A new quilt . . . and a conundrum

18 10 2019

OMG — It’s been forever since I posted here.  Life gets in the way sometimes, and often in a good ways.  But here is what I have been working on, the one that actually got finished.

However, in completing this quilt I also created a conundrum:

What should I name this quilt when I write about it?

You see, HATE trying to come up with a “Title”, an identifier for each quilt, something that perhaps gives additional meaning to the piece.  Titles are required on show entrance forms and in my inventory system.  These titles often relate to a theme, emotion, place, etc.

But I don’t think or work that way.  I just start with a piece of fabric, a photo of a vintage quilt, a thought that triangles might be nice, or simply a color I want to use.  So I’m often frazzled coming up with a name after the fact.  If I were good at names I would be a writer.  Since I have made almost 350 quilts, they can’t all be called “Untitled.”

Moreover, I feel that no name can add enough information to persuade a viewer to have a different response than what is derived from just looking.

So I started playing around with names that were an accurate expression of my work on this quilt, a limited list that perhaps will be updated when the dust begins to settle in my brain.  Getting this off my chest, ranting over, here are my title suggestions:

The Quilt With No Name

Absolutely Untitled

Untitled No. 344


Entirely Marcia Derse Fabric

This Is So Not My Usual Style

Enough Already with the Pyramids!

I Bought This Fabric:  I Must Use It

Sure, Why Not?

I Just Liked the Way These Fabrics Looked Together  (the inherently true title of ALL of my quilts!!!!)

Hey, This Turned Out Kinda Cool

Just Look at This and See What You Think

I leave this open.  Come up with a non-title for this quilt for me, if you are inspired.


To Be Determined, 2019
63″ x 75″

And here is the detail

To Be Determined, Detail

The story of this quilt’s creation:

Way back in 2016, when I was collecting fabrics for Woven  Hexagons (click here to see that finished quilt), I bought way too much fabric (Surprise!!) and had a banker’s box full of leftovers.  Since I love the colors, tones, prints, patterns, and variety of these Marcia Derse fabrics, I wanted to make another quilt.   But since my current “style” tends toward working with bright colors, I labored over what the new quilt could be.  I finally decided on an old favorite, my pyramid blocks, the huge version of the traditional Thousand Pyramids pattern.  As soon as I made that decision, this project became what I like to describe as the-quilt-that-made-itself, and was completed very quickly.  This pattern also turned out to be a wonderful way to showcase these special materials, imho.








12 responses

18 10 2019

What’s The Point?

18 10 2019

Good start, but kinda no. Seems to suggest that this was a fruitless exercise, which is certainly not the case, imho. It had a definite point: giving me a reason to play for many days with materials I love.
You inspired me—-How about What’s Your Take?

18 10 2019
Susan Raab-Cohen

Hi, Sue! It’s great to hear from you post-Grinnell. I love the intensity of colors with this one. Gorgeous. Do you think of it as good for any particular size of bed? Congratulations on this lovely accomplishment. Susan

18 10 2019

Soooooo happy you wrote this. Been thinking of you.
No, these things get just as big as they want to and then I stop.
More via e-mail soon.

18 10 2019
Robin Strauss

I found a title that n your description: “The quilt That Made Itself”

What do you think?

18 10 2019

I love it, since I have used that phrase for a long time. This one would probably be The Quilt That Made Itself, No. 47, just guessing. This happens when I find myself “in the zone”, and I love it when that happens. Others can be more challenging, falling into the what-the-heck-do-I-do-with-this-now category.

18 10 2019

Hi, Susan!
What came to mind was the quote from the past – “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia”

18 10 2019

Love it! Thanks.
I, too wondered if I should just reach into other media and name it The Maltese Falcon or Strangers on a Train, just to see if that meant anything to anyone else, regardless of the work being viewed. Getting too meta.

18 10 2019
Susan Peck

oh yes, this one.

18 10 2019
Pepper Sbarbaro

Love the finished quilt . . . . there’s so much movement, integration, light and darK , , ,

The two I liked from your list were: Hey This Turned out Kinda Kool, and Sure, Why Not

How about: The 3 T’s: Triangles Tried and True (that just popped into my brain); or, Triangles in Flight – Afternoon Delight

If i think of anything else I’ll let you know.


20 03 2020
Judy Jensen

my suggestion for the title of the MD pyramid quilt — “Colormid”

20 03 2020

You are amazingly prolific!
The postcards are fabulous.
My suggestion for the quilt:
Pick Your Shape
Thanks for your blog! Fun to stay connected.
My blog is mostly travel pieces. But now that I’m not traveling maybe I need to shift gears! Thanks for the inspiration!

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