At bridal showers many gifts are given that will be long forgotten in years to come, this activity will create a gift that will last a lifetime, and possibly, be passed on for generations. This does take a lot of preperation, and a good amount of cooperation from the guests, but in the end it will be one thing the bride is sure to never forget.
Try this activity only if you are good at quilting or know someone who is and will do the job for you. Make sure you give your guests plenty of notice as it will take them time to get their part ready, as well as your own. If you do not have time to give the guests notice you can also set this up as a bridal shower activity, too.
Send each guest a request to make one square of a specific dimension for the bride’s quilt and bring it to the shower. On the square they can paint, write or embroider a special message for the bride. They can also use ribbons, buttons and appliqués.
If you set this up as an activity to be done at the bridal shower then at the party have squares of fabric (at least 1′ x 1′) waiting for the guests with a choice of fabric paints, ribbons, thread and needles, fabric glue, buttons, etc. Have the guests decorate their square at the shower. While they are decorating, have guests tell a funny story or fond memory of the bride-to-be.
Present each square to the bride at the bridal shower from all her friends. Then you as the host can take all the squares and make them into a quilt for the bride to use. Present it to the couple on their wedding day from all the bride’s friends. This will be a gift the bride will cherish forever!