My dear friend Jan recently lost her husband Karl after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Last week Jan gave me two boxes full of Karl's ties. She knows I quilt and was hopeful that I would be able to use them. There are a number of beautiful silks, and quite a variety of designs and colors. I spent four hours this afternoon carefully taking them apart, but have only put a small dent in the pile! I am glad for the time this is taking because it gives me space to reflect on possible designs for this very special collection of fabric.