Friday, January 22, 2016

Feb. 2016 - Scrappy Bow Ties!

Choose two fabrics for this classic block: one dark and one light. The contrast between the two can be high or low. The prints can be bold or quiet. A big variety will make a great quilt.

Cut 5 blocks: 3" x 3," as shown above. Cut one block on the diagonal (it can be a dark or a light).

Place the dark triangles on the light squares, by eye, as shown above. If you make the triangles too big, the bow tie will look chubby, so keep it smallish. The variations in all our blocks will add charm.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the long edge of the triangles, as shown below.

Press open, as shown above. Trim off the excess dark triangle fabric. You don't need to trim the light fabric that is behind the triangle.

Sew the two squares in the top row together. Then sew the two squares in the bottom row.


Press seams away from the triangles (above).

Sew the last seam to finish.

The block as shown below measures 5.5" square.
 In the finished quilt, each block will measure 5" square. 

 These bow tie blocks made from all our favorite scraps will be stunning.

Happy quilting!