NeckTie Quilts!!

How to design my NeckTie Quilt?  Mr. Google has given me all sorts of ideas.  There are many necktie quilts made as a memorial to a loved one who has died.  These tend to be unsophisticated in design, mostly using a whole segment of the front of each tie in a fan or dresden plate design:

Gentleman Jim Quilt posted by didido4u on QuiltersVillage.com

Gentleman Jim Quilt posted by didido4u on QuiltersVillage.com

These helped me focus my ideas.  (1) I want to use just the ties, without the additional of any other background or sashing fabric (except perhaps for the binding, if I use one).  (2)  I want more design cohesiveness than just random charm squares or other random scrap quilt design.

I considered using a scrappy drunkards path variation, sort of like this:

from The Little Red Hen on Typepad.

from The Little Red Hen on Typepad.

And here’s the variation I tried out on EQ7:

Developed on EQ7

Developed on EQ7

But then I go to thinking about curved piecing and silk needing stabilization.  Curved seams work because the bias cuts on the curves stretch and adapt.  But once fused to iron-on interfacing, the fabric would no longer stretch as graciously, making these curved seams difficult to sew.

I found a few truly inspiring quilt designs from ties.  This first one is a Christmas Tree Skirt from Chicago Lost and Found:Christmas Tree Skirt

And this one, called No Necks Needed

No Necks Needed by Virginia Anderson

No Necks Needed by Virginia Anderson

Settled:  Scrappy and No added fabric.  Question:  Exactly what design, composed of straight lines only?

I’ve considered a very simple block, with a triangle off each side of a square, ultimately looking something like this:

Tie Circles

I guess this is sort of a snowball variation of drunkard’s path without curves!  And this is a sort of Kaleidoscope:Kaleidoscope

But I’m not sure I like to light to dark ratio in this- too much light?

ZigZag

Or, this is another variation of a square divided into two triangles and a slash.  I think I like this one best, but I’m not madly in love with any of these yet.  I’ll be experimenting further!

 

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