Traditional Tuesday - Block 11

Block 11 - Bowtie
This block is a great block to use in a retirement quilt - especially if you can snag some of the retiree's workshirts and ties to make it with! My husband doesn't wear ties, but he wears workshirts. I'm getting a jump on the retirement quilt!

I chose a blue stripe from one of  DH's old work shirts and a blue matching solid. (Thanks to BH for the idea of cutting up my DH's shirts!)

From the blue solid, cut:
  • 2 - 3 1/2" squares
  • 1 - 2 1/2" square cut in half on the diagonal. Note: I think this part of the block turned out too wide. If I were to do it again, I'd cut the block 2"-2 1/4". But you do what looks good to you.
From the stripe, cut 2 - 3 1/2" squares.

Here's the fabric in the raw. You can see the shape of DH's shirt!

The cut pieces. I like to finger press the small pieces rather than draw a line on them diagonally. This works well for small squares, but on larger ones, I draw the line.

Sew the small solid square to one corner of the large stripe square.
Use the finger-pressed "line" as a guide to sew on. You want to make sure if you are using stripes to sew the small square on the same side of both striped squares.

 I like to trim off the spare fabric leaving a 1/4" inch seam allowance. Some choose to leave this on. Do what you're comfortable with. Either way, press to the outside.

Lay out the pieces like they will appear in the finished block and sew together in pairs pressing to the solid blue. Sew the pairs together pressing to one side. The block will be 6 1/2" when finished.


  1. Very cute! Love the shirt fabric. Time flies...#11 already. Thanks Jenifer, I am enjoying making your little blocks.

  2. What a great idea. I have my Grandpa's ties and also my Father-in-laws ties. So far I have made Christmas stockings and ornaments, but it would be fun to incorporate them into a quilt. Wish I had some of their shirts!


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