These two quilts were made for adult siblings whose father had died. The mother had saved boxes of ties and had found specific ideas of how she wanted them to be constructed.
The black background quilt was for the daughter. She loves Asian decoration and this design reminded her mother of a kimono. 37 ties (or pieces thereof) were used in this 3′ by 5′ quilt. The black background was a meandering freehand and the ties were quilted in the ditch.
As you can see in the pictures below, some ties were pieced to each other diagonally, others horizontally. I appliqued many of the tie labels onto the quilt as well. The father always loved West Highland Terriers hence the significance of the dog tie and dad tie in the right picture.
For the brother’s quilt, the mother wanted a loose, woven pattern of ties on a hunter green background. There are 24 ties used all together, 12 running horizontally and 12 running vertically. The quilt was 4 ft by 4 ft which required using almost all of the tie with just a little bit left over. This was a bit tricky as there were many more directional ties than allotted spots. I ended up basting it very closely before quilting as the needle had to go through many more layers than a normal quilt and the silk ties slipped.