Wednesday, January 14, 2015
If my effort to keeping it simple, I have been enjoying not only playing in my scraps but also using them for some very simple, basic, heritage blocks. And you can add to the whimsy by finding those fun scraps that just aren't enough to play in a quilt of it's own. I love this coin fabric and I used the last of it up in two bow-ties.
I also like to learn the history of the early 'heritage' blocks. The bow-tie arrived in the 1890's and was also part of the undeground railroad blocks - a symbol indicating it was necessary to travel in disquise or a place to change clothing from those of a slave to those of a person of higher status.
There are a lot of tutorials for this block, but I liked Debbie's thoughts on sharing how we progressed in a project rather than just the final outcome. I am making 6.5" unfinished bow-ties so you need two 3.5" background squares and two 3.5" tie squares, two 2" knot squares (same fabric as tie). See, not a lot of fabric is required.
Begin by drawing a line on the two 2" squares - corner to corner. I will admit I just aim and shoot, but showing the 'proper' technique so the quilting police don't come after me.
I think it amusing that they tell you to sew on the line - actually you need to stitch a tick or two over. This gives room for allowance that the stitch and the flip over. So if your little corners aren't coming out right - don't sew on the line, move over a little bit. Trim away extra and press out.
Layout your four pieces and it is just sewing a 4-patch block now.
A tie square to a corner/background square and press to the solid square - repeat.
Match up that center seam (it should nest up nicely) and stitch your two halves together.
And now for the fun in a layout. This is one..........
and this one.................
and this one............
A quick, easy block for those scraps - now go play.........