When ever I work on a quilt, I have the person in mind whom I am making it for. This quilt was a little different in that I made it in memory of a special person.This is an old quilt pattern called Robbing Peter to Pay Paul but I call it Big Red. I started it about 8 years ago as a project to take along when I traveled - it took me that long to hand applique all those half-square circles to solid fabric squares. Whenever we took a trip back to Rhode Island to visit my inlaws Wil and Phyl out came Big Red.
When Wil and Phly came to visit us in Raleigh out came Big Red as we sat on our deck watching the birds. Wil (my father-in-law) would always watch me sewing and say "I don't know how you have the patience to do that". So every time I worked on Big Red I would think of Wil. Unfortunately he suffered a stroke in January of 2007, and I took Big Red with me when I sat with him and Phyl at the hospice where he passed peacefully away in March.
It is hard to believe that he had been gone from us for 5 years now, but I can still hear that laugh.
We miss you, Wil.