Monday, January 09, 2012

Bow Tie Check-In

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.


11 comments:

Ms. Jan said...

A most excellent quilt, and one I should emulate as I have 10,000 peppermint and sarsaparilla CW fabrics in stash. Lovely work.

Pat said...

Beautious! I think that inner border was a stroke of genius. I love the warmth of it.

Elaine M said...

Brown and pink worked very well. Love the brown border!

Janet O. said...

I love bow tie settings that create the circle effect. I think your inner scrappy and outer solid borders were an excellent choice. Lucky little girl who receives this, Nancy.

Kathie said...

Beautiful, I love it in brown and pink!!!!
the outer border really adds to the quilt.
now you have me wanting to make a brown and pink quilt!
Thanks nancy, yes my blocks from last summer are in a box, maybe some day I will get back to it
I am not a leader ender person so I make them when I want too.
Kathie

Teresa said...

Its a great looking quilt - congrats!

Lori said...

Love it in pink and brown!! It is a beautiful quilt with a lovely setting!!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Just lovely ... especially like the layout! The border decisions were perfect!

Nann said...

They are such cute blocks, aren't they? I didn't have patience to leader-and-ender mine. I just charged ahead!

I like your pink and brown combination.

*karendianne. said...

You know what I really love here? Besides the wonderful layout and the great feeling of a finish? I love the array of fabrics. Oh its a feast for the eyes. A real feast!

Me and My Stitches said...

I love your bow ties - in my opinion, you can never go wrong with pink and brown!