TIC TAC TOE QUILT


Tic tac toe quilt

Tic tac toe quilt

I have made this tic tac toe quilt as a monochrome quilt in black and white fabrics only.  It is based on the tic  tac toe quilt block and measures 46″ square.  I have used four different black fabrics with one white fabric:  total fabric usage of 1 yard black fabric and 1.1/2 yards white fabric.  As you can see, the quilt design forms a grid with lots of different things happening within the grid.

Cutting requirements for the tic tac toe quilt

2.1/2″ squares:  one hundred and eight black, one hundred and forty four white

2.7/8″ squares:  thirty six each of black and white

You will also need eight 2.1/2″ white strips and four 1.1/2″ black strips for the quilt borders (that’s cut across the width of fabric).

 

Making the first tic tac toe quilt block

Nine patch quilt block

Nine patch quilt block

The tic tac toe quilt block has two main components.  The first one is a straightforward nine patch block.  This is made with five black 2.1/2″ squares and four white 2.1/2″ squares laid out in three rows of three squares.  Normally I would suggest sewing together strips of black and white to speed up the piecing, but I didn’t use much strip piecing for this quilt because I wanted to use several different blacks within each nine patch unit.

 

 

Strip piecing

Strip piecing

What I did do was sew together one black strip with one white strip and cut that at 2.1/2″ intervals.  This gave me a few double squares for the nine patch units which I could then use with different black squares.  If you look at the photo above you’ll see that some of the squares are already sewn together – they are the double squares from the strip piecing.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together.  Make eighteen of these.

 

 

Making the second tic tac toe quilt block

The second part of the tic tac toe quilt block

The second part of the tic tac toe quilt block

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

The second quilt block you may know as the shoofly block.  This is still a nine patch block but you will need four half square triangles for each block.  To make these, place a black and a white 2.7/8″ square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.

 

 

The shoofly quilt block

The shoofly quilt block

The tic tac toe quilt block

The tic tac toe quilt block

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together.  Make eighteen of these.

The complete tic tac toe quilt block consists of two of each of the nine patch blocks, placed diagonally opposite each other.  Sew these together in pairs and then sew the pairs together.  You should now have nine tic tac toe quilt blocks.

 

Assembling the tic tac toe quilt

First layout option for the tic tac toe quilt

First layout option for the tic tac toe quilt

Preferred layout for the tic tac toe quilt

Preferred layout for the tic tac toe quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three blocks each.  One option would be to sew the blocks together with them all facing the same way as shown on the left.  I preferred the alternative layout shown on the right where the blocks are alternated – the first block having the nine patch unit on the top left and the second block having the shoofly block on the top left.  I felt that this gives a more interesting look to the quilt.

 

Quilt borders for the tic tac toe quilt

First quilt border for the tic tac toe quilt

First quilt border for the tic tac toe quilt

Second quilt border for the tic tac toe quilt

Second quilt border for the tic tac toe quilt

For the first quilt border I sewed 2.1/2″ white strips to the quilt – two at 36.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two at 40.1/2″ for the sides.

For the second border I sewed 1.1/2″ strips of one of the black fabrics to the quilt – two at 40.1/2″ long for the top and bottom and two at 42.1/2″ long for the sides.

 

Third border for the tic tac toe quilt

Third border for the tic tac toe quilt

The third and final quilt border was made using 2.1/2″ strips of white fabric again – two at 42.1/2″ long for the top and bottom of the quilt and two at 46.1/2″ long for the sides.

The tic tac toe quilt is now complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found towards the bottom of the how to do quilting page.

 

 

Here’s the video:

Machine quilted feather wreath

Machine quilted feather wreath

I wanted to use a machine quilted feather wreath for a quilted wall hanging that I have made and you can see the stages that I went through to make a feather wreath by clicking on machine quilting.

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Comments

  1. Great looking quilt. I love black and white. Will have to try this one.
    I was wondering if sometime you would do a octagon oe hexagon table topper, from beginning to end including the binding. I have bought different patterns for this and just can’t seem to get it right. You make your instructions and tutorials so that everyone can understand them.
    Thank you so much.

    • Thanks, Kay. Glad you like the pattern. A hexagon table topper sounds like a great idea. Can’t promise when, but I will do a tutorial.

  2. love your patterns and videos.Thank you for all the nice patterns.

  3. Thank you for the beautiful quilt tic tac. If possible I would like the double wedding ring quilt tutorial. Thank you.

    • Thanks, Anita. You’re not the first person to ask for a double wedding ring quilt – not sure when I’ll get it done!

  4. Faith Taylor says:

    Hi, Rose! I love this quilt! This is my kind of design – wonderful!

  5. Shirley says:

    Once again you have produced a stunning quilt – love your tutorials.

  6. Dear Rose
    Lovely Quilt I myself love Black and White have made a lot for different people ,keep up the good work, love your patterns
    Rhoda

  7. Maria D Vella says:

    Thank you for all your tutorials.

  8. Hi Rose. Hope you are well and having a great weekend.
    The video did not come through. All that was in the email was:
    Here’s the video:
    The website did not come through. HELP!

    • Sorry, Kathy. I don’t know what to suggest. I’ve checked and the video works when I look at that page and no one else has said that they have a problem. Perhaps refreshing the page may help.

  9. love this quilt tic tat toe. have alot of blue and will try it thanks so much for all you quilting ideas.

  10. Hi, Am currently making my first quilt and it’s in black and white, similar fabrics to yours, and I’m really pleased. The tic tac toe quilt looks like one that I could try, so thank you for the pattern, I’m building up a nice selection of your designs that I want to make, Oh for the time.
    Thank you again.
    Jackie C XX

  11. Ella Wilson says:

    I’ve changed my e address but its still me I love your quilt and I know many islay quilters will feel the same I’m glad to say they all have a look at your site and we all have taken. Note of many of your ideas thank you so much for your pattern andi look foward to your next quilt.

    • Oh thank you, Ella. It’s always good to hear from you. I haven’t forgotten your wedding ring quilt – just haven’t had the time yet.

  12. hi rose, just found time to look at some of your videos all great , is it possible to make quilt bigger? like ocean waves single bed size for my grandson
    chris

    • Hi Chris. Yes, you could make the ocean waves quilt as big as you wish by just adding more frames. Each time that you add a 2.1/2″ strip all the way round you will add 4″ to the quilt’s finished size height and width. Each frame made with 3.1/2″ strips will add 6″ to the finished size measurements.

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