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Thread: Family Geneology Quilt

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    Hi - I am new to this group and have been enjoying the postings. I am wondering if anyone has any pattern ideas that could be used for making a family geneology wall hanging?? to put individual names on each block with birthdate, date of death. I have some ideas, but wondering if any of you have ideas. Thank you KK

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    How about a tree, with individual names and dates on the leaves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KK
    Hi - I am new to this group and have been enjoying the postings. I am wondering if anyone has any pattern ideas that could be used for making a family geneology wall hanging?? to put individual names on each block with birthdate, date of death. I have some ideas, but wondering if any of you have ideas. Thank you KK
    google "family tree quilts" and click on images you will get a tom of ideas! now I'm thinking of making one. lol

    :-D

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!
    I have never made one of those, I'm sure that someone on here will be able to help you!

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    One thought I've been kicking around. How about making a Pedigree chart....you could make "labels" with your printer and applique them to a chart. I'm thinking that would be boring so I might add a tree somewhere in there...like a tree with immediate family on one side and the pedigree chart on the back side??????????????

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    Howdy and welcome to the board from Pipe Creek Texas!!! :-)

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    I found this a couple months ago and my family laughed that my mother-in-law would need a forest. This is by no means an endorsement because I know nothing about how good this pattern is but the idea was kind of interesting. Hope this helps.

    http://www.threshpublications.com/fampics.html

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    For my in-laws' 60th wedding anniversary I made a full sized bed quilt and put pictures of all the kids and grandkids on it. Printed them with the cyanotype method, (would never do it again!) Now you can print them from your computer and they are really nice. It turned out to be a beautiful quilt and grandma could never bring herself to put it on a bed for fear she would somehow ruin it.

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    I made my parents a 50th anniversary album quilt. Each child and grandchild wrote a sentiment on a block. They flipped over it. I immediately wrapped my Dad up in it b/c he's always cold and my Mom snatched it up saying, he might get it dirty GRRRRRR :D :D
    But he made her a beautiful ladder that it hangs on. It was a true labor of love to make :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharon321
    How about a tree, with individual names and dates on the leaves?
    This is the first thing I thought of.

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    When I made my dads I used a tree. I used pictures. He was on one side of the roots and my mom on the other (as kids and teen ). Their wedding photos were on the trunk and us kids, grandkids and greats were the branches. It turned out great and he loves it.

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    My sister-in-law is making a wall size geneology quilt. What she is doing is taking family pictures 2 inch by 2 inch printing it on iron on transfer paper with the names and dates under the pic and then iron it on the fabric. She has pics that go way back to the 1800's. The quilt will be 12 ft by 12ft or more when it is done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborah Rae
    My sister-in-law is making a wall size geneology quilt. What she is doing is taking family pictures 2 inch by 2 inch printing it on iron on transfer paper with the names and dates under the pic and then iron it on the fabric. She has pics that go way back to the 1800's. The quilt will be 12 ft by 12ft or more when it is done.
    That's cool!!! Where in the world is she going to put it? My ceilings aren't 12 ft except in the FR where there's cathedral. :-D :-D

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    They have huge barn that they are fixing up for a family reunion next year. The quilt is going to hang in the barn. She does geneology and has found all of her relatives. It took 15 years to find them all. I can't wait to see the quilt finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborah Rae
    They have huge barn that they are fixing up for a family reunion next year. The quilt is going to hang in the barn. She does geneology and has found all of her relatives. It took 15 years to find them all. I can't wait to see the quilt finished.
    Oh My Lord!! 15 yrs!! That is truly dedication. Please don't take this wrong, but I'm visualizing a platform going across it and individuals climbing up a ladder so they can see everything. Hope it comes before the drinks!! I know I probably would have to start at the bottom and work myself up!! :D Like eating Lay's chips, once you start you can't stop!! :lol:

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    It took her 15 years to find all her family and get the pictures of all family members. It is so ausome that she has been so dedicated to her project. She has put a lot of money in too it as well. What you said about hanging the quilt maybe she should make a frame stand were people can walk around it. Think I will suggest that, thanks for pointing out the hanging were it would be hard to see the pictures.

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    I just think that once I started going up the tree I wouldn't want to stop until I finished. Maybe something that has the ability to roll the bottom up to bring the top down? Sorta like those new window shades that go up/down? This is going to be some conversation starter for the night!!!! Its absolutely wonderful!!! Kudos to her!!! :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    I am making one for my mother. It is a crazy patch, with 48 pieces per block. Each block represents a month. Everyones name, b-day etc., goes into their perspective month. Its going to be really cool when its done.

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    These are really cool ideas!! Now I just would have to find the time to investigate all of this!! :lol: :lol: it probably would take me more than the 15 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborah Rae
    They have huge barn that they are fixing up for a family reunion next year. The quilt is going to hang in the barn. She does geneology and has found all of her relatives. It took 15 years to find them all. I can't wait to see the quilt finished.
    How about some pictures when it is finished????

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    So neat.

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    At Guild show&tell a member displayed her family quilt. It was a big tree with lots of branchs. The leaves were made out of green fabric with a picture of the person and on the back of the leaf was velcro so she could easily remove the leaves. She put the dead family members at the root of the tree. It was very creative.

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