As I'm trying to organize my quilting area a bit better, I come across some projects that are "haunting" me. A bag of ties that I received from my Mother who received them from my Uncle who has now passed is one of these projects. So these ties are pretty special and also quite beautiful as they are all florals which I am particular to. I also happen to know that some of our members are "collectors" of ties and maybe this should be the year to do something with them. I just happened to see a Sewing With Nancy segment where they made a very beautiful belt out of two ties. It seemed like a great idea but I have no waist so not so good. But for you slimmer gals, it would be worth looking up. Here is a link with a picture of that pretty belt.
Anita's piecing and quilting tutorials also shows a very detailed way of washing, taking them apart and using them in quilts. I hadn't really thought about washing them but I think it's probably a good idea. After looking my ties over, they are all silk and really nice. I wouldn't want them to shrink once they were in my quilts. If you scroll down this page, you will see a beautiful blue and green silk tie quilt. My sister made a skirt out of ties, similar to this example, for her daughters.
This example reminds me of stained glass. For a different layout of a Dresden style quilt, try this. I never would have thought of an apron but it's quite lovely. This New York Beauty is not for the faint of heart but oh so nice. Here is a cute one on Cindy Blackberg's site.
Would you ever throw a tie scrap away or just one lonely tie? Heck no so Melissa from Polka Dot Chair will help you with that. These would be nice gifts for guys and those are hard to find for sewing. Hope these will inspire you to drag out that bag (or two or three) of ties and get using them. Diana