Welcome to my stop on the Turnabout Patchwork Blog Hop! That Patchwork Place sent me an electronic copy of Teresa Mairal Barreu‘s new book, Turnabout Patchwork, and I agreed to make two projects from the book and blog about them (one yesterday, and one today!).
My second project is one of Teresa’s Half Square Triangles and Squares block variations, called Houndstooth. This project interested me because I’d made a houndstooth quilt before, but developed my own pattern which I suspected wasn’t the easiest way to go about it. I thought it would be neat to try it another way.
Teresa’s version calls for making half-square triangles four at a time, but I skipped that part–I had made way too many HSTs for a wedding quilt a couple of months ago. I trimmed those HSTs down to the size I needed and went from there.
The instructions in the book are clearly written and easy to follow, and the quilt came together very quickly. Because of the scrappy nature of the HSTs that I was using, a design wall was useful for making sure that I had the layout right.
Inspired by Jacquie Gering’s incomparable book, Walk, I used the walking foot on my Bernina 550QE to quilt gentle curved lines in a rough X through the whole thing, then echoed the lines using the edge of the walking foot as a guide. I used Aurifil 50wt thread (dove, #2600) for the quilting to add some lightness to the rather dark quilt. Then I pulled a yellow solid out of my stash that coordinated nicely with the pops of creamy, buttery yellow in some of the fabrics to add a faux flange to the binding and lighten things up even further.
I love this sophisticated baby quilt!
In short, I enjoyed making this baby quilt using Teresa’s block instructions from Turnabout Patchwork. I don’t think this is the simplest way to create a houndstooth quilt, but it’s perfect for using orphan HSTs like I had hanging around. I love the concept of taking a block and slicing it up to create something entirely new–and I’m excited about trying a project combining several turnabout patterns made from the same block at some point down the road.
Teresa and the fine people at That Patchwork Place are generously providing an e-book for me to give away, plus Teresa will send you a pattern of your choice from her Etsy shop! Check out the Rafflecopter widget for all of the different ways you can enter.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Don’t forget to visit all of the participating bloggers!
January 30 – Quarter Snow Ball
February 1 – Modern Shoofly
- Gretchen Wylegala: Snug Harbor Quilts
February 2 – Half Square Triangles (HSTs) and squares
Rose Garden Star
- Anne Boundy: Said with Love
- Becca Fenstermaker: Pretty Piney (You’re here!)
February 4 – Striped Fabric Block
Xs and Os
- Cheryl Brown: QuilterChic
- Stephanie Jacobson: Steph Jacobson Design
February 6 – Coordinated Strips
- Afton Warrick: Quilting Mod
Diamond and Crosses
Knots and Crosses
February 8 – Double Disappearing Nine-Patch
- Sherry Shish: Powered by Quilting
Two for One
- Mania Hatziioannidi: Mania for Quilts