Friday, August 3, 2012

Think Christmas.. on August Third~

Thanks to Leslie who is hosting the Think Christmas Blog Hop,
I was inspired to get a jumpstart on the holidays! 

This 12.5" block will be part of a Christmas quilt...

The Bow-Tie is a simple block with lots of possibilities and sewn this way,
there aren't any needled corners that don't always look flat!
*Seams are 1/4" unless otherwise noted

For this block you need three fabrics:
Cut (8) 3.5" squares from the background
Cut (4 each) 3.5" squares from fabric A and B
Cut (4 each) 1.5" squares from fabric A and B
Draw a diagonal line corner to corner across each (8) 1.5" square


~ Place the small squares on the corner of a background piece
and stitch directly on the line.
~ Cut away excess fabric and press triangle tip up to form a square again


~Set the pieces together to form your bows
~ Stitch two squares into rectangles (8 total)
~ Press seams away from bulk
~ Stitch two rectangles to make small blocks (4 total)


~ Play around with layouts until you find the one you like best!




~ And stitch them together
~ Trim if necessary to 12.5"

Here are a few other possibilities-

A 13" mini-quilt 


The photo below is of a quilt top found at an antique show in Idaho.
Someone had patiently hand-stitched the entire top,
then safety-pinned a name to it.
I have always wondered what the story of the top was before I found it.

I do know that after I brought it home to Alaska
a friend sent me fabric samples to pick out a backing 
and I shipped it off to her in Oregon 
where it was beautifully quilted.
When I went to visit, I picked it up and hand-carried it home on the jet,
sewed on the binding,
and we have enjoyed that quilter's work ever since! 


I hope you tie up your work before the holidays!


Please stop by today other sites to enjoy their creations today:


Happy Holidays!
Christmas cards will be mailed in July.....


60 comments:

  1. I love the block. Easy and pretty! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Charming blocks. Thanks for sharing. I especially love the fabric you cut that is green with the little stockings!

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  3. Your blocks are great. The fabrics in your older quilt are very nice. I collect vintage quilts. There is something comfortable about the faded fabrics. I am planning to do Bowtie blocks for the Dots On Dots Hop in September. Thank you for the tutorial.

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  4. Sharon, I love your blocks, your fabric choices, and how you took us from start to finish showing such variety with the layouts! I can see so many possibilities and that little mini is just so cute...would be great to make for a tabletopper frame! The story of the antique bow tie quilt is so wonderful...it is like you "saved" a treasure...good for you! Thanks so much for participating. Enjoy the rest of the hop!

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  5. Wonderful blocks...thanks for the tutorial...

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  6. endless things you can do with this block. thanks for some ideas and I am beginning to like seeing blue in the christmas setting. Thanks

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  7. beautiful bloc, love you christmas socks fabric! hope you have fun on the hop come and see my blog on sunday, have a giveway! nice week end to you

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  8. A wonderful traditions and classy block you shared today. How lovely you rescued such a lovely old quilt and now has a home. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  9. Love
    Y block and really enjoyed the story about the beautiful quilt you lovingly rescued . Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Thank you for the great tutorial. The block is great...Thank you for sharing the story of the quit. Someone lovingly spend hours stitching...I am glad if found a home with you.

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  11. Wow beauiful quilt and block - the fabrics are wonderful.

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  12. Fun quilt. Love bow ties. I have a bunch made - now to put them together into a quilt top. Love the quilt you found in the antique shop. It's fun to think about who might have made it, isn't it? Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Good Morning...yes some fine blocks here today..they could have been for our red and white and blue blog hop too.. double duty...glad you played along.. fabric choice of stockings a good one..

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    1. ps. I do love the larger quilt..lovely it is ..

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  14. Beautiful work! I always enjoy seeing bow ties!

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  15. I have always loved the Bow Tie Quilt and now you have a pretty Christmas Quilt to enjoy. Thanks for sharing and making the Think Christmas blog hop so much fun.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  16. Love the bow tie block--very nice! Your story about the quilt is so sweet, thanks for sharing. :O)

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  17. Great block! Thanks for the tutorial and showing the different layouts.
    I'm a new follower. Love your photography, too.

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  18. I love the bow tie block...made a quilt last year! I love playing around with the layout...so versatile. Your quilt find is fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

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  19. There is just something about Bow Ties that speak to me. Thanks so much for reminding me of that! :-)

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  20. I love your block, but I really love the quilt. I am always so amazied at what our ancesters did by hand after all the work they had to do in their homes just to get through their day. Where did they find the time to do it all? They made such beautiful things and all by hand. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  21. I really like this block in christmas material. Thanks for the tutorial.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  22. The bow tie block is such a wonderful classic. Your Christmas one looks great and that quilt is stunning.

