Children at Play: Family Tree

Hello! It's Friday!

When did that happen? This is the first week of summer for us, so I kinda woke up and realized I haven't really posted anything really interesting...well, I have lots to share in the next couple weeks. But breaks are good, right?

So. Let's start talking a little more about Children At Play. The fabric isn't even in stores yet, but should be soon! And until then, I want to introduce you to it bit by bit.

So, let's start with the family tree, shall we?

The family tree print is one of my favorites. I've had this idea in my head for a long time...ever since I came out with the print version. This Family Tree is a place for children to see their parents, grandparents and great grandparents all in one place. And it's been a great addition to the shop!

But what is so great about this panel print, is that now you can create a quilt that can last even longer! And it's much, much bigger (24" x 44" panel) so you can really make a statement with it...or incorporate it into bedding, etc.

What I love about this panel, is that is leaves you open with a lot of options. On mine, I have stitched my children's names down at the bottom, randomly where the children are playing. And then for the tree itself, I have stitched the names of my husband and myself, and then our parents and grandparents. But what I also did, and you can see down below a little bit, is I have stitched the pet names that my children call them! So, below my father's name, is Papa. And below Kenneth's father's name is Bee-baa (which is what my children call them). And next to my grandmother, I stitched "Tutu" which is what she went by, etc.

This is now hanging in my daughters bedroom, and LOVE that she strokes it every night before she goes to bed. She can feel the stitching. She loves the "bumps" from the quilting. She reviews the names of some of her great-grandparents that have since passed, but that she still loves and remembers. It's a precious way to keep your heritage alive with your children in mind.

I'd love to see how you end up quilting yours! This one is done with dark brown embroidery floss (you could also use fabric pen I guess), "Wallpaper Flowers Berry" and "Meadow Light pink" Fabric.

I'll be starting a flickr group too, for all of you to share your ideas!

So....That's my first intro to Children At Play! I have a lot more...and maybe by the time I'm done, you'll have some in your hands already. I can't wait to see what you all make up with it!

Happy weekend! Sending hugs and kisses to you all....