I’ve been in love with this month’s traditional quilt block for a very long time and realized that I’ve yet to make a quilt full of them.
Sure there was the odd block here and there for a bee or a sampler but I think that this block really starts to shine when there’s a whole quilt full of them.
Let’s Make One!
Block Size: 12.5″
All seams are 1/4″ and pressed open
- Two 6.5″ squares of print fabric
- Two 3″ squares of print fabric
- Two 6.5″ squares of background fabric
- Marking Pen
- To start, align your 3″ print square with the top right corner of your background square right sides together. Using a ruler and a marking pencil, draw a line down the diagonal center on the back of your print square. Repeat with your other 3″ print square and background square.
- Sew down your marked lines. You’ll notice in my photo that there’s two lines of stitching. This second line is completely optional. I hate to have those wasted corners and sew that second line a little over 1/4″ away from the first so that when I cut it away I have a bonus HST. Press open.
- Arrange your 6.5″ squares like the photo above. Sew each pair together. Then sew into your finished block, matching center seams.
Now you have a Bow Tie block (and two tiny HSTs if you like)! Repeat, repeat, repeat.
I’m hoping to put together more blocks with mixed prints and backgrounds. Here’s hoping Christmas projects don’t eat up absolutely all my sewing time.