Sunday, October 16, 2011

Design Wall Monday

 I've got the top bit sewn down along one edge. The roots are still just pinned. I need to add leaves to the to between some of the limbs. I'm also going to add a darker green in a circle around the tree. The tree is about 24" across. I'm also going to add borders with "The Lord be with you" the way the priest starts prayers...seemed appropriated.

It took a long time to pin, and a long time to sew what I've sewn. I don't think it's going to take as long as I thought.

I want to have it done by early November so I can quilt it. Don't know what I'm going to do for the quilting.

If you want to see more design walls, check out Judy's blog.

I decided I should add a bit more information about this. I am making the quilt for the pastor of my church. He is retiring after 11 1/2 years with us. He made a trip to England, including Iona, and really enjoyed the Celtic spirituality of Iona. My husband works for the church, and has a trinity knot quilt on his wall (that I made) that the pastor really liked. I decided since he is retiring to use the tree of life, and did a google image search using celtic and tree of life. This is actually based on a design for a tattoo.

I used Microsoft Paint to make up the design for the whole top (to the left). The words "The Lord be with You" are included because that is how he starts many prayers, and gets everyone's attention when we're in a group.

When I was finished with the design I found a free poster program online and enlarged the whole thing to about 36" square. I then traced it because it was quite pixelated and used the traced version to mark the knots and cut out the trunk.

 I'm going to quilt it with a white/light backing so it can be signed by the parishoners on the back. The pastor is leaving December 4, so I gotta hurry!

15 comments:

katie z. said...

Absolutely spectacular!

Gari said...

Oh, that is just beautiful. Is it a design or did you design it?

QuiltSwissy said...

gorgeous! so beautiful.
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Shellie said...

That's lovely. You have way more patience than I do.

Vicki said...

Beautiful job, I love this and think that your work is just wonderful.

Bonnie said...

Your tree is amazing. I hope you continue to post on Mondays so I can see it progress. Does it have a special purpose?

Mary said...

Those are some tiny branches and roots you are making on that tree. Beautiful effect.

Eden said...

Wow! I love that use of Celtic knot work! Did you come up with it or is it from a pattern? I read a great book this summer about designing your own knot work. It was Very cool. A book I would consider buying for myself (it was a library book). Excellent work, it is going to be lovely.

Quilter Kathy said...

Beautiful design!

Erin in MI said...

Mary, your tree is gorgeous!!! Would you ever consider marketing the pattern, I can't stop drooling all over my keyboard about it! LOL

Michelle said...

Wow -- that is gorgeous! I love all of the curves and swoops.

Chris said...

LOVE IT!! I want to make a Celtic quilt in the worst way.

Allie said...

Was this a pattern, Mary? It's so beautiful, and you're making good progress. I think a darker green circle around it will be stunning. I love it!

Editfolt said...

this very special model.

Debby said...

It is beautiful Mary. Your pastor is going to love it. I would have been scared to even attempt something as complex as this, but I know you will do a fantastic job.

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