Dan and Martha were up from southern California over last weekend. We presented their quilt to them all quilted, bound and ready for use. This quilt started as an idea after going to a quilt guild meeting where Peggy Gilbrich came and gave a lecture on History of Signature Quilts. She had many samples there and several of the guild members brought their signature quilts to show to us. I thought what a great way to memorialize an event, such as a wedding. Next time I talked with Dan and Martha, I offered to do this for them. They agreed.
That was in March. Their wedding was scheduled for May 30th. I started making signature blocks galore. I made over 400 of them knowing that was way more than needed. I wanted the attendees to be able to start over if mistakes were made. In that number I also cut 5 inch square white blocks for them to draw a picture if they wanted. Some of the pictures were quite detailed. Some chose to write verse. The kids loved that part and drew many pictures. All were incorporated into the quilt. Some were really creative. Some were especially endearing.
Here is Dan and Martha reading a specific block:
Oh and Lorena and Elisa photo bombing the picture. They were our hangers. Thanks girls. Love you got into, too. Usually we only see their feet or their fingers.
This picture shows the blocks I made for the signature. The blocks that have three fabrics - a color, a white and another color - were the signature blocks. The white 5" blocks was where they could sign, draw or be as creative as they wanted to be.
It was fun to make. It was also the most pieced quilt I ever made. I wanted it to be big enough for them to use on a bed if they wanted to. It wound up to be 94" x 98".
A special thank you to Martha's good friends who manned the signature table and provided the baskets to keep them in and the pens to write with. I really needed that assistance. I am glad you were there and so ready to assist. One was Janice Lawver.
Here is the picture I included on the signature block I put on the back of the quilt. I usually sign my name, too. I forgot on this one. I guess they know who I am without it. I liked it because instead of a traditional cake, they had cupcakes. They were YUMMY!
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