Tag Archives: Pat’s quilt

Birds of a Feather, Installed

Friday afternoon, I installed Birds of a Feather in the home of the client.

Birds of a Feather
Birds of a Feather

Here’s a shot of the proud new owner of Birds of a Feather:

Pat and Birds of a Feather
Pat and Birds of a Feather

Pat loves the piece . . . she told me she smiles every time she looks at it.

I feel she is reminded of Michael when she sees it.  It’s a great memorial piece.

 

Birds of a Feather (the necktie quilt), part 2 . . .

Eleven days ago, I started on this new project. Rather than stop to take photos as I went, I put my head down and “did the work.” I got into a rhythm and simply couldn’t stop!

Here’s what I came up with:

Birds of a Feather (the necktie quilt)
Birds of a Feather (the necktie quilt)
Birds of a Feather (the necktie quilt), close up shot
Birds of a Feather (the necktie quilt), close up shot

Here’s what the piece looks like upside down:

Birds of a Feather (the necktie quilt), inverted
Birds of a Feather (the necktie quilt), inverted
Birds of a Feather (the necktie quilt), inverted, close up shot
Birds of a Feather (the necktie quilt), inverted, close up shot

I like the way the piece turned out, though I had my share of mishaps.  Half of the pieces should have been cut in reverse; I needed both left- and right-handed versions of the pieces. Since I used foundation piecing, I was able to get around the problem with a bit of splicing, adding a little scrap to the body piece.

I primarily used patterned ties, though there are a couple of striped ties included (they fit the color scheme).  I think I’ll have to cut striped ties differently to maintain the direction of the stripe. “Matching” the stripe is a horse of a different color, though!!

Birds of a Feather (the necktie quilt)

Here’s a drawing of my next project, a small quilt I call “Birds of a Feather” for obvious reasons.

Birds of a feather
Birds of a feather

This pattern is a tessellation, a single shape that fits with itself to cover a surface without gaps or overlaps.  The red and tan “birds” alternate on a dark/light blue background.

If you rotate the piece upside down, the dark/light blue shapes turn into birds on a red and tan background! I may have to attach a hanging sleeve on both ends to take advantage of that!

I’m looking forward to working on this piece. I will make it entirely of silk neckties formerly worn by The Very Reverend Michael P.G.G. Randolph (deceased), an Episcopal priest I knew and loved.

So far, I’ve cut open and gutted the ties, and now I’m attaching a sheer fusible interfacing for stability (photos to follow).

Stay tuned . . .