This block is very easy and can be made in period fabric or jazzed up with your favorite modern fabric.
I used 5 inch squares, so all your charm packs you have tuck away for a project will work great for this.
For each 9 1/2 inch block (9 inches finished size when sewn with other blocks) you will need...
- 3 - five inch colored squares
- 2 - five inch neutral squares or background fabric. I used white.
Take one of the 5 inch colored squares and
cut it in half, then half again. You will end up with 4 squares at 2 1/2 inches square.
You will only need 2 of the smaller squares for each block.
Place one smaller red square in the corner of the 5 inch white square as shown below in the picture...right sides together.
There are 2 ways to sew this section...and there is a bonus block with each method.
take a ruler and draw a pencil line from corner to corner diagonally.
For the bonus block, take a quilt ruler and place the 1/4 inch line on the pencil line...see it under my finger
now draw another pencil line. This will eventually be your cutting line.
The first line, from corner to corner is sewn...black thread so you can see.
The second stitch line for the bonus block is sewn 1/4 inch away from the second pencil line. I use a 1/4 inch presser foot.
I am pointing to the second pencil (cutting) line here. You need to sew 1/4 inch away from that.
My 1/4 inch presser foot is lined up with the line.
"No Pencil" method...
You will sew from corner to corner, but use your machine lines as guide. Start at one corner and have the lower corner point follow the "zero" line on your machine.
If you don't have lines on your machine, you can "eye" this to the lower corner, because the square is small.
For the extra bonus block you need to sew 1/2 inch away from the first stitch line. I use my machine top as a guide. Mine has the 1/2 inch line to the left of zero, but no guide line all the way up to the needle.
So I use a rubber band as a removable guide.
Line it up at the 1/2 inch mark on the throat plate.
Now sew the second line. Guiding your first stitch with rubber band
Done...without a pencil line.
Pencil line method...
No pencil line method...
Cut on pencil line...
Guesstimate cutting up the middle on the "no pencil line".
See your 2 little bonus half square triangles?
Press all seams.
then open up and press to the red or colored fabric.
If you want to be super accurate, you can square up all the squares.
The little bonus half square triangle blocks are 1 1/2" when trimmed.
These would make an adorable doll quilt, pinwheel blocks, sashing squares, borders etc...
You can click HERE for another post I did on extra half square triangle blocks for more layouts
Now take one solid colored square and place on top of one white square...right sides together.
and one of the white squares on top of the red square...as shown below.
Pin to secure, then sew a 1/4 inch seam on the right side of the squares.
Then fold back and press to the dark fabric.
Line up rows in configuration below.
Fold top row over onto bottom row, right sides together.
Pin to secure.
Sew 1/4 inch seam.
Press seam...open up and iron flat.
Isn't she cute?
There are so many layouts for this block...not to mention if you reversed the color pattern. Meaning a small white square on a larger colored square.
If you go to your "search" area on your computer and type in bow tie blocks, bow tie block layout or bow tie quilts...there is so much inspiration.
Have fun with this block,