Tree of Life Prayer Shawl Quilt
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Tree of Life Prayer Shawl Quilt
A pastor at my church requested prayer quilts for a local nursing home. He wanted something tangible that could be used to pray for the resident. Rather than a full size quilt, we realized that it would be more appropriate to do something the size of a prayer shawl that could be draped over the shoulders of the person.
Fortunately there were lots of posts on prayer crocheted prayer shawls and I found the size was general between 24 and 36 inches high with a length of around 70 inches.
I didn't want to create something too complicated, but thought it would be appropriate to use a block with a Biblical reference or name.
In this blog post, I will share how to draft one of my designs using Electric Quilt. The tree block is designed with a 10 x 10 grid and finishes at 10" x 10". Since the block was directional, it looked better when placed on point, so I merged it with an on point block. A 10 inch block will measure 14-1/4" on the diagonal.
For those of you that are into the math, the size of the center block was backed into after creating an on-point tile square border. An on-point tile square border ensures that all blocks (patches) have the same width and height. It will add a spacer border so that everything fits. To eliminate the spacer border, you can increase the size of blocks and border prior to the tile on point border. What I chose to adjust was the width of the center block so that everything fit.
If you are not into the math, just use the numbers as laid out in the video. I've verified that they will work.
Note that in Electric Quilt we always design in finished sizes (before seam allowances).
I used the default palette to color the quilt. But I am debating scrapping out the blocks and combining them with 2 background fabrics and along with a border fabric.
My quilt group at church will be creating a number of prayer quilts for this project. I look forward to sharing pictures at we get them pieced and quilted.
2/27/2021 10:45:21 am
That prayer shawl is beautiful and I really want to make one. As an EQ8 newbie, can someone explain why it was created as a single block and not 3 blocks? I haven’t had a chance to do any training yet, though I am planning to, so a simple explanation would be best. TIA!
2/27/2021 11:09:39 am
It was designed as three blocks. Two of the blocks were set in the first set of borders. An EQ trick. :)
2/27/2021 02:10:36 pm
What a wonderful design and idea! I look forward to seeing the shawls as they are completed.
2/27/2021 04:29:03 pm
You are amazing ,you are such a gift to all , and it is such a wonderful and meaningful Joyful adventure you are taking all of us along with you spiritually and virtually to end results in reality and feeling blessed that we get to share in your heavenly adventure bless you and thank you 🙏 will be looking forward to the updates on your progress going forward 😘i
3/9/2021 10:50:22 am
This is a terrific project. Can't wait to see some of the finished shawls.
3/9/2021 02:51:06 pm
This can very much be done in EQ7. The screens will look much different as EQ changed the user interface between EQ7 and EQ8 -- so you will need to be more confident in where things are located in EQ7.
3/9/2021 02:55:59 pm
Thank you. I am not confident at all in my EQ skills. But I am going to try it tonight (and probably for the next couple of days) because I like the idea of this and think several mothers in the church would like it. I post a thumbs up if I can make it work. And a photo when I get done.
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