In case you missed it over at So You Think You're Crafty, here is my audition project:
I've added in some extra info. It's written in blue.
Family is very important. I love to integrate our family legacy into the designs we have around the house. This family tree pillow is a fun way for family and friends to learn more about a family's 'roots' when they come over.
I first made a family tree pillow for my grandpa for father's day. This is the one I made for him.
A month ago, my father-in-law,passed away. At his funeral, they planned to have a display table of memories. I've been in the family for five years, but I didn't really feel like a had a tangible offering to display. I felt like a pillow would be a good way to both show a memory and become one.
I went through about three failed ideas before this pillow worked. I used the Silhouette program because I thought I would cut the tree out of iron-on vinyl.
Sadly, the letters were WAY too small to cut.
It had taken me a long time to adjust the tree and get it to look right, so I stayed with the Silhouette design, but decided to switch to printable iron-on stuff. I could print the words, but still cut out the tree.
Sadly, the store bough transfer iron-on stuff would not only cut, but broke my Silhouette machine blade.
On to attempt three. I bought "colorfast" printable fabric. I wasn't as excited about the look, but it worked. At that point, I was willing to make concessions in design.
The tree and words are printed on color safe printable fabric, then outlined with hand stitched embroidery.
I think adding piping gives an updated and finished look.
I love that this idea is completely customizable to most decor styles by using different fonts, fabrics, or graphics. I have plans to make one for each of my children's rooms so they can always know where they come from. I just have to figure out how to fit the name "Mahonri Moriancumur Stapley" up in those tiny branches. Hah!
Thanks to those of you who clicked over and voted. Season 9 starts in a week or two, so you'll be seeing more from me soon.