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I’m embarrassed. I started putting our Unity Quilt together, and realized there is one piece of unidentified fabric. We took pictures of every piece as it came in, and included the name of the sender. But one slipped through the cracks—no picture, no name attached to it. I’ve got nothing.

And of course now I can’t remember who it’s from. And I’m ashamed. My only excuse is that we got over 40 contributions, which is amazing. But I lost track of one. So I’m hoping whoever sent it is reading this blog and can help me out.

Did you send this? If so, I apologize profusely for forgetting and for not properly documenting it. Can you please let me know? Thanks!

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The official deadline for our Unity Quilt fabric is tomorrow, and we got a lot of contributions at the eleventh hour! A couple people have also said they still have something for us, but we haven’t yet received it, and since I probably won’t actually start working on a plan for this quilt until next weekend, hopefully we’ll get any last second contributions before then.

But, so far we’ve gotten some really great things from our friends and family. I’m so excited about this project, though I admit, I’m a little scared too. Suddenly it seems daunting. How am I going to sew together all these very different types of fabric? How am I going to design an attractive and logical pattern using everyone’s selections? How am I going to do all this without effing it up? I only get one shot! I’m really counting on Mike’s mom’s quilting expertise to help me not screw the whole thing up and waste all these precious pieces of the people we love.

Each piece is different and meaningful, and despite my worries, I can’t wait to merge them all into a beautiful keepsake. Here are the fabrics we’ve gotten so far:

Pretty cool, wouldn’t you say?

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Unity Quilt cutoff

In our original post about the Unity Quilt, we didn’t indicate a deadline for fabric contributions. But in order to give myself enough time to inventory the fabric, create a plan and execute that plan before crunch time for wedding planning is upon us, I need a deadline. Right now it’s pretty chill, but I don’t want all the last minute stuff to be hindered by quilt creating.

So March. If you’re interested in contributing to our quilt – and we’d love if you were – send your fabric our way by March s’il vous plait. If you need details, leave a comment or email us at shanmikeblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

It’s going well so far. We’ve gotten t-shirts, swatches of funky-patterned cotton blends and samples from failed curtain projects. It’s been fun. I’ve also enlisted Mike’s mom’s quilting expertise. I’m suddenly nervous about pulling this all off since I’ve essentially got one chance. If I screw it up, I can’t ask everyone to send us more fabric. So she’s going to help me get it right the first time.

Anyway, March. If you’re interested.

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First contributor

We got our first contribution to the Unity Quilt the other day! My friends Rachel and Jason were the first to get theirs to us. Rachel is a friend from college. We spent two years at Drake University in Des Moines, IA together before I left. I loved my time at Drake, but my second year was a challenge. So many of my friends had transferred, I was having a crisis of identity, and I was struggling to figure out what the hell I was doing. If it wasn’t for Rachel, I may not have survived. Thanks Rach.

I’ve heard from a lot of other people who say they’re going to send something, and I love that so many people have really embraced this idea. We weren’t sure how it would be received, but if everyone follows through who says they will, this will be a really cool project.

Again, if you’d like to contribute, let us know and we’ll get you the info you need.

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Yesterday Mike and I sent an email to several friends and family asking them to participate in an important part of our wedding ceremony. Awhile ago I was looking for a symbolic gesture that would, well, symbolize our unity. Like the unity candle. Only I don’t really like the unity candle or the mixing of the sands because it’s just two people. And even though we are definitely the primary players in this marriage, it’s also the merging of two families and networks of people. We wanted to somehow symbolize that.

So eventually I stumbled upon the quilt ceremony (sorry, I can no longer remember where I first saw this). Here’s how we explained it in the email:

We read about something called a quilt ceremony, in which the couple is wrapped in a quilt made from fabric from all their loved ones. This seemed like a perfect addition to our wedding ceremony for a couple reasons:
1) We want to symbolize more than the joining of two individuals, but the joining of two extended families and networks of people.
2) I (Shannon) am so crafty anyway!

Here is the plan:
– We will collect pieces of fabric from all the special people in our lives.
– We will keep track of from where and whom each piece comes.
– Shannon will make a quilt from this fabric.
– At the ceremony, the quilt will be used to symbolize the merging of our lives, families and friends.
– At the reception, the quilt will be displayed.
– We will have the quilt as a keepsake forever… 🙂

Then we asked everyone to send us a piece of fabric to add to the quilt. And we’d like to ask you to do the same. You all mean a lot to us, too, since this blog has been such a fun part of our wedding planning, and you guys always offer great ideas and encouragement.

So, if you’d like to contribute a piece of fabric to our Unity Quilt (I just made that up, I really have no idea if these things have a name), leave a comment with your email address or send us an email (shanmikeblog [at] gmail [dot] com), and we’ll get you the info you need.

Thanks, you guys are the awesomest!

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