Monday, November 10, 2014

Bow Tie Quilt Block Tutorial

Let's make Bowtie Blocks, shall we? Get your free printable pdf.
I'll show you a little bit about the steps my Craftsy pattern covers in greater detail. 
You'll need at least two fabrics: a background and something other than background. I used Moda's Elementary by Sweetwater, Robet Kaufman's Science Fair Formulas, Pearl Bracelets by Lizzy House,  and Sketch to name a few. 
For each 5" block, you are going to need two 3" squares cut from the background fabric. From the other fabric, cut two 2" squares and two 3" squares. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on each 2" square. 
Place a 2" square in one corner of each of the background squares, with right sides together. The diagonal line should extend from one raw edge to the other. Stitch on the line. 
Press the smaller square toward the corner.
Fold the smaller square back open, and cut 1/4" from the sewn line, leaving a 1/4" seam.
Lay out your blocks as shown, being careful to align directional fabrics correctly.
Fold the right side over onto the left side, so that right sides are together.
Sew these together using a 1/4" seam.
Press toward the non-pieced square.
Once your blocks look like this, stitch the two halves together.
Then your blocks are ready to be combined with each other. There are many layout possibilities, so keep rearranging until you decide which suits you best. You might also want to include sashing.
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  1. I have to make a few of these for my November bee blocks. The layout possibilities are endless, aren't they!?

  2. Love your background fabrics! very cool.

  3. This is one block I have never made... Yet. Your tutorial is super, Afton. Lots of great pictures and easy to follow instructions. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. I love the patterns. Thanks so much


  5. THis is great! Thanks for sharing! I think it would be great for my new linky party starting this Saturday at 8pm called “Found & Foraged” Can’t wait to party with you at

  6. Lovely quilt. My grandmother left me a box of bow tie quilt blocks with really cute 40's fabrics.

  7. I absolutely love quilts and wish I had the patience (and, ahem, sewing skills) to make one. They're so beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing at Found & Foraged!

  8. Just wanted to stop by to say hi and thank you for linking up to our party! Hope to see you next week.

  9. This is such a great tutorial! Thank you so much for linking up at Found & Foraged! PINNED! Hope to see you again this Saturday night at 8PM at