This project was very anxiety inducing for me. I tend to improv designs from inspiration photos and don’t follow patterns. Yet, I have never truly designed my own block, let alone written a tutorial for others.
The logistics of getting fabric to arrive in a timely manner in Costa Rica were impractical. A compromise was made; I worked from my own stash of solids and Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs was nice enough to sew my block (and give some feedback) by using the provided “Watermelon Summer” Prairie Cotton Solids from Fabri-Quilt that will be included in the final charity sampler quilts.
True to form, I did not design an original block; however, I modified the method used by another. Blossom Heart Quilts has a great tutorial for a paper pieced Houndstooth block. Being irrationally terrified of paper piecing and wanting to create a multi-color houndstooth block, I embraced Napoleon’s Battle Plan.
Napoleon’s Plan Houndstooth Block Tutorial
It’s a two part plan:
First- We sew up
Then- We see what happens
From 5 Fat Eighth colors cut:
2- 1.5″xWoF Strips
1- 3″xWoF Strip
Cut the 3″ strip into 3″ squares
Lay out the 1.5″strips in an order that has color combos that make you happy
Take one strip from each color and shift down (or up if you prefer) to create new pairs.
Offset the strip ends by 1.5″
Sew strips together and press to the dark
Using the 45° line on your ruler, cut triangles down the length of the sewn strips.
You should get about 7 triangles total
Repeat for each combo of sewn strips
To create your block layout, I found it easiest to work from the center diagonal out.
Working with pairs of triangles, the two small triangles will form the upper right corner of the “houndstooth” and two longer triangle sides will form the lower left “tails”
Once your layout is finalized, sew the 45° triangles on the long side (don’t worry this is not a bias edge) and trim to 3″square
In rows, sew the multi-colored squares to the solid squares and press to the solid square
Sew the rows together, nesting the seams
Congrats! You have successfully executed Napoleon’s Plan!
Now for the real fun stuff
I encourage you to check out my fellow bloggers from today and earlier this week. From 6 fabrics, these immensely creative people have designed 60 different blocks using a whole variety of techniques.
Today’s Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter
Hannah @Modern Magnolia Studio
Cindy @Stitchin At Home
Abby @Hashtag Quilt
Lisa @Sunlight in Winter Quilts
Carrie @Chopping Block Quilts
Brianna @The Iron and Needle
Tish @Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Jan @The Colorful Fabriholic
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Beth @Cooking Up Quilts
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Liz @LizzyClips Design
Kim @Leland Ave Studios
Kitty @Night Quilter
Inspired by Fabric (Fabri-Quilt) is giving away a 1/2 yard cut of EACH of the 6 Prairie Cloth Solids in the Watermelon Summer colorway.
Oh and wondering what to do with those extras not used in the block? I turned them into quilted soft blocks for my baby niece.
If you have any questions or need clarification on the block construction please let me know.
Thanks for stopping by!