Saturday, August 27, 2016



For the re-use, repurpose, recycle challenge I went back about 10 years.  I was commissioned to create a quilt using several bags full of Hermés neckties.


The finished work, a full size bed quilt which I called "Nautilus" utilized all or part of every tie that was given to me. When it was done, the client was happy and really had no use of the leftover silks from all the ties I cut apart. They were so beautiful and so lovely to touch, I couldn't bear to part with them so I just set them aside for another day.

That day took a while to arrive, but I finally found a use for the left overs!
Using the last challenge as my inspiration, I began piecing together remnants of silk ties to form a curled up caterpillar. The spiral shape of the caterpillar seemed like a wonderful companion for the Nautilus, and a fitting image for transforming leftover materials into something different and new.

I used leftover black cotton fabric, which was the extra width cut from the backs of other quilts, to create the stripes and legs of the caterpillar. Finally I added texture and a few hints of details using free-motion quilting.

Technical details: silk and cotton fabrics, polyester and rayon threads
raw edge appliqué, free motion quilting


  1. I love this piece! Silk ties are beautiful!

  2. Wow Kate, the addition of the blacks makes such a difference! Thanks for sharing your inspiration and your process, the result is beautiful!

  3. Thank you, Alicia and Lisa-Marie! This was a wonderful way to end the v9 cycle 3 - making use of scraps and remnants that have been sitting around my studio for a decade :-)

  4. Love how you have used the drawing from the text challenge and incorporated it in this one.

  5. This is great, Kate! I really like how it relates to your earlier tie piece, but especially how it builds on your Text challenge. Perfect choice of repurposed materials!