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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