Family Tree

My parents met in the early 1950s, when they were both in college. They were married in 1954, and 8 years later, were being driven crazy by myself and my 4 brothers.  I don’t have any group pictures of the 7 of us as we were growing up, so here’s the best I could do:

Since then, every chance we are together, I try to get a group shot, and I included one of my own crew!

Meanwhile, back to quilting…I always loved the “Tree of Life” traditional quilt block, and a couple years ago, I used Edyta Sitar’s pattern to create a wall hanging…

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When we started painting quilt blocks, I really wanted to do a “tree of life”.  I decided it would be the perfect thing to hang in my parents’ new apartment to surprise them when they got home in March.  They are both 87, and for the past 37 years they have travelled to Asia as missionaries.  For 20 years, they did this out of a suitcase, and didn’t have a forwarding address.  They traveled to more countries than I can count, but the past decade they have spent their time exclusively in Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia.  Every picture I see of them over there, they both have great big smiles.

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My niece (also in the mission field) graciously helped me come up with an appropriate verse to write on the border of their block (thanks, Beth!)

She chose, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives. Proverbs 11:30

 I decided that I would write the names of all of the current members on the leaves of the tree, and made sure there is plenty of space for future great grandchildren for this remarkable couple.  I used fine line silver, gold and black paint markers.   The back will be covered family members’ signatures and birthdates.  My handwriting isn’t “the best”, it was one of our first attempts at painting blocks, so it’s not perfect, I even ran out of space when I was writing in the border.  But it’s just fine.   I am going to hang this in their entry way when we go up next weekend.  I feel sure that they will like it.

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