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    Whatever you decide, a strong suggestion that you and your new husband sign it also. I made a 50th anniversary quilt for my parents and never thought to ask them to write something for each other. Long after my dad passed away my mother said she wished they'd thought to sign it. You will have many happy healthy years and way down the road you'll enjoy reading what you wrote to each other.

    And....mazel tov!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    Getting married in 11 months - yay! but My initial non-quilt idea was the picture like my mom did. But it didn't feel like me, I guess. Whereas something with fabric, that's a very me thing to do.
    I figured I'd ask the experts for suggestions. Thanks! :)
    My cousin had a tablecloth that guests signed and she then embriodered the sig. I have had quilters sign a piece of batil fabric as I travelled. When I got home it became the center piece for a wall hanging using fabrics collected on the trip.

    You might have everyone sign a large piece that would then become a table runner that is used for special occasions

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    I had 2 daughters get married this past summer & both wanted a quilt guest book.

    One chose a piece of fabric for guests to sign - I put freezer paper on the back and arranged it like a tablecloth on gift table with fabric markers - this will be the back of her wall hanging. We plan to create a 'memories' front using photo transfers, ribbon, tulle, pieces from gown & attendants dresses, etc. (may be done by her 5th anniv. LOL)

    The other one asked for a signature duvet. I premade 6" rail fence blocks & again ironed on freezer paper to stabilize while writing. 1/4" lines were drawn as a reminder to stay in the lines. These were put in a basket with markers for guests to sign. Blocks were given to relatives who couldn't attend the wedding. These will be sewn together to create the duvet cover top.

    On both occasions someone was designated to mingle & remind guests to sign.

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    I wouldn't think of signing, coloring, painting, any fabric without the freezer paper backing. The threads can't move if secured to the freezer/waxed paper. The marking of the outside sewing line is also a must. I use this method for making my quilt labels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrs. fitz
    Whatever you decide, a strong suggestion that you and your new husband sign it also. I made a 50th anniversary quilt for my parents and never thought to ask them to write something for each other. Long after my dad passed away my mother said she wished they'd thought to sign it. You will have many happy healthy years and way down the road you'll enjoy reading what you wrote to each other.

    And....mazel tov!
    Oh yes!! Darn, I made my parents an album quilt that all their children and grands signed with name, dob, sentiments, etc and never thought to make blocks for them :(
    My Dad is gone now and my Mom would have loved it.
    Lucy- good luck with everything !! Your sister comment was so funny :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by bizybess
    If you hand out squares for people to write on mark a seam allowance because people WILL write all the way to the edge and then you will lose part of their words when sewing together. Ironing squares onto freezer paper is a great idea. Maybe a 4" freezer paper square centered on a 5" fabric square leaving a half inch seam allowance. That way you have schooch room.
    I did a quilt for my DD wedding shower. I had cut the squares out and told everyone to leave 1/2 inch for a seam allowance. I even had a sample on the table. Do you think people could follow directions....NOT!!!! I had quite a few squares that were cut off. Not much I could do about it when they wrote all the way to the edge.

    Another idea for a "guest Book" thing. Not quilt related but very cute. My other DD just got married last weekend. They had a photo booth for the reception. It was a company that comes and sets up a small curtained area with a camera, computer, printer setup. Well you go and hit the button and the camera takes 4 photos. You come outside and the attendant (of the photo booth) has your pictures. 2 sets of pictures are printed. One for you to take and one that the attendant places in a scrap book. Pens were available to sign the book and write well wishes. It was a huge hit. You could go and take as many as you liked. It was fun to see everyone get together and do silly poses. Now my DD has this book forever.

    Good luck with the wedding and try not to stress too much

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    beautiful!

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    Even better than taping to cardboard: Iron each square on to freezer paper. Much easier and stablizes the fabric while it is being written on. It works, we did a king size quilt at church this way!

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    When my daughter was married, I had a small throw size quilt already made and the wedding guests signed the blocks at the reception. We used an archival pen and it worked fine. Besides, it was done when the wedding was over and I didn't have worry about finishing it. It worked well for us.

