I've always felt it is very important to sign the back of your quilt to document the history and the maker. With linen quilts it is especially important as the linen itself is often a treasured family heirloom. Elaine Miller of Redding, CA is another one of my "Linen Ladies" and was lucky enough to have been gifted a linen table runner that was a family heirloom. The flax was actually spun into thread from the family farm in Calabria, Italy and then loomed into the fabric to create the table runner. It is well over 100 years old.
Elaine painstakingly quilted the piece and added pictures of her Grandmother Marianna Campato, Aunt Theresa Baccardi as well as herself to the back and the history is documented on the label.
By quilting this beautiful piece it is no longer tucked away in a dresser drawer. It has been given a new life as a beautiful linen quilt and as a treasured family heirloom.