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Old 07-04-2011, 03:58 PM
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Several members has asked how I made the family history quilts that I have listed. Here are my notes on the project, I hope they will be useful to anyone that can use them.

Notes on Family History Quilt

Supplies: Family Tree Panel (ordered on line from Hancock’s Fabrics or Chester County Quilting (http://store.chestercountyquilting.c...ree-panel.html) for around $7.00 per panel. The name of the panel is “Our Family Tree” quilt panel.

I also purchased June Tailor “fabric sheets” for the pictures. These come in white or cream. Just search for the best price, because these can be a bit pricey. One important note on these make sure you order the sheets according to the type of printer you will be using. These come in “inkjet” and “laser”. I always use the inkjet ones; I think the laser ones get a little too hot.

Here are the steps that I used when making my family history quilts.
1> First you have to decide what size pictures you wish to use. Then cut your blocks ½ inch larger than your picture size. In both of my quilts just for sake of not wasting fabric sheets, I did all mine in 8 x 10 prints and cut my blocks ½ larger on all sides.

2> Pictures: I used a program called “Creata Card”, but I have also used a program called “Picture It by Microsoft. Just make sure that the program will not only allow you to edit the pictures, but also allow you to add text boxes under the pictures (optional).

3> I found that turning the pictures to black and white worked best for me.

4> As far as the history “if you want it” under the pictures. I felt that the younger children in the family would find it useful to know the following about their ancestors. Where they were born, what they did for a living, whom they married, who their children were and when they passed on. I also listed the final resting places, incase they wanted to later visit the sites. On the one for my husband’s mother I made a point of listing the “cause” of death, because the men in his family tend to die young of massive strokes, so I wanted my son and nephews to know that they needed to guard their health.

5> That’s it, just lay your pictures our around the tree and use borders to make the wall-hanging/quilt even or larger. I did one of mine with the “attic window” look and the other looked like scrapbook style.

6> Note: printing on your fabric sheets. I downloaded the instructions for the fabric sheets. But please take note to be careful to print on the correct side of the sheet. These sheets are made to be printed as “WYSIWYG” What you see is what you get!!

7> DO NOT DO REVERSE PRINTING. You should only use reverse printing when using printer transfer paper. Nor should you do “mirror image” printing, because your words will be backwards.

8> Another note on printing on fabric sheet. Take a sheet of printer paper and write “front” and “back” on the paper. Print a test picture on the paper just to see which direction you need to load your fabric sheets.

9> I found that once you iron your pictures and ovals and ribbons o the tree, it looked nicer when I stitched around them and it made them more secure.

10> The template I used for printing the ovals and ribbons were created on a word document, again just to save fabric sheets, I created and printed all the ribbons and circles on one fabric sheet. I have attached the word document that I used, just keep adjusting your font size until they fit with the object and then print onto the fabric sheet.

This is the template for the Ribbons on the quilt panel

This is the template for the oval name tags on the quilt panel

These are the quiltfuse instructions for the fabric sheets

Smith Family History Quilt - In memory of My mother

This one was for my mother inlaws 80th birthday
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:03 PM
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Your family quilts are the best I've ever seen. Great work and thanks for sharing:)
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You did such an amazing job of keeping your ancestors real for future generations. Thanks so very much for sharing the templates and notes on how to do it. These are simply wonderful.
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beautiful and thanks for the tutorial
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Old 07-04-2011, 05:39 PM
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That is wonderful
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Old 07-04-2011, 05:52 PM
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What a clever, clever idea!! This will be treasured for many years to come. I wish I had the get up and go to do it for my own family, but one cousin has all the information and I've lost track of her for years. Adding the cause of death will make a lot of the men start thinking about their health, that I'm sure of. Just looking at the faces of loved ones who could have been there beside them looking at the tree will be a harsh lesson they will learn.
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Old 07-05-2011, 04:19 AM
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Your pictured quilt is GREAT! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-05-2011, 04:51 AM
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You do such amazing work! I love the family history quilts you do! What cherished gifts you give!
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I fell in love with this the first time i saw it. I want to make one but i know i would'nt be able to.To bad you don't live around me.How long did it take you to do this quilt.All i known is its BEAUTIFUL, Thank you -Barb
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Holy Cow...what a wonderful thing you have done. It will be cherished for many years. On your second quilt, love those black corners that we always used on pictures in photo albulms. Thanks so much for the tutorial. Will bookmark it.
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