Easy Bow Tie Look Quilt Block Pattern

  • 01 of 04

    How to Make Quilt Blocks that Resemble the Traditional Bow Tie Design

    Bow Tie Look Quilt Block Pattern
    Bow Tie Look Quilt Block. Janet Wickell

    This easy Bow Tie look quilt block pattern is a very good choice for beginning quilters. You might also consider the design for quilt block swaps among friends because quilters of every skill level can stitch it perfectly the very first time.

    Grab a rotary cutter and ruler and you'll be ready to start sewing in no time.

    Try another of my patterns if you're looking for a quick pieced Bow Tie quilt block pattern that's easy to make without set in seams.

    Quilt blocks finish at 8" x 8".

    Follow the instructions to make two identical quilt blocks. Stitch up more blocks if you want to assemble a quilt.

    Cutting Chart for Two Quilt Blocks

    Medium fabric for large squares

    • Cut four 4 1/2" squares

    Dark fabric for small squares

    • Cut one 2 1/2" x 11" strip

    Light fabric for small squares

    • Cut one 2 1/2" x 11" strip

    Second dark fabric for rectangles (this fabric could repeat the fabric used for large squares to make the block look even more like a Bow Tie design)

    • Cut four 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" strips

    Use a 1/4" seam allowance for all seams. Cut all pieces so that the fabric's straight grain is parallel to the outer edges.

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  • 02 of 04

    Assemble Strip Pieced Units for the Quilt Block

    Quilt Block Patterns
    © Janet Wickell

    Start with Easy Strip Piecing

    Read a few strip piecing tips for quilters if the technique is new to you. Use straight pins to keep matched edges from shifting.

    1. Align an 11-inch long dark strip and 11-inch light strip right sides together, matching all edges.
    2. Sew the strips together lengthwise. Press to set the seam.
    3. Press the seam allowance towards the dark strip.
    4. Square up one end of the strip set and cut four 2-1/2" segments.
    5. Align a unit from Step 1 on top of a dark rectangle, right sides together and the light portion of the strip-pieced unit on the left.
    6. Sew together along the top edge. Press the seam allowance towards the rectangle. Repeat to make a total of four identical units.
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  • 03 of 04

    Assemble Rows and Complete the Quilt Block

    Quilt Block Patterns
    © Janet Wickell

    Finish Sewing the Quilt Block

    1. Sew one of your pieced units to a 4-1/2" medium square. The small light square should touch the top edge of the large square. Press the seam allowance towards the large square.
    2. Make three more identical units.
    3. Sew two units from Step 1 together as shown above to complete the block. Press the seam allowance either direction.
    4. Repeat both steps to make the second quilt block.


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  • 04 of 04

    Example of a Vertical Strippy Set Quilt Layout

    Quilt Block Patterns
    Janet Wickell

    The Bow Tie look quilt blocks could be arranged into a vertical 'strippy' setting, with quarter square triangles surrounding each block.

    Refer to the instructions for cutting quarter square triangles and learn how to cut setting and corner triangles for quilts.