• 19Jun

    Last summer, we had such fun making a Nine-Patch block everyday.  Well, summer is upon us again.  This summer, let’s do Bow Tie blocks! These are soooo simple.  It’s basically a four-patch.  What could be easier?!?

    I’ve set up a Facebook page so you can share your progress, post photos and get more ideas on what to do with your blocks.  CLICK HERE to become a fan!

    Now for a quick tutorial for a 6″ Bow Tie block

    For each block you will need:

    1) 3-1/2″ x 7″ light fabric

    1) 3-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ dark fabric

    Cut the light fabric into 2) 3-1/2″ squares.

    Cut the dark fabric into 2) 3-1/2″ squares and 2) 1-1/2″ squares.

    Put the two small dark squares on a corner of the light squares.

    Sew diagonally from corner to corner on the dark squares.  These are so small, you don’t really need to mark them.  If you’re not comfortable eyeballing them, you can finger press the small squares in half and sew down the crease.

    Trim 1/4″ away from the stitching.

    Press the little dark squares over.  Now, all you have to do is piece your four-patch!

    Stitch along the vertical seams.  Press toward the dark fabric.

    Join the horizontal seams and you’re done!

    I do like to press the last seam open to reduce bulk in the center.

    If you want to make 3″ finished blocks, cut your “large” squares 2″ and your “small” squares 1″.  In fact, you might want to make some of both sizes.  They can be very cute in the same quilt!

30 Responses

  • Peggy Aront Says:

    I love bowtie blocks!

  • Cathy Hutchinson Says:

    I’ve never made a bowtie block and this looks like a great way to make some. Thank you for the summer challenge, I’ve followed the progress of the challenges from the last two summers and this year I’m going to give it a go!!

  • Joan Stoltz Says:

    I love that idea, and have all that new 30′s fabric I just bought. We also need baby quilts for September for guild, so this will get me started. Thanks for a good idea.

  • Marsha M Says:

    KAren- camping near Moses lake until tomorrow, but will start the bow tie Tuesday. I love this idea, thanks so much.

  • Margie Says:

    Sounds like a good way to make blocks for a quilt for kids quilt. Count me in and thanks for the idea

  • Judy Walker Says:

    I think that this is a very good idea. I’m going to attempt it. Let’s see if it will happen.

  • Kim Plohocky Says:

    What a great idea! I think I can squeeze 1 block in each day. I’ve always liked the bow tie pattern and have wanted to make a quilt with this pattern. I think this will get me going, count me in too!

  • Karen Says:


  • Kathy R Says:

    Great challenge, hope I can keep up! Have always wanted to do a bow tie quilt. Great way to use up scraps too.

  • Glennys S Says:

    Love this idea. Need very badly to reduce my stash and also make some charity quilts. Will get started tomorrow.

  • Mary Woodriff Says:

    Sounds like fun.

  • LuAnn Says:

    Great, easy tutorial. I can see these done in all sorts of scraps with both sizes in the same quilt and twisting the blocks would create a nice pattern.

  • Maggie H-V Says:

    Love it, so easy and I have 2 great grand babies coming up
    to make it for.

  • Kathy L Says:

    This sounds like a fun way to use up some of the stash I was gifted – and then donate the finished project.



  • Ellena Knobel Says:

    This is so much fun! Vacuum, duster and all household chores are put aside until tomorrow. Good idea? Ellena

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  • Lynn Billingham Says:

    I can’t wait to add this to my summer projects and use the variety of material I have collected over the years.

  • rosa Says:

    I never made a bow tie block and your tutorial looks great and easy to sew.Thanks.

  • wendy d Says:

    this is just darling=what a great way to do the Bow-Tie
    I am always looking for easy patterns for my “Blockes for the
    Brave group”. We make quilts for our wounded soldiers

  • Aniza Says:

    Excellent idea.. One bow tie block a day!!

  • Betty Lou Says:

    I love Bow Ties, one of my favorite blocks. Count me in, I will go over and open up a Facebook account later today.

  • Sharon Yeager Says:

    I am so happy I found this. I’m going to join in and get busy. I love bow tie blocks and the tiny ones even more.
    Thanks for hosting this.

  • Sandi Says:

    This is a great tutorial for a block that makes a fun quilt. I have a vintage bow tie quilt (likely from the 1940′s) and had it for some time before I noticed that one of the bow ties is turned a different direction. I noticed it when I took a photo from afar. Up close, I couldn’t see it. I think I’ll try this because even if I don’t get a block made every day, whatever I make can be anything from a tablerunner to a lap quilt! Thanks for sharing!

  • wendy d Says:

    Karen–I am making the bow-tie blocks
    they are in red and blue fabrics and the bow-tie is
    white and I am making them bigger for alittle faster results
    Wendy Dillon

  • Bunny Says:

    I would love to do this since I have some bow-tie blocks made from last year and never did anything with them. Maybe with what I have it will bring me up to date with everyone else. How do I join. Never did this before.

  • kathy Says:

    I have a collection of beautiful strips that I would love to use in the bow tie but they are 2 3/4″ wide. Any suggestions on what size to cut the other pieces.

  • Karen Says:

    Kathy, You’ll need to cut your squares at 2-1/4″ (both the print and the background). For the sew-and-flip squares, cut them at 1-1/4″ and everything should turn out fine!

  • Karen Says:

    This is a timely pattern, My husband passed away last May, I kept his ties, & thought if I could ever find an easy pattern, I’d make a quilt for each of the kids. Maybe one for me too. Thanks

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