I am itching to start a new project, and I had it in mind that I would get back to my simplified Granny Square blocks.
I was reading the blogs in my blog feed and found a recent post by the folks at Primitive Gatherings. You may or may not know that they have expanded their Wisconsin operation and have opened a new brick and mortar shop in Southern California. Well. The Primitive Gathering So Cal folks are hosting a Summer Sew Along and it is really appealing. Also super expensive, at $22 per week for 15 weeks ($330). $242 if you pay all up front. Their version of the Bow Tie quilt is quite large and is made with charm packs from what I understand. An awful lot of them apparently! Believe it or not, they were not prepared for the volume of orders that came in and had to order more fabric. Lots of people want to make this quilt. Their quilt is beautiful and I loved it, but could not justify the expense just now.
Then, I got to thinking...(no it didn't hurt too much). I am working on that Civil War Stars project Barbara Brackman is hosting, and heaven knows I have enough CW charm squares to make two or three quilts. Why not dig into that stash and make my Bow Ties out of that? I could then use the Civil War Star quilt and the Civil War Bow Tie quilt to decorate in the same room, and it would be a great look!
Of course I have no idea how big the Primitive Gatherings bow tie blocks are. Lisa Bonjean has been making teeny tiny blocks lately and using her great new teeny tiny rulers, so for all I know they could finish up at 1 1/2 inches or something. I searched the internet for tiny bow tie blocks and got a terrific result.
Quiltmaker Magazine started up a program they call "Itty Bitty Blocks" last January. Their first month's offering was a 3 inch finished Bow Tie block. Free pattern. Works for me. I got out my tub of Civil War charm squares and started cutting and stitching. Oh my goodness, those little blocks are so darn cute! I highly recommend that you check out the link to Quiltmaker Magazine--each month they have had a block of the month that was "itty bitty", with free instructions. It makes me want to make them all. You can do some blocks and make a mini quilt, or loads of blocks and make a big quilt.
You could also order the $22 weekly shipment of charm squares from Primitive Gatherings--an option for sure if you don't have a stash of your own.
Look how adorable those little 3 inch blocks are. I can tell you, my loyalties are divided between the two very different projects on my design wall!