What was your inspiration? I had a stock of men's shirts from thrift stores that were left over from another quilt. I wanted to use some of them up and get them out of my 'stash'. (to make room for more) This was the perfect quilt pattern to use. The boy tie pattern is masculine, and the plaids and shirtings are crisp and clean looking. The quilt is machine quilted and has a polyester batting (which I have had around for years). I much prefer cotton batting, but this quilt was about using up 'stuff' I had on hand.