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Necktie quilt instructions three

Making a necktie quilt is very popular and I get quite a few questions about it so I thought I’d write another post to answer some of them.

Neckties for the quilt

  1. The pattern I used to demonstrate making a tie quilt is called a Dresden Plate and its been around for about a hundred years.   The Dresden Plate pattern is an applique pattern.  Applique is sewn to a background fabric.  A Grandmother’s fan pattern is created by using just portions of the Dresden Plate pattern.
  2. To make a Dresden Plate you will need either a wedge template ruler or to make your own paper template.  I wrote a post on how to draft your own paper wedge template.  HERE
  3. The most popular tie pattern for beginners seems to be the one large plate in the center with a partial plate in each corner.  For that design you need one large piece of background fabric in the size you wish your finished quilt to be.  You can piece the background or you can buy “wide backing” or you could use a bed sheet.  Make your plate in your chosen size to fit the background and applique it on.
  4. The finished size of your plate is twice the size of your template plus an inch for the hole in the center.  Let’s say you want to make a 12 inch plate.  Your template should be 5 1/2 inches.  A 10 inch plate uses 4 1/2 inch templates.  Etc.  But, this is variable according to what template you use.
  5. For best results you should open the ties and remove the padding and then iron them flat.  Yes, you could make a tie quilt without doing that but it is very difficult because ties come in various sizes and thickness.  Its difficult to make a complete and flat circle.
  6. Once the ties are opened and ironed flat its no longer ties but simply a bunch of odd shaped scrap fabrics ready to be cut into quilt pieces.
  7.  When ties are manufactured the fabric is cut on the bias so it will lay flat around a neck.  Bias fabric is stretchy and difficult to work with unless you stabilize it before cutting and sewing quilt pieces.  I use an iron on stabilizer like what is used in shirt collars and cuffs.  It has glue dots on only one side and does not come attached to paper.  Do not confuse it with a product made from glue  like wonder under.  Its not the same thing.  A stabilizer prevents a stretchy fabric from being stretchy.  Glue sticks things together.  Stabilizer = no paper.  Glue = paper.
  8. There are many, many quilt layout patterns for the Dresden Plate or the Grandmother’s fan if you want to work with smaller pieces.
  9. In the past I’ve told about washing the ties before I take them apart.  If you are sure about your ties origin and the age this is not necessary. The ties I use come from a thrift store and could possibly be very old or have dry rot.  I am also wary about carrying hidden little creatures home from a thrift store.  As soon as I come through the door the ties go into the washer.   I want to be sure the fabric does not come apart when the finished quilt is washed.  I make all my quilts to be washable by the new owner.  It would be devastating to make a large quilt only to have some of the pieces of the quilt disintegrate in the washer.
  10. Several questions and answers can be found in the comment section of the necktie posts.  If you don’t find what you are looking for please put your question in the comments.  That way it will be there for anyone with the same question in the future.  If I don’t answer right away please don’t get discouraged.  I’ll answer as soon as I’m able.

Pellon feather weight iron in stabilizer


This entry was posted on February 1, 2018 by in Necktie quilt questions, QUILT PIECING.
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