Mr. Jack’s Bowtie Quilt Block

This block sample uses leftover 5” charm squares from Awesome by Sandy Gervais. What a lovely 3D block for a fall quilt!

1 – 5” charm square for background
1 – 5” charm square for bowtie (I used two for mine – one for the “bow” and one for the “tie”)
2 – 5” charm squares for border
1 – 5” charm square for backing
1 – 5” x 5” piece of batting


1. Cut two – 2” squares from background square.
2. Cut two – 2” squares from bowtie fabric AND one – 2” square for tie.
3. From one of the border strips cut 2 – 1 1/4” x 5” strips. From the other border square
cut 2 – 1 1/4” x 3 1/2” strips. ( I like to be sure that one long side of each of my border strips has the
saw tooth cut on it. This will prevent fraying and eliminate the need for finishing the edges!).
1. Fold one of the tie squares in half, WRONG sides together. Lay this on top of a right side up
background square. The fold should run along the middle of the background square and the raw
edges should be even.
2. Lay a bowtie square, right side down over the top of the pieces in step 1. Match the raw edges. Pin along one of the edges where the two full squares and the folded side of the center square meet. Sew along this edge.

3. Fold the two full squares away from the middle square, tie square should be on the bottom. Lay the free side of the middle folded on the right side of a background square, right sides together. Lay a bowtie square over these squares, right sides and raw edges matching. Pin and sew along edge.
4. This is the tricky part – match the bow fabric to the background fabric on each side of the folded tie square forming a pocket in the folded square. Match centers and raw edges. Pin carefully checking that only the raw edges of the middle folded square are caught in the seam. Sew. This may take a little fiddling to keep only the raw edges of the middle square caught in the seam – the easiest way seems to be to sew to the center and leaving the needle down in the fabric, lift the presser foot and realign the second half of the block. Continue sewing to the end.
5. Open up your bowtie block and voila! There you have a bowtie block. Press block from the back. Your block should measure 3 1/2” square.

6. Attach the two 3 1/2” x 5” strips to opposite sides of the bowtie block. Press seams to the border.

7. Attach the two 5” x 5” strips to the remaining two sides. Press seams to the border.
8. Layer backing square right side down, then fusible product on top of backing square with fusible side
up. Lay bowtie block on top of fusible with right side up. Press.
9. Quilt as desired. Sample is stitched in the ditch around the bowtie shape and along the border.

One 5″ decorative Mr. Jack’s Bowtie.

Claudia Vess
{Breezeway Quilts}