The Temecula Quilt Company is having a bow tie quilt along this summer…the goal being approximately 1000 2″ finished size bow ties to make up a good sized quilt.
Well I thought this was a good idea! I have so many repro scraps, and I don’t mind sewing small…so I plunged in. But, I had forgotten just how much time it takes to sort through scraps, press them and cut them into these itty bitty pieces. Oh boy! I started by cutting then sewing a dozen or so at a time, about every day. The cutting took longer, much longer, than the sewing! Partly due to my shoulder, partly due to the messy drawer called”repro scraps”, and partly just because I can’t stand for all that long!
I finally decided to just dig in, and over the course of the day I came up with this many pieces cut for bow ties (I’m guessing about 120 blocks), and a much reduced and much neater scrap drawer. I also realized I could make this whole thing a bit easier by using charm pack squares so I may buy one or two of those to quickly cut up into more blocks. (The charm squares could each make two bow tie blocks, with a 1 1/2″ strip left over for pineapple blossom blocks.)
10000 or so bow ties might just be too much, lol. So I started playing on EQ and came up with a few blocks and quilts using the bow tie blocks in smaller amounts…my favourite so far is this one which I’m calling Polka Dot Bow Ties!