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Rozalie_Sherwood's picture

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I am about to coordinate the making of a quilt by all the extended members of my family, including children. This is for my parents' 50th wedding anniversary. I'm looking for ideas and hints from people who may have had to do something similar. The contributions may included painted fabric and collages.

Sarah_Kayla's picture

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I have made several large family and community
pieces involving large numbers of people. I find
that it looks significantly better if you do not
create something based on squares. You have to
plan something that will look good despite the
fact that some contibutions will follow all of
your clearly delineated rules and be really
artfully done and others will be someone scrawling
on an old rag with a ballpoint pen.

I will be happy to discuss this with you further.
For a couple of years these sorts of projects were
a big chunk of my incom

Carol_T's picture

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Years ago, my husband and I got a square of fabric in the mail. A note enclosed asked us to sign it and mail it back to the senders. They had made copies of the addresses in their Mother's address book, mailed a square to each of her friends and relatives, and were preparing the squares into a quilt for her 80th birthday party. EAch signature was embroidered with outline stitch.

Ramona_'s picture

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Sarah,
I too will be coordinating a family quilt for our parents 50th anniversary. I am the oldest of their 4 children, but there are 19 grandchildren ages 28yrs-4 months. This means the process must be simple for each family. I will assemble the 4 pieces(one for each family). Sure could use some ideas,suggestions, tips. Some of us are not remotely creative or patient, but we do have several months to work on this project. Thanks.

Sarah_Kayla's picture

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Sorry it took so long to reply. I just read your
query today. Since you are working with kids who
are so little, you might want to think about hand
prints.

I like doing quilts that are essentially large
scale log cabin blocks. The whole quilt is one
huge log cabin. You could have each family do hand
or foot prints onto a dark fabric using acrylic
paints. If people wanted they could write
greetings on their hands after the paint dried
using a permamnent marker. The center square
could be a wedding photo of your parents
phototransfered on to fabric in one of the
gazillion ways there are to do that - i can tell
you how to do that too.

You could arrange the hand prints either by family
or by generation. I have found that the
handprints look best if they are light or metallic
colors on a dark background. Dark on light looks a
bit cheesy.

Without the rigity of white muslin squares that
everyone seems to use for these projects (I hate
those white squares with a passion!) Your quilt
can even turn into a piece of art and not be
something ugly made with lots of love.

Forgive my crankiness about the white muslin
square projects, but with three young kids I feel
as if every year one of my kid's teachers comes up
with the muslin quilt thing as a class project. It
was cute 20 years ago but has overstayed it's
welcome.

An art student friend of mine gave me wonderful
advice years ago. She said that everything looks
better outlined in black and that a border
improves everything. Chana was right. Have fun
doing the quilt and feel free to contact