So when I sent out the invitations for the bridal shower, I asked the attendees to bring a 10 inch x 10 inch piece of cotton fabric. If someone RSVP'd they wouldn't be coming, I still invited them to send me a piece of fabric (and some did!). After the shower, we will take all those pieces of fabric and create a quilt top that will be finished in time for everyone to see at the wedding. After the wedding, it will be put into the loving hands of the St. Daniel's Lutheran Church Quilters in Robesonia, PA, who will complete the quilting; my mom and I will handle the binding when it is finished.
This idea appeals to me on so many different levels - firstly, we have no idea what we are going to get in terms of fabric - not the print or the texture or anything - all of it will be a surprise and a challenge! Secondly, I love the idea that the community of family and friends are all contributing to a piece that I hope becomes an heirloom. Its like little unspoken tokens of love to keep them warm for years to come! Thirdly, as mentioned in my previous post, I like making things that will be given to someone. Forth - this is the first project that I am working on jointly with my mom (an artist in her own right as a master embroider)! Fifthly - I can once again hand over a quilt to the St. Daniel's Quilters! They quilt for hire as a fun raiser for their church and while not a Lutheran myself, I love fundraisers that don't involve a whole lot of sales on anyone's part. (I should make a separate post about these ladies - they are something else!).
I don't have any pictures to share as yet but I will make more posts about the quilt and give you all a glimpse into the creative process!