A big thank you for all the lovely comments, via email and on the blog, after the last post, and a special shout out to readers Nicole and Lana, who were moved to give me fabric contributions (mens ties and upholstery samples). Thanks for repurposing/reusing/recycling with me!
When I left you I had begun to cut the Hermes ties so trustingly given me by Ellen, who commissioned this quilt. After a second meeting, in which we established her preferences, I basically got down to the nitty gritty.
Once that was done I began sewing together pieces from the rows Ellen and I had laid out together. The rows shrank as strips were sewn. This vanishing fabric is called “seam allowance” which good quilters plan for and quilters like me freelance around. Constant rearranging was necessary. Since more strips were needed I added more of the yellow chinese silk, including strips turned to use the vertically striped backside, seen in the rows below
The next step was to add the sashing between the columns. Ellen chose the Thai silk for this
The Thai silk was running low, down to one 39 x 39 square, a 35 by 8 segment and a few scraps.
At over 65″ square, things get rather unwieldy. My son’s bedroom floor, next door to my workroom, offers a surface to lay it out. Unfortunately, with the winter we’ve been having, he seems to be home every other day due to snow. Thus, he occupies his room, quilt production slows, and shoveling increases.
After checking and rechecking my math, I cut the remaining fragments for a 6″ border (with the seam allowance it’ll end up more like 5 to 5 1/2).
Border complete, I’m ready for batting and backing. Ellen provided a new sheet, a lovely hue called China Blue (current product at The Company Store) for backing, and with batting from my local resource City Quilter, I consult my personal quilting bible to remind myself what order and on which side the quilt layers go together
But is it finished? No, it’s fit to be tied! Ellen drops off bunches of yarn she had but was not using
and I use a needle to pull about 80 5″ lengths of yarn through the layers and tie each in a simple double knot. This took an afternoon on the floor. Luckily, school was in session.
Finished, it’s about 69 inches square. The ties retain their tie-like aspect given that the pieces are not all cut on right angles. Three pieces spread over the rows have penguins on them. I hope it is a fitting tribute to the man it was made to remember.