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Tula Pink modified houndstooth WIP

on October 6, 2013

So, as I’ve mentioned a few times, I’ve been in Mama Spark’s  Tula Pink layer cake swap for many months. We are on round 9, now, I think, and I only missed the first round since I hadn’t heard of it yet. I was also in another charm swap for TP prints. I have a huge stack of TP squares, not to mention my yardage. So I set out to do something with it. I am starting to feel like a hoarder with all these fabrics that I have but can’t use. Silly, right? Whenever I go to start a project, I look over my fabric and mentally eliminate at least half of it because it is “special” and can’t be used.


I decided to pick a pattern that would work easily with charms and showcase as many prints as possible. I selected what I’ve been calling the modified hounds tooth. They call it houndstooth, but it just isn’t. This is very easy to put together as long as you pay attention to your order. It is two squares and two hsts per block. My blocks are 8″ finished. I am – at this point – planning on 11×12 blocks, so 132 total. It’ll be queenish size. I’d love to keep going, because I have the fabric for it, but I am already terrified of quilting this thing eventually.

First 60ish blocks - floor of my sewing room

First 60ish blocks – floor of my sewing room

The problem I am already having is finding a place to lay it out. It takes up a ton of room! And while we have a roomy house, the rooms have furniture in them. I currently have it laid out on the floor of my living room with all the furniture pushed to the walls, and it still isn’t big enough! I’m going to pick it up for a while though, because we are about to do a few more rounds of the swap and some really cool prints are swapping through now. I have almost 100 (98 I think?) blocks made already, so that only leaves a few more. I am going to have such a hard time narrowing down these fabrics, though some of my choices will be made by color – I need more yellow, for sure. I was hoping to be able to get most of the fabrics represented, but that is certainly not going to happen. And her next release has been announced already! Wow. Well, I have the fabric to make many more, I guess, but I was planning on having this one for me, and was really hoping to have it for the winter. I think that’s a long shot, though.

This pattern can be found in Quilty. It’s floating around on Pinterest and they also have a Quilty video for it. I don’t remember which issue it was – I am not at home right now – but like I said, it is really easy to do. I chained, pressed and trimmed about 40 blocks at a time.

Laid out on my living room floor - about 100 blocks done.

Laid out on my living room floor – about 100 blocks done.


OMG! I can finally join again!!

11 responses to “Tula Pink modified houndstooth WIP

  1. Sarah says:

    Wow! This is going to be a beauty when it’s finished. I agree, quilting it will take some muscle, but you’ll manage it, I’m sure.

  2. wombatquilts says:

    Love how you have modified this pattern. Great stuff.

  3. Michele says:

    I’m loving how it is looking so far.

  4. jayne Willis says:

    Great looking quilt! Love the modification! and Tula!

  5. Love this. I can’t wait to see it all done 🙂

  6. Lynette says:

    Boy, these fabrics really make a neat modified houndstooth, don’t they?!

  7. katyquilts says:

    This a going to be great! I recently made a king size quilt and had no where to lay the whole thing out either. I decided to work on one quarter at a time. I tool pics on my digital camera and printed them out. Then I worked on the next section. When you have four quarters on paper, it is easy to see glaring mistakes. And I had room to lay out one quarter at a time. Hope this helps.

  8. Sabrina says:

    This is going to look so neat! I share your struggle of finding a room with sparse enough furniture to lay out quilts in.

  9. Jenn says:

    Love that Tula Pink modified Houndstooth (that’s a mouthful)! I understand the trepidation you feel in quilting something that big. I haven’t quilted anything bigger than a full, just because the throat space on my machine is tiny. Good luck!

  10. Amy Holmes says:

    looking good! I totally agree with quilting something so big on home machine. sometimes if I have one really big it is easier to hand quilt.

  11. Stephanie says:

    This pattern from Quilty is on my ‘to do’ list and you did a great job! It’s nice to see a quilt with Tula that isn’t from her 100 blocks book. I work at a shop and that was the latest challenge. Great job!

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