Nellie"s Needles

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Soupcon #1 - Border

This afternoon the border that's part of step #4 for my first Soupcon Quilt Along project got sewn on ...
The narrow outer borders are cut from a fine Italian cotton with a tiny print that reminded me of the patterning used for men's ties. So that sent me searching for for the tin full of hexagons constructed from my husband's neckties that I made nearly twenty years ago after he had retired ...


Here they are pinned in place. The actual colors of the silk tie hexagons are a bit more subdued than they appear here.
...and a close-up so you can see the patterning of the Italian cotton.

I really like those silk tie hexagons, but I think they're too large. The edges each measure 1 1/4". I think my evenings work will be remaking them so they're 1"... the size of the hexagons that make up shapes in the focal area. Can't wait to get that done!

Post Script: A comment made on the Flickr site by one of my fellow participants has given me pause. She observed how the "viewer can look through." Now I see that center panel floating over a dark smoky background. Do I want to go with that or carry on with filling that negative space with the hexagons made from the silk ties. I've spent the evening making all of them smaller. I like the look, but just maybe they'll work better into the next step Karen gives us at the end of this next week. So this is it for this project until then.

5 comments:

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

Oh how clever that you thought of those tie hexagons.....They will be perfect cut down. This is getting better and better.

Karen H said...

It gives me such great pleasure to see you having fun with Soupcon. I love what you are doing with the silk tie hexagons!

Heather said...

You are so clever Nellie - those hexagons light everything up.

Karen Christensen said...

I like that floating feeling the piece has from the center panel. It seems almost dimensional! I don't think the tie hexagons detract from that at all. Love that you repurposed your husbands ties at retirement

ukcitycrafter said...

I love how the hexagons bring out the colour in the central piece.

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