Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Finally progress on the Epic Neutral Bow Tie Quilt

It's been over a year that I worked on the Epic Neutral Bow Tie Quilt. I'm glad that the intended recipient is very patient 😊

Epic Neutral Bow Tie Quilt

The good thing about letting a project sit is that I had time to collect a few more brown fabrics to add to the mix. It's just too bad that I didn't pick up more beige....oh well, there may still be time to get a few more!
Units of 4 blocks make a snowball

The quilt is based on the Epic Bow Tie Quilt by Jen Van Orman, which was on the cover of Make Modern Magazine (Issue 22, May-June 2018). As much as neutrals are not my favourites, I enjoy seeing what effect using such dramatically different colours will have on the pattern. So far, I'm not disappointed.

The Bow Tie Blocks
I don't like cutting my fabric all at once so I've been cutting it as I go. I have now completed over 60 blocks but there's still about 20 left to do.

I couldn't wait to finish all my blocks to start putting them together. I'm in the process of sewing most of the 60 blocks into units of 4. Below are the blocks that haven't been pieced into units of 4 yet. I'm trying to make each unit contain different beige backgrounds and different brown fabrics in them. 
The blocks that haven't been paired yet.
What I learned

  • I know that I probably shouldn't have started making units of 4 yet but I really needed to see how it was progressing....and I was bored making single blocks.
  • Now I know that there were too many blocks of a specific beige background so I won't be using that one for the next blocks. Like I said, I will probably buy a couple more background beige (it's in the mail 😊 )

Related links
Linking parties

I wrote this post specifically to link it to the One Monthly Goal (OMG) September goal setting link-up. I'm pretty confident that I will have the quilt top finished by the end of September. Yeah! Of course, I could get distracted by a few squirrels before then. We'll see 😊

I'm also linking up to these great linking parties around blog land. Let's see what others are up to! Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, UFO Busting, Moving It ForwardWhat I Made MondayMidweek MakerTuesday Colour Linky PartyCan I Get A Whoop Whoop?, Finished or Not Finished FridayPeacock Party, Free Motion Mavericks with Muv, Put Your Foot Down,


  1. Have you seen Make Modern's post on IG about it's 5-year anniversary? You should post this. You're making good progress!

  2. good luck finishing your quilt. I know that squirrels can be distracting.

  3. I love bowtie quilts and yours is looking great!

  4. Looks like a fun pattern. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck on your project.

  5. Oh wow, I really like these fabrics. I have a love hate relationship with fabric cutting so I have to cut all of it at once. I hope you'll come back and share the finish. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.

  6. Great blocks! Don't worry about having too many of the same beige background blocks. I can assure you no one is going to look at your finished quilt and go "she used too much of that beige". Why I say this is I do the exact same thing every scrappy quilt I make. I worry it's too scrappy, it's not scrappy enough, that two of the same fabric might touch (it always ends up happening and so far no quilt police have arrested me) and in the end the quilt always turns out fabulous. And yours will too! Relax and enjoy making it!

  7. Hello Andrée,

    Piecing is so fascinating and frustrating, all wrapped up together. Why, when you start piecing to use up fabric, you end up buying more and end up with more than you started with? Shame you haven't got any squirrel fabric. Or have you?


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