National Craft Month Dedication – Carol

My Daddy’s Ties

“My Father was always dressed in a suit and tie for social occasions. When he passed in 2013, I wanted to create a memory quilt for each of his five children. I returned home with a bag full of ties and an idea.

After recruiting my daughter to help, we began disassembling the ties. They were then pressed and grouped by color. I decided that each quilt would feature a center block honoring my Dad’s Scottish heritage, and so we chose a piece of tie for that square and sewed it to a foundation fabric. We continued to add ties until we achieved a 15″ square.

My dad also loved to take photographs, and when I found fabric with old cameras printed on it, I knew I had found the back of each quilt. I chose black to frame each square and the blue seemed like the perfect transitional fabric for the border.

We recollected so many wonderful memories and made new ones as we shared this project.”

Carol from Rantoul, IL

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