This was first published over at Suture for a Living on January 5, 2008.
This is a quilt I made from my friend Verne McConnell’s bow ties. Usually bow tie quilt blocks are pieced, but I took advantage of the bow tie’s shape and appliqued the ties onto a fabric block. The alternating “dark” blocks are from wool blend suiting fabric. You can find a pattern for the traditional bow tie quilt block here.
If you look at the basic form of a bow tie, you can see that a “tie” of the one end can be formed and then a short piece of the straight back band can be used to cross the center of the “tie”. This makes it look “tied” rather than just a piece of fabric appliqued onto another piece of fabric. Then the remainder of the straight pieces can be used to make the accent stripe around the quilt.