Tula Pink Sew Along: Houndstooth


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Becky from My Fabric Obsession is the guest today with her version of Houndstooth. Becky is a huge Tula Pink fan. She’s also one of those girls that I consider a super quilter. She churns out at least 1 fully-finished quilt a month. Check out her blog to see them all!

Hi everyone, Becky from My Fabric Obsession here. When Sara asked me to take part in the Tula Pink Pattern Reviews I was so excited to join in. Thank you Sara for including me! If you’ve read my blog, you know I’m a huge fan of Tula Pinks’ fabrics and have made many projects out of them. This was the first time I’ve done one of her patterns and I was pleasantly surprised.

I chose to make her Houndstooth quilt. Here is the gorgeous shot from her book Quilts from the House of Tula Pink.

Gorgeous right? But you are probably thinking, there are a lot of Houndstooth patterns out there, why this one? Let me tell you, it is super simple!  The genius of Tula Pink is that she uses strip piecing and no templates. That’s right – NO templates or special rulers! YAY!

So here’s what you should know about this pattern. The final size is 66″x72″. That’s a pretty big quilt. The one thing that surprised me was how big those houndstooth (s?, houndsteeth?) are! Here’s a shot to show you the scale:

I would say this is a beginner quilt. The directions in the book (including fabric requirements) only take 3 pages. They are well written and easy to follow. Her diagrams make everything crystal clear.

However, if you choose to mess with the colors, it becomes more advanced. Here’s what I’m talking about.  The quilt pattern is written for 2 colors, one light and one dark. If you stick to her pattern, you need 4.5 yards dark and 4 yards light fabric. It’s very straightforward and you can put this together very quickly.

I, of course, have to make everything more difficult than it really is. I love the graduated colors that Tula Pink uses in her version and wanted to do something funky with mine. I was inspired by this painted wall which was actually on my local news.

Here is my finished quilt top (thank you hubby for holding it up for me).

I’m totally in love with it. HOWEVER, if you decide to do this pattern and do more than two colors, I highly recommend sketching it out first to be sure of your color placement. Your strip piecing will depend on those color placements. You could photocopy the construction layout in the book in black and white or just draw it out. I did not do this my first go around and see if you can spot the problem.

Yup. Multicolored teeth.  I did a lot of seam ripping. But it totally my own fault. It’s still a very easily put together pattern, you just have to plan ahead.

The only other negative is that there is a lot of fabric waste with this pattern. You get a lot of odd cuts of fabric that are really too strange to keep as scraps. So if that kind of thing bothers you, be aware.

20 thoughts on “Tula Pink Sew Along: Houndstooth

  1. Thank you Becky for your review. Your quilt is Great and I loved seeing where your inspiration came from. That was so fun….I am definately off to join your site and I have got to get ahold of Tula Pink’s book. Thanks be to you too Sara.

  2. What an amazing quilt! It is so striking in the fabrics you chose. I also really appreciate all the process info you included. So very helpful. Now i’m off to check out your blog!

    Caryn

  3. I like beginners quilt. I am a beginner quilter. Slowly, but with practice I feel that I will come to say I am a quilter. LOL Thanks for sharing today and love your fabric choices for your quilt. Judith, Texas

  4. Love the effect. Great work! You mentioned that there was a lot of waste fabric. From just a quick perusal, I think that if you used the strip tube method to make the striped blocks, there should be very little waste. Will have to think it through, but it might help. Thanks for the great inspiration.

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