Personalization ideas for signature blocks

I think whoever came up with the idea of signature quilt blocks is a genius. The idea of signature blocks makes a quilt (which is already a very personal creation) even more personal and meaningful. These are pictures of some signature quilt blocks. Pictures are from Quilter’s Cache with free patterns on the site:

Some ideas for personalizing these blocks:

1. Names of family members for a quilt to commemorate a reunion or important family event

2. Birth particulars of a baby on a birth quilt

3. Names of guests on a wedding or wedding shower quilt

4. Names of important and famous people – Adeline Harris of mid-1800’s managed to collect signatures of important and famous people of her time, and thereby memorialized her era in this amazing quilt! The famous people comprised of politicians, poets, clergymen etc (pictures from “Quilts and Coverlets of America):

5. Names of countries on a travel quilt

6. Favorite verses on a Bible or Poetry or Famous Quotes quilt

7. Things prayed for on a Prayer quilt

8. Addresses lived at for a military family quilt

9. Love in different languages for a “I heart you” quilt

10. Titles of songs for a music quilt

11. Accomplishments in an achievement quilt

For my signature quilts, I actually stitch the words by hand onto the blocks instead of signing it with a fabric safe pen. Alternatively, one can also machine embroider the personalization on the blocks – just be sure to use the right amount of stabilizer to prevent the dense stitching from puckering the block.

I am using my Autumn into Winter quilt to record the favorite food items in the Ivory Spring household during the colder months of the year:

What interesting ideas have you used the signature blocks? Even if you aren’t a quilter, I would love to hear if you have any other neat ideas to personalize these quilt blocks.

Thank you for stopping by – I hope you have a lovely day!

14 thoughts on “Personalization ideas for signature blocks

  1. A dear older widow friend was getting remarried and, of course, did not NEED anything for a wedding gift. So the members of an organization we’re in made a small wedding quilt for her and used signature blocks. We met (in secret!) and made the blocks and signed them with a personal sentiment and our name. Each block is unique! Then I set the quilt together and quilted it. She uses it as a wall hanging. It was the perfect, personal gift. The block we used was your first example of a signature block. Your idea of using foods is very unusual….and sounds yummy!

  2. I like your idea Wendy. I taught a quilting class once for beginners. I asked each of the girls to sign a muslin block and then asked for two pieces of the fabric they used for their quilt blocks. So far, I have not made the quilt, but I have them tucked away for a future project. There may be about 12 signed blocks if I remember correctly. And I was wondering about having people sign a muslin block if we have an open house. What do you think??

  3. Wow!! Creative idea!!! Is my long-due blueberry muffin in the list? I love your baked casserole, your pasta, your Chinese food (no onions please)… :) and everything that you’ve cooked for me during my vacation!

    I miss you….

  4. We have an exhibit on signature quilts at the New England Quilt Museum. ( It’s been so interesting to see the history of these quilts revealed in the research and scholarship that has been done. Women found a way to raise funds and create bonds back in the time when those things were socially unacceptable (raising money!) and social norms were severe. I’m so glad to see signature quilts are alive and well in the new millennium!

  5. We had a marvelous property manager who was leaving — so I made blocks, had other residents sign them and made a lap quilt for him which was presented to him on his last day here.

  6. Several years ago to celebrate our then pastor’s 50th year in the ministry, several ladies put together a quilt asking for each family to submit a piece of fabric a certain size that could be embroidered, quilted, cross stitched, or done any way they liked, as long as it had the family name on it. Then the ladies put it all together with coordinating fabrics and several of us came over on different nights to quilt it on someone’s rack. That was my only experience similar to an old fashioned quilting bee, and I loved it. I wish I had a picture of the finished product.

  7. I did sort of a signature quilt one time – a friend was going through a rough time, and lives very far away. I asked all our gals at the homeschool board to send me their favorite bible verse – machine embroidered them all, with their names by them, into a huge quilt and shipped it off to our friend. She still uses it – loves being wrapped in God’s word, and of course it comes with love from everyone who contributed.

  8. Very cute leaf signature blocks! Oh, and that tumbling block version is outstanding.

    Those of us who were in a block swap included a signature block along with the main block. I incorporated them into the quilt border top and bottom.

  9. Neat! I think I mentioned the old Pinocchio quilt I bought. It has the signature of the lady who made it. I can’t imagine getting rid of something homemade like that. I’m glad, though, that I ended up with it. It’s charming.


    Sheila :-)

    P.S. You asked me a question the other day about Stella, and I hope I answered it. I’m tired and can’t remember. ;-)

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