#jensfillerblocks 6.5″ Bow Tie

I bet you all thought I was done making #jensfillerblocks. I did too!!! I couldn’t pass up posting this one as I’m in the middle of my 6.5″ bow tie quilt that I referenced in my Low Volumes series. It’s a very traditional block that has been around forever and is super easy to make. I’ll also include a rough estimation of yardage required to make a 60″ x 72″ quilt should you want one of your very own. I was asked to teach a class on Low Volumes as well as pick a fun pattern for the Payson Quilt Show in September. Hopefully this will be a helpful guide to the ladies who sign up!

Cutting for 1 block:

(2) 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ low volume

(2) 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ print

(2) 2″ x 2″ print

Draw a line down the center diagonally of each 2″ x 2″ print. Place the (2) 2″ x 2″ prints on top of one corner of each of the (2) 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ low volumes (LVs). Sew on the line. A note about directional prints: it is definitely possible to line up the prints so they go in the same direction, but it does require checking before you sew them to the LV’s.

Trim off the excess, and press. Lay out the block to make sure it is all facing the right direction and your bow tie corner pieces you just made end up in the right spot.

Sew together into a simple 4-patch and you are done!


For a 60″ x 72″ quilt (this will be 10 blocks x 12 blocks in its final form):

(240) 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ assorted Low Volumes — keep in pairs of 2

(240) 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ assorted prints — 2 from each print

(240) 2″ x 2″ assorted prints — 2 from each print

The simple yardage breakdown is: 8 LV fat quarters (cutting 30 from each FQ), and 12 assorted prints (cutting 20 each of 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ and 2″ x 2″)

If you want a super scrappy look, like my quilt, you will need to use more variety and less from each FQ. This is a great quilt to raid your scrap bins as basically anything works well to create such a scrap-happy look.

You will need to make 120 blocks for a 10 block x 12 block final layout. NOTE: This is NOT my final quilt and does not follow the 10 block x 12 block layout. It’s still a work in progress. 🙂

2 thoughts on “#jensfillerblocks 6.5″ Bow Tie

    • It was purely accidental! Once I realized it could be close-ish, I went for it. I am pretty sure even if I tried, I couldn’t get stripes to match up purposefully. HA!

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