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Wedding Quilt Keepsake

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Vol 3, No. 1                       October 22, 2001


Kelly Kons, Editor,

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The Cost-Effective Bride \ Kós-te-'fek-tiv Brid \  n.
(2001):  The about-to-be-married woman that desires the
tangible, emotional, and memorable benefits of her
wedding to outweigh the money and time spent on
producing those benefits.  She is both elegant and fun,
emotional and sensible.  She understands that more
expensive does not necessarily equal better.  She is

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Last time, I shared different suggestions made by
brides, like you.  Today I have another suggestion from
one of those very same brides.  I have taken Mari's
idea and added a little twist to it and I think that
you will enjoy this idea.

Mari had the wonderful idea of asking her grandmother
to make a quilt for their wedding.  Mari then plans on
hanging the quilt at their wedding reception and using
it like a guestbook.  Rather than having their guests
sign a book that they probably won't look at too often,
they thought they would have their guests sign their
quilt and write any messages or advice that they would
like to, right on the quilt.

I think this is a great idea!  What a wonderful
weddding keepsake!  I think that Mari and her future
husband will get a lot of enjoyment from reading their
quilt over and over again.

So, what is my twist?  Well, I have heard before of
people who have taken their old T-shirts from high
school and college or their clothes from when they were
a baby and used this material to make a quilt.  Why not
use old T-shirts and clothes of both you and your
fiance to make a quilt?  Every other square could be
the bride, and every other square could be the groom.

Now, not only would you get a lot of enjoyment from
looking at your quilt, but your wedding guests might
have a lot of fun seeing what you were involved in.  If
possible, you may even take some of the scraps from
your wedding dress and/or the bridesmaids dresses and
make this into a square as well.

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Of course, Mari is very lucky that she has a
grandmother who knows how to quilt and is willing to do
this for Mari, but not all of this are this lucky.  I
did some research on how to make a quilt, and it seems
to me that part of it is relatively simple and part of
it is a bit more difficult.

Here is a site that will help you with the more simple
I looked in my local phonebook and also discovered that
under the word "Quilt" and "Quilting" that there are a
couple of shops and organizations in my area that will
do custom quilting.  You may be able to start your
quilt on your own and then take it to one of these
stores to finish it.

Here is a site that offers quilt patterns:  Also, if
you go to your local craft store they may be able to
give you resources on how to make a quilt and may even
offer classes.

Another idea is to have a "Quilting Shower".  Of
course, you cannot tell someone to throw you this sort
of shower, but you could drop hints to your
bridesmaids, mom, and mother-in-law-to-be who may take
part in planning your shower.  For this shower, ask
guests to bring a square of fabric that they have made
themselves and may be significant of some memory of the
bride or groom.  Then, you can put the quilt together
at the shower or have the pieces stitched together
professionally and given to bride and groom as a
wedding gift.  This quilt can then me taken to the
reception and used as a guestbook as described above.

As with all craft projects, be creative!  Maybe you
don't have the time to make a large bed quilt, but can
make a smaller one for a wall-hanging or to drape over
your couch.  Maybe you can put a piece of material at
each place setting and ask your guests to write a
message on the material - after the wedding take them
to a quilter to be put together.  There are lots of
possibilities and I am sure that all of them will make
your wedding very unique and special AND have the bonus
of creating a wonderful memory for you.

I hope you have enjoyed these ideas and I thank Mari
for sharing her superb idea with me.  Good luck with
all of your wedding planning!  Remember to have fun and
not get too bogged down in the details!

Kelly Kons

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