Sunday, July 17, 2011

Bow Ties Anyone?

Came across an interesting project going on in some blogs.  I first read about it on Juliann's blog post where she wanted to reproduce a Cheddar Bow Tie quilt that she saw during the Sisters Quilt Show.  She did start it but with a nice twist.  Really like her version of applique for the centre square.  Juliann shared the measurements with me i.e. the centre square is 3/4" finished and cut at 1 1/4".  The 4 patches are 2" cut.  I am using a remnant piece of Kona Solid Amber for my cheddar from Cheddar Cheese & Crackers Quilt.  There's a tutorial by Bonnie Hunter on how to do a pieced version of the Bow Tie block.

I like the use of silk thread to applique.  It's my first attempt and I find the actual thread could be a little fiddly but the results are lovely.  Now to get some basic colours to play with :)

 Sean's shirt is almost completed except for the buttons and button holes.  I did a better job on this shirt this time round.

Last Saturday's Civil War block #28 called Next Door Neighbour.

X-Quisite blocks doll quilt top is completed.  It's a challenge by Kathleen Tracy of the Small Quilt Talk Yahoo! group.  The size is 17 1/4" x 15 1/2".

Fabrics from This-N-That Fabric's recent sales arrived mid week.  Now in the process of being washed.  The days are cooler here and it's been raining.  But this morning as I write this, the weather looks promisingly sunny.

ETA:  I'm trying out the Google Reader MP3 Player, so please bear with me. 
ETA2: Sorry peeps, okay I decided to use another player provided by the files service instead.  Should work now ;)

A simple tune, not polished yet but I'm working on it!  It's called Roddy McCorely an Irish folk tune.


  1. I have seen those cheddar bow ties showing up all over so I pulled a piece of cheddar from my stash today. I printed Bonnie's directions, but I really like your applique center. I love your new fabrics, too!

  2. Anonymous1:21 pm

    So the applique bug has come home, lol. Love the dol quilt with BBD sampler fabs.

  3. You have been industrious Barbara! love the Bow Tie blocks! Thanks for the links as well. Kathy's latest challange looks wonderful too!

  4. Those cheddar bow ties look inviting. If I can only resist adding One More Thing to my list.

    Great job on the shirt.

    I am thinking of making a dress for myself and I have begun looking at patterns. Trying to find something quick and easy.......

  5. Lovely work Barbara. One of our quilting ladies introduced us to the silk thread and I always use it for applique now.
    Your new fabrics will be well used I am sure especially seeing the pace that you work at.
    Thank you for the music too.

  6. That cheddar quilt was so charming and to think so many of us will have our own!
    Love your doll quilt!!

  7. I like your bow ties and that pink civil war block is lovely.

  8. Wow! Just discovered your blog, and have been reading up. It's wonderful!

  9. Lovely project as always.
    Well done with the Tin Whistle, lovely tune.

  10. Great job with the tin whistle! Very neat! :)

    The cheddar bow ties--oh my gosh. Fabulous! I keep meaning to get started on doing some bow ties with some of my charm packs but I put away my sewing machine when we had an in-law invasion. I need to drag it back out. The BBD quilt blocks and your Civil War block look great, as does the shirt. LOVE the new stash!

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