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    This is a great idea and beautiful
    Quote Originally Posted by dungeonquilter
    Attached is a picture of a Wedding signature quilt that I made for my niece. I had the blocks all made, and used large squares of the yellow for practice for everyone. Some drew pictures, some wrote poems. I put the large squares on the back of the quilt. She sometimes hangs it with the back showing. LOL
    They had a meet and greet in the church basement right after the ceremony, and that is when I had everyone (Kids included) sign the squares. I put freezer paper on the back of the fabric.

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    I like the idea of taking the seam allowance around something like freezer paper or cardboard...because even though I had seam allowance marked many people wrote into that area. It's probably safer if they just can't do that! I also had people sign on the wrong side of beige tone on tone fabrics even though I had someone at the table to help folks with questions etc. Yikes!

    Another sentimental idea...I made my DDIL's wedding dress and at the last minute wrote their names and wedding date on the hem of the dress lining with blue pigma pen much like you might write inside a wedding ring. She loved it! I got the idea from that being done on Christening dresses handed down in families & worn by multiple babies. (Baby name & Birthdate embroidered on)

    Every happiness for you and your groom!!!

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    Cut material in signature card size, attach these to slightly larger freezer paper. Have quilting pens in the colors of your wedding or whatever, you Have 2 people man a station. one for having guests signing in, the other could take pictures. then later you could put the pictures on whatever size squares you decide, and the signatures could be placed under the pictures in the form of separator strips
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    My DD is getting married in February. I was thinking of doing this also. I would love to see more pictures of some that have been done! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherylynne
    My daughter is getting married in June and I would like to follow this thread for suggestions, too. I think that you are definitely on to a great idea. When I look back at my wedding photos I realize that many of the people that were there have since died and it would have been nice to have another memory from them. Little kids have grown up, but those immature signatures are priceless.
    For my friend's daughter's wedding, I sent 6" squares out before the wedding, backed with a piece of freezer paper, typed instructions, and a stamped return envelope. I got most of the back and had the top done for the shower. I had designed the quilt firs with the appropriate number of white squares, and since I didn't get them all back, I added their wedding picture and put the "label" in one of the squares instead of the back. A design note - I made the squares to be set on point and very clearly told everyone how to hold the fabric to write, but some people just couldn't believe you'd write on the diagonal, and wrote with the squares flat. Now their squares are on the diagonal! :) Most people were VERY creative - they only had to write something to the couple - but I got back a square with glitter, a drawn cartoon and if you look about the center of the quilt, it's hard to tell, but it's Joe Paterno!
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    Many years ago, a dear friend was retiring. I provided the squares, with thee border marked, and let everyone choose what they wanted to put on the square. I put it together, and quilted it, and gave it to her at her retirement party. She was floored! Long story short, she cherieshed that quilt until she died, then her daughter inheirited it, and has it to this day.
    If you want to do something like that for your wedding, you may just start a trend. In five years, will you remember who gave you the glasses, or the towels, or the sheets? Probably not, but I'll bet you will be able to look back and remember the person who signed your quilt, which will provide you with untold memories. And if you get enough signatures or individual quilt blocks for 2 quilts, go for it girl.
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    A friend of my daughter had purchased a huge white platter and had all the guests sign their good wishes on that platter with permanent marker. She uses it for special occasions, Thanksgiving, etc. to serve on and it's a conversation piece as well as a lovely memory. Large wedding, several platters.

    Bridal shops sell these I believe.

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    My niece had a small Las Vegas wedding on 7-7-07. I cut out squares of beige fabric and passed them around at the dinner with permanent pens. Later, I used them as the center to snowball blocks for a wall hanging. I also included a couple of fabric "frames" to put pictures of the happy couple, the chapel where they were married and an embroidery that I had made with their names and date. In hindsight, I would have made the snowball blocks before I gave them out for people to sign. That would keep people from writing in the seam allowance. I had to "squeeze" a couple of squares to make them work! One of my squares got picked up by a waitress clearing tables and went into the garbage because it looked like nothing before it was written on.

    You are wise to ask for advice on this topic--Learn from our mistakes!

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    At my step-daughter's wedding this summer the guests signed a book, they etched their names in a silver tray and they signed muslin strips for a wall-hanging I would make her. I also put a plastic pocket on the quilt to stick a picture in of her and her hubby - the picture quality is better that way. I haven't quilted the quilt yet so all the ribbons aren't on yet (have to hand sew them on after the quilting), but here is a picture of the wall-hanging. Their reception had a huge candy table, so that's where the idea for the quilt pattern came from.

