I've sewn nearly all the 6" Bow Tie blocks from my Parts Dept. into 12" circles.
Then it took a couple of days of arranging and rearranging them on the design wall to come up with a layout I was happy with.
I wanted to keep the lighter backgrounds in the middle of the quilt top. It was hard to get the blocks balanced, distributed evenly. The lighter ones always seemed to be clustered near one end. Eventually I hit upon an arrangement I could live with.
This made the top 60" x 72." To make this more useful, say for a teen graduating from the foster care system, I wanted to add a bit of length. Another night of cogitation brought up the idea of creating a fringe effect by using a stripey print.
So now I have a 60" x 80" top.
I also have a print ready to be pieced to make the back. That print is of dogs of various types and sizes. It's just occurred to me that these Bow Tie Circles could be seen as dog collars! After all, every dog ought to have a bow tie or a necklace to wear. 😉
I've made a few new blocks for the Parts Dept. recently too.
One of these days I'll have to see what I can do with them!