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nanmal 06-23-2008 05:36 PM

I'm looking for a pattern where I can use some neckties that were given to me by a dear friend in hoping that I can somehow use them in a quilt pattern...Does anyone have a pattern....or has anyone made one....I've seen pictures of them, but never paid any attention to it....but, now I'd like to try one....Please help me if you can.....Nancy

signitwright 06-23-2008 07:40 PM

I have seen necktie quilts with the ties looking like a dresden plate pattern in the center of the quilt and the ties in a fan pattern in the corners. They were put on a stablelizer first then appliqued on the fabric. One quilt was done on a single piece of cloth. The other was done with large simple blocks so as not to detract from the ties. Pam W.

nanmal 06-23-2008 07:44 PM

Thanks for the reply....I've never done a plate....they seem and look hard....will keep on looking.........Thanks again..........Nancy

luvmy2bts 06-24-2008 04:22 AM

How about a bow tie quilt? That is an easy block. There is a book out that is called "Daddys Ties" The author is Shirley Botsford. I would also use an iron on stabilizer cause ties are cut on the bias and are very stretchy.


nor'easter 06-24-2008 06:04 AM

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Maybe Grandmother's Fan like this from http://www.plainandsimplequilts.com/...%20Tidbits.htm

If you have fewer ties than necessary for an entire quilt, you could make a pillow cover (or covers) in a crazy quilt pattern and embellish ornately with stitching, beading or whatever. I would think that would use more of the tie fabric than just the bottom third and would lend itself to a more public display.

nanmal 06-24-2008 06:47 AM

Thank-you ladies....I gonna look into getting that book....alot of projects in the book...Thanks again....Planning on this being a WINTER project some year...lolThanks again............Nancy

nanmal 06-24-2008 06:48 AM

That also is a good idea....gonna check into it.......Thanks again.........Nancy

Marcia 06-24-2008 06:34 PM

A friend of mine made a quilt out of her SIL's father's ties for him to have as a memory quilt of his Dad. She opened up all the ties, cut them into random width strips and then sewed them together in a crazy quilt style. She made lots of blocks and then squared up each block to either a 10 or 12" square and then sewed the blocks together. She used a herringbone looking plaid fabric for a border (she may have sashed it with it too, I cannot remember). She may have a photo of the quilt. I could ask her and have her email it to me, if you are interested. It was really an awesome looking quilt, was easy to make, and looked like a great "guy quilt"

nanmal 06-25-2008 04:56 AM

Thanks for the info.........I'd love to see the picture if it's possible....Thanks for the info....Nancy

DA Mayer 06-25-2008 02:15 PM

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my sister made several lap sized quilts from ties, she used old leisure suits for background pieces. i will try to post a picture of them.
The blue and green are necktie quilts. She opened the ties up and just used like material.

Melissa 06-26-2008 03:26 AM

Here's a site that may be helpful:


susan s. 06-26-2008 03:45 AM

The fan pattern works well. It turned out beautifully.

DA Mayer 06-26-2008 03:45 AM

Melissa that is a great site, I remember my sister complaining about ties needing stabilizer because she found out the hard way and had to do some blocks over. She made this awesome burnt orange quilt with some of the ugliest ties ever- who knew they would look so nice in a quilt.

sewnsewer2 06-26-2008 05:01 AM

Beautiful quilts ladies!

How about a dresden plate for the ties? You only need a small amount of fabric.

nanmal 06-26-2008 06:46 AM

THAnks to all the helpful hints....really got to think about this one.....Thanks for the picture....nice work ladies....Nancy

vicki reno 06-26-2008 09:18 AM

If you cut the ties in such a way that yu have the end finished, ie the point folded uner, all that is necessary is to stitch them together. They would be already wedge shaped like for the plate. Just wack them off to length and stitch them together. Ot cut pieces and use a woven interfacng at the wide end to give you a smooth edge. The dresden plate isn't hard to do. It was the very 1st one I learned to do.

sallyjo 06-26-2008 09:42 AM

I have a ufo quilt using tie material. The pattern I am using is Cathedral Window. I used the tie material as the inside material and black cotton as the background. It really pops out with the black background. This quilt is intended for my dad's retirement. He keeps putting it off, so I do too!

I actually entered a square as described above in a quilt square contest two years ago and it won at the local level! It was of course passed on to the next level of competition and I never heard any more about it so I guess local is all the attention it got. They were supposed to ultimately put all submitted squares into a quilt to give to the children's wing at a hospital in the area.

Bernadette Harwood 06-27-2008 08:32 AM

I agree you must use a woven iron on stabilizer such as Shirt tailor. I've used others and it doesn't pay to use the cheaper stabilizer. Open up the ties and iron on the stabilizer then you can use what ever pattern you want. I like the crazy patch as I like the look with the satin tie fabric and I love using my embroidery stitches. I also like the idea of using old suit jackets for the borders. Anything goes, just be creative and let your imagination go. I have been saving ties for years to make quilts but never got the time yet. Doing too many alterations and quilts for customers. Got to go finish another t shirt quilt. We would like to see your quilt when you are done. Bernadette

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