(Closed) Pre assemble the Guest Book Quilt or Loose Squares with writing area block?

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Tough one! 

Although hanging it up looks really nice, I would be worried about the markers not working consistently. 

Maybe you could do scraps with dotted lines that each guest can sign? You would have to make sure there were enough since most people/family will each use a whole one in that method. 

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@avonleaR:  What about a little step stool so that people can reach the higher parts of the quilt? I like the preassembled idea!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@avonleaR:  We’re having a guestbook quilt also! I think I’m going with the loose sqaures, just because of lack of time to make the actual quilt right now. But I’m having the same worry as you about people writing where they’re not supposed to…Maybe a sign explaining? Or, maybe the bridal party can start it so that others can follow their lead?

Good luck! 🙂

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site

I didn’t take any pics while I was putting it together and I didn’t think to take any of the finished project, but I made a signature quilt for my brother in law and sister in law’s wedding in 2010.   I assembled the whole quilt and then laid it out on a large table and had the people sign it there.  I didn’t want to risk having people sign outside the box, or losing any squares.

Here’s a picture of it right before I brought it to have people sign it.   I added a 4 inch border around the whole thing at the end before sandwiching and binding the whole thing.   I did a free-motion-quilt on it with off-white thread.   Their wedding colours were brown and dark red.

http://sphotos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/36944_414785048563_7323206_n.jpg

 

http://sphotos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/36944_414785043563_3000874_n.jpg

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site

Also, if it’s pre-assembled, people will be drawn to it, they will see how cool it looks and EXACTLY what it’s supposed to be.  If someone who knows nothing about quilt making were to see a bunch of loose blocks, they might be like, wth is this for?   It’s not super obvious, even with a sign.   

When I did mine, I should have brought more fabric pens.   I only had 2 and we had sometimes up to 8-10 people flocking around the table looking for a spot to sign.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site

It’s no worse than someone writing something inappropriate in an actual guestbook…   I guess I don’t know anyone who would do that, so it never occured to me.

 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Definitely pre-assemble it!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I am doing a guest quilt as well! I am using loose squares for a couple of reasons:

a) I want to have several squares that are floral and have that have no writing on them.

b) I will be stiching in the guests’ messages by hand prior to assembling the quilt so that they will last forever!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@avonleaR:  On of my Bridesmaid or Best Man made a good countering point: What if someone writes something inappropriate? 

That’s exactly what popped into my mind too – ww had people write some stuff on the tags for our wish tree we used as a guestbook that were just very…WTF. So glad I was able to get rid of them before putting the tags together into a scrapbook. For that reason, I’d assemble it after.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I know that your wedding was last year, but I’m just posting in case anyone else looks at this thread (like I did lol). I saw an idea online where the bride asked for fabric swatches with the rsvp’s. Then I figured it would be cute to stitch the initials into each swatch and display the quilt at your wedding 🙂

Do you have any pictures of what you ended up doing? I’d love to see!

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