The best part of any family reunion – large or small – is the time you spend together. One of our favorite things to do is to create something at the reunion that becomes a keepsake and a memory of the event itself. If you or a family member is a quilter, then making a reunion quilt is a special keepsake.
There are a few different way to approach the family quilt. You can cut quilt squares ahead of time and send them off to each family unit with the invitations. That way, each family has time to decorate their piece of fabric before the reunion. Then, the actual piecing together of the quilt can take place over the course of the reunion itself, with one or more quilters working together. If you choose this method, I’d recommend having additional squares available at the reunion for people who forgot theirs!
You can also just have squares available during the reunion itself, and have each family unit decorate their pieces at the reunion. Depending on the length of your reunion, you may not get to display the whole completed quilt by the end, but that will get your family members to come back next year!
You can leave the design up to your family, so that your more artistic family members can get creative, while your less artistic ones can simply sign names or trace smaller children’s hands. Once the quilt is put together, even the simplest squares will be special because they are part of the bigger picture!
Making a family quilt can be a one-time special activity, or, if your family members are up to it, you can do it more often. Bring the quilts to every reunion, and you can see how the family grows and changes with time.
Do you have a special family activity? Share it with us in the comments!