Researching one's own family history can be an intriguing experience. Naturally, I figured the next step would be to preserve this unique story in a quilt. Wouldn't this make a terrific gift for someone special?
When I didn't find a design that struck my interest; I figured it was time to jump in and make my own version. My inspiration came from my sister and after creating the first design in 2006; was able to add a second design this year for her -- celebrating her love of genealogy research. Both designs are now available as downloadable patterns in my Craftsy store.
Appliqued Family Tree Quilt with Climbing Flowers (Design One)
Growing up, a fond memory were the beautiful flower gardens that our families loved, and so that was my inspiration for choosing them to use as the main feature on the tree. The leaves on the vines provide the name labels and the gardening accessories are cut from printed fabric. This design uses the fused machine applique technique and the product PhotoFabric(tm) for printing out the name information.
This PDF pattern has colored illustrations, clear instructions, and full-size templates for the applique pieces that have already been reversed for the fusible applique process. Use my fabric choices as your guide and have fun with this project.
It has been a real pleasure sharing my quilting journey with you; and to be a part of your experience, by you discovering my pattern designs.
My quilting group in the APPLIQUE MYSTERY QUILT ALONG are very creative. April will be the final month -- time to assembly our lovely applique and pieced blocks. Looking forward to seeing your self-inspired quilts!