Saturday, February 18, 2012

Another new project: Sarah Jane Family Tree

Well, I've done it again. Started another new project.  It seemed in December and January I did a really good job of finishing projects.  Hence a lot of posts with finished quilts, etc.  Lately it's all been about starting something new. Sorry for so many posts of random piles of fabric or blocks.  Hopefully the pretty colors and fabric will distract you.
We're going to have some good car time this weekend - which is also some of my favorite time to just sit and sew, guilt free.  So I needed to come up with a project to work on.  As I've been sorting and cleaning out my sewing stuff, I found this Sarah Jane Family Tree panel and decided this was it.  I fell in love with the panel again as I realized the children in the panel so perfectly represent my own kiddos. I've got an oldest brunette daughter, next a fair-haired sister, then two boys - one dark and the youngest a blondie. Seems this drawing was made just for us.

I put together one for Sarah Jane's booth at Market last spring and she kindly gave me one to make for myself and it just got added to the never-ending 'someday list'.  Well today is that day. I'm going to work on stitching the names while we drive.  I'm planning to make more of a pieced border for mine. So I went through my fabrics and picked out prints and colors that reminded me of my kids. Including some scraps and pieces of novelty prints that I've been hoarding saving for just the right project. Well, this is it. I'm excited to see it come together.
In my snatches of spare time I've been cutting 2 1/2" squares to make a pieced border for the panel. While I was at it I just kept cutting more so I can use them for granny squares or for mini hexagons.  One can never be over-prepared when it comes to 2 1/2" squares, it seems.

27 comments:

Michele said...

That will be adorable all done up. Car projects are the best. Have fun with it.

amanda said...

Oh that is just darling! And that deer print is killing me. So sweet.

Katy Cameron said...

Oh that's going to look fab, and how perfect for your family, looking forward to seeing it :o)

Nedra said...

The fabrics are beautiful. Enjoy your car time.

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's going to be wonderful!!

Shelley said...

I absolutely love the stack of fabrics you are showing today! I am always inspired by the color combos you put together! Happy Stitching!

Kristie said...

This will be lovely. The fabrics you chose look so cheery!

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, looks like fun! I'm hoarding some of those family tree panels too -- for the someday grandchildren LOL. I can't wait to see your project!

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

That is going to be so beautiful!!! Love the soft colors!!

Brenda said...

Love the panel and that pin wheel fabric!

Marian said...

Yep, you've convinced me. I'm getting one of those panels now! I love your stack of squares too! Such lovely colors. I'm excited to see this come together, I hope you will post about your progress on it! Have a good and safe trip!!

Becky said...

Super cute! That's so funny that the panel 'kids' match up with your own :)
I like the idea of pre-cutting a bunch of 2 1/2" blocks. I've made a bunch of charm squares and store them in see-through plastic containers. It's nice to be able to go to a container and have the size you need already pre-cut. I should do the same with smaller squares because cutting them out is really my least favorite job.

notes of sincerity said...

Oh how cute Amy. :0) Dont you love when fabric has such a sentiment?
"Fly A Kite" has that same charm for me. Woody purchased two charm packs for me and
I cant wait to create some special with it. :0)
Have a wonderful weekend. Love Trish

Mary said...

I'll have to check and see if my LQS is carrying it. They have the Playtime. I love Sarah Jane artwork on fabric.

pasqueflower said...

It will be a treasure! Love your colorful fabric choices.

Nicole said...

Ooh, I've seen this panel and daydreamed about what I would do with it. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

mimondo said...

It's going to be so beautiful!!!! Love the fabrics!!!

toots2u said...

your panel is going to be adorable!!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Very cute!! Love the fabric pile :)

bethanndodd said...

No doubt it will turn out beautifully! Looking forward to seeing it when your done. Hope you had a fun and safe trip. Smiles~Beth

Colleen said...

I can't wait to see it when it's finished. I have one of those panels I just haven't been able to decide what to do with yet...

pinksuedeshoe said...

I have had about 25 hours of car time in the past two weeks traveling to from and around california and I never got myself put together before we left. So I listened to Creamie watch The Incredibles 100 times. And I feel like an idiot. Love all those fawn prints. And the bias plaid at the top. Lovely!

Lamse said...

I have this panel and the line of Sarah Jane. I can't wait to see what you've done so I can copy you! Loves, Diane

A.J. Dub. said...

Aha! That is where you got the family tree fabric. :) I must have missed this post. Very cute!

Shari @For the Little Doll In Your Life said...

I'm a big fan of Sarah Jane.

Samantha said...

Did you ever finish this? I'm confused on mine - there seems to be only enough room on each side of the branch for one set of grandparents, not both. Curious to see how other people did theirs!

I searched your blog for family tree but this was it.

The fabrics look great!

amy smart said...

Hey Samantha, (don't have an email address for you so hoping you will see this here.)

Yes, mine is still a work-in-progress. :)

I put my name and my husband's name in the two boxes on the trunk, then our parents and grandparents names on the branches above. I embroidered my kids names next to the children around the trunk. Hope that helps!