Quilts for Guests to Sign at Weddings

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A wedding quilt is a keepsake that brides and grooms will cherish forever. It comprises fabric squares in dimensions that coordinate with the size of the finished quilt and how many guests are in attendance. An experienced seamstress pieces together the fabric squares and may add squares or borders that coincide with the wedding colors and theme. The completed project will be a memorable masterpiece to be admired.

Preparing the Quilt Squares

  • Cut quilt squares out of durable white fabric, such as cotton. Measure carefully to avoid mismatched quilt lines when the squares are assembled. To create a queen-sized quilt with a decorative 3-inch black border and 3-inch black sashing between each square, you will need to cut 36 squares measuring 12 1/2 inches by 12 1/2 inches. Add 1/2 inch on each side to any other fabric you are cutting to allow for a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

Guest Signatures

  • When planning a smaller wedding affair, all guests in one family may sign one square. To accommodate a large guest list, instruct guests to sign squares until they are full. Advice, best wishes or words of wisdom on the quilt squares are a nice added touch. Use permanent ink markers to avoid losing the pizazz of the memento when the quilt is laundered. Be sure to use a piece of cardboard or card stock under each quilt square to avoid staining rented linens during the reception.

Embellishing the Quilt

  • At times, it can be tedious to view 36 white squares with signatures on them, so include a few strategically placed squares within the quilt to add a pop of color in addition to your border and sashing. Use beaded or sequined appliqués to adorn random quilt squares and dazzle the happy couple. Print a few photos of the wedding day onto iron-on transfer paper and transpose them onto blank quilt squares to add more personalization to the quilt.

Preserving Your Memorabilia

  • Use extreme caution when laundering to ensure that your wedding quilt stays fresh. Allow a professional to clean the blanket if you have any doubts. Lightly hose-vacuuming the quilt will keep it intact, but when you notice that you have some dirt buildup, it's time to wash it. Many married couples store their quilt and do not allow it to be used; it is kept as a family heirloom.

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