The bow ties are now trimmed, pressed and assembled into a small top.
Being only 48 x 54", borders are neccessary to bring the top up to a useful size.
So another visit to the online auctions secured a yard or so of a similar ('tho brighter) antique double pink, whilst in "the stash" was a hideous quilt top purchased several years back expressly to cannibalise for the large indigo setting squares.
A quick browse through some old Qulit Engagement Calendars for inspiration...
...and I remembered this template....
(x-ray films make excellent quilt templates you know!!)
We DO love a good willow tree.
The regimentation of the bowties needed a bit more whimsy... so wee birdies on strange bushes were sketched up.