Thursday, September 10, 2015

Civil War Bowtie Swap

I signed up for the civil war bowtie block swap that Barb organized for blog land quilters. I'll bet you're not surprised that I couldn't resist.

My blocks are sewn and ready to pop in the mail. Bowtie blocks are fun to sew, but it's an added pressure when they are going to other quilters, and they needed to be the exact right size. So my quilter's OCD kicked in and I measured every single block. Blocks that were too big or too small are staying here to be in my quilt. 
It's been a long time since I've worked with my collection of civil war reproduction fabric. My favourite civil war quilt was the one I made for my son - click here to see it.

I am already starting to think about layout possibilities for these bowtie blocks, which won't be swapped until October.
I have made a few bowtie quilts previously:

 * a 30's reproduction quilt which has the blocks in a ring/circular layout with a striped sashing. The blocks are 6" and it is one of my favourite quilts.

*a mini bowtie quilt with 2" blocks in the ring layout (that was won by Deanna in a blog draw a few years ago).

* a 4" bowtie block project (which is in UFO closet) that I worked on last year at Quilt Camp. It's not finished yet, but it has the blocks in a straight set.

I wonder what layout these blocks will prefer? 


Julierose said...

All so cute--my favorite layout is the circle one for bow ties....hugs, Julierose

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Love your CW bow ties! I'm EPPing some CW bow ties - in red ans neutral.

Deanna W said...

And I love my mini bowtie quilt. It hangs in my kitchen and reminds me of you each day!!

Jeanna said...

Very cute bow ties, Kathy. I have never made that block but seeing your quilts have inspired me to add it to my list.

Janet O. said...

A fun collection of bowtie quilts, Kathy. I'm sure your fellow swappers will appreciate your OCD-ness. : )

Quiltdivajulie said...

Omigosh - I am still cutting out squares!

Kate said...

Wow, you finished those off quickly. Looking forward to seeing this one come together.

beaquilter said...

look great! I just finished sewing the binding on a bowtie quilt I made.

KaHolly said...

The bow tie is always a sweet little block. For the layout, I guess it would depend a little on how you are going to quilt it.