(Closed) Quilt guestbook

posted 5 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m doing a quilted guest book as well. You can get quilting cotton, or 100% cotton so that will be the easiest to work with. If you get actual fabric makers the dont tend to bleed through. But if you are worried about this you could buy some iron on backing paper and back each square. Another reason I suggest this is because if you are doing individual squares and then piecing them together you’re going to have to make sure that people don’t write I the seam allowance and their name or message doesn’t get cut off. style stiffness will also make it easier for your quests to write on. Just cut the backing to the finished size of the square, then make the fabric the size accountjng for the seam allowance and food the extra fabric back land pin. 

well that was long winded hope that helped. Oh as for extra 3 or 4 should be sufficient but if you have them at a guest table with someone sitting there it shouldnt be an issue, it will also lessen the chances of someone writing something inapprioate. 

Post # 5
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141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m doing quilting squares instead of a guest book, also, and have tested a couple squares and the fabrics pens definitly do not bleed through 🙂  I’m also putting masking tape around the corners to give seam allowance.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@skyblueme:  So I’m a little concerned because you said you are going to do the quilting, but you’ve never quilted before. I guess if it’s just squares and you’re going to “stitch in the ditch” for the quilting itself, it should be ok, assuming you’re already familiar with sewing. But you might want to take a quilting glass or at least practice making a lap quilt or something before you do it on your guest book pieces!

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@skyblueme:  Oh so you have help! Good! 🙂

I used this tutorial for my first quilt. Well… not the pattern, but she gives clear instruction on seaming and finishing. You’re probably just going to do a bunch of squares together without sashing or anything, so it’ll be pretty straight forward. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I want to do one so badly! Waiting to hear back from mom if shed be able to sew this for us. I really hope so!  As soon as i saw this idea i knew i had to have it!

Post # 11
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843 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@skyblueme:  

. I’m doing a quilt too, actually just got it today in the mail. Mine is a photo quilt and I love it! I just need to figure out what pens will work best, so I need to research that.

Post # 12
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484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I too am making a guest book quilt.  My mom is a quilter and I have been quilting for as long as I can remember.  I’ve made more quilts than I can count!  I used to make quilts in elementary school to donate to our local woman’s shelter.

Definitely invest in some good fabric pens- they shouldn’t bleed though.  I also second what Sassy9226 said about the iron on backing.  This will make it much easier for the guests to sign on as it will have a stiff backing to keep the fabric from stretching as they write.

For a quilt 100% cotton is the way to go.  I suggest visiting a local quilt shop for fabric as the quality is much better than what you’ll find at a place like Joanne Fabrics or another chain fabric store.  You can also talk to the people who work there and their knowledge on quilting and fabrics is infinite!  They would definitely have some excellent suggestions for you.

It may also be helpful to get a memory quilt book.  I found the pattern for my guest book quilt in one.  Even just a google search would help.  The pattern I chose is quite detailed and intricate because I know I can handle it, but their are so many easy/beginners patterns that you can put together in an afternoon!  It may be nice to have some sort of design to the quilt instead of just squares sewn together (which can be very nice itself, too!).

If you have any other questions, I’m happy to help!

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

I love this idea.  FMIL is a major quilter (I already have too many) but I’m sure she’d love helping me with the project.  Definitely running this by FH tomorrow 😀

Post # 16
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1649 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site

I made this one for my fh’s brother’s wedding in 2010.  I  brought fine sharpies for the guests to use to sign in all the light pieces, then I brought the quilt top home, assembled and quilted it and gave it back to the couple.

 

 

 

My camera took crappy pictures, but you can kiiiiinda see the signatures in this pic.

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