Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bow Tie Block

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!


Cutting tools
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"


Step 2
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.


Step 3
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.



Step 4
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.


Step 5
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!

Step 6
Ta-da! You're done. Easy and gorgeous! Maybe we should make an entire quilt out of these...

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