Friday, June 6, 2014

A Checkerboard Quilt

A finished quilt and a picture post.

A Checkerboard Postage Stamp Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts
One hundred 16-patch blocks and 1600 patchwork pieces.
200 different printed fabrics.
1.5 yards of Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in White.
Quilt measures 50 inches x 50 inches.
A big thank you to everyone who stopped by to check out my Checkerboard Quilt Tutorial. I really appreciate it! Personally I thoroughly enjoyed making this quilt, right from choosing and cutting fabrics to  the quilting and binding. It was a lot of work - I am not complaining though - and definitely worth it for the end result.

A Checkerboard Postage Stamp Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

Quilting OCD. It's a thing according to my kids. I love closely spaced quilting lines on my quilts (as opposed to having large un-quilted areas) and I really went to town on this one. The 1 1/4 inch squares have all been well and truly quilted and the result is a textured surface that draws in both your eye and hand. There are vertical, horizontal and diagonal edge to edge lines. No ditch stitching this time. My machine played so nice. All night long! I think it may have overheard my threats of abandonment.

A Checkerboard Postage Stamp Quilt ~ Quilting detail :: Red Pepper Quilts
A Checkerboard Postage Stamp Quilt ~ Quilting detail :: Red Pepper Quilts

For the back of the quilt I have chosen a single floral fabric - Shasta Daisy in Pink from the Glamping Collection for Moda Fabrics - which, if I had to pick 10 favorite fabrics from 2013, then this fabric would be right up there.

A Checkerboard Postage Stamp Quilt ~ binding :: Red Pepper Quilts

A signature black and white stripe binding completes this quilt. In fear of being boring there were other fabrics auditioned for binding but there was no fabric that made quite this statement.

A Checkerboard Postage Stamp Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts
A Checkerboard Postage Stamp Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts

This quilt was listed for sale in my Etsy Store
 but has sold prior to publishing
 this blog post and is now making its way to the new owner.
A Checkerboard Postage Stamp Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts
I am already planning my next Checkerboard/Postage Stamp Quilt; cutting and saving strips of fabric as I work on other quilts and projects, so that hopefully later this year I will be ready to start working on another. The same size squares, but even more of them!


Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend,
Rita


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21 comments:

  1. Another beautiful quilt and thank you for the tutorial, it was very helpful.

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  2. OMG this is sensational totally love everything about this master piece. Just beautiful:)

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  3. Hi Rita! Beautiful! The thought of going through the stash and cutting all those little strips and refolding the pieces-- mamma mia! I think I will start to cut strips from appropriate fabrics as I work on other projects. Love the quilting too!

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  4. wow.. what a big number you put here Rita...1600 patchwork pieces ... oh my... so impressive .. and the quilt is quit big too , should I say 'big and beautiful' ... :)

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  5. You have outdone yourself... again! Love the back and the signature binding!

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  6. Wow, simply beautiful. Your stitch lines are fantastic and your binding can never be boring. I love the fabric you chose for the backing, such a contrast to the front. I'm so in love with this quilt, great job!

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  7. Great job indeed! While I have made postage stamp quilts - smaller, I just loved the tutorial that went along with the making of this quilt. Looking forward to your next one.

    I love the comment about OCD quilting! There really is some truth to that. LOL!

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  8. I am commenting again....I forgot to ask you...what stitch length did you use for the quilting of this quilt?

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  9. Completely gorgeous quilt, Rita!

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  10. So glad you shared the extra photos even though it was already sold! It's a masterpiece.

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  11. Such a beautiful quilt. Simple patchwork can be so pretty.

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  12. What a glorious quilt! I love it.

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  13. Inspirational Rita! Thank you! Love the shasta daisies and the texture too. The whole quilt just makes me smile :)

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  14. What a gorgeous quilt! I love all your work. Just curious...what is your quilting stitch length? I'm relatively new to quilting, and have been using the 2.5 setting on my Bernina. But your stitches look so lovely I wonder if they are a little longer than mine?

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  15. Stunning!!!!! I bet this is going to be SO loved by its new owner!! Sarah xo

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  16. Gosh, your quilts don't stay in your shop long:) I like the black and white binding and especially the floral fabric backing. I just love it!!

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