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Thread: necktie quilts

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    I am thinking on making a quilt of ties. Any suggestions?
    Two ideas: sew the ties together and then cut blocks and use the tips for around the outside, sew ties together.

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    I have a pattern for a necktie quilt and have been collecting the ties. It calls for opening up the ties, making a block with strips on the diagonal, and alternating them with solids like tweeds and things from suit jackets. They place mens buttons as the tie between each square. Can"t wait to start it. It's on my 2011 to do list.

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    I purchased 2 garbage bags filled with ties a couple of years ago at an auction. I washed them in the washer (even though I was told not to do that) and most came out fine. Some of these ties are probably 40 years old.... fat ones, skinny ones, etc.
    I haven't started the quilt yet (too many UFOs) but I plan to do paper piecing..... using muslin for the paper and sewing the ties to it. I want a crazy quilt as a result.
    I did a search online once and saw some beautiful quilts made from ties..... and some not so beautiful.
    Good luck.

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    I like the diagonal idea. I have opened a few and sewed them together on the folds. I have tied another quilt with buttons and it turned out really cute.

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    I have just about 20 of my fil's ties that I want to do something with- maybe it's enough for a pillow.

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    I have some projects made with ties. Took a class and learned to apply a backing to the tie before cutting the pieces. I too like to wash the ties; some will fade, some don't. I wash them before cutting apart; then rip out stitching. I discard everything but the tie fabric. Save the brand labels. They can be used sometimes. I will try to post a picture of one of my favorites later today. Can't think of the name of the backing you iron on. Will look for that for you also.

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    One you start opening them, between the length and width you may have more fabric than you think.

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    My grandmother made a beautiful quilt from my grandfather's ties. She used the "My Grandmother's Fan" pattern for the blocks. The sashing, base of the fan, and borders were done in a rich brown taffeta. The upper top of the fan block was a creamy taffeta. The quilt was made during the late 1940's. I wish I had a picture to show you.

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    I had posted these ideas on another thread today that someone was looking for ideas for neckties, enjoy

    I will do a search for you

    1. http://www.quiltbug.com/articles/mens-ties.htm

    2. http://huntsville.about.com/od/tips/a/silktiequilt.htm

    3. http://www.ehow.com/how_5176400_make...-neckties.html

    rugs made with ties

    4. http://sewingwithneckties.blogspot.com/

    5. http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...es.html?cat=24

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    This is a favorite wall hanging I made with ties.
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    Great idea..... very nice!!

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    Here's a wall hanging I made with my husband's shirts and ties.
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    LOVE this Quilt !!!! Do you have a pattern or pattern name ? Would love to try this quilt.

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    You've got to search on pinterest for ideas before you commit. The site is filled with ideas. Have to admit, I'd love to have sus z q 's wallhanging pattern.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jane Quilter View Post
    You've got to search on pinterest for ideas before you commit. The site is filled with ideas. Have to admit, I'd love to have sus z q 's wallhanging pattern.......
    Made that several years ago; still enjoy it. Seems like the pattern has "Arabian" in the title.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katiescraftshop View Post
    I have a pattern for a necktie quilt and have been collecting the ties. It calls for opening up the ties, making a block with strips on the diagonal, and alternating them with solids like tweeds and things from suit jackets. They place mens buttons as the tie between each square. Can"t wait to start it. It's on my 2011 to do list.
    2011 to do list? You mean there's someone else out there who's also six years behind??!

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    these ties were given to me by my barber customers.

    40X27 inches, and I chose to frame the top.
    My salute to watercolors when they were all the rage.
    It can be hung from any side so it fits where i want to put it

    Puff quilts are popular again, we called them biscuit quilts back then
    I stitched the ties with that technique, then ironed them flat rather than stuffing.
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    My daughter has made several dresden plate quilts using ties. She washes the ties first and dries them. Next take each tie apart, you get more fabric than you would think. She backed them with a light iron on interfacing, then cut them out. I think the middle one was 20" and each corner had a quarter plate. turned out quite nicely. I just saw a tutorial on Missouri Star Quilt Co making grandmother's fan which looked fairly easy--preparing the tie fabric is time consuming--and you might be inspired by that.

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    This is quite nice and a lovely memory quilt.

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