Grandma’s Bow Tie Quilt


My son-in-law was the lucky recipient of a handmade quilt from his Grandmother. The top had been assembled using both hand and machine stitching. The pattern is known as Bow Tie. I would imagine, well actually I’m guessing, that the fabrics were leftover from other items.

After being stored for many years, in its unfinished state, I was given the privilege of bringing it to a close. Using a thread chosen to match with the blue squares, we decided to quilt it with the Baptist Fan motif. While being quite familiar with the stitch pattern, I have to admit that I had never attempted to apply it. Since I don’t have a computer on my machine that would have allowed me to call up a pre-loaded pattern I had to figure out how to accomplish it.

In my library of available longarm gadgets I just happened to have a set of plastic templates that mimicked the flow of the Baptist Fan. I turned to the internet to explore the techniques used by other quilters to make certain these templates would serve the purpose.

My biggest question was how many curved arcs were typically present in the Baptist Fan pattern. After exploring many websites I was able to determine that there didn’t seem to be a standard. There were, however, several gadgets available to aid in the application. Rather than purchase another tool I chose to utilize the templates I had on hand.

With a bit of trial and error I was able to successfully complete my mission. Care had to be taken along the way to maintain the integrity of the hand stitched seams. I didn’t want to be responsible for ruining a quilt that certainly had sentimental value and could never be replaced since the Grandmother had died.

After completing the longarm quilting and adding on a binding, the quilt had finally been finished. Both my daughter and my son-in-law were very pleased with the outcome. Here’s a few more photos.

Cindy Anderson

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