Sometime last summer, Bonnie Hunter became smitten with a quilt that featured wee little cheddar bow tie blocks. She and the people she was with thought it would be fun to issue some sort of a challenge to do cheddar bow ties as leader-enders for a while and see what happened. At least that's how my addled brain remembers it. As I recently said, I'm not one to jump onto a band wagon, but I kind of thought those little three-inch bow tie blocks were cute and I had a bunch of CW scraps left-over from another project so I started making double pink bow ties as leader-enders and kind of got to purring as I did. As I worked, I put them up on the wall and tried different arrangements and at some point knew exactly how to set them. I hadn't purchased any fabric so far, and when it was time for borders, I knew I had enough browns for the inside border and thought that doing it scrappy would relate to the center of the quilt itself. I did have to buy some fabric for the outer border -- I thought at that point it needed to be just one print, not scrappy.
I finished it tonight, coincident with Bonnie's request that bow tie-ers check in with a progress report. I love it, and am eager to get it to the machinist for quilting. It is going to a little girl who has undoubtedly begun to outgrow the infant quilt I made for her.