Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Up to My Neck

Recently I had to move the Bow Tie blocks in my Parts Department to make room for still more Hole in the Barn Door blocks. The other day I decided to count up those Bow Ties to see if I had enough to do something with them on their own. I've used small quantities in the past as borders or rows in quilts with other blocks but I've also continued to make new scrappy Bow ties. Even though the 2 gallon plastic bag I'd stashed them in was pretty full I wasn't sure I'd have enough for a strictly Bow Tie quilt. 

That's 136 Bow Ties!

Just for kicks I started laying them out on the design wall.

I tried to ignore the bow ties themselves and focus on the background colors or values. It remains to be seen whether or not that was a good idea.

Turns out I have enough 6" Bow Tie blocks to make thirty 12" blocks, with maybe another ten Bow Ties left over. And, of course, there are more scraps in the wings that could be turned into Bow Ties! You may not see this again until Scrap Happy Day on the 15th. I have a couple of new projects brewing in the background. It's too hot to use the iron for very long currently. A quick press of yardage might be all it takes to get me started cutting for one or the other of those new projects. 😉


  1. I like either way, the original Bow Tie arrangements I have seen do not appeal to me, yours with the grey as contrast are so lovely. Colder down here, post off your ironing!!!

  2. There you go again - pulling a quilt out of thin air! 8)

  3. I don't know how you do it... Guess I'm going to see yet another amazing Quilt From Nowhere on ScrapHappy Day, then!

  4. Love your scrappy bow ties Sue, they look good with the darker contrast. Coincidentally, I've been making bow ties too, in scrappy light and medium blues. I don't have 136 yet!

  5. I made a bow tie for my husband, but I wanted the bow tie look and never really played with other ideas. These scrappy ones are really an interesting pattern arranged in the fours that way.


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