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Heirloom Ties by suedollinQuilts Heirloom Ties by suedollinQuilts
60" x 77" (150cm x 200cm)
Every patchworker I know collects mens ties. You'd be mad if you didn't. The fabrics and patterns are so rich, colourful and interesting.

I designed this quilt to use up the 60 or so ties I had. However, once people knew I was making this I was given more and more ties. Sometimes they just turned up on my door step unannounced. Well, they've gone to a good home. I probably have enough ties to make 15 quilts! One day I will design another tie quilt.

I combined a Dresden Plate block with tons of hand embroidery. I hadn't done any embroidery since I was in primary school, so I rediscovered the beauty and variety of hand made stitches.
I grouped the colours to make the design less scrappy looking. That way I could enhance the colours by matching the embroidery threads. The buttons were collected from friends and family.

Not an ounce of cotton is in the quilt top, it is mostly made from 2nd hand or recycled materials. Dupion Silk, taffeta, silk and synthetic ties, various types of embroidery threads and silk ribbon.
The quilt is tied through the buttons and in other places within each block. No machine or hand quilting.

To compliment the recycling theme of the quilt, I used a second hand woollen blanket for the batting.

Pattern available. Please email me for details.
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:icongwasylowich:
Gwasylowich Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017
Hi there. I have been looking for a pattern for some time for neck ties. Please could I get this from you it's absolutely beautiful. I'm making a meraorabl quilt for a young lady from her deceased father.
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Marzipan4Me Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017
Lovely quilt! It has a decidedly modern feel to it, and the non-cotton materials give such an intense, rich color.
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tennisgal79 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017
This is truly a beautiful quilt!  I have all of my Dad's old ties once he passed away--I would love to have this pattern in order to use them!  How can I get this pattern?
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ginbrennan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017
I would love this pattern. Several women in my community are making a quilt with ties donated by men in the community. We fell in love with your pattern. Please send me info.

Thanks, Ginny Brennan
ginbrennan@gmail.com
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:iconkarenstocksett:
Karenstocksett Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016
I would like to order this pattern. It is beautiful.
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:iconbabydocj:
BabyDocJ Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this quilt. I have been wanting to do something similar, but my skills are not at this level yet!
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SandyW1 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
Good evening I love this quilt I had hand sewed a Sampler quilt queen size but several years ago it was stolen in a robbery, I have now decided it is time to make another one but do not want to make the same design.  I would appreciate if I could have the pattern for this.  I live in Western Australian email address sandra.wilks@bigpond.com.  regards Sandy Wilks
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:iconpakstadi:
pakstadi Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
A great idea! And amazingly beautiful!
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:iconsuedollinquilts:
suedollinQuilts Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015
Thank you :hug:
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:icontinywild:
TinyWild Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015
You're welcome! Aww Revamp-Kinda by Mirz123
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:iconglasslinger:
glasslinger Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is beautiful!The half circles remind me of wild turkey tails.Great job here..
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:iconsuedollinquilts:
suedollinQuilts Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015
Thanks :D
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gingeralsup Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
love this quilt...would love to get the pattern
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:icontinywild:
TinyWild Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
I love this collection of patterns! :dance:
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:iconsuedollinquilts:
suedollinQuilts Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015
Thank you :woohoo:
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ElenaPotemkina Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
!!!
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:iconsuedollinquilts:
suedollinQuilts Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
Thanks :wave:
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:iconkyrenacarren:
kyrenacarren Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
Love this quilt. How much is the pattern please if it's still available
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:iconsuedollinquilts:
suedollinQuilts Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
Hi Kyren, thanks for the interest in this quilt. I do have a pattern available. $20 would cover the pattern plus postage within Australia.
The pattern has full instructions and all the designs for the embroidery.
Please note me if you want to purchase the pattern.
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:icontackon:
Tackon Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
I cannot even imagine how long this took!
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:iconsuedollinquilts:
suedollinQuilts Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
About a year, on and off. It was a pleasure to work on.
Thanks for looking :bounce:
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:iconmarmalade-moon:
marmalade-moon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
This is so neat. The layering you did almost makes it look 3D!
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DelaneyLaFae Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
I featured this in my journal, if you don't mind. :D
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:icondoubtful-della:
Doubtful-Della Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Professional Photographer
This has been featured in my news article: Recycle: Buttons
Thank you for sharing your art with the world
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:iconamazonlea:
amazonlea Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
One more question... I don't see the measurements on this. How big is it?
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:iconsuedollinquilts:
suedollinQuilts Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
At a guess about 64" x 80". Big enough! ;p
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amazonlea Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The colors are gorgeous, and the embroidery is perfectly matched. Again, wow!
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:iconsuedollinquilts:
suedollinQuilts Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
Thank you :D
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:iconshadayim:
Shadayim Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008
WOW! That is amazing!
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:iconsuedollinquilts:
suedollinQuilts Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008
Thanks for your lovely comment and fave. :D
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:iconrobinrain:
robinrain Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
Wow! I admire your work.
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suedollinQuilts Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
Thats very sweet of you to say so. Thank you. :)
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eerieturnip Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
absolutly stunning. i recently went through a bout of recycled tie stuff, waistcoat etc. nothing as special as this. clearly a lot of time and effort gone into it, but it shows, its beautiful
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suedollinQuilts Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
Glad you like it. It was a lot of work, and your wonderful comments and fave make it worthwhile. :D
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Aspartam Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
That's a masterpiece, very harmonious and imaginative !
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suedollinQuilts Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
Thanks for the fave and great comments. :D
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sheepgobah621 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
beautiful! loooove all the details! must have taken you forever!!
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suedollinQuilts Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
Hi there, yes it took a while. Over a 12 month period, I think. I try not to focus on that, it would become a bit daunting.:D
Thanks for the fave and great comments.
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sheepgobah621 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
wow.....12 months....i think id pull all my hair out!
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:iconchugglepuff:
chugglepuff Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
You're so imaginative! I never thought you could make something this gorgeous from recycled ties! Wonderful details and colours. :)
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suedollinQuilts Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
I would love to take the credit for using men's ties, but its been done before. Lots of patchworkers and quilters save the ties to make this kind of quilt, but find it a little daunting. Just washing and unpicking them took an age.
The embroidery bit was my idea, it seemed to work well with the intricate patterns of the fabric and the black background.

Glad you like it. :D Thanks for the fave and the watch too. Very much appreciated.
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UrsulaPatch Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
I love the idea of using a Dresden Plate pattern with ties. The finished blocks make me think of tie displays in department stores. :)
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suedollinQuilts Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
Oh yes, I remember them. These days they seem to just hang them! Not nearly so interesting to look at.
Thanks for looking.
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parrotdolphin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, what a great quilt. I love all the detail shots too. All the different ties and buttons and all the embroidery - WOW!!
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suedollinQuilts Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Thanks for the fave and lovely comments Janet.
A labour of love, I really enjoyed getting back into the embroidery. A soothing thing to do because you have to go slow. Cheap therapy. :D
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parrotdolphin Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, therapy! I always thought playing with Apophysis was like that too. :)
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Osa-Art-Farm Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
I love your centers! Clever.

And you're so right! 200+ ties and 2 books later I still have not done the quilt.
gah!
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suedollinQuilts Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Yep, those boxes of ties left over and since adopted nag at me. Every now and then I go through the boxes, fondle the ties and go mmm, one day.
Waiting for new inspiration. GAH!

Thanks for liking my quilt.
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