Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Back to the Bow Ties


I was going to make one bow tie quilt from 140 blocks which would have finished 60 inches by 84 inches, no borders. Now I think that I am going to make 2 quilts with 60 blocks each for the centers and 4 blocks in the border for a total of 64 blocks. I plan to use sashing not positive of the size, but I think probably 1 1/2 inch finished, then a 1 inch small border and a 6" outer border. Ill do a bow tie in each corner of the quilt border. If my figures are correct each quilt will measure 56" by 83". Also, since I already made the 140 bow ties, I'll have 6 blocks each to use on the backs.   According to my figures, which I think are correct, making 12 inch blocks from sets of 4 bow ties, I'll have the 15 blocks that I'll need (3 blocks x 5 blocks) and then using 1 1/2 inch sashing, I'll need (13) 2 inch strips or about 1 yard of fabric for the sashing.  Using (6) 1 1/2 inch strips for the small border, I'll need about 1/3 yard, and for the 6 inch finished borders, with the bow ties in each corner, I'll need (7) 6 1/2 inch strips or about 1 1/3 yards.  Clear as mud?   The top fabrics are two different whites for the sashings, the pink is for the small border, the florals for the 2 large borders, and the bottom fabric for the binding.  I'll need about (7) 2 1/2" strips for each binding, by the way.   I have a one time co-worker and her daughter, who I have been wanting to make quilts for, and I think these will be perfect.  Very similar, but a lot different, too. 
PS   Or maybe I should make myself a cute little 12" x 36" tablerunner.  Decisions, decisions.
PPS  My math was faulty, I only had 4 leftover blocks, not 12.  Bye Bye tablerunner. 
PPPS  08-13  I found the other 8 bow ties.  I thought that I had already made 15 - 12 inch blocks, but I had made 17.  The tablerunner is back on, lol.

8 comments:

regan said...

Holy cow, Candace! You certainly have spent time doing the math! I never do that!!! I usually wait until I've pieced it all together, then figure out borders and bindings, and then tackle backs.....but I've NEVER done all the figuring before stitching the blocks together! You are amazing! Way to go! I love the idea that a mother/daughter will get the quilt duo.....perfect!

Susan said...

I am agog at your math ability..... I am still working on Lucinda's gift. I am moving much more slowly than you my friend....... I can't seem to get moving these days.....

You are still an inspiration.

Michele said...

Wow!

Jan Maree said...

I like your calculating - I do the same thing! I think these quilts will make great gifts for your coworker and her daughter - lucky them!

Ellen said...

Wow - that's a lot of math in one dose! Your fabrics are lovely and your quilts are going to be gorgeous. Very lucky recipients!

Marie said...

Hey Girl, love the bowties! How is your hubby and you too?Had the last test done today for the Dr. that says he will replace the the Knee that was put in several years ago that has never felt right,hope by Tuesdaya that he will tell me yes and get on with this show, I got lots of stuff to do in my new room!!!Think of you often have a great weekend, Hugs, Marie

Linda said...

Good job. Depending on the quilt, I do the same thing. I like to see how many I need of this or that block plus I enjoy doing the math. I guess it's an OCD thing but I think it's fun. I can't wait to see the finished quilts. I love Bow tie blocks!

Linda said...

P.S. Too bad about your math and the tablerunner and I love your colors for the borders. They should be very cute quilts!