I wasn't sure I was going to get a quilt into the festival this year, but the rain has held off long enough for me to
take pictures of the quilt!
I am highlighting the I'm a Fan of Father's Day Ties quilt.
Many years ago, I made a similar quilt for a friend. She wanted a quilt to commemorate her father's retirement, using his ties. I loved the idea and wanted to someday make one for me. Since I was not doing much quilting at that time, I didn't quilt the quilt, I only tied it with buttons.
Our quilt guild's show theme this year was Holidays, so I thought
I could make a quilt commemorating Father's Day
as my Holiday quilt.
I started collecting ties from thrift stores as my Dad is not retired yet and the Army Guy wouldn't let me touch his collection of ties. I also bought up men's shirts to use for the backgrounds of the blocks. I rounded out my fabric choices with a length of chambray that I also found in a thrift store. I used buttons in my cornerstones and a couple scattered here and there
about the quilt.
I used the book Daddy's Ties by Shirley Botsford for my inspiration, but most of all for how to use the ties. She has great instructions on preparing the ties to use in other projects.
Working with silk, wool, cotton and polyester ties is not as easy as working with quilting cottons. They pose great challenges, especially as they are all cut on the bias - and fan blade pieces are also bias cuts. The pieces were always pulling this way and that, choosing to be wonky more often than not.
The shirting fabrics weren't too bad, but two of them were thin and hard to work with. The Chambray, that was a bugger. It was not a great fabric, but I was determined to make this quilt completely from thrift stores, so I worked with it. It went wonky on me even though I starched it heavily. I think I know why it was in
the thrift store!
This quilt was quilted on my old Bernina 930. I still can't do consistent straight lines on my Voyager, so I wrestled with this one under the arm of my sewing machine. My walking foot was invaluable in getting this one quilted.
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