Memorial Tie Quilt
Problem: Only 22 Ties!
Solution: I asked her to also include some of her husband's shirts and we could make the lap quilts instead of the pillows.
This project is moving very slowly because I wanted to take great care with her husband's ties. I deconstructed and hand washed each tie in a mild soap mixture and hung them up to dry. This part was very time consuming! Yes....they are silk ties....Don't panic..... they can be washed if they are going to be used in a quilt.
Each tie is made of either two or three parts plus the lining and the tie backs.
After they were washed/dried ...... each piece was ironed and a light interfacing was ironed on the backside of the ties. (Also very time consuming)! LOL
There are some great fabric designs in the lining!
All 22 ties had to be used in each quilt -- But each quilt was to look a bit different. To insure the ties were distributed equally, the widest part of the ties were put into three piles and filled in with the other colors. This should provide a "different" color theme for each quilt.
Each block is being paper pieced.
Notice the words in the quilt... She requested that I use some of the words from his favorite T-Shirt in each quilt. He loved New York City.
See my sewing machine reference guide ... http://luv2sew-dinahsquiltsandembroidery.blogspot.com/2013/04/sewing-machine-stitch-reference-guide.html