Quick and Easy Bowtie Blocks

With the green light from Jolene (inspired from this quilt she made) I’m sharing a quickie tutorial for these fun little bow-tie blocks.
For each block start with:
4 background squares 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
2 print squares 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″


Sew the print squares diagonally from corner to corner on two of the background squares, right sides together.  I eyeball mine using my machine guides…but I suggest drawing a pencil line from corner to corner on the back of the print squares or using the tape trick.


Trim the corner leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance and press out.


Lay them out, sew right and left sides together, press towards the print triangles…then sew the top and bottom together.


The unfinished block should measure 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. For a baby size quilt like mine above…I made 42 blocks and laid them out in 7 rows of 6 blocks each. This is a fun way to use scraps and extra pieces of those solids you don’t know what to do with!
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31 Responses to Quick and Easy Bowtie Blocks

  1. Darla Mae November 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    I want to try quilting and I think this is perfect for a beginner.Thanks! Darlene

  2. Laura November 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    This seems like a great pattern for a quick baby quilt.

  3. **nicke... November 21, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    so simple. so sweet. love it.

  4. Erin Kathleen November 21, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    adore this simple block! Thanks for sharing!

  5. notes of sincerity November 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm #


  6. Ruth November 21, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

    I can do that. The triangles may be wonky, but then I'll call it a wonky bow-tie block.

    It's so much fun being a noob quilter.

  7. Live a Colorful Life November 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    I just love this quilt–and such a great way to use up extras from other quilts.

  8. Emily {Creative Chicks} November 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    I love this quilt! I can see it being the next "cool" quilt design in blogland thanks to your aweosme tute. I had no idea the finished squares where so small. I kept thinking they finished much bigger. :)

  9. toots2u November 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    i currently have a quilt like this about half way done. after seeing Jolene's i had to make one!

  10. CJ November 21, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    So cute! Thanks for the quick tutorial. I love it when someone else does the math for me. 😉

  11. Becky November 21, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    I love bow ties, and this one is way cute! Great way to use up scraps, for sure :)

  12. Kimberly November 21, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    Thank you soooo much! Your quilt really caught my eye the first time you posted it… thanks for sharing the how-to!

  13. Melanie@Crafty Cupboard November 21, 2011 at 11:40 pm #

    HOLD IT: did you serge the edge of your quilt top? Clever.

    And, thank you for the tutorial, I love learning new things!

  14. Sarah November 22, 2011 at 1:50 am #

    I love this! Sewwww clever!

  15. Sallie November 22, 2011 at 2:35 am #

    Thanks for the tutorial! I will be making one of these for our church quilt ministry!

  16. miamihoney November 22, 2011 at 2:57 am #

    Looks great! Putting it on the 2012 project list :)

  17. Teri November 22, 2011 at 3:39 am #

    Thanks for the measurements. I was wondering the size when you first posted this quilt. Great quilt for a donation.

  18. Jennifer J November 22, 2011 at 6:30 am #

    Thank you!!

  19. Jenelle November 22, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    This is a great tutorial and such a simple block. Thanks for sharing! I'm bookmarking this for sure. :)

  20. Anna Sonata November 22, 2011 at 7:34 am #

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  21. Mystica November 22, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    Thank you for this tutorial. You make it look so easy!

  22. Britt-Inger November 22, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    Thanks for the tutorial. An easy and quick way to take care of the scraps. And the result looks great.

  23. Quiltingranny November 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    Allison I would so appreciate it if you let your readers know I am having a quilt fabric, pattern, Christmas giveaway on my blog at http://quiltingranny.blogspot.com and would love them to stop by. Also a book on grandparents raising grandchildren.

  24. Steph Jacobson November 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    Love this–thanks for sharing!

  25. bethanndodd November 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    Great, simply block! I appreciate you sharing it with us! Smiles~Beth

  26. Judy November 23, 2011 at 2:54 am #

    Simply grand! Thank you Allison. But most of all it's something I can do with a little tape. I have quite a few Amy Butler scraps. Thank you for sharing with us.

  27. mariarrosa November 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    Thank you! I want to make it one day.

  28. mindingmomma November 23, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    awesome tute! thanks for showing us how its done. now i want one of these quilts! it's addicting!

  29. Simplesmente Silvinha November 24, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    Wishes for a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving day
    Send love and hugs and wish for your family on this special occasion.

  30. mandyjanedesigns December 7, 2011 at 7:14 am #

    These are really cute!

  31. RaeLyn October 24, 2012 at 12:47 am #

    You should put this on your tutorial side bar. I originally found this quilt on your blog, then google-searched on how to make it…I just about danced a jig when I saw you had done a tutorial. Thank you!!!

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