Sunday, February 01, 2015

February Goal - Redwork and Marsala

I shared this old UFO yesterday ... today, in spite of a major oopsy, I am designating it as my goal for a lovely finish in February.


Along with the 12 redwork squares and fabrics I shared yesterday, I now also have 115 small three-inch 9-patch blocks--33 of which were made with a reversed placement of lights and darks (the oopsy mentioned above) ... this may lead me to make a larger quilt or an interesting pieced back or a second project.

As I was cutting and sewing yesterday, I realized that the dull reds in this fabric line are Pantone's color of the year: Marsala ... I guess everything old does come back in style again.

There was some confusion in my post yesterday. I didn't mean that this project was a contender for the fundraiser wall quilt for the retreat, in competition with those bright log cabins.


These redwork stitches were made as I passed time with my father during transfusions and hospital stays during the last year of his life. Often, the fabrics were cut and patterns transferred in a rush and some are a bit off-center as a result.  They contain a lot of reminders of the emotional roller-coaster we rode during that period of time. They are bittersweet reminders. They have made me too sad for me for a long time, but now I feel ready to turn them into a beautiful reminder of that time spent with my dad.

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7 comments:

Terri said...

Your reds are right one for me. Love red. Sweet embroidery. You are going to have to keep this one.
Hugs

Julierose said...

Such cute blocks and this will bring back only sweet memories of your Dad--how wonderful...hugs, Julierose

desertskyquilts said...

This is a great project. I'm glad it's the one you chose for February. Best of luck. I know you will finish.

Linda M @ Pieceful Kingdom said...

Great project. I just got the book with those redwork patterns in it. I wish you well with the quilt. I went through the same thing with my mom...I had started a quilt for her when she got sick and she passed before I finished it. It was hard to pick it up again...but I finally did.

Linda in Calif. said...

So adorably cute!

Susan @ Blackberry Creek said...

Can't wait to see it finished.

desertskyquilts said...

I thought maybe something had happened to your blog posts coming to me, but then I read on Moira's blog that there are computer problems. I hope it's all sorted soon. I miss your posts!

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