Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Checkerboard Quilt II - A Finished Quilt


So this is my second Postage Stamp / Checkerboard Quilt.  It is the quilt for which fabrics were cut at the same time as the Economy Block Quilt from last week.  I thought it wise to multi-task whilst my stash was turned upside down and cut an extra strip of fabric. So easy!


I have strip-pieced this quilt using the same method as detailed in the Postage Stamp Tutorial although I have cut my strips wider (2.5 inches x 11 inches) and therefore each 16-patch Postage Stamp Block measures 8.5 inches x 8.5 inches. I have also pieced strip sets by alternating light and dark fabrics. I find this quicker and easier than row sewing (sewing fabric squares together in long rows) not only because you're working with 16-patch blocks but also because I don't have room for a design wall ~ arranging 900 fabric squares on the floor with a dog ready to play can be stressful. (Although I must admit that I do my fair share of row sewing with larger size squares).


The quilt is ditch stitched - all of the seam lines have been quilted which in effect creates a 2 inch grid of intersecting straight lines. The quilting is again functional (that is, to keep the layers of the quilt together) rather than decorative. 


For the back of the quilt I have used a single fabric from the Pam Kitty Bouquet collection by Holly Holderman. For the quilt binding I have used another fabric favorite ~ Art Gallery Squared Elements in Lemon ~ although I was sorely tempted to bind the quilt with my more stock standard black/white stripe fabric. A change is nice though.


This quilt is for sale and is listed in my Etsy Store.

You can see the listing details here:  Modern Checkerboard Quilt


There is something so wonderful about simple patchwork and working from stash; I love seeing the quilt come together, the fabrics all playing together regardless of color or design. I love color!

RELEVANT LINKS:
Postage Stamp Quilt Tutorial

Thank you for stopping by!
Rita

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23 comments:

  1. Another beautiful creation! Well done!

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  2. So pretty Rita!! (As usual)
    xx

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  3. pretty! love the fabric on the back.

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  4. Decades ago I sewed a lot of clothing. I learned that a simple classic pattern made out of gorgeous fabric was always a winner. The same applies to your quilting projects.

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  5. I love all your quilts! You use so many beautiful fabrics, & everything always looks so precise & clean. No wobbly stitch in the ditch.

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  6. Your postage stamp quilt is gorgeous!

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  7. Your quilts are always so beautiful!

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  8. So beautiful! It is on my list!

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  9. I haven't started my economy blocks yet but when I do I am going to make this quilt too! Genius!

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  10. Rocketing in to the new year Rita! Great quilt.

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  11. Rita, how do you make the beautiful photographs, like the last one, where the quilt seems to just be floating on your white page background, without a frame around it? Those photos like that look SO GOOD !

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  12. another very nice quilt, re economy blocks you have me hooked have made 100, think they will go to bed for a while before i join them up, thanks for the great tutorial

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  13. You are always ever so efficient, Rita! It's a beautiful quilt for sure.

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  14. Your postage stamp quilts are just so cute and fun!!

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  15. It's gorgeous! I love the backing fabric too. I clicked on the link to your shop and looks like it's sold already. I'm not surprised. Maggie xx

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  16. Love it! So pretty. You have some great fabrics in your scrap boxes.

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