Since I’m doing the Accuquilt monthly Challenge this year, I love to try and design quilts in EQ7 first to get ideas.
One of the new dies in the fall of 2013 were the bow tie die!
The finished block size is 4”- kind of small but GREAT for scraps!!
This is the picture from the Accuquilt site
Let’s try to make our own bow tie layouts, very simple and yet such a FUN block!! with lots of options for setting and turning the blocks and colors!
Go to Libraries/ block library
and search for bow tie
3 blocks come up, add the first one to the sketchbook.
(Even though this is sort of an applique looking block, it doesn’t matter for just playing with layouts and colors, if you needed to write specific pattern directions, then change the block, but just to get ideas, it doesn’t matter that it doesn’t have the + seam like the die does)
Then create a layout with 9 x 11 blocks and make the block size 4” and add the block to all spots by selecting the block, holding down CTRL and clicking in one of the spaces on the quilt layout
This is what it will look like
Here I went in and picked a dark blue fabric, and colored all the tan parts of the original blocks with that color, again by holding CTRL and using the spraycan, then went back and randomly clicked other blue fabrics and colored each block differently, maybe having 5 or so repeats but randomly around by again selecting the spraycan and clicking on each bow tie block
Here I deleted every other block by selecting the ERASE block tool and holding down ALT and clicking on the 2nd block from the top and it deleted every other block.
Then I downloaded a floral fabric bundle FAB file from connecting threads and colored in the squares and bow ties randomly. A nice scrappy look!?
(I have a tutorial on downloading fabrics here)
Or how about having the plain blocks be white?
Here I had every block be the bow tie block but turned every other block once (ALT button) and had the background of the blocks be the same white fabric
Lastly there’s just a 4 colored bow tie quilt
another random one with black in the background
and something different
and lastly an ON point layout
Have you designed any bowtie quilts in EQ?
Link up if you have.