Bow Tie


Oh the quilt layouts you can make with the Bow Tie.

Totally pieced in the hoop and quilted in the hoop.



Bow tie is one of the seventeen blocks considered to be part of the communication system used by the Underground Railroad.

Although unproven, many believe that quilts were hung on clotheslines and draped over porch railings to send messages to fleeing slaves.

As the slaves travelled their clothing became tattered and torn which drew unwanted attention.

The legend explains that when the Bow Tie quilt pattern was spotted, it was time to stay put and await fresh clothing. The fresh clothing was intended to help the slaves blend into society more easily by making them less noticeable.

This quilt-in-the-hoop block has also been published as:

“Necktie” Kansas City Star, Feb. 3, 1932
Bow Tie”, Kansas City Star (Bow Tie in Pink and White) Feb. 22, 1956
“Necktie”, Nancy Cabot, Chicago City Tribune
“Necktie”, Ladies Art Company, Pattern 119

Step it up a notch with new fabric choices and you will love what you can do with this block.


  • Machine instructions for 4, 5 and 8 inch blocks
  • Complete step by step instructions with photos of every step from hooping to binding
  • Block for use with Electric Quilt
  • BONUS:
    Quilt Design – Chinook Variation 2
    Interchangeable Quilt only designs for plain or unpieced 4, 5 and 8 inch blocks.

Available for instant download in 4, 5 and 8 inch blocks
File Formats:

PES, VIP, VP3, HUS, JEF, EXP, SHV, DST, Singer Triple X

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