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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!).

turnabout patchwork blog hop

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.

Ann's Houndstooth Quilt
Ann’s Houndstooth Quilt

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.

What I Made Monday Wedding Quilt
Mike and Daina’s Wedding Quilt

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.

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Don’t forget to visit all of the participating bloggers!

January 30 – Quarter Snow Ball


Sweet Bows


Sun Dunes

February 1 – Modern Shoofly

Flying Rainbows

Flying Butterflies

Flying Flags

Flying Confetti

February 2 – Half Square Triangles (HSTs) and squares

Rose Garden Star



Diamond Star

February 4 – Striped Fabric Block


Xs and Os



February 6 – Coordinated Strips


Diamond and Crosses

Knots and Crosses

February 8 – Double Disappearing Nine-Patch

Holiday Trellis

Stepping Stones

Two for One


27 Replies to “Turnabout Patchwork: Houndstooth Baby Quilt

  1. I do like to make pillows for my living room. I usually add zippers as they seem to contain the pillow form better than an envelope method. Your quilt turned out great! Thanks for sharing.

  2. So far I have only made some huge floor cushions which needed a zipper closing. I like the idea of using envelope backs for pillow covers, but buttons and zippers are good, too.

  3. Hi Becca! I am intrigued by this quilt, and have had a houndstooth patterned quilt on my list of to-make-soon for a while. I would never believe that your’s and Ann’s version are from the same pattern. Another case of the difference fabric choices can make. When I saw the thumbnail, I was drawn in because I also see the outline of a cat. Thanks for sharing this with us today. ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. I do like pillows although I am struggling with making them, my zippers have come out on the wrong edge, wonky sewn in, lots of little issues. But I am persevering. I will get this!

  5. I’ve never made a pillow, but would probably use an overlapped fabric opening on the back rather than a zipper.

    What an interesting block! Thanks for the chance to win.

  6. Actually, I have a pillow as the next thing on my to do list for a blog hop. I’m still not sure how I’m going to finish it off – zipper or fold, hmmm. Your fabric choices for this quilt are so warm and cuddle ready <3

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