Saturday, July 28, 2007

Journal Quilt 30

Well it's that time of the week again. Here we are, up to number 30 already. I have to admit that there are weeks when I'd like to just say the heck with a weekly journal quilt, but I know if I don't try and complete the year then I'll beat myself silly over it.

weekly journal quilt
On another note...I'm having a difficult time with trying to figure out how to sign my name to my work, especially my painted pieces. To this point I've used different ways and I feel I need to be consistent and use the same signature all the time. I hate how long my name looks when I write out the first and last name together, plus it doesn't always fit nicely in the available space. I wish I had a cute short name or great initials or something. Here are the versions I've used to date:
  • Terri Stegmiller
  • T Stegmiller
  • Stegmiller
  • Steg
So I'm asking for everyone's opinion and would love some input on this. And to top it all off, I will have a door prize. If you comment on this post you will be in the drawing for a prize. I don't know at this point what the prize is...but aren't surprise prizes better anyway?????

29 comments:

  1. I'm so impressed tha tyou do keep going with your weekly journal quilts, even when you don't feel like it. I started the year with a project and haven't been able to manage to see it through.

    In regards to your signature dilemma, I thought I had an opinion, but then I started arguing with myself about it, so I guess I don't have an opinion.......

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  2. I vote for Stegmiller. It is unique and identifies you nicely. Cute isn't really a requirement.

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  3. Well I like either stegmiller or have you considered using your first name? or your initials?

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  4. Hey remember me, the one with all the opinions. I have used my whole name for forever. Same length as yours. You just have to cultivate a very tiny sig. I usually can use a ZigMillennium .01 or .05 on everything.
    Love that you are still keeping up with the quilt.

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  5. Using script capital letters for the "T" and the "S," you could do a TerriS..or Terri'S....and do a lil play on words there.

    Once you've decided, could you do it with a stamp? I know there are ink pads to use on all kinds of mixed media.

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  6. I changed my name to Mags after 70 yrs of being Margaret. i got so fed up with my long name.
    How about TS or Terri S

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  7. I like to use my complete full name on my quilt labels. I don't think I can say why. It just feels right. It "finishes" the project. :)

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  8. Terri -it is hard to change your signature after using the same one
    for so long-I think you have to go with what feels comfortable but try to write smaller or get a stamp and use a Fabrico ink pad.

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  9. Well, this one isn't even on your list of options, but I like TSteg. I also like the idea designing a stamp to use as your artist's mark.

    My whole name is even longer than yours- I am still working my signature out, but will most like use initials- just not sure if they will be my nickname initials, or the real deal.

    Love this week's journal quilt- good for you for sticking with it all year!
    LB

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  10. I get the signature issue. With a name like Francine Saperstein, it's hard to put that on a painting or drawing and not have it take over the entire page! LOL So I shortened my signature a long time ago. I sign FNSapt. It's not beautiful, but it's fast and easy to hide in a line drawing. I just kept signing my name in different ways until it felt easy and natural. :) HTH! xoxo, Fran

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  11. Hi!
    Why be consistent? Handwriting often changes slightly with one's mood...not enough to fool an expert, of course. Some pieces have different "moods". Some pieces have more space. Some pieces have very little area. Some pieces are serious while others might need something "cute"...so, why be consistent? I'd stick with whatever comes to mind first. Personally, I use "Lenz" and "S. Lenz" and "Susan Lenz" and "SCLD" (which is all of my initials). Whatever works!
    Susan

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  12. Signatures do pose a problem. I've been thinking about mine and still can't decide. What feels right and fits the space would seem to be the answer.

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  13. have you thought aboutincorporating the T and S into a little logo, a face maybe,
    I am impressed with you keeping up the quilts every week.

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  14. Terri, your journal quilt is beautiful, the colours are so pretty, I'm so impressed that you are disciplined enough to keep going with your journal quilts, I can never seem to stick to any of the goals that I set myself!

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  15. Hi Terry
    I understand your problem well! My name (since I am married) is even longer than yours.
    Years a go I use a nickname to sign my arts, but all my quilts are signed with my full name (first and last name) and that is working for me.
    Due to this, I like "Terri Stegmiller" most, but "Terri S." would be great to (I sign my fotos with Meret B.) ;o)

    Hope this helps you and let us know, how you decided!
    Take care & hugs
    Meret

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  16. I agree with Carol, I think a logo of TS and something with your faces would be cool, they are so iconic of you, it would be lovely to use them if only in a line drawing maybe? PS, love your journal quilt such great colours and patterns.

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  17. wow Terri ! the sig IS something to think about...I also have a loooooooog name...so I use SuZ...the s & z give it a logo/motif look....I can styleize it a bit....since you love "swirls" maybe you could doodle with the letters & incorporate swirls into them...could be big swirly first letters (T & S) & the rest tiny signature like...something a bit artsy & unique that would be recognizable without actualy "reading" the sig...my mother developed a unique/stylized little logo/symbol for her sig...kinda' like heirogliphics (sp?)...when you look at her sig you know it's HER ! ... try "doodleing" around with your sig & see what you come up with! you'll know it when you see it!!!!!

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  18. Sometimes I have also this problem with my name and I agree with you, but when I see your name, I think it is o.k., because you are Terri Stegmiller for us.

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  19. Bit late with my opinion, I definitely think your trademark face has to be included if possible perhaps with your initials.

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  20. Congratulations on keeping up with the weekly quilts! (I wish I had your tenacity)

    If I were you, I'd be quite tempted to work the T, S, and perhaps middle initial into a logo-looking signature. I do think it's important to remain consistent, though, whatever you choose :)

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  21. If I were voting, I'd probably vote for your whole name: Terri Stegmiller. But I also like Stegart, like is on your blog and your business card. Oh, and I just love that journal quilt. The colors are wonderful.

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  22. I like all of the variations. StegArt is what sticks in my head though. I also like the idea of T. S. worked into one of your wonderful faces too. I shortened mine to Gilli for fun.

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  23. how about TStegmiller ran altogether?

    Keep turning out great journal quilts...love the colours in this one.

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  24. I always liked it when you used "StegArt". I know that was not one of your options but what the heck !

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  25. By the way, I LOVE this journal quilt. I want to make a version of it for a wall quilt. Can you advise me on your pattern?

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  26. Since I've been blogging I've always recognised you as StegArt but if I were you I would sign my full name when signing my painted art ~ Quilts are easier cause you can label the back. I've seen lots of art with long signatures and I think you have a cool name, so use it!!!
    This journal quilt is wonderful ~ congratulations on keeping going, Judy x

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  27. I like the clever logo idea using TS or maybe TAS.

    Also, StegArt is fine for your website and communications, but for your personal art pieces, it sounds too commercial. I like the idea of your initials or a form of your signature.

    -Boris

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  28. I vote for your full name! That way, 100 years from now, people will know what you did.

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  29. Personally, I like Steg. Whenever I see a piece that I recognise as yours, that is the name I that pops into my head. I also think that you could make a nice curly, logo type sig of it.

    You don't need to use your whole name for people to know 'who' you are.

    CA

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