Bow Ties are Cool (Retiring the Ties pattern)





XXX yards of thread in the quilting

XXX pieces, Intermediate difficulty


I actually plan to make this one using a lot of my Dad’s old silk ties. Some of the patterns and things are so neat, I want to preserve them! Pattern from QuiltMaker Magazine Spring 2008.


I’ve been thinking about this quilt and collecting ties for it. First off, I want the whole quilt bigger. I also want the blocks bigger so I don’t loose part of the pattern of the long ties in some cases. Since some are skinny and some are fat, I think I will piece the top and then applique the main body of the long ties retaining thier character as “Mad Men” ties or wide ties or whatever they actually are.

I’ve been debating using “copies” of the ties instead of the actual tie as some of these are fabulous… but then I would loose the character of the fabrics so I don’t think I will- I think I will use the actual tie.

At the four corners, I want to put in peek-a-boo images… possibly other places along the border as well- depending on how many peek-a-boos I end up with. I think these should be covered with tie ends-left lined and all- sewn down on one or two sides so that they can be lifted and the peek-a-boo image can be seen. This will retain the ‘hidden’ quality of the images.

8 Responses to Bow Ties are Cool (Retiring the Ties pattern)

  1. Cheronne Smith says:

    Would love to make this quilt. Can you tell me how to acquire the complete pattern? Thanks!

    • wren08 says:

      It was in a magazine called “Quiltmaker” , the Spring 2008 issue and they may still have that back issue for sale at or you could look for a copy on Etsy or Ebay. There’s not much more to the pattern than I scanned, however. The pattern above is as much as they gave so I don’t know why you couldn’t print off that picture file and use it for free.

  2. M Seabaugh says:

    Have made two of these as gifts using ties and shirts worn by the young peoples grandfather. Plan to make several more as memory gifts for a dear lady in my church..

  3. Stefanie says:

    This is an amazing quilt. I’m going to try to make it for my SIL who lost her daddy recently. Have you made it yet? I would love to see a picture! Do you have any idea what the “fold line” is on the pattern? I can’t figure it out and I can’t find the pattern or magazine on ebay or etsy. Heck, I can’t even find a tie paper piecing pattern on etsy. How can that be?? Thanks!

    • wren08 says:

      As I understand it, the “fold line” is just that. You cut the tie fabric long enough to fold on itself right there- basically a single pleat- to make it look as though there is a knot under the collar. Cut it by the pattern above and then bring the line marked “fold” up to the solid line and either pin or stitch down until you have stitched down the sides to secure it in place. I have the whole pattern (I haven’t made it yet) and it doesn’t really tell much more than this.

      One resource you might try is Marsha Haun’s Quilter’s Cache. I swear she has every pattern in the world.

  4. Lynette says:

    I am trying to locate this pattern and not having any success. Can someone tell me how big the block is? I would really like the directions.

    • wren08 says:

      I think you can make it as large or small as you want. Save the pattern to you computer and set the seam allowance so it measures a quarter inch when it’s at 100 percent and then print it out, If you need a different size, you can enlarge or reduce it before printing.

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