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Has anyone made a quilt using men's ties?

I thought I might make a wall hanging out of my father's old ties as a memorial and was wondering if anyone else had made anything similar. I was thinking of a Dresden plate type design but open to suggestions - any ideas????? What kind of background fabric, do you open them up and cut them or what? Thanks!

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Comment by lea on July 23, 2015 at 4:38am

Ties yes, used in Dresden plates. Some fabrics work better than others. Maybe adding stabilizer or heat/bond on back of some flimsy fabrics to include in your quilt.

Comment by Marge Gray on September 19, 2010 at 11:26am
WOW great ideas gang. thanks a bunch. I bid on the book Daddy's Ties on ebay this past week and won the book, its on the way to me in the mail so might just wait and see what's in it before going any further. I will try to visit the sites you all suggested till then. This seems to be a great group maybe I could make some friends on here being I am a new comer. Marge in FL
Comment by Bonnie Terry on September 13, 2010 at 11:48pm
I have made five quilts made from men,s silk ties and I think the best advise you can get is to purchase Shirley Botsford's ''Daddy's Ties''. It's loaded with wonderful patterns for not just quilt patterns but pillows, wall hangings, ornaments and many more ideas. I have a few of my tie quilts on my site and will be adding a memorial quilt I made for a dear friend who lost her husband. I used his shirts and ties to make her quilt.
Comment by Becky Ray on August 28, 2010 at 7:41am
I didn't make it, but I have a tie quilt made by my great-grandmother. She opened the ties and sewed them together in a crazy quilt fashion, though she did not embroider on them. They are busy stripes and prints and the quilt is very heavy! I dont' know what kind of batt she used, but it is likely to have been another blanket. They reused stuff a lot in quilting. The ultimate recycling program!
Comment by Norma/IL on August 26, 2010 at 10:04am
ra57 - I left a post on your page on the tie quilt I did. I will gladly talk with you about the process. Bea's suggestion of the book was the one I took the pattern from. It has a lot of nice memory type things in it.
Comment by Barkie/WY on August 26, 2010 at 7:23am
I made a quilt and a wall hanging several years ago with ties. Pictures are on my page. They are the dresdan plate pattern. I used fabric glue to hold them together while I stitched them. The big quilt is hanging in an office in Grand Island NE.
Comment by Gico/NS/CAN on August 25, 2010 at 6:20pm
If you are looking for some ideas, one of my friends made a tie quilt a few years ago. You can see a picture of it on her July 9th blog at: http://www.notionnanny.blogspot.com/
Comment by Bea on August 25, 2010 at 5:44pm
I have made several items from my dad's and uncle's ties several years ago. I purchased Shirley Botsorfd's book "Daddys Ties" and made the Grandma's Heart hanger , table runner , a small pinwheel wall quilt out of the ties. I washed all the ties first and then took them apart and cut the pieces for each item. Bea
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on August 25, 2010 at 5:13pm
A friend of mine made 3 of these. She opened up the ties, ironed an interfacing for stability and then cut her pieces and then pieced or appliqued the quilts. They make a neat keepsake.
Comment by Barbi on August 25, 2010 at 3:30pm
Robin - jump over to Darlene's Slackers group and find Norma from Illinois actually. She'll be a great help for you through the process. She has pics on her blog page too.

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