How to Make a Tie Quilt with String Blocks

If you have any old ties that are destined to end up in the charity box, consider using them for your quilting instead. In this video, Cindy Hathaway discusses how to make a tie quilt by making string quilt blocks out of ties that she purchased some from a thrift store. You can also use old ties that your father might have.

Download free instructions for making string quilt blocks from ties.

For more quilting inspiration and 13 FREE gifts subscribe to Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine!


  1. Hello – There is a patriotic quilt behind the demonstrator in this video (http://video.fonsandporter.com/videos/string-blocks-from-ties/). I was wondering what pattern it is. Love it!!!

    Thank you,

    Marie Abernathy, 2 years ago Reply

    • This was called the Three tours quilt. It was made by Tony Jacobson. It is featured in the Mar/Apl 2012 of Love fo Quilting.

      tbond, 2 years ago Reply

  2. Ties, yes I have about 9000. I use them extensively. Listen to what I have to say. If you start at the small end, and you know how to remove chain stitching, you can take them apart in seconds. The lined ends are also chain stitched and the ends can be removed in seconds also. WASH them before you use them (put them in zipped laundry bags) so the old rayon ones that are going to fall apart will not be part of your quilt. I had an old rayon one come out of the laundry with only the stitching left along with some fibers. This tie would have been in your quilt and extensive work would be required to remove and replace it. A stabilizer can be added to the tie fabric before working with them. I find that the stabilizer is generally not necessary. I hope this will eliminate a LOT of time in tearing them apart before you use them.

    Bobbie Johnson, 2 years ago Reply

  3. v
    Several years ago I made a quarter fan design quilt for the annual cancer fund Relay for Life from ties donated by men in the community. The quilt was sponsored by the nursing home where my mom resided. Inscriptions honToring cancer patients (living or deceased) were purchased at a posted rate and embroidered on each block by a local quilt shop that also donated the quilting of the finished product. It was beautiful and netted approximately 2400.00 including raffle tickets.

    Julia House, 2 years ago Reply

  4. I would like to know if you put a backing on the tie quilt.

    Would it be possible to put batting between the foundation square and the tie strips as you sew the strips on the foundation square?

    Joyce, 2 years ago Reply

  5. beautiful patriotic quilt nicely done The other one you have hanging is gorgeous

    nicole, 1 year ago Reply

  6. I’m having trouble with them raveling when I am squaring up the finished blocks. Is there something I can use to help prevent this? The fibers seem to stick to the cutting surface and when I pick the block up it ravels.

    Sandra Wright, 5 months ago Reply

Post Your Comment

Connect With Us

Sign up for our newsletter and stay up to date with everything from Fons & Porter, including tips, tricks and updates on new video releases.

Or find us online and stay in touch: