A few years ago I was chatting with Stephanie about Christmas gifts, and she mentioned the idea of drafting a family tree and having it printed on Spoonflower. Sounds like a great idea if you can draw. Or if you can use the fancy illustrator computer programs. Unfortunately, I have neither of those skills. Lucky for me, I can applique and quilt though!
I drew all of these applique pieces myself (this is honest to goodness the extent of my drawing capabilities), but many of the images were inspired by pieces that I found on flickr, such as this and this.
This family tree was for my mom and step-dad.
Most of the fabrics are batiks. I machine appliqued all of the pieces, then hand embroidered the names, quilted them and bound them. I quilted the background in a small meandering and finished off the borders with straight lines about 1/2″ apart. I should be able to add names to the tree if I hand embroider carefully!
I think my favorite part of this tree is the black batik border. Although I also love the color variations in the leaves. And the birds. OK, I can’t pick a favorite part!
And this is the family tree for my in-laws:
This quilt was assembled and quilted in the same way as the first. The major difference is that I added our last name to the tree. It seemed to fit well with the design, whereas the first tree worked better another way.
Again, I have so many “favorite” parts of this quilt….the shape of the tree, the cute little acorns, the border fabric.
The two trees are so different, and I love them both! I don’t think I could pick a favorite if I tried.
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