Christmas Crafting: Take Two
I'm not entirely sure if I'm allowed to call this "Christmas crafting" since I started it in June... but it is a Christmas present so maybe that counts! Last January Heather saw a family reunioin themed quilt hanging in a quilt shop and immediately started brainstorming. I don't know how she wrangled me in to this project since I'd never sewn anything but a straight line before we started, but we teamed up and after several drafts came up with what we called the Family Tree Quilt. Luckily we have the best Grandma in the whole world who agreed to make our paper drawing into a reality. Our plan was to get them done by Christmas so we could give them to our moms on Christmas morning.
|STEP ONE: DESIGN THE QUILT. I planned to put a big family tree in the center of the quilt with five branches, one for each sibling. Then I designed rectangles around the tree will with symbols for each family member. This was for sure the hardest part! I raided Grandma's scraps (which fill and entire room...) and found different fabrics to match each kid (like the purple zebra for Sami's initial because her room is purple and pink zebra, orange satin for Zander because of the blanket he carried around forever, etc.) Then I designed all the patterns and cut them out. Which took from June to September :)
|STEP FOUR: SEW AROUND ALL THE SHAPES. See that beautiful little sewing machine in the top right hand corner? That's my graduation present! It arrived during Thanksgiving break from my sweet parents... little did they know it was just in the nick of time.
|STEP FIVE: Pick out fabric for the back of the quilt....
|and SEW IT ON IN STRIPS to the front of the quilt to separate each individual rectangle.
|STEP SIX: QUILT IT. I used the technique found here its called free motion quilting.
And it looks like this! I hope she cries when she opens it. I mean happy tears of course. But seriously, I have spent approximately 200 hours working on it. Merry Christmas Mom!