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    When my cousins son got married, I took plain white squares to the RECEPTION and had every one sign them, write on them or what ever. Was wonderful!!! and made a wonderful quilt - I actually think they hung it on the wall, so everyone that visited their house could see it.

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    Think yearbook... Same concept, but with your creativity added. :thumbup:

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    I'm going to make a Double Wedding Ring quilt for my son and his bride - getting married August 2011.

    I haven't yet decided how I will personalize the blocks (maybe embroider different places, things, etc that have special meaning to them) The center block will be embroidered with their names and date of the wedding, flowers and such.

    BUT NOW FOR AN IDEA FOR YOU - - Since I want my quilt ready for the big day, I'm going to make two/three additional blocks for pillow tops and bring them to the wedding for everyone to sign.

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    At a wedding that I did the photography for the bride and groom had a quilt that had white strips within the pattern. They then had the guests sign on those strips. It was very cute and when the wedding was over the quilt was already done and ready for use/display.
    Another idea, my husband and I used our engagement picture and had a large mat for folks to sign. I have it on our wall and it is still fun to see. Espically where my nephew signed, Mr and Mrs "Jones" and there were lots of relatives with that name! We smile every time we notice it. Oh, and yes, we did figure out which one signed it that way!

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    ok since you shouldn't use starch or fabric softener on these fabrics that they will sign I would use butcher paper on the back side to hold the fabrics stiff. This non-starched fabric will hold the inks better and setting the inks will be more secure. Than all you need is any flat surface to lay the fabric on to sign/write on and you won't need to spend extra on cardboard.

    If you are wanting to do these in a plain white or off white color, you can buy the pre-done fabric sheets from http://www.cjenkinscompany.com/ and that way you only have to cut them to size. I have used their sheets in lots of quilts and have never had any problems with them.

    Then you can use some of the pictures from your wedding to add to the quilt and be able to fashion the quilt anyway you like.

    I think this is such a great idea you have. But like with anything you want to make things simple so the guess don't have to worry about messing it up. You should also have a few extra blocks on hand in case someone does mess theirs up. Yep, it happens even with the best of plans.

    Good luck and be sure to shows us the end results!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    Getting married in 11 months - yay! I had a Bat Mitzvah when I was 13 and I wanted to get a picture of me and have everyone sign around it, like my mom had at her wedding. Long story short, the Bat Mitzvah planner wouldn't let me and made me get a guest book. And about 5 people signed it and I don't even know if we still have it.

    So, wedding, I don't want to do a guest book. I get the idea, but for me, I know I'd never look at it again. I want to do something quilt-y instead.

    My initial non-quilt idea was the picture like my mom did. But it didn't feel like me, I guess. Whereas something with fabric, that's a very me thing to do.

    My first idea was to have everyone do a square (where they'd write a message, not just names... that's boring!). Then I'd have my photographers make sure to get pictures of everyone, and I'd print the pictures on the fabric. I'd then take the picture and sew it to that person's square, and alternate them into a quilt, so it's a checkerboard of pictures/signature squares.

    My concern with that is that I'd need a really big quilt. Or if I limited it to just certain people, then I'd have a bunch of squares left and I'd make a 2nd quilt. So my next thought was to use a bunch of bright fabrics (I like bright) and give one square to everyone to write on. Then make a quilt that way.

    Then someone suggested doing signature blocks but using it on the back of a quilt, since she's not a big fan of signature blocks or writing on quilts.

    I figured I'd ask the experts for suggestions. Thanks! :)
    If you get too many squares, you could always use the blocks on both sides of the quilt.maybe even a couple of pillows too!

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    When I lived in England for a while, I got everyone to write their name and draw or write as they wished, onto a cloth that i later embroidered and embellished by going over the lines. I did the same when I was in the "States". The one from the US has remained unfinished as there are lots of drawings done by the children and I don't want to change them. I am thinking of framing it. The other one is used as a table cloth and it brings back fond memories and conversation. I don't think you would regret making one,but perhaps you could get everyone to sign or write/draw on a large sheet of paper and then have your local printer company transfer it to cloth that you could embellish?

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