Wednesday, June 1, 2011

bow tie block [a tutorial]

June is my month for the BLISS circle of do. Good Stitches and I am really excited to say our theme will be a Rainbow of Bow Ties.  I have put together a little tutorial for the block with the measurements I am asking the Bliss girls to use, but I am so happy to share it with you all as well!

NOTE: The inspiration for this quilt came from Angela's Pink Lemonade quilt, which I absolutely adore!

For each block, you will need:

  • 8 -- 3.5" x 3.5" squares (in this example, I am using Kona White)
  • 2 -- 3.5" x 3.5" squares and 2 -- 2" x 2" squares of each of your four prints

1. The bow tie block is made up of four units.  Concentrating on one unit at a time, place your cut pieces as shown in the picture below.

2.  Making sure right sides are together, sew from corner to corner on the two "partial snowball blocks," either by marking your fabric or by using the center guides on your sewing machine.  Trim middle piece of print fabric to 1/4 " to help eliminate bulk in your block.

3.  Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the four 3.5" x 3.5" squares together as pictured below.  Pressing all seams open.

4.  Repeat Steps 1 - 3 for the remaining three units.  See below.

5.  Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the four units together as pictured below.  Press seams open.  Your finished block should measure 12.5" x 12.5".

Happy Sewing and thanks Bliss ladies!

Also if you like this overall design, Lee from Freshly Pieced has a great tutorial for some yummy placemats.

xo, Megan


  1. Great tute Megan! I've added it to GXQ's Block Library.

  2. Thanks for sharing this! I am in love with the bowtie block and have been looking for a good tutorial.

  3. I'm bookmarking this one! So cute!!

  4. Good tutorial! I've never done a bow tie block, and you make it look very approachable. I'm looking forward to getting started on it!

  5. What a fun tutorial....thanks!