Quilts Update June 2017

Bow Tie Block
May 16, 2017

Folded Bow Tie Block
A while back I showed the girls in my Bee how to make the Folded Bow Tie block.  A simple block that can be made any size to use in wall hangings, baby quilts, or large quilts.  I have to warn you, they are addicting, you can’t make just one.

The Bow Tie can be made any size, but for this tutorial we will be making a 4″ Bow Tie.


  3   2 1/2″ squares of print (Bow Tie)

       2   2 1/2″ squares of  background fabric

Fold the center  2 1/2″ square in half, raw edges even, pin if necessary.

On top of a background square, place the folded 2 1/2″ square, raw edges even. Pin.

On top of the folded piece and background square place a Bow Tie square, keeping all edges even  and the folded square is enclosed between the two squares..

Stitch with a 1/4″ seam

Open out the sewn pieces.

Lay a background square under the folded rectangle, matching raw edges.  Pin.


Lay a Bow Tie square on top, matching raw edges.  This is the opposite placement that you did on the first side. Pin.

   Sew with 1/4″ seam.

        Open out the sewn pieces,

finger press

.  It should look like this.

The folded square becomes the knot.


Place the squares together, matching the center seam, notice that the folded piece is in the center.  Carefully work the raw edges of the folded piece to match the raw edges of the squares. Pin with center seams going in opposite directions on your sewing table.

You may have to work a little bit the first time you do this, but it will go together.

Stitch with a 1/4″ seam.

Open and finger press or press


with the iron

.  Do not press the center knot of the Bow Tie, you want the knot to be puffy
This block can be made any size as long as all squares are the same size. If it was a little difficult working with the 2 1/2″ squares, try using a larger square. Just remember to cut all squares the same size.

Hope you have fun making the Folded Bow Tie.  For a different look, you might try using old neckties for Bow Tie Fabric.

Enjoy all the pieces of your life


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