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The Bowtie Quilt Block

 

 

picture of a grouping of bowtie quilt blocks

 

 

This is a fun quilt block to make, and very easy.  It is all squares, with two small half square triangles in each block.

 

the grids of the bowtie quilt blockThis is a very old quilt block.  You can find it in a lot of vintage quilts.  As you can see from the picture at the left, this is a 4-patch quilt block, so there are a lot of blocks that look good with it.  However, this block also looks good all by itself, as in the traditional layout at the top and bottom of the page.

 

The look of the bowtie is made by placing a small square at the corners of two of the four squares in this block.  Then, using the snowball method, you sew across the small squares diagonally and pull them back. 

 

The block at the top of the page shows the grid lines if some of the large squares were divided into 4-patch blocks.  However, the traditional bowtie block is not subdivided, and looks like the picture at the bottom of the page.

 

Sew your small squares on first and press them back.  Then sew the four squares together per the pictures, and you have your block.

 

In the picture below, the small squares were made from squares of solid fabric, and placed on the plaid fabric.  At first I thought the quilt would be cuter if the "ties" were plaid.  However, after sewing one block, I could see I didn't like the look.  The lines in the plaid turned in different directions and I found the look too "busy."

 

I have, however, seen it done both ways.  It is a personal preference.  Some people like their plaids perfectly straight.  Other quilters don't mind if they are "whimsically off-center." 

 

Again, this is an easy block, and one great for beginners or teaching children to quilt.


 

picture of a bowtie quilt

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quilt Sizes

 

Miniature      <36"
   
Wall Hanging any size
   
Baby

36x36 up to 52x52

   
Lap

52-68 x 52-78

   
Twin

64-72 x 86-96

   
Full

70-88 x 88-100

   
Queen

88-99 x 94-108

   
King

94-108 x 94-108

 

Pre-cut Quilt Squares

 

4-Patch

Many beginning quilters like to buy quilt pre-cut quilt squares. While it is convenient, be aware you will need a lot of them. Here is approx how many 4-inch squares you need for the following size quilts without borders.

 

Crib 168
 
Twin 529
 
Double 624
 
Queen 728

 

 

 HOW TO ASSEMBLE YOUR QUILT 

 
Backing
 
Batting
 
Binding
 
Borders and Sashing
 
Pinning the Layers
 
Quilting Your Project

 

 

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