Last summer Barb hosted a bow tie block swap and I participated in the Civil War group. The 82 blocks I received are wonderful and right now I am highly motivated to finish my Civil War bow tie quilt. Why now you ask?!?
Because Barb is going to be hosting another block swap in August, and I want to finish up the project from last year's swap so that I can be a guilt-free participant this year!
I went totally scrappy with the layout, pulling the blocks randomly from the pile and sewing each block to the next one in the pile.
(see the blocks I made for the swap here).
This is a bad photo of the start of the layout on the design wall. Going random does not mean that the colours will be evenly distributed, so there are too many yellow/golds in the upper right quadrant.
I'm not going to sew it that way of course... some modifications are going to be made to this "random" layout right away!
And also I have an idea for a fun border that I want to make. Last year Sharon posted a photo of her bow tie quilt (see it here) and when I saw it, I knew that I would try the same design. I really liked the idea of making smaller bow tie blocks for a border.
The block swap bow ties are 4", which means the border bow ties will be half size at 2". And it just so happens that an anonymous "angel swapper" sent along two mini blocks last year, so I have two to start and only need to make about 80 of those.
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