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  23. Thank you for reminding us how wonderful the bow tie block can be. Simple yet so beautiful. (Happy birthday to you daughter)

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  24. Thank you for sharing your bow-tie block tutorial. I will have to try to make one. Sweet, simple and classy. I enjoyed the story of the quilt. It is truly a treasure. Judith, Texas

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  25. I just love the connection you made with your Christmas block and the *found* quilt top!! Don't you imagine that each different fabric is from a piece of that quilter's family's clothing?? Proves the point of how important labeling our quilts is!!! I just love your Bow Tie! I have a BowTie quilt made from husband's grandmother's house dresses. it is priceless.
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  26. Very nice bow tie blocks and tutorial. Thank you for showing us.

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  27. I love your block and thanks for the great tutorial too - that found quilt top was a fantastic find wasnt it - how lovely that you treasure someone elses treasure now too! Thanks for sharing

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  28. Your bow tie mini is very nice. It's great that you saved the antique quilt. So much work went into it!

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  29. I love your bow tie blocks the green and red with blue is very pretty.Thank-you Becky

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  30. I love bow tie blocks!! Thanks for the tutorial and sharing those wonderful quilts!!!

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  31. The bow tie quilts are great. How lucky to find a whole top already done. Your Christmas ones are so cheerful.

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  32. Nice little bows! I like your mini quilt! The "big" bows are really beautiful.

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  33. I love bow ties and yours are great. The mini is beautiful. Thanks also for sharing that bit of quilting history, it is a beautiful quilt.

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  34. I never used to be a big fan of the bow tie block but I have seen a few patterns recently that has made me take a second look at the block. Bonnie Hunter has a scrappy variation in her Leader and Enders book- it is very pretty. I really like your Christmas version- it turned out beautifully.
    Thanks for participating in the blog hop.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  35. great find and great finish. the bow tie is more versitile than i thought! love the christmas block.

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  36. Thanks for the tut. Bow tie looks like something I could be successful trying .
    Yours turned out lovely.

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  37. I love your mini bowtie quilt! How small are the blocks????

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  38. Thank you so much for showing us how to make the bowtie block! This is one I haven't tried, but after seeing yours, it's on my list!!

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  39. Hiya! I love your bows, sooooooooo pretty. And thank you for the tutorial, it's a big help to a beginner quilter. I adore your mini-quilt, the colors are gorgeous. Thanks for participating. Blessed be, hugs!!!

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  40. Thanks for the tut. Bow tie looks like something I could be successful trying .
    Yours turned out lovely.

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  41. Love the little 13" mini quilt, what beautiful fabrics. Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  42. I like your bow tie blocks and thanks for the tutorial. It would be interesting to know the story behind that quilt top.

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  43. Lovely, both the old and the new.

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  44. Every time I visit you here, it makes me homesick for Alaska... we moved back to Arkansas from Eagle River in 1996 to be closer to aging parents. And while I would not trade a single one of the days with them we have been blessed with, I still miss Alaska every single day... But on to the block... this is a wonderful tutorial and I think I may try it for a swap coming up soon in fall colors. Thanks and enjoy for me...

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  45. Thank you for sharing the tutorial for the bow tie block. Sometimes we forget how versatile traditional blocks can be. I appreciate the reminder.
    I'm glad you rescued the antique quilt. It always piques my interest when someone finds a hand stitched top for sale. It makes me wonder who the quilter was and how it ended up in a shop. I haven't been lucky enough to stumble on such a treasure yet, but I always have my eyes open looking for one. The hearts and loops in the quilting really work well with the pattern.

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  46. THANKS FOR YOUR TUTORIAL!
    ALL THOSE BOW TIES! YES!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  47. Thank you for the tutorial. It is nice to see how it was made. I love your bow ties

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  48. Great block and so many ways to have different designs. Good job on your tutorial as well. Isnt' it neat to find an old quilt. They are so interesting. You could just make up your own story. hehe.

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  49. Thanks for showing us how versatile that block can be.

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  50. Beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing.

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  51. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  52. The bowtie block has always been one of my favorites. It can be use in several ways and is always pretty! thanks!

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  53. The bowtie was one of the very first patterns that I made in to a quilt! Brings back fond memories of me and my granny sewing and quilting together!

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  54. Love the bowtie-you make it look so easy. Thanks for sharing.

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  55. Sharon...I love 'bowtie' quilts...and yours is beautiful...WOW with mitered corners too. Thanks for sharing and happy stitching.

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  56. Love your bowtie blocks and quilts! Thanks for sharing.

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