Sep 05, 2012 signature quilts Today I am hand embroidering a quilt to commemorate a special someones wedding day! I pulled out these embroidered vintage quilt blocks for inspiration. I love the subtle imperfections and the speckled stains acquired from age. I also love the individual differences in script and stitches, and the old fashion names. I found these blocks in an antique store many years back. A quilt that has names embroidered on it usually is called a "signature quilt". This style quilt was common around the late 19th century. This type of quilt was a way in which people and organizations raised money for a cause. People paid for the privilege of having their name added. Or this might have been created as a friendship offering for someone in the group, or a church director, or a departing friend. Whatever the reason, I think it's charming!