The other day I was talking with Trisha about the upcoming Project QUILTING Challenges. Now – if you remember – I have no idea what the challenges are until a day or so before they are posted. I don’t want an unfair advantage even though I can’t win any prizes. (oh – and I can’t keep a secret). Anyway – I was saying how I really wanted to make a long and skinny project and Trish just started laughing. She knew the next challenge was going to be “well-dressed man” and what fits that challenge that could be long and skinny? A tie of course! She didn’t say this to me though until after the challenge was posted and reminded me of her laughter.
Of course – I had to do a tie and I wanted to make it so it could actually be tied. I took one of my husbands ties for reference and pulled out my copy of Chris Lynn Kirsh’s book “Compass Capers.” I was inspired by my husband for this challenge – he rarely wears a tie but when he does – damn! He is a land surveyor so the mariner’s compass block always reminds me of him. And orange is his favorite color so that was an obvious color choice.
For the first attempt I drew out a really long and skinny compass – but I drew it on shiny, slippery paper and when I tried to sew all the skinny pieces I kept sliding around on the paper and things were just not fitting as perfectly as I wanted.
So – I decided to start over and modify my design. This time I drew out the main sketch on Therm O Web’s StitchNSew paper. I taped three sheets together to make it long enough. This paper is great for paper piecing with and it tears away really nicely.
Using this paper I was able to piece the mariner’s compasses much more precisely. I chose a navy blue fabric with a thin gold stripe as my background. I love how it contrasts with the orange and it also really makes it look like a proper tie.
My sister-in-law’s fiance was here yesterday and he tied it for me so I could show you that it can be tied! I guess it was too thick for a half windsor but he made it look decent.
And here is my husband modelling the tie! LOL! I said he rarely wears them!
And the best well-dressed man has his daughter in his lap.
and the other two by his side.
What a fun project! I’m thinking I might make some sort of series with these tie quilts … we’ll just have to see!