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Tips and Hints for Creating a Signature Quilt
Create a “signature quilt” as an alternative to the traditional guest book! Whether it’s for your engagement party, rehearsal dinner or the wedding itself, you’ll have a unique keepsake that you’ll treasure forever. Create a “signature quilt” as an alternative to the traditional guest book! Whether it’s for your engagement party, rehearsal dinner or the wedding itself, you’ll have a unique keepsake that you’ll treasure forever. The quilt center features machine applique. The “signed squares” and center block are then sewn together to compose the top of your personalized quilt. The quilt can be made any size, depending on the number of “signed squares” you have.
- Cotton fabric for center block (ours was 25” square for a finished size of 24”)
- Cotton fabric pieces to be used for “letters” and “numbers” as appliques on center block
- Assorted cotton squares for the surrounding blocks (ours were 13” square, for a finished block size of 12”)
- Lightweight fusible interfacing for all fabrics
- Fusible web for securing the appliques in place on center block
- All-purpose sewing thread for applique and construction
- Permanent fabric markers for signing the quilt
- Batting, backing and binding fabrics for finishing the quilt (quantities will depend on how many “signed squares” will be used to form the quilt top)
Tip #1: Create appliques by selecting the font you want for the center block. Resize the text as desired and then print, creating a “pattern” for each letter and number. Cut out the letters and numbers. Tip #2: Apply fusible stabilizer to the back side of the center block fabric and the fabric squares that will be signed. This will provide added stability for both the applique stitching and for supporting the fabric that will be signed with the permanent markers. Tip #3: Arrange the paper patterns on the center block fabric to determine placement for the appliques. Use the paper patterns to then create appliques with fabric and fusible web. Follow the fusible web manufacturer’s directions for how to adhere the fusible web to the fabric and how to adhere the appliques to the foundation fabric (center square). Tip #4: Sew the appliques in place. Use an Open Toe Foot for a clear view of the sewing area. To sew the appliques, we used the Pin Stitch, but you could also use a Zigzag Stitch or even a Blind Hem Stitch. Tip #5: When you have all the signed squares collected, lay them out around the finished center block and arrange them as desired. Sew the quilt blocks together using a ½” seam allowance. The SINGER® Sew Easy Foot makes it simple to sew straight seams because it has a guide to follow as you sew! Place the topper, batting and backing together, then quilt as desired.