Written by Husqvarna Viking on August 10, 2023

How to Sew a Bow Tie Picnic Quilt

We're excited to share this step-by-step guide with you that will help you create a beautiful and functional picnic quilt perfect for your next outdoor adventure.

Based on the Project Bow Tie Picnic Quilt Originally posted on mySewnet.com  from the mySewnet Archives.

Let’s get started!


Each block requires three red 11cm (4”) squares and two blue 4” squares. The resulting block is 18cm ( 7”) (6 1/2” finished). We used 24 bow tie blocks and 24 plain blocks in our quilt which measures approximately 102cm x 132cm (40” x 52”).

  • Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine
  • Red and Blue Scraps for Bow Tie Squares
  • 1 Yard Cotton for Backing and Backing
  • Serger (Overlocker) Cone Thread
  • 30 wt. Cotton Thread for Quilting

How to Sew:

1 - Cut three red  (11cm x 11cm) 4” x 4” blocks and two blue  11cm x 11cm(4” x 4”) blocks for each block.

2 - Place the first blue square right side up on the table. Fold a red square wrong sides together for the center and place as shown, on top of the blue square.

3 - Place a red square right side down, on top of the two. Overlock across the top edge as shown.

4 - Open out so that the red square and the blue square are up and the folded center is down, as shown.

5 - Sandwich the bottom of the center folded piece with a blue square on top and a red square on the bottom. Right sides of the squares are together, with the folded center in between them. Serge across the bottom edge as shown.

6 - Open out the piece. Place the squares right sides together, matching the seams. The center will open out and get caught in the seam. Stitch across the bottom, catching the center in the seam. You may want to pin this seam, but be sure to keep the pins away from the cutter.

7 - Press the blocks.

8 - Using your rotary cutter and ruler, trim the blocks to 7”. To do this, align the 3 1/2” line on your ruler with the center seam and cut, as shown.

9 - Arrange your quilt squares alternating with the solid squares. We alternated the direction of our bow tie squares as shown.

10 - Sew first into rows, and then sew the rows together to finish the quilt top.

11 - Layer the back and quilt top wrong sides together, with batting in between, to form a quilt sandwich.

12 - Safety pin baste the layers together.

13 - Select a zig zag stitch 4 Width and 4 Length on your HUSQVARNA VIKING sewing machine. Stitch a zig zag over the seams of the squares.

14 - Bind as desired

By creating your own a Bow Tie Picnic Quilt can be a rewarding and enjoyable project. Whether you're an experienced quilter or a beginner, this DIY project offers plenty of opportunities for creativity and personalization.

Not only is the a Bow Tie Picnic Quilt a practical and functional item for outdoor picnics, but it also serves as a beautiful handmade piece of art that you can proudly display in your home. The timeless bow tie pattern adds a touch of elegance and charm to any space.

If you make a Bow Tie Picnic Quilt or any other projects on our blog be sure to tag us at @husqavrnaviking_sewing_aus on Instagram and use the hashtag #husqvarnavikingsewing, so we can see your wonderful creations.

Article written by Husqvarna Viking

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