Bow Tie Quilt

Project #16083

The more colors you use, the more variety you get! With timeless appeal, this design never goes out of style.

Fabric Requirements:

YardageFabricCutting Instructions
1/2 yd each3 white/light solidsCut (60) Bow Tie halves
1 yd each4 different bright solidsCut (56) quarter circles
(66) 6" x 6"30 different bright solids
(about 1 1/4 yd total)
Cut (4) star points (from bright yellow)
Cut (8) star wedges
3/4 ydBinding fabricCut (8) 2 1/4" wide Strips x WOF
3 1/2 yd Backing fabric
60" x 60" Batting


  • This quilt uses the bow tie block on point and a variety of light background solids for a dramatic diamond pattern behind the circles.
  • All seam allowances are 1/4" unless noted.
  • WOF = width of fabric

Piecing the Quilt Top:

  1. Using the photo as a guide, lay out the pieces on a design wall and rearrange until satisfied with the look. Arrange matching background Bow Tie halves to form a square around each circle to achieve the diamond effect.
  2. Make quarter circles with star points by sewing two bright star wedges to opposite sides of a yellow star point. Press seams toward star wedges (see Fig. A). Repeat with all 4 star points.
  3. Sew each quarter circle (solid and with star points) to its adjacent Bow Tie half piece, forming a triangle. To make this curved seam easier, fold each piece in half and finger press to find the center of the curve. Pin, matching centers, and sew curved seam. Press seam allowance away from quarter circle (see Fig. B).
  4. Sew triangles together to complete the block. Press seam allowances open to reduce bulk (see Fig. C). Make 30 blocks.
  5. Sew blocks together, matching seams and placing a pin at each intersection to increase accuracy. Press seam allowances open to reduce bulk.


  1. Layer the backing, batting and quilt top. Quilt by hand or machine, as desired.
  2. Sew the binding strips together to form one long strip. Fold the binding in half lengthwise, with wrong sides together, and press.
  3. With a 1/4" seam, sew the raw edges of the binding to the edges of the right side of the quilt. Turn the folded edge of the binding to the back side of the quilt and stitch in place by hand, mitering the corners.

  • Fig. A

  • Fig. B

  • Fig. C

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