, "Scatter," "Soar" (left and right, above), "Breeze," and "In The Wind" (below) all revolve around the scattering of the traditional orange peel block all over the quilt. It's definitely become something of a game to come up with similar names!
I named my first, cool Star Light, Star Dark quilt "Illuminate," and I think I've decided on "Ablaze" as the name for the warm version (thanks to your help!). Ideally I'd like them both to deal with light, since the quilt is about stars and they are two very different color palettes.
Finally, "Autumn Wind" and "Spring Wind" are purposefully similar but differ in their color schemes.
When I think back to favorite names, a few jump into mind:
"Postcards from Prague," my voile quilt and favorite cuddle device, gave off a very Bohemian feel (to me, at least). It was my way of saluting one of my favorite cities in the world. I use this quilt every day at the computer - in fact, I'm using it right now. This was actually made using Debbie's Postcard Quilt tutorial.
"Peace" was meant to bring just that, in both the sentiment of giving a quilt and the color. Ironically, it's chaotically improvisationally-pieced!
I love "Hibernation" because it's a different take on the bear paw block (both in the center and in the maple leaves), and because it was made for my dad to nap under. And nap he does. :)
"Facets of Emerald" was my first improv quilt, made to mimic the actual facets of a gemstone.
Finally, "Emergence" meant a lot to me and my personal journey of emergence (I talk a lot more about that in the blog post).
Do you name quilts, too? If so, does it come easy to you?