In January my nephew Paul married his sweetheart Cori. Monique, a family friend, and I both wanted to make them a wedding quilt. So we struck a bargain, Monique would make the top and I would quilt and bind it.
Monique purchased lovely Civil War reproduction fabrics, cut 2 1/2″ strips, and made “Roman Stripe” blocks. She pressed rectangles of freezer paper on the back of the light center strips to stabilize them for signing. At the wedding reception, Monique set up a block signing table, providing several colors of fine point fabric markers.
Attendees were encouraged to sign blocks given the following instructions: “Please help Paul and Cori remember their wedding day by signing a quilt square. You can also write a brief message. Important! Use only the pens provided. Sign on the cream part, ¼” away from the edges.”
After assembling the blocks and adding borders, Monique transferred the quilt top to me for finishing. I selected off-white thread and a concentric teardrop freehand, all-over design. I admit it, I was nosey and read many of the inscriptions as I quilted. Some artistic guests drew pictures or geometric designs as well.
The quilt will be a beautiful remembrance of Cori and Paul’s wedding day and of all their friends who wish them well. It was fun to collaborate with Monique on our cooperative wedding gift.
If you have made a signature quilt for a gift, please comment with additional tips on the process.