Family Tree

Family Tree Full

Last Tuesday was my husband’s grandmother’s 90th birthday. How cool is that? You wouldn’t know she is 90, she has a more active social life than we do! The family had thrown out ideas of taking a big trip to celebrate, but we couldn’t really swing that since we are on a single income and life in Chicago isn’t exactly inexpensive. We wanted to do something special in our own way though, and then I remembered seeing this quilt on Flickr a few months ago. Perfect!

Family Tree Front Back

I had a couple concerns…first, we only had 11 people for the tree which is a lot less than the 20+ hands on the inspiration quilt. Also, the tree fabric on the inspiration quilt used was perfect, but out of print. (Joel Dewberry’s woodgrain in Chocolate). So…my tree ended up being a bit wider and I used the JD woodgrain I could find – light green – instead. Luckily it matched the Sweet Broderie fabric I used for the hands and border.

Family Tree Detail

I never have done applique before. I was a bit nervous, but it turned out great! Sandra has a great tutorial I used on her blog.

Family Tree Hand

I used my Bernina Embroidery Module to stitch the names for the hands and the initial in the center of the tree.

Family Tree Back

The back of the quilt is a bit wild…but I love it. It is from Amy Butler’s new Soul Blossoms line of fabric.

Family Tree Back Front

I quilted this one free motion and it measures about 72″ x 86″. It’s a big boy. LOL Half way through the quilting I started to wonder what I had gotten myself in to.

We are gifting this to her Sunday, I really hope she likes it but also uses it. 🙂



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    January 7, 2011

    What a beauty! You did a gorgeous job – I am sure your husband’s Grandma will love it.

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    Cathy A

    January 7, 2011

    That’s wonderful! I’m sure she will love it!!

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    January 7, 2011

    I am sure she will love it. . I made a quilt for my grandmother this Christmas (she is 92) and she just loved it. I was so happy to have done something so special for her.

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    Katie B

    January 7, 2011

    WOW, Faith! This is incredible. Your grandmother will be blown away.

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    January 7, 2011

    Oh I am sure she will love it, it is gorgeous. The whole idea is brilliant, your colour choices and fabric choices are great. Well done!

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    badlands quilts

    January 7, 2011

    I absolutely LOVE this… what a wonderful gift! This would be such a great gift for grandparents for Christmas!

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    January 8, 2011

    What a perfect family gift! It looks beautiful

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    rosalie quinlan

    January 8, 2011

    Hi Faith, its rosalie here. I am the designer of sweet broderie. I just wanted to say how beautiful your quilt has turned out! What a lovely gift for your grandmother. You have inspired me to make something beautiful for my grandmother too. I miss her so much as she lives in the Netherlands.

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      January 8, 2011

      Rosalie – what an honor to have you visit my blog! I *love* your fabric, it is simply beautiful! You’ve put a huge smile on my face tonight!

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    January 10, 2011

    what a great gift! i love final outside border. it’s such a nice finishing touch.

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    January 11, 2011

    what a great quilt idea! it is certainly a really special quilt.

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    January 14, 2011

    How beautiful. Fantastic gift and idea!

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    January 15, 2011

    Wow that quilt is awesome, awesome, totally! And how great is it to get a comment from Rosalie!!

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    January 17, 2011

    I love this idea. I think you did such an excellent job! Great use of color and design. I’m sure his Grandmother really appreciated it. I would have cried!

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    January 18, 2011

    I *love* love love love this gorgeous quilt and idea!

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    January 20, 2011

    I really like the backing fabric you used. It is a bit wild, as you say, but it’s so vibrant. Good choice!

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    Sharon Payne

    February 20, 2013

    I love tree quilts and yours is exceptional. You inspire us! Love your site and all of your other quilts too. I will add you to my favourites and follow along and learn great things from you. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to share with all of us.