When I wrote the other day about my facing method, I showed a picture of the back of a quilt. Visible on the sleeve was my name and the title of the quilt -- I put that on the backs of all my work.
Elena left a comment: "When I saw "Jaunty F" in San Jose, I was surprised by your signature on the face. In this post I see you also sign boldly on the sleeve. There are many thoughts about how and where an artist signs his work. Signatures are a rarity in any quilt world. Would you share your thoughts about this? And what are you using to make that signature? Discharge paste or bleach?"
It's funny that she brings up this issue, because it's one that I have wrestled with over the last several years, and I would say my practice is evolving, at least as far as the front of the quilt is concerned. On the back, I have been using this method of signing the sleeve for a decade.
First, let me talk about the back -- I use Finish dishwasher gel (used to be called Electrasol) in a squeeze bottle to write my name, the title of the quilt and the year. I like this brand because the consistency is stiff enough for the gel to hold its bead and give sharp edges to the lettering. With other brands I've tried, the gel is more liquid and the bleach oozes and wicks out to give a fuzzy edge.