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.
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