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the ties that bind

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I have learned to follow my quilting/sewing muse–she leads me to the most interesting places! A week ago, I came across this tie fabric at my local fabric store, and it called to me. Well, actually, it called to my father-in-law; he just wasn’t close enough to hear it.

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My FIL has collected ties for decades, has been know to wear multiple ties at the same time, and has incorporated ties in his artwork. The man is a dedicated tie-wearing dandy. (Here he is with my MIL.)

So although I wasn’t planning on it, I am making a quilt for my father-in-law for Christmas. Given the size of the print and its directionality (and my need to get in gear quickly), I went with horizontal slabs. I incorporated subdued prints suggestive of men’s dress shirts and ties. The mustard fabric is in homage to a vintage mustard tuxedo jacket that belonged to my FIL, which he then bequeathed to my husband and son. It has since seen action at Mardi Gras parties, the 8th grade dance and prom. The blue sashing evokes the standard oxford blue dress shirt.

Now comes the hard part (for me): the machine quilting of this beast (it’s approximately 68″ x 75″). I am going to give it a go, but I’m apprehensive, especially having read today Ashley’s (of Film in the Fridge fame) confession that she doesn’t always feel up to snuff about her machine-quilting skills–yikes. If she feels insecure about her machine-quilting abilities, then I am toast! I did take consolation in the kind-hearted, supportive responses to her post, and of course, these folks are right: no one is going to look at the quilting as critically as I, the quilter, will. So I plan to cut myself some slack, do some practice quilting first, and then get to work. Wish me luck!

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3 thoughts on “the ties that bind

  1. Take a look at Leah Day’s web site for free motion quilting. She has some really good videos, tips, and about 400 patterns.

  2. What FUN . . . love it!!!

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