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Thread: need advice on a friendship quilt

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    Super Member nanabirdmo's Avatar
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    i want to make a friendship quilt for a 14 yr old relative for xmas. one that will have signatures of her friends, family. must the sigs be embroidered over the writing or can i just give her a good pen and let her gather sigs herself?
    on the antique friendship quilt that i have all the sigs are embroidered.
    thanks for your advice in advance.

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    I think that it can be done however you want it :D I think it is like many others have said here, it is your quilt do it the way you want! :D :D :D

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    I think signing the blocks would work just fine nanabird. Just be sure that they use a permanent fabric marking pen. She'd hate to lose their signatures/sentiments after a washing or two. What a sweet gift this will be!!

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    Hi, I made one and everone signed with a perm. pen i washed it and it was fine happy quilting

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    Oh, almost forgot. Even though the pen says "permanent", I'd heat set the writing with a hot iron just to be sure. :)

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    I just got done making a memory quilt for my Mother who is retiring in November. I went to the quilt shop and bought a pigma pen and all of her coworkers signed it. I can't wait until she sees it. Some of the other links say not to use a sharpie pen as it might damage the fabric. If you are going to do this please get a pigma pen.

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    yes, definitely i will give her a couple of pens from the quilt shop.
    thanks for the reminder. she is a teenager and they can be a bit airy :D

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    oh by the way, i'm sure your mom is going to cherish her quilt. that's a good idea.

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    I used a pigma pen on my husband's 50th birthday quilt. It worked great no bleeding I used a 05.

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    Just a suggestion but it might be a good idea to iron a piece of frezzer paper the size you want to allow for writing onto the back of the fabric. This prevents writing being lost in the seam allowance and also stabilizes the fabric and makes it much easier to write on. Non quilters don't always understand about leaving enough fabric for seams. Gives a simple guide, you can just say write where the paper is :D .

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