Linda gathered over 300 ties from her husband, friends, garage sales, and consignment shops. Ties donated by friends are machine embroidered with her friends' names on them. Linda had enough ties for a queen size quilt and a couch throw. With the leftovers, she is thinking of making a vest or some other clothing piece.
She cut the ties into strips and played with the colors until she got color schemes she liked. She then machine stitched the strips together using the Log Cabin quilt design pattern. A generous use of white silk in between the individual blocks helps to give the quilt a light, airy look.
The pointed ends of the ties were used to border the quilt. For the backing, Linda used a plain black satin piece. She then tied the quilt together instead of machine stitching or hand-quilting.
The result was an elegant, rich looking quilt with the luxury of silk but for only a fraction of the cost. You might want to try this project yourself or donate your husband's ugly and outdated ties to a handy friend to use for her next sewing project.