I am doing a quilt guestbook. I want something we can hang in our house and enjoy daily as a sweet reminder of our special day. We have decided that an actual quilt is probably a bad idea, for several reasons. Reason numero uno, bed get used and abused. Small children pee in them. People get sick. Mr. Crab Cake has bloody noses when he is over tired. Then they must be washed. I’d rather not leave such a cherished heirloom to the mercies of generations of small children and grandchildren and (hopefully) great-grandchildren, along with animals. Our second reason was that we decided a quilt with hundreds of signatures on it would look strange on a bed.
After talking it out, we decided that a wall hanging would be a better choice. Even though it may end up being a very large wall hanging, due to our anticipated number of guests (at about 200).
So, then I had to worry about what kind of fabric to use. Colored or black and white, solid or patterned, and where would guest actually sign their names? Would there be space for lengthy passages, or would be just have names? Lots more little tiny decisions to be made.
I was inspired to create my own fabric.
The girl who did these squares silk screened hers. That is far too much work for me, especially with the development of SpoonFlower.
If you don’t know about SpoonFlower yet, go over and check it out. You can upload an image and they will print it on fabric. Now, the price per yard is a little steep, but considering that I would have to buy all the things needed for silk screening, I would rather just pay the exorbitant $18.00 per yard.
Anyway, now I had figured out how and where, but I needed a what.
I won’t bore you with the details of how I went about designing these, but here they are.
And now I need some help. Which do y’all like better? The crooked one would make for an interesting wall hanging, with diamond shaped blocks instead of square ones, but I kinda like the cohesiveness of the straight one. What do you guys think?