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This quilt was inspired by my husbands decision to sort through and discard a twenty-five year accumulation of old clothes. I wanted to use his old clothing to represent the high-pressure business man coming home and "unwinding" after a hectic day at the office.
Many design and construction details of the original clothing
were retained in the piecing. Forty-two dress shirt cuffs, forty-seven
collars, and fifty-seven ties form a spiral at the center of the quilt.
Pieces of shirts and suits fly out of the spiral as it unwinds. Behind
the spiral, at the top are six inch squares of "serious suit"
fabrics. Progressing toward the bottom of the quilt, the fabrics become
more casual. The squares mutate into 45° and 60° diamonds as corduroys
and denims are added. At the center of the bottom is an area of "crazy
pieced" distorted rectangles made of old jeans, flannel work shirts,
and "T" shirts. Thirteen watch faces are sewn across the "serious
suit" fabrics to represent time pressure. One hundred seventy-six
designer labels spill out of the spiral into the 60° diamonds and
continue around the entire border of the quilt. Buttons were sewn back
on all the collars and cuffs. They also serve to tie the layers of the
quilt together. The binding is made from ties, and the backing is striped
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