Easy Bow Tied quilt block tutorial

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Have you ever made the Bow Tie quilt block? It is very easy to make using this simple Easy Bow Tied quilt block tutorial and there are no set-in seams! You can search the internet and find this traditional block made in many different sizes.

Easy Bow Tied quilt block tutorial

How to make a simple Bow Tied Quilt block

Sometimes I get a little crazy and make changes (actually I do this all the time) anyway, I am calling this a Bow Tied quilt block, I’ll share the “real” Bow Tie block in another post.

Many of my new subscribers have told me that they are fairly new quilters so I’ll be adding some new posts and tutorials to help them.

Cutting directions for one Bow Tied quilt block

  • Cut two 3″ teal squares
  • Cut two 3″ teal print squares
  • Cut four 1½” cream squares
Easy Bow Tied quilt block tutorial using 3 inch squares and 1 1/2 inch squares
Bow Tied quilt block pieces

Stitching the Bow Tied quilt block

  • Draw a line diagonally on the wrong side of the 1½” cream squares with a water-soluble marker or a light line with a pencil
  • Stitch a little bit away from the marked line toward the outside corner.

You can see in the next photo the stitching that I have done.

Bow Tie quilt block tutorial adding small square to corner
Bow Tie quilt block tutorial adding small square to corner
  • Press to set the seam.
  • Fold over the small square and press.
  • Trim about ¼” away from the seam.
Bow Tie quilt block tutorial adding small square to corner
Adding a small square to the corner
  • Each block measures 3-inch
  • Arrange the blocks into two rows and sew them together with a ¼” seam allowance
  • Sew both rows together
  • Your block will measure 5½” x 5½”
Easy Bow Tie quilt block tutorial using 3 inch squares and 1 1/2 inch squares
piecing the blocks

Here is the completed block, my seam is a smidgen off but I’m not worried.

Bow Tied quilt block with four sections sewn together

Here are a few things you can make with the Bow Tied quilt block. 

Tomorrow…..promise!! I’ll share the third quilt project and a tutorial for the placemat I made with the Bow Tied quilt block!

Would you like to have the measurements for this block in different sizes? Let me know.

Easy Bow Tied quilt block tutorial

Follow the Bow Tied quilt block tutorial for fast and easy quilt blocks

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  1. Great tutorial! Connie, do you ever sew the extra HSTs together before you cut them off to have a bunch of bonus HSYs?? Since there are so many ways to use them and I hate wasting fabric, I always do that and either incorporate them into the border or into another quilt.

  2. Hello Connie, Another great tutorial! The Bow Tie is another block that I have never tried and with your fabulous directions, it looks fast and fun to make. So one of these days, I know I will take the time and make one of your projects your have shared! I am like you and am not a perfectionist. I try and do my best, but when things are off a bit, I just say it adds a bit of my character! Thank you for sharing another great tutorial and have a wonderful day!

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