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. 🙂
This is Part 3 of 3 in a series on Low Volume fabric usage, not meant to be a comprehensive study, but a starting point. For Part 1 or Part 2, follow the links!
Now we’re to the good stuff, or at least my favorite type of Low Volume (LV). “I don’t have an inside voice” is just SOOOO much fun and funky to use. As with the “whisper quiet” and “normal speaking voice” LV, they have a very light background of white/off-white/cream/light gray, but these have big and bold colors, big and bold patterns, and just a little more chaos than our other two LV types. Here are some “I don’t have an inside voice” LV’s in action:
Aren’t they just FUN?!? You still can see the effect the bow tie blocks have, but the background adds some major interest. Yes, the “I don’t have an inside voice” LV’s compete more with the prints, but it still works!! Once again, the key is pairing a print with majorly contrasting colors with the LV. It will not work otherwise. For instance, the flamingo block (top row, 2nd from the left) would be lost if it were a pink bow tie.
Now the question some of you might be wondering: How do all 3 LV types work together? Well I’m happy to share my quilt thus far. It is one of my very favorites because of how unique it is.
Isn’t it just funky and fun? My eyes are constantly moving looking at different prints and backgrounds. I won a bundle from the very lovely and generous Holly Lesue of Maker Valley that served as the inspiration for this quilt as well as all of the Long Time Gone sewalong photos I saw around the same time. There are SO many great uses of LV happening in the sewalong (check out the #longtimegonesal if you want some more inspiration!) I chose this block for a bee I’m in and I cannot wait to get my blocks back this month and add them into the scrappy, happy goodness that already exists.
What are your thoughts now? Are you a “whisper quiet”, a “normal voice”, or an “I don’t have an inside voice” type of LV quilter? Or maybe you like all 3?
This is Part 2 of 3 in a series on Low Volume fabric usage, not meant to be a fully comprehensive study in low voumes, but a good starting point. For Part 1 or Part 3, follow the link!
This lovely selection of low volume (LV) fabrics I like to call “normal speaking voice”. They have a white/cream background, but also have some more punch to them than the “whisper quiet” palette. These LV’s have more color and more pattern in them than the whisper quiets do, while still not being incredibly distracting AND still having a light base cloth of white/off-white/cream/super light gray. Here’s an example of “normal speaking voice” in action.
When pairing these “normal speaking voice” LV’s with prints, make sure you pick a print that is contrasting in color from the color of the LV. If you were to pair a blue-ish LV with a similar blue print, you’d lose the effect of using a more colorful LV. I think that’s one of the bigger mistakes people make when using LV. As I was making blocks for this quilt, I tried really, really hard to purposefully pair prints with LV’s that were not matchy-matchy and very contrasting. In fact, some blocks were so ugly (to me) I was sure they wouldn’t make the final cut. However, when the blocks are all set out together, the overall effect is very pleasing.
What do you think so far? Are you a “whisper quiet” fan or a “normal speaking voice” fan?