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Thread: Put your thinking hats on please? Pretty Please??

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    Put your thinking hats on please? Pretty Please??

    I have 3 weeks until my DD wedding. Last night my mother brings me, what I thought was a completed wedding signature quilt. Well I guess I have the top, batting and backing. Does that make it complete? NOT!!! Now I have to quilt it.....UGH!!
    I know in the pink corner squares will be diagonal lines 1/2" apart for guests to sign their names on, instead of a guest registry book. I have no idea what to put in the rest of the quilt. I can do some really simple freehand designs with my LA by would really rather have some pattern to follow or better yet, a design for my QBot to just set it and watch it go.
    Does anyone have any suggestions on what to put in these 4 camo blocks or in the 4 borders, YES, 4 borders!! Borders are not my favorite thing to do at all. I always end up with too much fullness on one end or a side or both, heaven forbid. The back is the yellow/purple/brown blended fabric (not my favorite either) I would have put a camo backing on it since it is a camo themed wedding. What do you think?
    I am thinking start in the middle and work my way to the outside on this one. But what designs to use............................................... ...

    Any and all suggestions welcome.
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    forgot to mention, The lace handkerchief/veil is not attached thankfully I can put it on later.

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    Really pretty quilt!
    Sorry to be no help at all on how to quilt it.

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    cute couple nicely done... sorry, no quilting tips either
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    Signatures will be hard to sign clearly if the quilt is layered with batting. What about backing the corner sections with freezer paper (which is the traditional way for signature quilts) and drawing lines with a Frixion pen so people know where to sign. You can quilt on the lines later. In my experience you are taking a risk having people sign on a completed top, rather than individual squares, but you gotta play the tune you have been given. Present the top only for signature and promise the couple it will be quilted later. As for the cammo sections I am thinking Cat 'o nine tails and grassy fronds.
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    Paulswalia's suggestion is very good because a firm surface is really needed for signing names on cloth. The freezer paper will help stablize the cloth blocks and keep them from stretching while the guests sign their names.

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    So what would I do to hide the raw edges during the signing?

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    BTW...I have been searching to see what a cat o nine tails is and cannot find it. Can someone explaint that to me?
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    Another suggestion would be to buy some more plain fabric for the guests to sign on (with freezer paper backing) and incorporate the signatures into the back of the quilt. Then, on the front squares you could embroider the date, place, bride and groom's name - things like that. Or put some nice applique there. People just aren't used to signing their names on fabric, and someone is likely to make a mess of it. You wouldn't want them to mess up the lovely quilt top.

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    I like the suggestion of having the guests sign squares for the backing. That way you can prepare the fabric with freezer paper and not be under the gun to get it quilted before the wedding.

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    Maybe Cat 'o Nine Tails is a New England term - but here's my best computer drawn image for them. Sheesh - I searched on line too and I'm sorry to have you go to some of those sites!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    Another suggestion would be to buy some more plain fabric for the guests to sign on (with freezer paper backing) and incorporate the signatures into the back of the quilt. Then, on the front squares you could embroider the date, place, bride and groom's name - things like that. Or put some nice applique there. People just aren't used to signing their names on fabric, and someone is likely to make a mess of it. You wouldn't want them to mess up the lovely quilt top.
    The more I think about it - Dunster has the best idea - have the signatures on the back. I've never done a signature quilt but I've heard horror stories from people in my guild about people not able to follow directions about how to sign. Signatures end up in the seam allowance area, they can't sign on a line, etc. I vote for on the back.
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    Three weeks and you are the mother of the bride? I'd find a local LQ quilter and beg her to do it for me!!!!

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    Why don't you let guests sign it just as a quilt top? You can hang the quilt top against a wall, or put it down on a table. Then, while they're on their honeymoon, you can quilt it and give it to them when they get back.
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    I like the suggestion to have everyone sign a block to be incorporated in the back. Someone is sure to make a mistake if you have them sign on the quilt. That quilt is very pretty and has a lot of work already. It would be a shame if someone makes a mistake.
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    I like that idea also. We are off to the big city of Denver tomorrow. I bet I could find some fabric there to make squares for part of the back that they can sign on and I have the embroidery machine all set up so it wouldn't take much to add their names, date, etc. to those squares on the front. They are using the Browning dear head that looks like a heart as a part of their camo theme so I could even put that on 1 block like they have on their glasses. That would look really nice.

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    Whew - that is a lot of pressure for the MOB so close to the wedding. Dunster's suggestion of bringing squares for the guests to sign for a backing would appeal highly to me if i was in your shoes. It is very wise not to risk the quilt to a pen booboo. My daughter is getting married 2 weeks from today and I think I'd freak if I had to quilt a quilt at this point.

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    Signing on the back sounds good. What about some nice hearts in the pink sections on the front? It is a wedding quilt, yes? or double wedding rings? Just ideas.
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    Also, I'd have some fabric handy for the wedding guests to practice signing with the fabric pen.

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    Amen to the freezer paper backing. I've done several quilts requiring autographs, and this works well. Also, at the recommendation of some friends here, I use PENTEL gel fabric pens (Hobby Lobby for sure) and heat set the signatures BEFORE any quilting is done. My advice is to iron the freezer paper only on the places you want signatures and present the quilt top for signatures just like it is. Deal with quilting later!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamsCorgis View Post
    forgot to mention, The lace handkerchief/veil is not attached thankfully I can put it on later.
    Attach with a method that makes it removable. At some point the quilt will have to be cleaned and that poor little hanky will never survive the washing machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    Signatures will be hard to sign clearly if the quilt is layered with batting. What about backing the corner sections with freezer paper (which is the traditional way for signature quilts) and drawing lines with a Frixion pen so people know where to sign. You can quilt on the lines later. In my experience you are taking a risk having people sign on a completed top, rather than individual squares, but you gotta play the tune you have been given. Present the top only for signature and promise the couple it will be quilted later. As for the cammo sections I am thinking Cat 'o nine tails and grassy fronds.
    I couldn't agree more about quilting later. Better for signing and better for the quilter. A more relaxed quilting without a dead line has got to be easier and way less stressful.

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    I agree with having guests sign the back. If there is concern about the plain pink blocks on the front could someone with an embroidery machine put the wedding details on them? Date, time, place and maybe some decorative details from the wedding itself, perhaps flowers from her bouquet, the name of the song for their first dance, those type things that mean so much to them as a couple.

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    Ditto to Paulswalia. You may also want to have it like a scroll where it can be rolled, signed, etc.. Would really consider suggestions from "dunster" and Nammie to 7 also. Some guests may be a bit much inebriated before they even get there and lord knows what they may do to that quilt.

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    I am with Pauls on this one. That is what I did with my parents' 50th anniversary quilt. Friends signed the top and I quilted it afterwards. I think I put freezer paper on the back of where they signed to protect what surface was under the top (i.e. podium, book, anything hard to write on). Love the bride and groom.


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