On Monday I shared my love of memory quilts. Some of these have photos in them, but some just have messages and signatures.
Earlier this fall I worked on one that was actually a 90th birthday quilt/going away gift for a dear guild friend. Bernice and I had grown close when her daughter's schedule changed and Bernice started riding with me to guild. It was always especially fun when Gracie got to go with us. Just before her birthday, Bernice announced that she was moving to Michigan to be closer to more family members, including her great-granddaughter. Although no one, especially the grannies in the group, could blame her, we were sad to see her go and had little time to find a way to celebrate her upcoming milestone birthday.
We had a quick party with a cake in August, but there wasn't time to finish a quilt that quick. The look on her face when she saw the cake was priceless!
I came up with a super-quick signature quilt idea, channeling Bonnie Hunter with the scrappy, and so much fun. One member donated muslin and even cut it to size and ironed the freezer paper on the back. Another had a bunch of Pigma pens left over from a previous project. We asked each member to bring a 1 1/2" strip of fabric and to sign a muslin square.
Then two of us divided the blocks and stitched them up. It came together in no time, and yet another member quilted it for us on her longarm. We got it done in time to show everyone at the October guild meeting, and then shipped off to Bernice. One clever friend had the great idea to put a copy of our guild's directory with it, which has photos of each member. That way Bernice could put names with faces.
I was a little worried about the scraps at first, but I love how it turned out. It is such a nice size for a lap quilt or to drape across the back of a chair.
What's your favorite signature block?
Have a great day!