My crafting and family life journal

Fathers and Their Daughters

I started the “Fathers and Their Daughters” quilt the day I was told that my father was diagnosed with brain cancer. A 3-D fabric folding technique was selected for the blocks to represent the complexity of father daughter relationships.

These are some of the quilt blocks.

I was hoping to the complete the quilt before his passing, but that was not to be. He left this earth on January 11, 2012 long before we had expected — but then again I we shouldn’t be surprised — he was told that his condition was incurable — he stayed with us until all of his children had an opportunity the gather in support of him and each other and then passed on quietly.

The new target date for completing the quilt is dad’s memorial service in Washington with his children and grandchildren.

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The following photos step through how a block is put together.

Fabrics selected…

Cutting big pieces into smaller units…

Units for a block. Time to start pressing…

First Layer …

Second layer added…

Third layer applied…

Fourth layer now added…

Fifth layer added…

Corner units added on the sixth layer…

7th and last layer for this block — time to sew it together and add the first border.

Initial quilt layout…

Block sewn together and piping added… next work on the borders.

Border folding started….

Closeup of border folding technique…

fathers and daughters

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