Turn Your Guest Book into a Heirloom Wedding Quilt
When I saw it the hallelujah chorus went off in my head. I am not a big fan of straight-up signature guest books. While talking to my future mother-in-law about whether or not to have a traditional guest book, I asked, "what am I going to do with a book of 100 signatures?"
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Instead of a standard guest book, how about a fabric guest book that you can turn into a quilt? Have your guests write their messages and well wishes on scraps of fabric with a fabric pen. During the wedding, they can and tack it to a cork board, an piece of wood, a french message board or what ever else your heart desires. Alternatively, you could also hang a photo booth blanket up and have your guests pin their signed fabric to it.
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After the wedding you can sew the pieces of fabric together and make a quilt. Or you can find a quilter to do it for you.
What you will need:
- Mixed pieces of fabric in a variety of sizes (and shapes, depending on the intricacy of your pattern)
- You can find "fat quarters," which are pieces of fabric in a variety of designs cut smaller especially for quilters. Each fat Quarter is less than $2. You can expect to cut each one into several smaller pieces.
- Most craft, fabric, or quilting stores carry fat quarters
- A fabric pen that will show up will on your fabric. You may have to get both a dark and a light colored fabric pen
- Something on which guests can hang their signed fabric.
- Tacks, pins, or safety pins.
- You may also want to check a few quilting books out of the library for design ideas (especially traditional designs for yoru region or heritage)