The design for this quilt was inspired by the complex relationships between fathers and their daughters. I started working on this project in February 2012 when I received word of my father’s brain cancer. The complexity of the piece helped me to deal with news and to work through my feelings about our relationship. Many of the colors represented in the piece were among his favorites – especially the reds and greens. Unfortunately, I was not able to finish it before his passing, but the work on the project provided me with an opportunity to “sew in” a lot of the things that we talked about during hospital visits and design considerations gave much to ponder on the frequent long drives from New Hampshire to the hospital in New Jersey.
All of the block were created by folding fabric and layering the folded pieces on top of each other to create a 3D design and then set into the quilt on the point. The wall hanging was machine pieced and quilted by both hand and machine.
The joining squares were hand quilted and have a bead in the center of each of the units. The sashing strips and top of the wall hanging were quilted by machine.
Over 300 Beads have been hand sewn into the border pleats, and hearts representing many of the conversations that I had with my father were hand quilted around the edges. I have named the quilt “Fathers and Daughters” and will be entering it into the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.
I am so happy that this quilt top finally made it out of my design book. I have created all but the left eye of this wolf. I hope to get her eye and the left side of her face done sometime this week, then I will move on to stitching down the applique pieces before stitching all of the units together.
The challenge on this piece will be deciding what type of quilt design to use. Does anyone have a recommendation?
This weekend is filled with gardening and yard cleanup, so I got a quick start on our two days of outside fun by making gluten-free English muffins for Sunday and hazelnut muffins for today.
Hot herbal tea and a couple of hazelnut muffins high in nutrients and fiber were a great way to start the day.
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup teff flour
- 3/4 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup tapioca starch
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 2 eggs or egg substitute (to make it vegin)
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 2/3 cup unsweetened apple juice
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Spray a 12 unit muffin pan with oil.
- Combine sugar, flours, tapioca starch, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nuts and raisins.
- Mix eggs, oil and apple juice and add to flour mixture, mixing quickly.
- Fill prepared muffin 3/4 full.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Serve at room temperature and freeze all leftover muffins to keep them fresh.
Another gilt has made it out of the UFO pile. Rainy days are good for many things — one which is finishing up projects that have been hanging around for a time. I spent a few hours today finishing the quilting on a wall hanging that I started last fall.
Now I just need to come up with a name for this one and then work on finishing up the dozen or so started projects in my sewing room.
We are having a really rainy weekend, so we have set our hands the finish work for our basement remodel. We got some of the top molding painted and the last of the mud on the final wall. As a reward I made the two of us some rice pudding from the leftover rice in the refrigerator. … it was a really nice way to end a labor filled day. The great thing about the rice pudding recipe is that it is low in sugar, gluten-free, totally vegan and can be made in 10 minutes or less with leftovers.
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup cooked rice (brown or white)
- 1 tablespoon of agave, or maple syrup
- 1/4 cup golden raisins
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder
- 1 dash of cinnamon
- Add the coconut milk to a small pot. Bring the coconut milk to a simmer over medium-low heat.
- Add the agave, vanilla powder and cinnamon, and stir to combine.
- Add rice and raisins, and continue to stir until it is evenly distributed.
- Let the mixture continue to simmer in the pot for about five minutes. The liquids should boil off and the mixture will become thicker.
- Divide mixture into two small bowls and serve.
Based on recipe found on Glow Kitchen blog