I began sewing 7 years ago and quilting 2 years after that. I learned completely on my own, never attending a class. All I did was looking up sewing tutorials, watched youtube videos, and borrowed sewing books from the library. There weren't a lot of resources back then like there is today. If you have the passion and patience, you will be able to learn on your own as I did. This doesn't mean you shouldn't take a class. I was a student and then a young mother who didn't have the time or the finances to attend a class. You might be in that same position. That is why I am now starting a new sewing series called "The Joy Of Quilting".
This series is geared for women of all ages who want to learn to quilt but don't know where to start. You either bought yourself that $100 sewing machine from the fabric store, borrowed your mother's, or found a vintage one at a yard sale but now you don't know what to do with it. This is where I hope I can help. All the patterns for this series will be for beginning quilters. Lots of simple patterns that I hope will really help you learn to quilt and fall in love with this timeless craft. I don't know all the technical terms of quilting. There's still so much I can learn myself. I'm at a point in my quilting where it wouldn't hurt to take some classes from seasoned professionals. But if you're just starting out and you have a full plate on your schedule, or don't have the resources to pay for classes, then I hope you will find something to learn from here.
So to start it off, I present you a tutorial on bow-tie quilts!
I love bow-tie quilts. It's the simplicity and sweetness of them that I really love. Also, they are the perfect quilts for when you just want to hand-tie knots! For this quilt, I designed a layout that wouldn't take up so much time putting together. Usually you should have bow-ties on every other square. But for this one, you only need to make 18 bow-tie blocks and then you assemble everything together. You could have this top pieced in 2 hours if you really tried!
This tutorial is only for the quilt top. Perfect for beginners who already know most sewing/quilting terms. 1/4" seams. Approximately 50"x70". Feel free to make for yourself, for your family and friends, or to sell but please give credit where credit is due.
-3.5 yards of main fabric
-1/4 yard of bow tie fabric
From your main fabric:
- 72= 5.5" x 5.5" squares
-19= 5.5" x 10.5"
-6= 13" x 10.5"
From your bow tie fabric:
-36= 2.5" x 2.5" squares
Align your 2.5" square to the bottom corner of your 5.5" square, right sides together. Sew a diagonal line on top of your 2.5" square from top right corner to bottom left corner. Do this to all 36 squares.
Using your straight edge, measure out a 1/4" seam from where your stitches are and then cut off the rest.
This is what it should look like after cutting. Discard your scraps.
Fold down the triangle of your 2.5" square and press it. Then trim up your square so that it's nice and straight. We will now call these corner-triangle squares. Not a technical term. Just describing what I see.
After doing this to all 36 squares, it's time to piece your blocks together. Take one solid 5.5" square and place it right sides together with your corner-triangle square. Make sure the side of the triangle is the one being sewn together with the other square.
Now sew the two pieces together.
Voila! You have a bow-tie block. Now it's time to sew the rows.
The top row will have 3 bow-tie blocks and 4 5.5"x10.5" pieces sewn together. There will be 4 rows altogether. The bottom row will have 2 bow-tie blocks, 1 5.5"x10.5" piece, and 2 13"x10.5" piece sewn together. There will be 3 rows altogether.
This is the layout of your quilt when you are done!
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