These are not my oldest UFO’s but they are/WERE among them.
My cousin was married in 2004. Though I didn’t know her at the time, I can tell you it was a great party. When we did meet in 2010, she told me about these squares from her reception & maybe I could do something with them. They had just sat at her place for 6 years, so she figured it was progress.
Little did we know, they would sit here almost another 3 1/2 years.
At her reception she put out 200 or more 4” squares of muslin backed with freezer paper. She asked her guests to draw a snowman and/or write a sentiment on the squares. I received over 160 squares. This was such a great idea! What a way to really capture the day and keep it close!
Since so many of the squares were utilized right up to the edge, I had no choice but to raw edge applique. To make sure the fabric behind the applique didn’t show, I fused a solid white square to the back of the muslin squares before I did the blanket stitching.
Not knowing the type of pen used, I didn’t want to make a quilt that would require laundering. With so many squares, that meant 2 wall hangings. This works out pretty good, since they have 2 kids (see, waiting pays off!). I separated the written sentiments out & figured the layout of the snowmen. It was a blessing that the settings I chose used every single square. Serendipity! I used a panel in the red quilt which really tied it all together.
Each quilt has a hanging sleeve & I put a Hang it Dang it hanger in the box too. Since the 10 year anniversary is next month, this should make for a nice gift . I just hope they have wall space!
My cousin nearly lost her life last year to a rare blood disorder, eosinophilia. She is still fighting through her rehab and is so brave to work so hard. She’s a great mom, wife, and child of God. She is also my living example of the power of prayer.
If you decide to use this idea, here are my tips:
- Use archival pens (Micron, etc.) .05 size gives a good line for this type of application. Provide lots of colors.
- Use a good quality solid fabric. Test the pens on the fabric. Does it wash well after marking?
- Draw a 1/2” seam allowance on your squares & ask folks to stay within the line. This gives you room to square it up later & not lose any of the image. AND you can incorporate the squares via patchwork and not applique.
- Giving a theme is a great idea