Over the years, people have asked me about making quilts from neckties.
I generally declined because of the extra work involved. You have to disassemble the necktie before you can assemble it into a quilt.
Well, I spoke with a potential client about a necktie quilt (or at least a wall hanging), and finally decided to give it a try.
I had three neckties on hand. I opened the seam along the back, removed the bit of lining at the two ends, and steamed the fabrics flat.
Because neckties are often made of silk and cut on the bias to boot, I steamed a lightweight interfacing to the back of the ties to stabilize them. Then, I cut them into strips like I normally do.
I cut my usual shapes from the strips and sewed them to my stamped muslin foundations, trimming the seam allowances to 1/8″ and steaming as I went.
Five hours later, this is what I came up with:
I actually liked the process and the results better than I thought I would. This will make a fine sample to show the client.
Now, I wanna ask you a simple question: