Depending on your fabric choices, this block can have an elegantly modern look. I chose not to make any changes in the layout because I love the simplicity of this block. Plus, it gives me a great chance to show off some beautiful fabrics!
2 contrasting fabrics (one for the bow tie and one for the background)
Step 1 - Cut fabric as follows.
Fabric A (bowtie): cut two 6.5"x6.5", cut two 3"x3"
Fabric B (background): cut two 6.5"x6.5"
Use a marking pencil to draw a diagonal line from corner to corner in both 3"x3" squares. Make sure your fabric edge is aligned with the 45 degree mark on your ruler.
Pin each 3"x3" square to a contrasting 6.5"x6.5" square. Be precise! Then, sew along your marked line. Carefully cut off excess fabric and press seams open. These blocks create the "knot" of the bow tie.
Sew each "knot" square to your remaining 6.5"x6.5" squares. Alternate the layout (you know, so it looks like a bow tie). Press seams away from the "knot" blocks.
Pin your two rows together, matching seams by bumping the seam allowances together the same way you did when you made your Nine Patch block. Sew. Then, press!
Ta-da! You're done. Easy and gorgeous! Maybe we should make an entire quilt out of these...