The pattern is from The Quiltmaker magazine called “Retired Ties” and is foundation pieced. I enlarged the pattern 200% to accept the large scenes on the ties. The shirts in each block were accumulated from many visits to local Thrift Shops (because my husband has retired and given away most of the shirts that he wore with these ties)! Several of the blocks are embellished with the collar buttons from the actual shirts. The quilt is machine quilted by Gina Sue Comenzind of Precision Quilting with a variegated pastel thread.
After retiring from 20 years in the military my husband taught 5th grade for 9 years. He wore a dress shirt and tie every day to class and what do you give a male teacher for birthday/Christmas gifts but a character tie. By the time he left the classroom he had 80 Bugs Bunny/Taz/Disney ties. I finally found a pattern in The Quiltmaker magazine called “Retired Ties”. Of course I lost the pattern for several years and fortunately the magazine re-published it in 2008 and this time I put it in a safe place until I could find the time to work with it! I also had to search out oxford clothe shirts to match the ones he wore with these ties. His classroom nickname was “TAZ” so consequently most of the ties have a Taz theme.