I finished our wedding quilt just in time for our 2nd wedding anniversary. And I learned today that cotton is the traditional 2nd year anniversary present! How perfect--love you Jeremy!

Handmade wedding quilt

I had everyone at our wedding and celebration barbeque sign pieces of fabric.
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Some of my favorites:
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This is the least amount of quilting I've done on any quilt so it doesn't distract from everyone's well wishes.
Handmade wedding quilt

Notes on how to make a signed quilt:

  • Cut your pieces of fabric. I used an equilateral triangle ruler and taped off the size I wanted.
  • Use archival, permanent fabric pens. I used Pentel Gel Roller for Fabric, which glide over fabric much easier than other pens. Felt tips tend to get stuck and pull the fabric.
  • Either spray the fabric with starch OR iron the pieces to freezer paper (kind of like wax paper and will gently adhere the fabric so it's easy to peel off). That'll make it easier to write.
  • Be VERY clear to your guests that they need to write at least 1/2 inch away from the edge. Despite bolded directions on a sign and an actual drawn 1/2 inch, a bunch of people wrote within 1/4 inch of an edge!

Handmade wedding quilt

To hang the quilt so it's floating without any visible support, I followed this tutorial. After the usual binding, hand stitch a sleeve on the back, get a 1/4"x2" precut piece of wood from Home Depot, and screw a couple eye screws in the sides. Any thicker than 1/4" will show. Use picture hangers or nails in your wall to hang.
Handmade wedding quilt