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Block of the Week 23 Bow Tie

Block of the Week 23 Bow Tie

Week 23 is here and we have the Bow Tie block. This is an easy and pretty quick block.

I have a helper this week, this is Lucy. There is a thunder storm going on and she is not happy about it so she is hiding under my sewing cabinet. Guess I need to work around her :)

You will need 4 colors and a background

Fabric A - Color 1

Fabric B - Color 2

Fabric C - Color 3

Fabric D - Color 4

Fabric E - Background


Fabric A - Cut 2 - 3 1/2" squares

Fabric A - Cut 2 - 1 3/4" squares

Fabric B - Cut 2 - 3 1/2" squares


Fabric B - Cut 2 - 1 3/4" squares

Fabric C - Cut 2 - 3 1/2" squares

Fabric C - Cut 2 - 1 3/4" squares

Fabric D - Cut 2 - 3 1/2" squares

Fabric D - Cut 2 - 1 3/4" squares

Fabric E - Cut 8 - 3 1/2" squares


Draw a diagonal line on the wrong  side of the Fabric A - D 1 3/4" squares.

Place one of the above squares right sides together with a Fabric E square as shown.

Sew just to the outside edge of the drawn line.

Trim 1/4" seam and then press toward the small corner triangle.

Repeat the above steps with the rest of the Fabric A - D small squares and Fabric E squares.

Take the 2 Fabric A 3 1/2" squares and the 2 Fabric A/E square from the previous step and lay out a Bow Tie block as shown below.

Sew this together like a Four Patch. Sew the top 2 squares together and the bottom 2 squares together. Press toward the large Fabric A squares.

Then sew these 2 pieces together. I pressed this seam open.

This should measure 6 1/2" square.

Repeat these steps to make the remaining 3 Bow Tie blocks. You will have 4 Bow Tie 6 1/2' squares.

Before sewing the Bow Tie blocks together I wanted to show you the arrangement options you have with these blocks so you could see what they may look like sewn together differently. You choose which option you like the best.

I chose to keep them arranged like the first picture.

Regardless of which arrangement you choose, you will sew the top 2 blocks together and then the bottom 2 blocks together. I pressed the seams open.

To complete the block, sew the top and bottom rows together. Press the seam open.

That completes your Bow Tie block and we are finished with Week 23!

Don't forget to post your block pictures on the Ruth's Stitchery Facebook page to be entered for the June drawing.


Posted by Beth Spillane

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