Saturday, November 5, 2011

Bow Tie Block Tutorial

Good Morning!
I've had a few questions about how I made the bow tie blocks for these two quilts, so here's a little tutorial going over how I made them.
bowtie block - fabrics
above: Here's what I started out with for the quilts.
If you want to make yours the same size as mine (7 blocks by 8 blocks), you'll need printed fabrics for 56 blocks. Most of the time, I cut enough printed fabric for two blocks of the same print for each quilt. Using one 4" x 44" strip of printed fabric, you can cut 8 - 4" squares and 8 - 2" squares (enough for 4 blocks).  Each quilt used 1 3/8 yd. of white fabric cut into 4" squares (you'll need 112 squares).
bowtie block - a
For each bow tie block, you're going to need 2 - 4" white squares, 2 - 4" printed squares and 2 - 2" printed squares.
bowtie block - b
Place the 2" printed squares in a corner of your white square, right sides together as shown.
bowtie block - c
Stitch on the diagonal as shown. I like to add a piece of tape on my machine to show me where to line up the point of the square. That way I don't have to draw a diagonal line on each of the 2" squares. That saves a lot of time, and I've found it to work great!
bowtie block - d
Press the 2" square out and trim off the seam allowance on the printed fabric. I leave the white fabric in place as it helps to keep that piece "square" and provides a little more support for that small piece of fabric.
bowtie block - e
Now, stitch the top 2 and bottom 2 pieces together. Press your seams toward the patterned fabric. Then stitch your bottom and top sections together. I pressed that seam open to help reduce the bulk of fabric.
bowtie block - f
And here you have your bow tie block all finished! Each block should measure 7.5" square.
Bowtie Quilts
Here's the quilts that I made with the bow tie (or bowtie... I've seen it spelled both ways) block. There's so many different ways you can layout this block and make different designs.
I hope this helps those out who were asking about these quilts! Please let me know if you have any more questions, I'll try to help you out.


Terri said...

I love how simple this looks when you break it down. Great for those who are worries about point matching all the time like me. Thanks for the tute. :) You did a great job!

Amy said...

Thanks for the tutorial and the different layout ideas!

Dolores said...

Thanks for your tutorial. My next quilt is going to be a bow tie and you've saved me all the trouble of looking for a pattern/tutorial. I'm thinking of making my blocks a little bit bigger though.


~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

Very helpful....I just need to get up the courage to make one now! I made a pillow -- similar to your fall pillow -- last week, so I'm getting there.

Jeff said...

Thanks so much for posting this!! I've admired the ones you made, and was planning on using this block for a quillow. You've made my planning that much easier!!

Karen said...

Thanks Jessica. Your quilts are just lovely.

Chrystal said...

So I finally made a quilt using this block. I was going to make a quillow with it but am going to leave it as just a throw size quilt for a toddler. And I used tan (almost brown-paper-bag tan!) instead of white. Anyways, I really love it and wanted to say thanks, as my inspiration really came from seeing your quilts!

Anonymous said...

Thank You so much I have looked and looked for this pattern, this was the pattern my Grandmother,started me out on when I was about twelve, she passed away before it was finished,and one of my aunts got it I have always wanted to make it,your information made my day thank you so very much!!


Very Very Lovely and Great Instructions. Keep up the Great Work in showing us how to make things. Thanks so much. Love your Work. Also Very Pretty Ladies and Gorgeous Smiles..

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