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    • Golden Anemone
    • By Golden Anemone 6th Mar 12, 7:57 AM
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    Something Special for a Wedding Present
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    • 6th Mar 12, 7:57 AM
    Something Special for a Wedding Present 6th Mar 12 at 7:57 AM
    Hi folks. I've had a family wedding surprised on me - it's this August and it's in USA. Will cost me a couple of grand to go between flights, hotel and spends so I'm hoping to make something special for a present to save on money.

    I would love to make them a quilt but think it would take up all my luggage space and a naked guest at the wedding might be too much.

    Any ideas for something small, light and packable? I have good sewing and craft skills.

    Thanks.
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    • Dark Star
    • By Dark Star 6th Mar 12, 9:48 AM
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    • 6th Mar 12, 9:48 AM
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    • 6th Mar 12, 9:48 AM
    Doesn't fit any of your criteria but what about a 1912 copy of Mrs Beeton? Either the cookbook or the whole works which covers household management etc.

    Can be acquired from Ebay for a reasonable amount.

    Did this for a friend several years ago & got her a 100 year old copy for the year she got married & put a note with it - something like "100 years ago another new bride may have enjoyed using this". Can't remember words exactly. She'd moved into a very very old house & it suited the property (& her).

    Americans are usually keen on history & most of the ones I know would be over the moon to have an old book like that.
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    • jemb
    • By jemb 7th Mar 12, 12:16 PM
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    • 7th Mar 12, 12:16 PM
    What about a cross stiched picture?
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    • barbeka
    • By barbeka 8th Mar 12, 8:37 PM
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    • 8th Mar 12, 8:37 PM
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    • 8th Mar 12, 8:37 PM
    Patchwork quilts are big business in the USA so they have a better choice of fabrics, patterns etc than we can get so unless you're experienced at patchwork I'm not sure that it would be a good idea.

    I like the idea of a x-stitch picture though & you could do one which incorporated their names and details of the wedding, almost like a sampler. Someone did me a x-stitch card like that for our wedding & I framed it & had it up for years. The same person did a small one in a circular frame (about 3" diameter) for my mum as a keepsake which she really appreciated.
    • Golden Anemone
    • By Golden Anemone 9th Mar 12, 10:04 PM
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    • 9th Mar 12, 10:04 PM
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    • 9th Mar 12, 10:04 PM
    Thank you but cross stitch isn't my thing. I have made several very successful patchwork quilts so not worried about experience for that, just space.

    I might have found someone local who can do a special ceramic design for me. :-)
  • Tired Mom
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    • 10th Mar 12, 10:55 PM
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    • 10th Mar 12, 10:55 PM
    How about something like a table runner either for dinner parties or a christmas one and you could make matching napkins to go with it. They won't take up anywhere near as much room.

    The other thought is that you could go with the quilt and use one of those vacuum compression bags for storing out of season bedding etc.

    HTH
  • katz03
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    • 10th Mar 12, 11:38 PM
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    • 10th Mar 12, 11:38 PM
    If you like quilting how about cushion covers and get the cushions over there.
  • little busy bee
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    • 18th Apr 12, 12:16 PM
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    • 18th Apr 12, 12:16 PM
    hi,

    are they religious? if so a family bible, not that expensive for a good leather one they can record family details in.

    also would suggest something like belguim lace - do not get matching tablecloth/napkins as good quality ones made in belguim cost a fortune, but you can get table centre pieces for a good price and they look very impressive. these usually come gift boxed, and are light and easy to pack.
  • scrappie
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    • 27th Apr 12, 10:42 PM
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    • 27th Apr 12, 10:42 PM
    Hi OP - if you would like to make the quilt and have time to do so, pack it in a 'space bag' in your suitcase. It can then be re-packaged into a box when you arrive in the US.

    That's what I did - worked a treat!!
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    • Tamster150
    • By Tamster150 30th Apr 12, 5:53 PM
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    What about taking a quilt top and then take it to a long-arm quilter in US. I dont thing quilting services in the US are anywhere near as expensive as they are here.
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