Welcome to week 4 of the VINTAGE BOWTIE FANCY SEW ALONG! I guess the excitement keeps growing as it seems that new folks are joining us each and every week. Its never really too late… one, because these are such simple blocks and two, because we will be happy to cheer you on anytime!





For tips on piecing your blocks, visit the WEEK 2 BLOG POST.

For various setting options, visit the WEEK 3 BLOG POST.

You will want to start paying a bit of attention to your “mix” at this point. Do you have a good mix of tones of colors, do you have a good mix of scale, and do you have a good mix of types of fabrics- florals, geometrics, dots, etc. The more of a variety you have in these items mentioned above, the more interest and sparkle your quilt will have.

This week, we are also delighted to show you a few bonus projects from some lovely Fig Tree friends!



From Lacey [@laceypoirier]:
BOWTIE PILLOW – 16″ x 40″


  • (12) Vintage Bowtie blocks – I used Denim & Daisies Wovens [shipping August 2024]/Cream Eyelet
  • (2) 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ – L/R Borders
  • (2) 2 1/2″ x 40 1/2″ – T/B Borders
  • Backing Fabric Yardage – use your preferred pillow-making method.
  • (3) 2 1/4″ x WOF for Binding


  • Make (12) Vintage Bowtie blocks using the pattern on page 98 of the Strawberry Garden Book.
  • Using the “X’s & O’s”-style setting, arrange your (12) bowtie block as depicted in the below mockup, and sew together.

  • Add the L/R borders.
  • Add the T/B borders.
  • Quilt as desired. I opted to do a 1″ diagonal crosshatch on my home machine.
  • Add your backing, using your preferred pillow-making method. I made an envelope back with a vertical opening.
  • Bind.
  • Stuff – I purchased an 18″ x 40″ pillow insert from Amazon to make the pillow appear more “full”.
  • Enjoy!


From Susan [@thefeltedpear]
BOWTIE POUCH – 10″ x 14″


  • (12) HALF SIZE Vintage Bowtie blocks – see below for more details.
  • Scraps for Zipper Tabs
  • ½ yd. Low Volume Fabric for Borders and Pouch Back
  • ½ yd. Lining Fabric
  • Fusible Fleece
  • 14” Zipper
  • Optional Embellishments:
    • Fig Tree ZIPPER PULLS
    • “Handmade with Love” Label from Jelly and Jam Label Panel
      • Fusible Webbing
      • Pinking Shears -or- Pinking Sheared Rotary Cutter Blade


  • Make (12) HALF SIZE Vintage Bowtie blocks using the pattern on page 98 of the Strawberry Garden Book. Click HERE for a refresher on how to resize blocks, along with a DOWNLOADABLE PRINTABLE WORKSHEET to help keep you organized.
  • Sew bowtie blocks together in three rows of four blocks each.

  • From low volume fabric, cut a 12” x 16” backing rectangle. From the remainder of the yardage, cut (2) 2 ½” x 9 ½” (L/R) borders as well as (2) 2” x 16 ½” (T/B) borders.
  • Attach L/R borders to the bowtie panel and then T/B borders.
  • Quilt panels as instructed on page 5 of the Scissor Satchel Pattern.  Trim panels to the size indicated for the “Scissor Satchel” Version on page 5 -6 of the pattern.

  • Prepare “Handmade with Love Label” by adhering fusible webbing on the back of the label and trimming the edges with a pinking sheared rotary cutter. Attach the label to the low volume backing by centering the label roughly 2 ¼” down from the top of the panel.

  • Make zipper tabs and prepare zipper according to the directions on page 5 of the Scissor Satchel pattern.
  • Assemble the pouch according to the directions on pages 7-8 of the Scissor Satchel Pattern.
  • To keep pouch rectangular, omit the steps on boxing the corners and bind the inside seams as desired.
  • Attach zipper pull and your pouch is ready for use or gifting!



Don’t forget to check in with us [hoping for today but it might be tomorrow because I am traveling to Dallas to visit the “mothership” as we like to call MODA] on INSTAGRAM for a fabulous giveaway!



Check back on Thursday for our FIG FRIEND FEATURE…Thelma Childers with her ARGYLE SWEATER QUILT (pg. 70).

Happy Sewing!


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  1. Robin | 5th Jun 24

    I’m going to make the small. Just getting started!

    • | 9th Jun 24


  2. Laura Green | 5th Jun 24

    I am making the small Vintage Bow tie Quilt

    • | 9th Jun 24

      Fantastic! Happy to have you join us!

  3. Donna | 13th Jun 24

    I’ll be creating the small Vintage Bow Tie Quilt…love it.

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