Tuesday, 27 December 2016
Family Tree Wallhanging
I did it! I finished the Family Tree Wallhanging quilt earlier in December but can only reveal it here now because occasionally mum peeps into the blog and I didn't want her to know this would be her and dad's Christmas gift.
This quilt has been in my head for about two years (you can read more here) and I am thrilled with how it turned out. Actually, I'm thrilled it got finished at all. Thought it might hang around in my head forever!
The names of my parents, my brother and his family and me and my family are all embroidered on the leaves. From a distance, the names aren't obvious which allows the fabrics to dominate the quilt rather than the embroidery. And, mum and dad will know the names of all of us are there.
Raw edge applique and sketch stitching is definitely not my forte, but I think I pulled it off. You can see my name on that upside down yellow leaf - isn't that a pretty fabric?
As you can see, I quilted the background with a diagonal grid before stitching down the tree trunk and leaves.
Just for a wee change I cut curved edges on my quilt (inspired by Judith's autumnal wallhanging from Pretty Patches magazine). It wasn't as difficult as I imagined and makes a nice change, softening the whole quilt while it hangs above mum and dad's bed. (It co-ordinates with their bedlinens better than it does with ours in the top pic.)
My folks have been amazing support in the past two years and I wanted to thank them with a quilt that reminds them of the family they started together. Thank you more than you can know, I love you two! xx