Type of item: Functional
This tie was made from designer silk ties that my son wore his first ten years as a banker. The dark solid areas are from the tie backs and the patterned sections are from the tie fronts.
What was your inspiration?
A magazine article I read in a December 2011 issue of Quilter's World where ties were used in string piecing. Up untilI saw that a quilt could be made from the silk, I thought I'd just be able to do a wall hanging. My quilt was done very differently from the string quilt. I interfaced each piece of silk and cut precise shapes whereas the author of the string quilt did not make pieces line up. The one idea I did use from the QW article was to foundation piece the blocks although that author used flannel for the foundation and did not use any batting. The author also did not use interfacing.
I used a wool batting, and the result is a lovely puffy quilt which is elegant both in look and feel.
What are you most proud of?
Getting it done and quilting it. Silk shreds easily. Taking the time to interface each and every piece of silk reclaimed from the ties (including the tiny backside solid colors) made it possible to be precise in lining things up.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Have your head examined first.
The process of reclaiming the silk from the ties, washing and ironing it, then interfacing every single piece, then foundation piecing it, took forever. I love the results, and since I interfaced all the tie silk, I have enough to make another quilt with the ramaining ties of other colors.
It took me a year to make this one. It will probably only take a few months to make the next one since the silk has already been reclaimed and interfaced.