Part of the fun of going away on a sewing retreat is that there is a lot of time to sew! I am not good about following directions or cutting in a group situation, so I try to pre-cut all my fabric and I can start sewing as soon as possible.
The fabrics shown are 9 of my favorite vintage fabrics. Most of them were bought in 5" squares or charm square size so I had to be careful cutting them, there was no room for error.
I thought I would give you the measurements in case you wanted to make one for yourself. They are super easy and would use up a good bit of your scrap basket.
These directions make one unfinished block, that measures 4 1/2"
Print fabric cut 2 @ 2 1/2" squares
cut 2 @ 1 3/4" squares
Background fabric cut 2 @ 2 1/2" squares
|2 1/2" background squares|
I am laying them out to check before I sew.
I know that some of them will not have a lot of contrast but I am ok with it. I like how vintage quilts have fabrics that fade in and out.
|1 3/4" squares|
Lay the fabric across the edge of a 2 1/2" square.
Sew on the line. This is a good project to chain stitch. You could get a lot made in a short amount of time.
Press and check to make sure it covers the square. If not rip it out and do it again......
Once it is perfect, trim off the inside pieces, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. If it isn't perfect you will not have a square, which will not make the block square, so take the time. You will be happy you did!
Lay out the block, sewing the top 2 together and the bottom 2 together. Again you could chain piece these.
Press the seam with the fabric going towards the print fabric. Next sew the 2 halves together.
I pressed my seam open because it made it flatter, which is my preference, and it is a small block!
There you go, 1 bowtie block only 96 more to go!
Saturday was our monthly, Meanix Family Fun Night held at my son Colin and his wife Jenny's home. It was freezing but we had a good time anyway.
Jenny always comes up with something fun. How about donuts filled with ice cream!!! The Krispy Cremes were a hit. I think there will be more of these in the future.....