The Houndstooth is a classic and fantastic example of one simple block in repeat to create an interesting design. On it’s own, it looks a little like Batman!
Now, you could piece this normally, if you like cutting perfectly accurate strips at 2 5/8″ and then making sure you sew the perfect 1/4″ seam. But I think that would just frustrate you all to no end. So that does mean some more paper piecing, but for those who are sewing along, you guys are pros at this now!
If you choose to use black and white, or black and any other pale colour, pay careful attention to seam allowances to ensure that no black is peeking out from the white. This will show through from the front! You may also wish to use a light grey thread so that the white is not so starkly different against the black if the seams pull apart even just a tiny bit.
What you need
From both prints:
1 – 6.5″ square
2 – 3″ x 5″
2 – 3″ x 9.5″
2 copies of the template (includes printing and making instructions)
All seams are 1/4″ and press as directed.
Step 1. Piece the 2 paper pieced sections. You can find a basic paper piecing tutorial here if this is your first time paper piecing. If it is, don’t fear – this is as simple as you can get with straight lines and no angles!
Step 2. Arrange your 6.5″ squares and the units from step 1 into rows, ensuring that the white A1 corners are in the centre of the block and the black A4 corners are forming opposite outer corners. Sew together in rows, pressing the seams away from the strips. Sew the rows together, pressing seams towards the black side.
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You can find all the block tutorials on the original The Bee Hive post. If you’re sharing your blocks or quilts from The Bee Hive on social media, be sure to use #thebeehivequilts and @blossomheartquilts so we can find your awesome work!
If you are in a swarm for The Bee Hive, please see the quilting bee etiquette post for answers to any questions you may have. If it’s Tic Tac Toe specific regarding the block construction, please ask in the comments on this post and I will answer it here so that everyone can benefit from the question/answer.