Christa is my first cousin/twice removed.
Gosh, I'm glad we're past that part! :-)
Now, it happens that Christa had a rather chaotic childhood. Family connections are important to her. So when she told us that she was getting married, I knew I wanted to give her something special ...and not just another crockpot.
About that time, I had seen in one of the quilting magazines, a printed panel for a family tree. *This* would be the foundation for a quilt for Christa. I'm the family geneologist, so I know all the names and how people are related to each other.
I made small ovals for each family member, starting with our common ancestor, who would have been my grandfather. From my grandfather to each succeeding generation, I embroidered the name of each person and connected all the ovals of a family line. For her own family line, I used a different color embroidery thread.
Because the wedding site was in a neighboring state, we, my husband & I, made the journey a road trip. And because I'm a notorious procrastinator, I knew that I didn't absolutely, positively need to get the quilt 100% finished before we left because I could use the 2 day trip to hand-stitch the binding. Which is exactly what I did. :-)
HOWEVER ... we arrived at the motel in the evening and I didn't think of taking a picture of the quilt. The next morning, we were concerned about getting to the wedding venue on time and I didn't think abut taking a picture of the quilt. It wasn't until we were on our way back home that I realized ..... I hadn't taken a picture of the quilt!
::bang head against the wall::
Christa said she'd take one for me. But months passed and she never did. I felt awkward about making repeated requests, so I eventually stopped.
And then tragedy happened ... they hadn't even celebrated their one year anniversary when her husband died. It was very unexpected and a total shock. It was .. and continues to be .. a very rough time for her.
So ... the picture above is the ONLY picture I have of the family tree wall-hanging and that one was before I had stitched all the hand embroidered family lines.