To celebrate May Day and all the glorious light and colors of spring, I would like to show the three quilt projects that were completed yesterday. The re-purposing of silk neckties.
My client has been saving her husbands’s neckties since the 1970’s and called me in November of last year to begin making these quilts for their adult children’s Christmas 2014. There are process photos below.
The ties were taken apart and machine washed and dried. Templates were made with freezer paper and the “tie” pieces for the 12″ blocks were cut.
The silk fabric to go on each block was also machine washed and dried. Prepping the fabric this way allowed me to use the steam iron on seams and wrinkles without worry of color running or shrinkage.
Because I don’t have a design wall, it took a while to come up with this hanging rod on pulleys in my living room. Perfect for the layout process.
Next, I sewed the blocks together and took them to Carol, my favorite long-arm machine quilter. She choose the perfect color thread that worked with all the silk colors. Her work is beautiful.
A lovely red sateen cotton with a tiny stripe was used on the backs of all three quilts, and a half-inch double binding of yellow-gold bengalene was also used on all three.