Hand Piecing

Someone asked about hand piecing my bow tie blocks. I thought I would share a quick tutorial on how I do it.

First, I cut my pieces and mark the seam allowances on the back.

The template I use has slots at the corners for this, but you can also use a smaller ruler with a quarter inch seam marked on it. Ignore the mess, I put rubber cement on the back as a fabric gripper. When it is too linted up to hold, I rub it off and apply a new coat.

I only use one pin at the place my seam will end. I use my threads needle and go exactly through the marks at the beginning of the seam.

I backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam.

I always make the “tie” first.

Then I add in the background pieces. I stitch from one edge to the first intersection, then move my pin to the second intersection.

When I’m done, I twirl my seams in back and press like this.

I see those two tiny holes in my background fabric. I’m not going to worry about them since this will be a decorative mini quilt only. This stuff is part and parcel of using vintage scraps.

I use Bohin sharps for hand piecing and I really like them. I got mine at Fat Quarter Shop . It’s about the only place I could find them.

Hope this helps!

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About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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6 Responses to Hand Piecing

  1. dezertsuz says:

    I think your way is the easiest way to do these with those shapes. I generally like Bohin products, too. It’s the only glue pen I will use with fabric, because it’s a little like a post it instead of a permanent stick that makes the fabric misshapen if you pull it off a backing.

  2. Val W. says:

    I like how simple you make hand piecing look. Like we could all do it if we took the time. The auto-corrected words brought a smile to my face too.

  3. Quiltmouse says:

    Thanks for sharing. I’ve done some hand piecing, but hadn’t seen this way of doing bowties. You mentioned what brand of needle, but not what size. I’d like to know. Love the template with notches and the glue anti-slip!

  4. Kathy D. says:

    This sure seems easier than English paper piecing for this block!

  5. Thanks for the tutorial. They are really sweet blocks!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you so much for showing how you piece your bow tie blocks!

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