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Monday, April 8, 2013

Bow-tie blocks

I went to my T.O.G.A. (Treadle On Gathering Academy) this past weekend, I had a blast!  I have several blog posts to write, and lots of pictures to go through!  I am going to start off with a new block I learned to make!  I had taken a whole bunch of 2 1/2 inch squares with me, I had blue, yellow and neutrals (leftovers from my scrappy trip around the world quilt), so I took some after a demo and asked Kay to teach me how to make them.  I am the type of person who has to learn by doing the actual block.  Here is what I made!
I made five there, I decided to make all of my bow-ties blue, and the background yellow, although I have realized that I definitely need more yellow fabric, so if anyone has any 2 1/2 inch yellow squares, I'd be happy to trade you some other colors!  Don't you love the awesome name tag they made for us?
I made five more last night, they are actually pretty quick to make once you get the hang of it, although I'm not sure why mine look so wonky?  (And, yes, they are all made on my hand crank!)
Thank you Allison for these blues!
Sue was the lady who did the demo on how to make them, she made several examples of variations you can make with this block.  She calls it the "what if" bow-tie.  I love the way the center is made!

Cathedral window variation

four patch variation

this one looks like thread spools

Sue made a quilt with tiny bow-ties, it has 2,000 bow-ties!  She said it took her three years to make it, I think she said they finished at two inches.  Remember, she made this quilt either on her hand crank or treadle, I'm not sure which one.
I wanted to give you a closeup next to my hand to give you an idea how small they are!  I'm sorry the pictures are not great, it was a small room.
Mine make a 5 1/2 block.
Thank you Sue for teaching me such a great block!
I'll be sharing more this week, I'll have some pictures of some great machines, quilts and demos, etc.

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GardenofDaisies said...

I love your 3-D bow tie blocks. The teachers mini bowtie block quilt is amazing. I LOVE scrap quilts!

Angie said...

That bow-tie block is a favorite of mine! I learned it online from one of the Treadle On members several years ago. There was even a Treadle On Bow-Tie block swap.

Melissa Llado said...

How cute! I wish I had the time/discipline to make a quilt!! Thanks for linking up to Manic Monday!

Cheryl said...

This is the 1st bow-tie quilt I've seen. Very nice!!! It looks difficult. Did the teacher mention how long it took her to complete her quilt? The blocks are so small. Blue and yellow are my favorite colors - they blend together well and always look crisp and cheerful.

Pat in Rockport, TX said...

Missy, it was such fun meeting you at the TOGA. I do hope you will decide to come get these industrial treadles.

Anonymous said...

I love the bow-tie block pattern! Send me an address and I'd be happy to share some of my yellows. That's my go-to color for backgrounds more often than not. I like it much better than white or cream.

retrorevival.biz said...

How exciting for you! The bow ties are really pretty, and I love the colors you chose:)

Katherines Corner said...

I've never seen these before. So creative. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite things hop xo

Anonymous said...

Very interesting!

Pat Tina said...

I really like the "what if" bow tie. I wonder if it's made like like the Origami Bow Tie block that Katrina Worley demonstrated several years ago. There is a link to it on TO but it doesn't work anymore. Maybe she could be persuaded to upload it again. I love listening to her describe what she's doing as she's doing it, but also love listening to that old Singer 12 (made me want one), and the dog barking in the background. LOL Beautiful fun block for a hand crank. Someday I hope to attend a TOGA.

Sarah Craig said...

Cute bow ties, and so many pretty pics! Whoop whoop!!

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