Wednesday, July 14, 2021


Bowtie quilts just draw me in lately, basically since I learned that my maternal grandma, Vesta, used to make them years ago. So when Cheryl/Meadow Mist Designs asked if I'd like to participate in the blog hop for her new book, "Just One Charm Pack Quilts," I chose to make the bowtie variation.

When Cheryl first told me about her book, I thought it was a novel idea, as most of us have those random charm packs stashed away. But I didn't even think of the fact that using a charm pack, besides adding some real nice fabric variety to the quilt, would make it quick and easy to sew up.

As I rummaged around in my stash seeing what my charm pack options were, I came across one made of solids, which isn't the norm, at least from my experience. All the ones I had ever used were prints, and I thought using the solid one might be a nice option, showing off the versatility of Cheryl's quilt designs. The charm pack I ended up using was "Blues" by American Made Brand (SQ0118), with a really fun blue/green ombre among its squares.

For background, I started with Kona White, but in alternating sections also used Moon and Stars in white from Andover Fabrics. That was just a fun design choice since it went so well with the Kona Lighthouse I chose for the "Irish units," plus it also was a good fit for the quilt's eventual recipient. Then it was an obvious choice to use Moon and Stars in gray for both the quilt's backing and binding.

It's quilted with a simple diagonal grid which I think accents the design nicely, while keeping the quilt  comfy cozy.

"Bowtie" finished at 40.5" x 48", a generously-sized baby quilt. And I can honestly say that it was a really enjoyable one to sew. In addition to the bowtie-like blocks, I really liked that they were combined with Irish chain diagonal rows. The ombre added a really fun touch, but I'm confident the design would be equally charming no matter what charm pack was used. 

So I'm fortunate to be one of the first stops on Cheryl's book hop for her new book. Follow Cheryl on Instagram, and her blog, Meadow Mist Designs, to see more designs from the book. She'll be featuring them throughout the hop, which goes through July 29. 


  1. Wow, what a beautiful version of bowties, Debbie! Looks amazing in solids and I especially appreciate your colour placement, creating a gorgeous gradient on the diagonal with your soothing palette. So exciting to have wonderful options for using up our charms!

  2. I really love the ombre effect from the solids charm pack, but the extra touch of having the Moon and Stars in White in some of the front (and in gray for the back) is extra lovely.

  3. what a fun quilt. I rarely buy precuts but this is a good use for them

  4. So pretty! I love the look the solids give to the design. The moon and stars were a fun surprise.

    1. Wonderful quilt! It looks so pretty in solids. Thanks for sharing.

  5. This is such a beautiful quilt and I love how the solids have an ombre look. I really like the addition of the moon and stars in both the front of the quilt and in the backing. Thanks so much for being a part of the blog hop!!

  6. I find it funny to read all about those people hording charm packs. I only ever had one - gifted that I made into Charm Scrappy - which was a rainbow solids pack. And I have two more that are shot cottons that I bought as a "color card option" to see whether I liked them. So all of mine are "solid" too :)

    The quilt you made is beautiful. I especially love the extra fabric you mixed in with the white. Great idea! xo Melanie

  7. What a lovely quilt - love, love all the colours and backgrounds you used!

  8. I love the ombre effect you achieved!