Block 6 - Bow Ties

Well, we are going to say goodbye to half square triangles for awhile and move on to a new skill.  I don't know what the "real" name for this skill is, but I call it corner to corner sewing and I am presenting it as a bridge into making flying geese next month.  Plus, I love bow tie blocks.  They are a fun block that I think everyone should know how to make (as an added bonus, they are as easy to make as cold cereal).  :)


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For this block you will need:

8 - white 3.5x3.5 inches squares
2 - 3.5x3.5 inch squares in 4 different colors (8 squares total)
2 - 2x2 inch squares in 4 different colors (8 squares total)

Draw a line from corner to corner on each of the 2 inch squares.


 Lay the 2 inch squares on one corner of each of the white/background squares.  Sew together ON the line - Not to the side.

Place the ruler 1/4 inch from the stitching line and trim away the excess corner fabric.  Press open.

 Lay out the white and colored blocks as shown.  Sew a white and colored piece together.  Pressed towards the colored fabric.

 Then sew the two halves together.  Take a second and measure your blocks.  They should measure 6.5 inches on each side.  If they are larger, trim down to size.  If they are smaller than 6.5 inches make your quarter inch seams a bit smaller on the next step.

Now take some time to play with your blocks.  You may want to lay them out like this...

or this...

or this...and sew together.

So many possibilities with just one block.  I can't wait to see what design and fabric you choose.  Be sure to check back in next week for some quilt math, a giveaway and a bonus block challenge!