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Questions about Signature Quilt??????

I am considering making  a signature quilt for my daughters wedding. Can someone help me with some questions I have.

#1. Do the signature pieces get signed with permanent markers and left like that, or, do they get stitched over with floss?

#2. Is it best to get the signatures and then make the quilt with the signature pieces?

I know these may sound like dumb questions but Im really confused and want to do this quilt, as I think it would be really memorable for my daughter and her husband.

I would really appreciate any suggestions..........




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Comment by MariC/PA on October 12, 2011 at 1:40pm

Thanks for all the valuable information everyone. I knew you would help me. Im so excited about starting this. I will show it when Im done. Dont expect it to soon as I know its going to take some time.

Thanks again everyone and Happy Fall

Comment by Michelle K on October 12, 2011 at 11:57am

Make sure you use fabric pens, then heat set with an iron.  Do a test piece, write on it, heat set it, wash it and see what happens.  I would cut fabric and mail it or have it for people to sign.  When you get it make sure to heat set it.  they you can sew it into blocks of any style.  Plan ahead on the block design so you will know what size of fabric to have cut.  

 you could also use a wash away marker to do the 1/4 inch seam allowance so people know not to write out side that line.  The freezer paper will work to iron on the back, or you could use wide masking tape.  Freezer paper would work better and is reusable.   

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on October 12, 2011 at 8:38am
To add to the information about pressing the blocks onto freezer paper.  Though it takes some time, I have found that if you draw the seam allowance around the edges and also draw lines on the "paper" side of the freezer paper, it gives people a better guide for their signature.
Comment by Jennie Steward on October 12, 2011 at 7:22am
I used permanent Micron Pens (absolutely no markers) for the signatures.  You can find them in any Michaels', Joann's or fabric shop.  I cut out the signature square or rectangle and ironed a piece of freezer paper to the back of each to stabilize it for the signing.  Then I had everyone sign the pieces and asked that they leave at least a half inch all around the edges without writing on it.  It worked like a charm!
Comment by quiltingmama on October 12, 2011 at 6:25am
My sister made a signature quilt years ago.  She had a template for writing the names in a certain area of the fabric that allowed for seams and gave a tangible line to write on.  She just used a permanent fabric marker for writing.  She made sure that all of the squares were cut out prior to signature.  It was quite lovely when it was done, it was a "family" quilt that had over 100 names then she printed my grandparents pictures onto fabric and appliqued the color and details.
Comment by Terry F on October 11, 2011 at 6:31pm
I've never made a signature quilt, but I did experiment with pigma pens on fabric.  I found that ironing the fabric onto freezer paper gave the fabric a temporary "backing" making it much easier to write on.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on October 11, 2011 at 6:13pm
Like Laurie, my suggestion would be to have the fabric pieces for people to sign. You may want to mark them in a way so they don't write in the seam allowance area, or it could be really difficult to put together. You will also want some fine grade sandpaper underneath the fabric when they sign, to keep it in place.
Comment by Laurie on October 11, 2011 at 4:51pm
I think I would get squares of fabric signed, then sew them into the quilt.  And maybe have some extra squares in case of a mishap during signing one.  I don't think I would floss over it.  Permanent pigma pens come in all colors if you didn't want them all black.

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