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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

More red.....

The second part TAW class went well yesterday.  It was a chilly day, 18 degrees but we were toasty warm in the basement.  I had the students bring fabrics to practice putting in order for TAW quilts in addition to working on their quilts.  While they were all busy cutting, unpicking or sewing I chose another red run from my stash.  The run at the top is the one I showed a couple days ago with some minor changes.  The bottom run is new.
Since the fabrics make a complete loop I wanted to see them with both the light and the dark at the centers of the selection.  This gives me a better idea of how the quilt will look.

Today would have been my dad's 101st birthday.  He passed away last year 3 months shy of his 100th b-day.  I didn't get to see him on his 99th 2 yrs. ago because I had just had the radioactive seeding treatment/surgery on my eye 4 days earlier and I was wearing a bulky lead patch over that eye and was supposed to be isolated.

19 comments:

jtquilts said...

I feel the longer we have our parents with us the harder it is when they are gone. Thinking of you today!

B Hunter said...

We have finally gotten the cold here... in the 20's over night... with a really stiff gusty breeze to add insult to injury. The sun has been shinning... I like the REDS... Very rich.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

your father certainly had a long life! so many memories -

mb-RI said...

What a lovely spread of red! The quilt will look so pretty with your fabric mix.
Parents - no one tells you how hard it is to loose them. May you only be visited with happy memories today!

patty a. said...

What a wonderful array of reds!

Debra Graham said...

Beautiful range of colours and values. I am sure you miss your Dad, remember back to the birthdays you did spend with him.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Sending hugs of remembrance.

LOVE the new run of reds with the addition of more red/white/black prints - love it!!!!!

Gene Black said...

I really love the new set of reds. The added white with red and "white/black/red" fabrics really make it pop for me.

JJM said...

Your "Trips Around the World" are full of excitement, with memories to last forever. This red one is no exception. The speed of how quickly you work all the runs and stitch to the very end always amazes me. But I should know by now, what a true pro you are.

JJM

Marei said...

Loving these reds. I was wondering how all 36 would look in one TAW? Obviously you'd use smaller/thinner strips or it would be the size of New Jersey...but wouldn't it look wonderful? What a blessing to have had your Dad in your life for so many years. My Dad died young and I have missed him every day of these past 27 years. Wishing you only happy thoughts today in celebration of your Dad's birth.

Needled Mom said...

I'm sure you will be remembering your dad today, Wanda. I hope you are recalling all of the great times you shared together.

I love those really light blocks with the bits of red in them.

Hedy Hahn said...

These reds are maybe my favorite so far. I lost my father when he was only 62 and I grieved for him a long time. Glad you had yours for much longer. Snow is still on the ground here but it is melting today since our temps are a high of 43.

Nancy J said...

Lovely reds, and a great way to celebrate your Dad's life, with fabrics. I, too, missed one of my Dad's significant late birthdays, when I wasn't able to travel, and this always remains in my mind, but over the years I have told myself, often " You did travel when you were able to" and hoped he understood. Take care as that huge snowfall is in so many areas, Jean.

Mystic Quilter said...

Hope you have happy memories to think of today.
Like the addition of the whir into your red run.

Mary said...

I especially like the second run you put together. Your stash is spectacular.

Lesley Gilbert said...

I shall read every word of your new TAW RED quilt top so I don't mis-understand your explanations and hopefully give myself the confidence to start making one myself :)

.... and I'm sure you will have many happy memories of your beloved father to help celebrate his special day today.

Sherrill said...

My mom's 99th would've been 11/8 but she passed away in 2000 just shy of her 84th. Seems like forever since I saw her last! :-(

Judy Dietrich said...

Hope you have warm and loving thoughts of your Dad. I just lost my Mom in April and my Dad in October. It was a most difficult year. The holidays are going to be very hard to get through. Then come their birthdays. I just love both of your red color ways for the TAW. It will be fun to see them being made. The last one from your special collection just blew me away---liked the dark path more towards center---really livened things up!!

Kevin the Quilter said...

Have you always had an eye for color like this, or is it something you have learned over time?