Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Finished Checkerboard Quilt

A PICTURE POST and a week in stitches.
I really like how this quilt has turned out - a mix of scrappy fabrics, colors and prints but still cohesive, with an organized - light/dark - layout.  I love working from my scrap bins .... even if it looks like there's been a small fabric explosion in my sewing area (the whole house)  .... even if it hasn't made a noticeable difference in my scrap bin.  Situation normal.  


The finished quilt measures 60 inches x 70 inches and is towards the larger end of what I call "comfortable for quilting".  The finished size of each square is 2.5 inches x 2.5 inches and I have outlined all of the seam lines as well as crosshatched through all of the light colored squares of the checkerboard. That adds to almost 200 meters (600 feet) of laborious quilt wrangling, although I think it is worth it for texture that it adds to the quilt.


For the quilt binding I have used a soft grey/white fabric from the Squared Elements range by Art Gallery Fabrics. These prints are perfect for binding and come in a great range of colors.


I love that this quilt is a "I-Spy" of fabric as well as a modern "I-Spy" of creatures, animals, characters, notions, accessories etc. There's a lot to see! Just like old quilts can take you back to a time and a place, so does fabric.

As usual I have updated my Etsy Store.

You can see all of the listing details here:  Modern Patchwork Quilt

This quilt is ready for shipping.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita
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28 comments:

  1. Your quilts really inspire me! I see so many fabrics in this that are in my stash that I never would have thought to combine. You are helping me break out of matchy, matchy!

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  2. The grey binding works great with all of the different prints in the quilt. Nice finish!

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  3. As always I stare at your work wishing to be able to do something similar, because I just love scrap quilts, I love fabric and you play with it just wonderfully!

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  4. It's a beauty! I love an i-spy quilt too, I remember studying one my Mum made when I was really little for hours and hours. Gorgeous mix of fabrics as usual :)

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  5. Your quilt turned out great! Love the scrappy look.

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  6. As always, beautiful, simple, perfect.

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  7. Fabulous eye candy!! Smiles~Beth

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  8. Simply charming, a perfect example of Red Pepper Quilts!

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  9. Just a wonderful quilt! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  10. Wow...wow...wow...wow..WOW!!!!!!!
    Absolutely beautiful in every way.....WOW!!!

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  11. As always... A thing of beauty! You certainly out did yourself on the quilting. It looks amazing! Congrats on the finish, Rita.

    Lorna:)
    http://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.com

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  12. I love it! (As usual.) If you don't mind saying, what is the teal dot on white in the second and third photos? I'd like to get my hands on some of that if it's still around!

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    1. Hi Jenny - thank you for stopping by. The teal dot (on a white background) is an organic Birch fabrics - Jay-Cyn Designs, Mod Basics, Dottie in Teal and available from Fabric Worm:

      http://www.fabricworm.com/jadeforbifam20.html

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  13. lohohohve it! It's so You - So Red Pepper :0)

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  14. This quilt is very wonderful in its "less is more" style -- less pattern piecing but more on color and interest. A happy quilt!

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  15. I love your projects. Love the fabrics you choose.

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  16. Another fabulous finish. I love the pops of red and yellow -- and your choice of binding.

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  17. You amaze me. This quilt is gorgeous.

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  18. So many cute fabrics! Well done :)

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  19. Thanks for explaining your quilting pattern as I am just starting to machine quilt. I like the outline on the seams, with the cross on the light squares. Something I might be able to do myself. Your quilt is lovely.

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  20. Wow, I've just come across your blog and will most definately visit again, what a gorgeous array of colours you've used - it does make me feel as though I don't have enough fabric, though it's probably as I can't see a single piece of fabric in your quilt that I own... there is only one thing for it ...
    Great site.

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  21. Magnificent. I love how all those scraps play together in that light/dark pattern.

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