Monday, November 21, 2011

Tutorial: Quick and Easy Bowtie Blocks

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With the green light from Jolene (inspired from this quilt she made) I’m sharing a quickie tutorial for these fun little bow-tie blocks. 

For each block start with:

4 background squares 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
2 print squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"

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Sew the print squares diagonally from corner to corner on two of the background squares, right sides together.  I eyeball mine using my machine guides…but I suggest drawing a pencil line from corner to corner on the back of the print squares or using the tape trick

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Trim the corner leaving a 1/4" seam allowance and press out.

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Lay them out, sew right and left sides together, press towards the print triangles…then sew the top and bottom together.

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The unfinished block should measure 6 1/2" x 6 1/2". For a baby size quilt like mine above…I made 42 blocks and laid them out in 7 rows of 6 blocks each. This is a fun way to use scraps and extra pieces of those solids you don’t know what to do with! 

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31 comments:

Darla Mae said...

I want to try quilting and I think this is perfect for a beginner.Thanks! Darlene

Laura said...

This seems like a great pattern for a quick baby quilt.

**nicke... said...

so simple. so sweet. love it.

Erin Kathleen said...

adore this simple block! Thanks for sharing!

notes of sincerity said...

*love*it*

Ruth said...

I can do that. The triangles may be wonky, but then I'll call it a wonky bow-tie block.

It's so much fun being a noob quilter.

Live a Colorful Life said...

I just love this quilt--and such a great way to use up extras from other quilts.

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

I love this quilt! I can see it being the next "cool" quilt design in blogland thanks to your aweosme tute. I had no idea the finished squares where so small. I kept thinking they finished much bigger. :)

toots2u said...

i currently have a quilt like this about half way done. after seeing Jolene's i had to make one!

CJ said...

So cute! Thanks for the quick tutorial. I love it when someone else does the math for me. ;)

Becky said...

I love bow ties, and this one is way cute! Great way to use up scraps, for sure :)

Kimberly said...

Thank you soooo much! Your quilt really caught my eye the first time you posted it... thanks for sharing the how-to!

Melanie@Crafty Cupboard said...

HOLD IT: did you serge the edge of your quilt top? Clever.

And, thank you for the tutorial, I love learning new things!

Sarah said...

I love this! Sewwww clever!

Sallie said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I will be making one of these for our church quilt ministry!

miamihoney said...

Looks great! Putting it on the 2012 project list :)

Teri said...

Thanks for the measurements. I was wondering the size when you first posted this quilt. Great quilt for a donation.

Jennifer J said...

Thank you!!

Jenelle said...

This is a great tutorial and such a simple block. Thanks for sharing! I'm bookmarking this for sure. :)

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Mystica said...

Thank you for this tutorial. You make it look so easy!

Britt-Inger said...

Thanks for the tutorial. An easy and quick way to take care of the scraps. And the result looks great.

Quiltingranny said...

Allison I would so appreciate it if you let your readers know I am having a quilt fabric, pattern, Christmas giveaway on my blog at http://quiltingranny.blogspot.com and would love them to stop by. Also a book on grandparents raising grandchildren.

Steph Jacobson said...

Love this--thanks for sharing!

bethanndodd said...

Great, simply block! I appreciate you sharing it with us! Smiles~Beth

Judy said...

Simply grand! Thank you Allison. But most of all it's something I can do with a little tape. I have quite a few Amy Butler scraps. Thank you for sharing with us.

mariarrosa said...

Thank you! I want to make it one day.

mindingmomma said...

awesome tute! thanks for showing us how its done. now i want one of these quilts! it's addicting!

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mandyjanedesigns said...

These are really cute!

RaeLyn said...

You should put this on your tutorial side bar. I originally found this quilt on your blog, then google-searched on how to make it...I just about danced a jig when I saw you had done a tutorial. Thank you!!!

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