Two hundred+ Ties

200+ Ties in a Quilt Top

200+ Ties in a Quilt Top

A family member collected over 200 ties while working as a FBI agent.  After he  retired, the ties were forwarded my way to create a quilt. Most of the ties were 1980s and 1990s vintage.

Some of the 200+ ties

Some of the 200+ ties

If you were not around to witness firsthand the neckties of the 80s and 90s – let them be summarized as not having “universal appeal.”

Ties from them 80s and 90s

Ties from them 80s and 90s

Most of these ties were silk and in very good condition.

A simple version of foundation piecing was used to piece the tessellated star pattern – the sewing lines are drawn directly onto the foundation fabric using a stencil.

Foundation Block

Foundation Block

The result were grey fabric foundation blocks with the sewing lines drawn on the back.  (The example is in off-white as the lines do not show well against grey in a photo.)

Connect 3" point to opposite corner to create pattern.

Connect side center point to opposite corner to create pattern.

This simple geometric pattern is created by drawing lines from the center point of one edge to the opposite corner for each of the 4 sides.

Sewing the first 3 triangle-shaped wedges is typical “stitch and flip” foundation piecing.  The 4th triangle requires partial “unstitching” to facilitate correct placement.

One Unit

One Unit

After sewing and trimming, each unit is 4 triangle-shaped wedges around an offset square of the foundation fabric.

Each star requires 4 units.

Each star requires 4 units.

Each star requires 4 units.

As each star connects to 4 adjacent stars, laying out the triangles must be done with care (and the occasional unstitching.)

Elvis (turquoise) and Harley Davidson ties in the quilt top

Elvis (turquoise) and Harley Davidson ties in the quilt top

What a collection of ties!  A Harley-Davidson tie, a tie from prep school, three Elvis ties, a Beatles Yellow Submarine tie, several Jerry Garcia ties – even a tie with sperm swimming across it!

Beatles Yellow Submarine and Ticket to RIde (black and white)

Beatles Yellow Submarine and Ticket to Ride (black and white)

Many were gifts and must have had been associated with rather interesting stories!

Tessellated Stars seem to almost twinkle!

Tessellated Stars seem to almost twinkle!

The rather disparate colors and patterns played against one another beautifully in the tessellated pattern.

The colors seem to recede and then reappear as the eye travels from one start to the nest, simulating a twinkle!

The few plain fabrics in the quilt top were cut from men’s shirts.

The star field is surrounded by borders of grey and small ties squares – which allowed small bow ties that were also included in the collection to be included in the quilt.

The top took some time to piece, but it was always intriguing to see how each tie worked with the colors and textures of the adjacent ties.  Now that the piecing is done – it is off to the wonderful  long armed quilter so she can work her magic!

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6 Responses to Two hundred+ Ties

  1. Susan Casler says:

    Cool!

  2. Sami says:

    What a magnificent idea!! We have a closet full of ties, and my husband has always wanted me to make quilts……………….hmmmmmm MAYBE..just maybe!! LOL

  3. Janine says:

    Absolutely incredible and very creative . It must feel divine too being silk. Will you be keeping the quilt or the FBI agent?

  4. ruthsplace says:

    Wow! It’s magnificent!

  5. mary says:

    Absolutely wonderful. He is sure to love this.

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