So, I learned from my friend Shelly’s website that a Necktie Social was a Old West cowboy term for a public execution by hanging (gulp.). But it could also be used literally, referring to a social event where neckties were donated to be auctioned off for charity. Shelly hosted a modern necktie social, you can read more about it here.
When I made the Suits Me Just Fine Quilt as a commission this summer, my client and I discussed making a quilt from her father-in-law’s ties as well. Even though she decided to hold off on the necktie project for right now, I thought I’d share some of the inspiration quilts I found online. It’s amazing what quilter’s have created with these discarded, or left behind, items of clothing. I say left behind, because many times these are created in memory of the loved one who used to wear them.
This first one has the most creative border… more about it here, including the source for the pattern she used:
This fan quilt is a clever way of taking advantage of the natural shape of a necktie. Made by Pat of Bird Nest on the Ground. She added some great details to it, and the quilt honors a generous friend who is no longer here.
The one above, with the stars, is called Memories of David, and the one below is His Ties, both made in memory of someone special, and found here. She fussy cut two ties with special meaning, which form the two dark stars. What a great tribute:
The patchwork pillows were also made by Terry, of Quilted With TLC–what a great idea to use up the extra neckties or make a smaller project with fewer ties!
Have you seen other clever ideas for re-using neckties? I’d love to hear your ideas…
and…there is still time to get in on my Aurifil Giveaway!