This is one of my favorites from her fabulous tutorials and it’s very easy to make, which makes it even better, right? I love the bright colored polka dot fabric she uses to make this, but you can still choose whatever fabric you wish, you’ll just need 11 different fabrics for this DIY project.
I couldn’t wait to make this bow tie quilt! I opted for some other fabrics because of the colors in my decor. I wanted to use fabrics that had tiny intricate prints on them to give it a more vintage look and went a lot reds and a turquoise background…my two favorite colors! It turned out so amazing and I think it’s one of my favorite things I own. I also opted for the smaller quilt so I could use it for a lap quilt when I watch TV. It is just precious!
A little history about this quilt that I found to be very interesting…This block (also called Necktie or Hourglass) dates back to the days of early Americans settling in the West. Although some blocks were created and named to honor important events or people in history, many quilt blocks were also named for everyday parts of pioneer life. As the children’s book The Quilt-Block History of Pioneer Days states so eloquently, “They were a way for pioneer women to tell the story of the settling of the country in a very special art form.”
Later, the Bow Tie block was also part of the Underground Railroad. Although it’s controversial among historians, there are many stories of quilts being used as secret codes for stops on the Underground Railroad.
As the website Owen Sound’s Black History puts it, “Secret messages in the form of quilt patterns aided slaves escaping the bonds of captivity in the Southern states before and during the American Civil War. … The quilt patterns, used in a certain order, relayed messages to slaves preparing to escape. … Quilts slung over a fence or windowsill, seemingly to air, passed on the necessary information to knowing slaves. As quilts hung out to air was a common sight on a plantation, neither the plantation owner nor the overseer would notice anything suspicious. It was all part of a day’s work for the slaves. Characteristic of African culture is the communication of secrets through the use of common, everyday objects; the objects are seen so often they are no longer noticeable.”
Specifically, the Bow Tie block was “a symbol indicating it was necessary to travel in disguise or to change from the clothing of a slave to those of a person of higher status.”
Watch as Laura Coia shows you, in her step by step tutorial, how to make this beautiful quilt.