Tie Quilts

Tie Quilts are just plain fun to make, to own, and to display, whether you want a quilt made out of your father’s ties or you collect ties and would like to see a quilt made from them. Certainly they make terrific bereavement quilts, because ties say so much about a man and can be easily turned into a beautiful work of art. Other people want their collection out for display in a wall hanging. Either way, tie quilts or wall hangings are in demand. I’d love to make one for you. Below are some examples of work I have done in the past with ties:

Wall Hanging Tie Quilt Honoring Husband

Bereavement wall hanging using husband's beautiful ties

Bereavement wall hanging using husband’s beautiful ties

Above is my most recent wall hanging, made with young husband’s silk ties – an homage to Greg Taylor.

Two Wall Hanging Tie Quilts – Christmas Gifts to Mothers

Cindy's Gift to her Mother - Tie Bereavement Quilt

Cindy’s Gift to her Mother – Tie Bereavement Quilt

In Cindy’s quilt, I used white silk as a background and three thin borders made from her father’s luscious ties.

Family display tie quilt made for mother

Family displaying tie quilt made for mother

Cindy and her family shown displaying the wall hanging made from her father’s ties and gifted to her mother.

Tie bereavement quilt made for Cindy Koebl's mother

Tie bereavement quilt made for Cindy Koebl’s mother

I made the wall hanging above for Cindy Koeb’s mother, using my own version of a pattern copied from a picture (see below) that Cindy sent me. I didn’t use silk as the background, which would have been a better choice simply because so many satin-like polyesters are difficult to work with.

Quilt I used as a template for my own - Artist unknown - but thanks!

Quilt I used as a template for my own – Artist unknown

Commemorative Tie Quilt for Retired Computer Teacher

Tie Quilt featuring retired computer teacher's ties

Tie Quilt featuring retired computer teacher’s ties

Over 100 ties collected by a retired computer teacher went into this 52 x 70 inch wall hanging. It was a fitting way to honor John Schaap’s career as a teacher.

Bed-sized Tie Quilt

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The quilt displayed above was made from a retired grammar school teacher’s lifetime collection of 55 ties. Each tie was remarkable: distinctive, brightly colored and designed to delight any grammar school kid. This teachers wore a tie to work every day and his pupils often added to the collection.  He chose the Dresden Plate pattern to display the ties, and I chose primary colors as background due to the bright and colorful nature of the ties.

If you have a bunch of ties that you have stashed away but that have meaning for you, please contact me and let’s discuss what we could make with them.

Bereavement Tie Quilt – Small Wall Hanging – Silk and Satin Background

Bereavement Tie Quilt - Lee's Tribute to Jack

Bereavement Tie Quilt – Lee’s Tribute to Jack

The tie quilt above was made as a wall hanging for my friend Lee, a poignant tribute to her husband Jack.  I used the familiar Dresden fan pattern (blades not petals).  Each tie was used four times. Few realize how much material is in a tie. As you can see, there was still plenty of material left over to make an insert of tie bits in the border design. Only 14 ties were used to make this lush quilt. Both satin and silk were used in the background and in the border.

Tie Quilt – Landscape/Collage

Bereavement Tie Wall Hanging - Elana's Landscape/ Collage

Bereavement Tie Wall Hanging – Elana’s Boston Landscape/ Collage

Elana took a leap of faith when she commissioned me to make a large wall hanging (approx. 60 x 53 inches) using her dad’s gorgeous ties. Her dad was a civil engineer in Boston who had worked on the MIT Dome. Using pictures she sent me, I portrayed the Boston skyline, the MIT dome, and the childhood home in Boston. I used silk for the sky, clouds, water, grass and some of the trees, but the rest all came from ties. Below is the picture of the Boston skyline that I followed.

Photo of the Boston skyline

Photo of the Boston skyline

Bereavement Tie Quilt – Small Wall Hanging

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Bereavement Tie Quilt – Small Wall Hanging – Pinwheel Design

When someone commissions a quilt, they either choose or approve of the pattern. Elana’s mother chose the pinwheel pattern for the wall hanging above, which uses the same ties as I used in the landscape/collage previously shown. As can be seen, a pinwheel pattern calls for varying shades so that each tie can stand out. Bereavement tie quilts are very meaningful as they evoke so many great memories. But they can also be enjoyed for their beauty alone.

Bereavement Tie Quilt – Medium-sized Wall Hanging

Bereavement Tie Quilt - Also Using Two Shirts

Bereavement Tie Quilt Using Two Shirts in Background and Borders

Jennifer had me make this quilt for her mother made from her dad’s ties and two shirts. I used a blue shirt as the background in the Dresden plate wall hanging and the two alternating stripes (red and grey) in the border. I used the one light colored tie to rim and set off the centerpiece.Only fourteen ties were used in this quilt.

Crazy Tie Quilt

The patchwork for a tie quilt using the crazy quilt pattern

The patchwork for a tie quilt using the crazy quilt pattern

I was commissioned to make only the patchwork, as Sande wanted to finish the quilt herself. If you look carefully you can see that I actually used blocks with preset pieces (which I got from a software program). The overall look, however, is of a random selection of bits and pieces. This was a combination bereavement/collection quilt, combining ties from a lost son and a retired father. Sande later finished the quilt and made a lovely memorable art piece which she gave to her daughter.

Bereavement Tie Throw – Wedding Gift for Daughter

Bereavement Tie Throw - Wedding Gift for Daughter

Bereavement Tie Throw – Wedding Gift for Daughter

This tie quilt is a small throw made using a father’s ties, a gift from a mother to her daughter on her wedding day. The red background is from a red silk dress of the mothers. In the center of the quilt is a phrase from a poem written by the daughter to honor her father.

Ties Used in a Bereavement Quilt along with other Clothes

Ties used in a Traditional Bereavement Quilt

Ties used in a Traditional Bereavement Quilt

Sarah sent me 54 shirts and three ties to include in a bereavement quilt for her mother. I used the ties in the centerpiece to frame a favorite poem.

Tie used in Block of Story Quilt

Tie used in Block of Story Quilt

I made a Bereavement Quilt for Tracy which was made up of blocks that told a story. I used her father’s clothes throughout, including a red striped tie which is used to represent a parking lot outside the church where Tracy is getting married.