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Bow Tie Quilt Block

Make this traditional Bow-Tie Quilt Block on a 4 thread serger.LeaAnne Bethany, LeaAnnes Sewing Studio @2024

This block is made from 5 indiividual square block pieces. They can be any size really, but it's easier to learn using larger square block. For this instance we will use 10" square block peices and end up with about a 19" square quilt block. The smallest piece block size I would attempt would be 5" squares, which would yield about a 9" block once squared up.They can be from 2 or 3 different patterns. You need:

  • 2 piece blocks from pattern A - background, "shirt"
  • 2 piece blocks from pattern B - the Bow Tie "Ends"
  • 1 piece block from pattern C or it can be from pattern B, the "knot"

Knot - 1 piece

Ends1 pieces

Ends1 piece

Background - 1 piece

Background - 1 piece

Serger Setup - 4 Thread Overlock Stitch

  • Stitch Selector - A
  • Length 2.5
  • Width - Small as it will go 3.0
  • All 4 threads
  • Overlock position
  • Knife engaged
  • Differential Feed - N

1 Tie End Right Side Up

1 Background (Shirt)Wrong side up

Knot - FoldedWS together

raw edge

Folded edge

Take out

  • 1 tie end,
  • 1 Background
  • the Knot piece.
Fold the Knot piece in 1/2 WRONG Sides together

Assemble as a sandwhich:

  • Bow-Tie End - RS up
  • Knot - folded -Raw Edge up
  • Background - WS up
Sew the long edge (You will have the raw edges of the Know facing the top. There will be 4 layers in the top 1/2 of the seam, 2 in bottom 1/2 of seam).Press seam and open and press

1 Background (Shirt)Wrong side up

1 Tie End Right Side Up

Knot - Folded

raw edge

Folded edge

Your piece should look like this opened up

1 Tie End Right Side Up

Knot - Folded

raw edge

Folded edge

Other side

  • Background WS Up 1st
  • Knot
  • Tie End RS Up Last

Knot - Folded

raw edge

Folded edge

1st Tie End Wrong Side Up

2nd Tie End Wrong Side Up

1 Background (Shirt)Right side up

Press seam and open and pressNow you will Make the bow

Knot - Folded

Knot - Folded

raw edge

raw edge

Folded edge

Folded edge

1 Tie End Wrong Side Up

1 Tie End Wrong Side Up

1 Background (Shirt)Right side up

1 Background (Shirt)Right side up

Now you have a piece that looks like the bottom half of "Sponge Bob Square Pants," but one leg is out of 1 pattern - the "tie ends," and the other leg is out of another pattern - the "background / shirt."You should see the right of all the fabrics

Knot - Folded

raw edge

Folded edge

1 Tie End Wrong Side Up

1 Background (Shirt)Right side up

Open the middle piece that is folded in 1/2 and find the 1/2 way point.

Open it up at the half-way point, and match what were the edge seams together - nesting them.

As you do this, "Sponge Bob's" pant legs will open up at the seams.Match them together, along the top all the way to the edge.

Knot - Folded

raw edge

Folded edge