Retiring the Ties

posted by mikforeman
Wed, Nov 3 2010

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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.



Joan L. wrote re: Retiring the Ties
on Wed, Nov 3 2010 6:57 PM

Too cute. I like the bow ties in the borders. Joan

gini wrote re: Retiring the Ties
on Thu, Nov 4 2010 11:05 PM

great quilt,  love the bow ties in the border

Nana wrote re: Retiring the Ties
on Thu, Nov 11 2010 9:45 PM

Awesome quilt.  I love the ties and the bowties in the border.   Great job.

Terry wrote re: Retiring the Ties
on Sat, Nov 20 2010 7:47 PM

This is such a cute and unique way of remembering the past and using it for the future.  What a great idea and a blue ribbon - congratulations - Terry

Marge (AKA Dimples) wrote re: Retiring the Ties
on Tue, May 31 2011 5:45 PM

Great quilt.  Congratulations on your ribbon!

Susie wrote re: Retiring the Ties
on Fri, Jun 22 2012 1:45 PM

That is awesome!  I'm going to have to flag it...I have some of my great uncle's ties from the 70s that I would love to do something with....just sitting in a bag until I found the right use for them.  I think this will be it.

Congrats on the ribbon!

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