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.

Silk Necktie for Andrew
Silk Necktie for Andrew
Silk Necktie Quilt for Nick
Silk Necktie Quilt for Nick
Silk Necktie Quilt for Marli
Silk Necktie Quilt for Marli

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.

64 Neckties were used in each quilt.
64 Neckties were used in each quilt.

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.

Muslin squares were used as foundations in an effort to keep each block square.
Muslin squares were used as foundations in an effort to keep each block square.

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.

64 blocks pinned to a hanging sheet.
64 blocks pinned to a hanging sheet.

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.

12 inch silk blocks were custom quilted.
12 inch silk blocks were custom quilted.

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.

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2 thoughts on “Necktie Quilts Finished

  1. These are absolutely inspired and gorgeous! I love the sentimental aspect of using the ties but, by the time you were done, I don’t really see the ties so much as the overall design and big picture!

  2. Thanks. The size is around 96 inches square, so until the blocks were sewn together I could not really get a sense of the overall picture. I love the graphic impact of the whole and the vibrant color of the solids, but also enjoy the closeup detail and variety of each necktie. There is even a Peter Max design.

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