It's 5x the fun to make a Double Necktie Quilt Block

From our Free Quilt Block Pattern Library

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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!

The Double Necktie quilt block, pattern and instructions

General Instructions

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.

These abbreviations are used in this tutorial:

  • SA - seam allowance(s)
  • CC - Connector Corners

Step 1: Cutting the Double Necktie patches

Double Necktie quilt block designDouble Necktie design

Sample Size: 6" finished / 6½" unfinished

Grid: 3x3

Design Type: Even 9-patch

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.

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Cutting Chart for a
Double Necktie Quilt Block

~ Connector Corners ~

Patch Fabric Qty Finished Block Size
3”4-1/2” 6"9” 12”
1Background5 1-1/2” 2”2-1/2”3-1/2”4-1/2”
2A41-1/2”2” 2-1/2” 3-1/2”4-1/2”
3A41”1-1/4”1-1/2” 2”2-1/2”
Unfinished Block Size3-1/2”5”6-1/2”9-1/2”12-1/2”
Grid Size 1” 1-1/2” 2”3” 4”

And these are the cut patches...

The patches are cut for your Double Necktie

Step 2: Stitch the Connector Corners (CC)

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.

Stitch on the drawn line.

Trim the excess away from the small #3 on the side closest to the corner, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Press.

After trimming (left) and after pressing (right)

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.

Step 3: Assemble your Double Necktie quilt block

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!

Looking for another Necktie or Bow Tie block?

3D Bow Tie quilt block tutorial


Try this 3D Bow Tie tutorial.

Simple four patch construction from 5 equal squares.

It couldn't be easier!


More blocks that use Connector Corners

As promised, below is a sampling of the free quilt block patterns found on this website that use this simple technique for creating triangle shapes out of nothing more than cut squares and rectangles.

Click each image to go to those instruction pages.

Autumn Leaf quilt block tutorial Big O quilt block tutorial Cotton Boll quilt block tutorial Crystal Star quilt block tutorial Double Necktie quilt block tutorial Evening Star quilt block tutorial Hour Glass quilt block tutorial Indian Hatchet quilt block tutorial Maple Leaf quilt block tutorial Maple Leaf Design quilt block tutorial Mississippi quilt block tutorial Ozark Maple Leaf quilt block tutorial Santa Fe quilt block instructions

For even more patterns, visit our Free Quilt Block Patterns Library.

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