Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Crazy Quilting

I guess crazy quilting is an appropriate technique for me to use. I have often been told I'm crazy!

My 40-year-old brother-in-law died the day after 9/11 of a heart attack. No connection to the 9/11 attack. I took his ties and made crazy quilt pillows for all the family and gave them out at Christmas.

I used a base of muslin and started with a 5-sided "center" piece, then worked out from there, sewing and flipping each new piece until I filled my muslin. Then I cut then down to size and sewed 4 squares together. I used a bunch of the "fancy" stitches on my machine to decorate the patches.

I apologize for the photos. The flash made them very yellow. They aren't. But maybe you can see he had quite a collection of interesting ties.



Quilt Musings said...

What an awesome idea!! They are great and I bet appreciated beyond words :)

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said...

This is such an amazing technique, and such a unique pillow!

Thanks so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Chelsea Huckins said...

That is such an amazing idea, they came out fantastic. I have a bag full of my grandfather's dress shirts in the closet I can't bring myself to open yet. Kudos to you for taking on this emotional task and having such a beautiful end product.

Granny Maud's Girl said...

I have a big bag of silk ties that I am saving for something. Good idea!
My goodness. Your brother-in-law was younger than I am now. I am sure the family is glad of these handmade keepsakes.
(I prefer the term 'eccentric' to 'crazy'. :))