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. 🙂
Well I officially have finished my 6″ sampler quilt. This quilt is one that gets a lot of questions about where the blocks came from. Probably 2/3 of them are from The Splendid Sampler, 35+ are from #jensfillerblocks (all available in my tutorials section), and I think 15-20 are from Tula Pink’s City Sampler book. There are 144 blocks in this quilt, with 1-1/2″ sashing (1″ finished) and a 5″ border around the entire thing. It finished up around 94″ x 94″, perfect for my bed!! It was beyond a labor of love. I cannot even guess how many hours I spent on this, especially with resizing 12″ blocks to fit. 100, maybe? More? All I know is I loved almost every minute of it and I really, really miss making 6″ blocks. They are fast, fun, and very satisfying to make something with pieces so small.
I do quilt a lot of my own quilts at home on my Juki (I also have a few long arm quilters with whom I work), but I knew this one needed an extra special touch. Some quilts just need it. I actually won a giveaway for a $100 credit to Marion of My Quilt Diet and this was the beauty I knew I’d use the credit on to help me make this quilting dream an affordable reality. I saved almost all of my Christmas money and used it to pay for the quilting on this. It was worth EVERY penny I paid.
I chose a 108″ Moda gray solid for the background mostly because I was feeling lazy and cheap, but it was the PERFECT choice. Look at that quilting!!!!!! I chose Marion’s freehand graffiti motif and I could not be happier. She made this a true heirloom for my family to enjoy for generations. That’s the hope, right? 🙂 And now for a dumping of photos because I can’t pick just one or two to share.
I am so sad that this will be my last #jensfillerblocks. This has been such a growing experience for me. I have learned SO much and gained so much confidence as a quilter by working through these 6″ blocks. Today’s block is from the ever so talented Nicole Young (aka Lillyella). It finishes at 5.5″ so you’ll need to add a small border to make it fit in your quilt. She has provided 3 different styles of butterflies and the paper piecing PDF’s are all free on her site, Lillyella.com. Keep tagging me on instagram and using the #jensfillerblocks hashtag. It truly brings a big smile to my face any time I see one of these blocks.