#jensfillerblocks 6.5″ Bow Tie

I bet you all thought I was done making #jensfillerblocks. I did too!!! I couldn’t pass up posting this one as I’m in the middle of my 6.5″ bow tie quilt that I referenced in my Low Volumes series. It’s a very traditional block that has been around forever and is super easy to make.

Cutting for 1 block:

(2) 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ low volume

(2) 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ print

(2) 2″ x 2″ print

Draw a line down the center diagonally of each 2″ x 2″ print. Place the (2) 2″ x 2″ prints on top of one corner of each of the (2) 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ low volumes (LVs). Sew on the line. A note about directional prints: it is definitely possible to line up the prints so they go in the same direction, but it does require checking before you sew them to the LV’s.

Trim off the excess, and press. Lay out the block to make sure it is all facing the right direction and your bow tie corner pieces you just made end up in the right spot.

Sew together into a simple 4-patch and you are done!


Olfa Endurance Blades and Traveling Mats

I am super excited to tell you about a fun giveaway I have for one of you lucky quilters out there! I imagine, like me, many of you have heard of the new Olfa 45mm Endurance blade that lasts up to 2x as long as a traditional blade. I have to say I have been super impressed with the Endurance blade I was sent. It cuts through fabric like butter, without being a runaway blade. It is so sharp, yet so easy to control.

I also was sent 2 folding mats. They’ve become my new go-to mats! The 17″ x 24″ is the perfect size for breaking down fat quarters, which I’ve been doing a lot of. I have been in the really, really bad habit of doing all of my cutting on the floor (yes, the floor…… I know how bad it is…..) so these smaller mats have made it so much easier to cut on the table like a real quilter. 😉 The 12″ x 17″ is going to be a great retreat or travel mat! I was always curious what the backs of these travel mats look like so I thought I’d share a photo:

The center strip is flexible and bends, while the foam provides a nice non-slick effect.

Olfa is also doing a super fun contest for a chance to win a quilting cruise for 2 on their website! You can enter daily so jump on that if you’d like a cruise for free!!!

Olfa has generously offered a fun giveaway for one lucky US resident and blog reader. The winner will receive:

1 45mm Olfa Endurance blade, 1 45mm Olfa Splash rotary cutter in purple, and 1 12″ x 17″ folding cutting mat.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling me when the last time is you changed your rotary blade. I never change mine as regularly as I should, I am embarrassed to admit. Are you diligent in changing yours or do you follow my ways? (I do have to moderate comments, so don’t worry if it doesn’t show up immediately.) GIVEAWAY to US residents only and will end on Friday, June 9. Good luck!!


GIVEAWAY CLOSED! Congrats to Kathy who has been emailed. Thanks to all for entering! I see I’m not alone in waiting as long as humanly possible to change my rotary blade. 🙂


*I was sent products by Olfa in exchange for a write up of my honest opinions. The opinions are mine and real.*

Low Volumes: I Don’t Have an Inside Voice

This is Part 3 of 3 in a series on Low Volume fabric usage, not meant to be a comprehensive study, but a starting point. For Part 1 or Part 2, follow the links!

Now we’re to the good stuff, or at least my favorite type of Low Volume (LV). “I don’t have an inside voice” is just SOOOO much fun and funky to use. As with the “whisper quiet” and “normal speaking voice” LV, they have a very light background of white/off-white/cream/light gray, but these have big and bold colors, big and bold patterns, and just a little more chaos than our other two LV types. Here are some “I don’t have an inside voice” LV’s in action:

Aren’t they just FUN?!? You still can see the effect the bow tie blocks have, but the background adds some major interest. Yes, the “I don’t have an inside voice” LV’s compete more with the prints, but it still works!! Once again, the key is pairing a print with majorly contrasting colors with the LV. It will not work otherwise. For instance, the flamingo block (top row, 2nd from the left) would be lost if it were a pink bow tie.

Now the question some of you might be wondering: How do all 3 LV types work together? Well I’m happy to share my quilt thus far. It is one of my very favorites because of how unique it is.

Isn’t it just funky and fun? My eyes are constantly moving looking at different prints and backgrounds. I won a bundle from the very lovely and generous Holly Lesue of Maker Valley that served as the inspiration for this quilt as well as all of the Long Time Gone sewalong photos I saw around the same time. There are SO many great uses of LV happening in the sewalong (check out the #longtimegonesal if you want some more inspiration!) I chose this block for a bee I’m in and I cannot wait to get my blocks back this month and add them into the scrappy, happy goodness that already exists.

What are your thoughts now? Are you a “whisper quiet”, a “normal voice”, or an “I don’t have an inside voice” type of LV quilter? Or maybe you like all 3?