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
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.
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 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.
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
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
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.
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:
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.