Checkerboard quilt

Well this was much more difficult than I thought it was going to be… Ugh!

I finally got around to finishing the Checkerboard quilt but doing it ‘pillow case style’ was not as easy as I pictured. The cotton fabrics on the front were fine…it was the streeeetchy fleece I used on the back that caused all kinds of frustration. After laying it out, sewing around the outside and then turning it right-side out I realized it was out of proportion. I chose to push through, I started doing stitch in the ditch quilting but when I got to the other side I had way too much fleece pushed beyond the cotton top! grrrrrrr. Clearly that wasn’t going to work! And then it took longer than I thought to rip that line of quilting out because apparently I’m really good at SITD – LOL!

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, then I remembered a recent YT video from Jenny Doan about tying quilts! It was then I decided I would use embroidery thread and tie it. This was a first for me and I probably should add more but it’s done for now!

Here’s a shot I took before it was washed – you can see the way the fabric lays all uneven…it was worse on the back!

But a quick trip through the washer & dryer and it looks a lot better

The back is still a little uneven but I’m happy with it.

After I finished that I was itching to start a new project…

Earlier this year I signed up for monthly shipments of fat quarter bundles from The Fat Quarter shop. They were starting to really pile up so I pulled one out called Bloomington and made a quilt. I looked at the FQS free patterns and landed on Fat Quarter Fizz.

This is a pretty simple pattern and the top came together really fast. It’s not the same size as the pattern because the bundle only comes with 12 FQs and the pattern calls for 20…but it’s still a good lap size at 50×54.

I mulled over my options for backing and chose this pretty orangy-red I got from Connecting Threads a few months back. I only had two yards, I needed just a little more so I found a floral print from my FQ stash and made the back.

It’s all basted and ready for quilting!

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That’s about all for now. I hope you are safe and sound in your neck of the woods. Have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

4 thoughts on “Checkerboard quilt

  1. I’m not a fan of pillowcase technique either. It may save finding fabric for a binding, but it doesn’t save much time. Yours looks good as finished; a laundering solves many a surface issue.

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    1. Hi Tierney, Thanks! I’m much happier with the quilt now that it’s been washed…that made a world of difference. I’m not sure where it will end up, most likely I’ll send it off to one of my favorite charities.

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