Daddy's 3-D Bow Ties
Tips & Hints
In honor of Father's Day we're doing 3-D Bow Tie blocks. After the somewhat challenging butterflies last month I promised a really easy block. As those of you who have already made these know, this block is truly easy. It's made up of only squares although it looks complicated. We will be doing TWO blocks for June.
You can be really creative with the fabrics this month. You will need four yellow print fabrics and four "tie" print fabrics. You may use any fabrics that look like they would be used for a tie. This includes geometrics, paisleys, checks, "manly" prints, even masculine pictorial prints. You can really get creative with your ties. See the graphics on this page for the fabrics I used from the EQ4 Stash Fabric CD. I picked out lots of fabrics, but used the ones that looked best in the block. You should have a good contrast with the yellow background and the print should be easily visible in your ties. Fabrics that read as solids will not look as striking.
For EACH block: cut 2 squares - 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" from each of 4 yellow print fabrics and cut 3 squares - 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" from each of 4 "tie" print fabrics.
Fold a square of tie fabric in half, WRONG sides together. Finger press lightly. Place this on the right side of a yellow background square, with the cut edges even and the folded edge in the middle of the background square.
Place a tie fabric square on top of this, RIGHT sides together. Sew across the right side, catching the edge of the folded square in the seam. Fold the squares back from the folded square. Place the remaining end on the RIGHT side of the other tie print square and place a yellow background square on top RIGHT sides together. Sew across the left side, catching the edge of the folded square in the seam.
Fold the squares back from the folded square. There should be a tie fabric and a yellow fabric on each side, the fabrics on the back in reverse position to the front. See graphic below. (Graphics are for placement only and do not include the 1/4" seam allowance around the outside of the unit.)
Slip your finger in the pocket formed by the folded square and work it open. Align the raw edges of the folded square and the tie fabric and yellow background fabric matching seam lines. Pin well, making sure the edges of the folded square will be caught in the seam. I find sewing from the seam line to the outer edges is helpful.
Open up the unit and press the all the seams counter clockwise. (Carefully picking out the stitches in the seam allowance will make this easier.) Press the front of the unit. See graphic below.
Make three more units with your other tie and yellow squares. Sew two of your units together with the bow ties going in the same direction. Repeat with the other two units. Sew the two rows together. I pressed the seams of each square in the opposite direction to cut down on bulk. Click here to see picture of the back of the block I took with my digital camera.
Click here to see picture of the front of the June block.
I hope you enjoyed this block. It goes together really fast and looks more complicated than it really is. The blocks should measure 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" unfinished.
Remember to label your blocks with at least your name (city, state, and email address are optional) on the BACK of your block. This may be a piece of paper tacked or pinned on, a sticky label or pigma pen in the seams. Just be sure to label them in some way. This ensures that you get credit for your blocks and lets the winner know who made each block.
If you have questions or comments, post a note on the MSN club or email Squirrel (Patty) or AzPatch (Margo). You will be making TWO blocks for Jun. Blocks will be due to Patty by the end of June. Patty and I will be getting together to open "squishies" July 21st. (Patty's going to England with her Dad this summer! If anyone needs a nice vacation like that, it's Patty.)
If you have Electric Quilt 4, the zipped file is available for download here. The file size is 516 KB, due to the large number of scanned fabrics in the project file.