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My mother's husband passed away earlier this year.  He lived a full life.  I wanted to sew a quilt from his neckties for his daughter.

My mother provided 16 ties and I decided upon the pinwheel pattern - using a light grey oxford cloth for the background as it reminded me of his shirts.

The bias of the ties presented a bit of a challenge, but using a batiste from The Stash as interfacing for the silk ties solved that problem.


Every other pinwheel "wing" is pieced, using foundation piecing (which helped even more with the bias.)  It seems like ties should have more usable fabric than they did.  But the narrow bias pieces worked well in the pieced wings.

The wings were created using the half square triangle (HST) method, which I would recommend for any project using triangles!

I used a commercially available 4" square and actually drew a square on the back of the HSTs.  I konw drawing on fabric is a quilting faux pas, but it really does make lining up the corners sooooo much easier and soooo much more accurate!

There is tutorial on The Destashification Project.  The quilt top is waiting for the Long Arm Quilter to work her magic!

See it on C&T Publishing, Inc.

"Tie Died"

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what a great idea, I'm sure his daughter was very happy to receive such a wonderful gift.

Thank you

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