I am entering the Bloggers Quilt Festival this fall with my quilt made from David's Ties.
There is quite a story with this quilt, and I will do my best to tell it well. David was my brother's partner for over thirty years, and this quilt is made from his ties. David was a pulmonary specialist, and an accomplished cello player, just to highlight a few of his passions.
These ties were beautiful, and I wanted to show them off as much as I could. I designed a template that would use the wide end of the tie, keeping the tie shape, and working around that.
To prepare the ties, I opened them up, and then ironed featherweight interfacing to the wrong side. This step was genius if I do say so myself, because it allowed me to cut and work with the silk, bias cut fabric without distortion.
The setting squares were made from a two inch square of fabric from my brother's bow ties. I used raw silk for the sashing and love how nicely it complimented the shiny silk in the ties.
I used a feather plume design that I learned from Angela Walters, to highlight the larger pieces. Each block was sixteen inches square.
I used silk radiance for the back, and it is beautiful. The batting is wool which gave a nice loft and definition to the quilting.
As I deconstructed the ties, I saved all the labels and sewed them to the hanging sleeve.
This tie is so full of memories for my brother, and has helped him heal. The quilt is a tribute to David, and something that my brother can hold, look at and remember. Each tie tells a story, and now the quilt brings a new beginning to an ending.
So that is the story of David's Ties. Thanks for looking.
This quilt is 70"x70"
Designed, pieced and quilted by me, Esther