From our Free Quilt Block Patterns Library
Skill Level: Beginner
Grid: 3x3, 9-patch
The Double Necktie quilt block is a variation on the Bow Tie block.
Both are made with simple connector corners. No triangles to cut.
Double your fun with two neckties in each block that are sewn as a 9-patch instead of the usual 4-patch. Choose from 5 sizes.
Let's get started!
Seam allowances (SA) are a quarter inch unless otherwise noted.
For pressing, first press the patches flat as sewn to set the seam and meld the thread into the fabric. Then open the patches and press again.
Pick two fabrics with enough contrast so the the small, connector corner units don't get lost. This probably isn't a good place for a large scale floral.
If you prefer, choose different fabrics for each necktie. Then cut two #2 and two #3 patches for each 'tie'.
All the numbers in the chart below represent squares, i.e. 2" represents a 2"x2" square.
Cutting Chart for a~ Connector Corners ~
|Patch||Fabric||Qty||Finished Block Size|
|Unfinished Block Size||3-1/2”||5”||6-1/2”||9-1/2”||12-1/2”|
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And these are the cut patches...
Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the back of all four #3 patches.
With right sides together, align two edges of a #3 with a #1 background patch.
Stitch on the line.
Trim the excess away from the small #3 on the side closest to the corner, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Press.
Repeat for a total of 3 background squares. Set two aside.
Add the final #3 to the corner diagonal from the stitched #3. Trim and press as before.
You now have one #3 with two CCs, two with one CC, and two with none.
Lay out the cut squares and connector corner units to create the Double Necktie design.
Stitch them into rows, pressing towards the #2 squares (green dots) to minimize bulk.
Stitch the rows together. The seam allowances nest to make matching a breeze!
This is the finished Double Necktie block.
And from the back it looks like this. No triangles!
Try this 3D Bow Tie tutorial.
Simple four patch construction from 5 equal squares.
It couldn't be easier!
These are my go-to resources for quilt block ideas.
Can you tell?
It's in color.
It's got a ton of blocks.
What's not to love?
Next on my 'must-have' list is Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.
Unlike the Maggie Malone book, the blocks in this volume are hand-drawn and in black and white—no color—personally, I prefer colored drawings to work with.
This book is no longer in print.
If you can come by a copy expect it to be wickedly expensive. Once in awhile you can find it here on Amazon.com.
UPDATE: Electric Quilt, in cooperation with Barbara Brackman has announced they plan to republish the Encyclopedia sometime in 2020.
However, all is not lost if you can't find a hard copy.
BlockBase is the computerized version of the Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.
It contains designs for over 4300 blocks—pretty much every block published from the 1830's through the 1970's.
It can be used with Electric Quilt and is a Windows based program.
In fact, there are instructions included so that you can pull up the digital patterns within Electric Quilt (PC version for now) without having to open up BB program.
UPDATE: Electric Quilt has announced that they will be rereleasing the standalone BlockBase software for BOTH PC and MAC in 2020.
This is terrific news.
Finally there's The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns by Jinny Beyer.
Lots of detail and in color, it is a beautiful volume. That said, I check it out of my local library on a regular basis instead of purchasing it—can you see the library sticker on it's spine. Yep, it's from the Plainfield Public Library.
Simply because I own the previous three references and find this the least user-friendly of the group.
And it does make a fabulous coffee table book!