Hair? Or Neck?

When you think of bow ties, do you think of hair bows?  Or, neck ties?  Well, Mary made this bow-tie quilt back in the fall.  It’s been so long, I can’t remember, but I think it’s for her grand-daughter.  If not, then it’s for a little girl somewhere in her family.

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The colors are vibrant and full of fall hues, but how to quilt it?  Should I put fall leaves into it?  What would a little girl like?  My mother used to love making bow-tie quilts, so I thought of her.  Then, I thought of a man’s bow-tie for his neck.  Hmm… Well, I can also picture this little girl having vibrant, curly orangish-red hair.  Don’t ask me how I came to that conclusion, but that’s how I decided to quilt it.

OH!  One thing I want you to notice is that this is no average bow-tie quilt.  This is a 3-D bow-tie quilt…. all over… the whole thing… the whole quilt.  How cool is that?

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Well, and E2E with squiggles all over it can be pretty boring for a special little girl, so I decided to add something.

First off, she needs an autumn flower.

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And, why not add a butterfly to fly around the flowers?

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And, since it was autumn, with October colors (changing leaves), I snuck a little jack-o-lantern surprise into the quilt.

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Mary is a doll for letting me do what ever I like.  I was disappointed that I didn’t come up with something more creative for this quilt.  But, I’ve put swirls in several of her quilts and wanted to change things up a bit.  A pantograph wouldn’t have worked on this one, as it would have mashed down the 3-D effect, so… this was as good as it got.

Author: cowtownquilts

Professional longarm quilter and thread artist in the Kansas City area.

2 thoughts on “Hair? Or Neck?”

  1. What an AWESOME JOB! Love all the bits of creativity you added: butterfly, pumpkin. Love how your quilting dances around the quilt. GREAT JOB, IDA and thanks for sharing.

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