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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Classic
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What materials did you use? Men's neckties and 100% cotton fabric with 100% Warm & White cotton batting

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What are you most proud of? That I was able to do it for him. Also at the time I made this quilt, beginning in October, 2000, I was the Franklin County Extension Homemaker county president, and was asked to help with the state fair. I was fortunate (and thrilled) to help hang my winning quilt in the Best Of Show display after the judging.. Ida & Lorene were part of the Altus EH club and are shown in the photo "putting the quilt up" and getting ready for the hand quilting group to begin. Their quilting work proceeds were donated. Their frame was set up in the Altus Heritage Museum building in downtown Altus.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? If you need ties to begin a tie quilt try the local Good Will stores. I found most of my ties there in Ft Smith, AR. They have them by the box-full.

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What is the size of each block?

01/02/2014 Flag

Instructions for family ties quilt

01/02/2014 Flag

I didn't have a pattern to go by. I just started using a wedge template to make the plates, using a fabric glue stick to hold the tips in place I then centered them and hand appliqued them to the blocks, then cut the block fabric out beneath them to eliminate bulk. The outside border is just bow ties. I backed all the tie material with featherweight interfacing in order to stabilize it and be able to cut out the pieces without fear of a bias stretch (ties are made on the bias of the fabric) I made it up as I went along. I hope this helps a little.

01/03/2014 Flag

What is the shape or design of the white center of each block

01/20/2014 Flag

They are elongated diamond shapes. I interfaced them with featherweight interfacing, then turned them so that the sticky side of the interfacing could be ironed on to the block fabric to hold them in place, then appliqued them on. Hope this makes sense

01/24/2014 Flag

I would like to add that my husband, John, and Dave's dad, died in a truck accident in Oklahoma 5 months after Dave's wedding photo was taken in Nebraska, in 1980. I made the suit for John that he is wearing in the photo. As I recall this is the last day they were ever together. Dave lived in Nebraska and we lived in Arkansas. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Wilbourn&GSfn=John&GSmn=Dave&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=15536076&df=all&

05/26/2014 Flag