Project Dimensional Bow Tie Serger Quilt

By Teresa R. Clementz

Skill Level: Beginner  

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Looking to create a unique and fun baby quilt? Try this 3D bow tie quilt! The pattern creates a simple bow tie blocks using three seams each. Using a bit of stuffing in the center of the tie gives the quilt a dimensional quality, fun for parents to look at and little fingers to grab! It'll become a family keepsake for years to come!

Finished size approximately 27 ½” x 36 ½”.

Materials:

  • 1 yd for fabric ties – cut into 36 - 5”x5” blocks (these are the bow ties, it takes 3 squares for each block and 12 blocks for blanket)
  • ½ yd for background fabric – cut into 24 – 5”x5” blocks (it takes 2 squares for each block)
  • 1 yd fabric for quilt back
  • 1/3 yd fabric for binding – cut into 4 - 2 ½” x WOF strips
  • 30” x 40” batting
  • Small amount of polyester stuffing
  • serger thread
  • Wonder Clips
  • Temporary Spray Adhesive
  • Rotary Cutter, Mat & Ruler
  • Basic sewing supplies

Tools:

Steps:

  1. Note: If using overlock only serger, you will need a sewing machine to do quilting.

  2. Note: If using an overlock& coverstitch serger like Triumph or Ovation, optional Open Toe Foot and extension table are helpful.

  3. Construction of Blocks: Create each block using 3 ‘tie’ fabrics and 2 background fabrics.

  4. Seam one: Place one piece of background right side up, then fold one tie fabric in half lining raw edges along top side of background fabric fold in center.

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    1. Place a piece of tie fabric on top, right side down. (So now you have a sandwich of the background fabric on the bottom, folded tie fabric in the center and tie fabric on the top.)

    2. Looking at this ‘sandwich’, serge down the right side.

    3. Open up and you have half the block.

  5. Seam two: Take the folded piece that is sewn in the center and lay a piece of background fabric on bottom, this folded piece in the center and tie fabric on top.

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    1. The ‘sandwich’ is made exactly the same as you did the first time!

    2. Serge it the exact same way!

    3. Now you will have the piece of folded tie fabric with two pieces of fabric on each end of it.

  6. Seam three: The center fabric forms a pocket.

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    1. Take a small amount of stuffing and put into the pocket.

    2. Nest the center seams (facing different directions) so they butt together for less bulk.

    3. Clip the fabrics together to hold in place.

    4. Carefully serge across this seam, stopping and adjusting as you go, to make sure you do not miss catching the pocket piece at each end.

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  7. Open it up and you have your first dimensional bow tie block.

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  8. Make the next 11 blocks the same way for a total of 12 blocks to create this baby blanket.

  9. Serge 3 blocks together in 4 rows to create quilt top. Press seams flat & set aside.

  10. Serge the four 2 ½” strips together to create one long piece. Press lengthwise in half, wrong sides together and set aside.

  11. Putting it together: Lay backing on cutting table wrong wide up.

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  12. Lightly spray with temporary spray adhesive.

  13. Lay batting on backing.

  14. Lightly spray and add quilt top on top, right side up.

  15. Pin well using pins or safety pins as desired.

  16. Quilt as desired using a regular sewing machine with free motion or line quilting.

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    1. For this sample we used the chain stitch, open toe foot and extension table (for ease of quilting), stitching lines as desired.

    2. Triumph setup for quilting—see threading chart--C2 needle, L 3.5.

  17. Finishing: After quilting is finished, square up quilt.

  18. On the right side of the quilt, along bottom edge with raw edges together, attach binding to the quilt using same 3-thread narrow serge as used for making blocks.

  19. Fold binding to the back, then finish using your favorite method.

    1. For this sample the binding is whip stitched in place by hand.

  20. Your dimensional bow tie blanket is now complete.

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