"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Skill Builder Sampler block No.6

This design (called Bow Ties for obvious reasons) is something I have been wanting to do for ages, and although I've got instructions in piles of books and magazines, it wasn't until now that I was motivated to do it - thanks to dear Leila in the USA and her Skill Sampler tutorials. She posts heaps of photos, and clear concise instructions, and she is happy to reply to emails if you have a problem. So! Here is my Bow Tie block - done in about two hours. Up to now I've been using pink and brown matching fabrics that I had in my stash, but I've run out of them, so this block is completely different. They are all cotton except the orange which is satin - hard to sew with, but provides a bit of a shock difference to this block!
And now that I have learnt how to do this pattern, I am itching to pull my collection of neckties out of the stash cupboard and make a wallhanging/quilt from them! That will be an explosion of colours, and I have a problem to solve before I start - what should I use for the background? Black? White? (The background is the lime green in my block here)
By the way, I haven't forgotten about the five people who asked for more information about the batting tape. I'll write more about that tomorrow.


Miss 376 said...

I've enjoyed seeing how everyone has placed their blocks with this one, so many varieties.
I imagine black would be a better background, but it would depend on the colour of the ties. Pull out the ones you want to use, and see what inspiration they give you

Kathleen said...

So pretty! It is amazing at what different colors look with this. I cant wait to see what you do with your neck tie collection! blessings,Kathleen

Lyndel said...

you are doing great with your "lessons".. I like this pattern. Gina, today I found a bundle of about 30 copies of 1980s Quilters Newsletter Magazine from USA.. any use to you, should I keep them for you? they were destined for a recycle paper bin!!

Joy V said...

Hi Gina, this is one of my favourite blocks also. Before purchasing any material for your background when using the ties - I would get them all out and arrange them on different colour/type of background. You would be surprised what happens - you may even choose something entirely different from black or white. Just go with your gut feeling.

Brian G. said...

Looking great! Making a quilt with real bow ties would be sooo fun. Maybe a dark gray color? I guess what color you use depends on the colors of your ties.

Leila said...

Augh! I was signed in as my husband. I hate it when I do that. :)