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Wedding signature quilt – fabric selection

One of my big current projects is a wedding signature quilt for my friends Scott and Regina. The idea is that each guest signs a square and then the squares are put into a quilt, rather than using a traditional book.

Pastel wedding color palette pink brown tan wedding quilt guest book quilt layout Inkscape Rail Fence signature block blocks photo fabric

The wedding is on June 18, and I need to have the blocks completed and delivered by then, so we’re getting a little close to the deadline. I went to Pacific Fabrics yesterday, which is my favorite quilt shop in Seattle. I needed the main fabric for the center and outer triangles, 8 fabrics for the outside of the blocks, and 3 fabrics for the inside. I found a vacant corner of the store and started auditioning bolts of fabric. After about an hour of pacing the store and sitting on the floor (yup, no qualms with sitting on the floor in the middle of a fabric store), I ended up with these fabrics (the left side is rejects). The pink across the bottom will be the center/border fabric, the 3 beiges are the center of the blocks, and the back 8 are the outside of the blocks.

Pastel wedding color palette pink brown tan wedding quilt guest book quilt layout Inkscape Rail Fence signature block blocks photo fabric Pacific Fabrics Dots Zig Zag Flowers

Here are some pictures of the fabric after I got it home. I find it amazing how different the fabrics look in fluorescent and yellow light, both in real life and in the pictures. The yellow light (pictures below) is more accurate to the true colors.

My favorite fabric:
Pastel wedding color palette pink brown tan wedding quilt guest book quilt layout Inkscape Rail Fence signature block blocks photo fabric Pacific Fabrics Dots Zig Zag Flowers

Up next is cutting all of the fabric into 2.5″ strips…

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Sunset bargello

Bargello Michael Miller Jet Black Sunset Cascade Stash 2.5" Strips Jelly Roll

This is my first bargello. I used only stash fabrics. After I cut the strips, I couldn’t stand to waste the little bit leftover fabric so I cut it in half and added it to the ends. I used Michael Miller Jet Black to really contrast with the colors. In general, I do a lot of pinning and this quilt was no exception… I did pin every single seam in this quilt. I also alternated how I pressed the seams so they would nest, so my seams line up really well (in my humble opinion)

Graduation quilts

A few years ago I went through a year long class. For graduation, I made my 3 classmates and teacher each a quilt. I love the Wizard of Oz one since I felt like it symbolized our journey.

For the ombre quilt, it was Karen Combs / Blank quilting fabric where there were 4 shades on each piece of fabric (so there are only 3 pieces of fabric used in the quilt). With the extra, I reversed it so it went light to dark, added a little from other colors and made it a buddy quilt. This one ended up getting donated.

Karen Combs Blank Quilting Variegated Ombra Log Cabin