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.