It is a constant battle. More new fabric that I cannot resist, more stash, more quilts, more scraps. I need to do some serious stash management and stash busting this year. After all, the use it or lose it mantra still stands in 2016.
If that means that I have to make the occasional Checkerboard Quilt then that's ok, for doing so is not exactly a chore. I love making these simple quilts and get much satisfaction from the fabric play and the routine of the strip piecing.
A selection of almost 200 different quilting cottons make up this quilt.
I made 48 16-patch blocks ~ a total of 768 patches of fabric.
Each finished square measures 2.5" x 2.5".
All cotton fabrics, batting and thread have been used.
Quilt top measures 60 inches x 80 inches.
I have chosen to work with a classic color palette this week: red, black, grey, white and a sprinkling of blue. It's hard to go wrong with these colors! I kept the overall palette fresh by using lots of predominantly white fabric (or low volume fabric) and generally alternating these fabrics with a more saturated color fabric.
There is much to see, from birds, cats, and dogs, to fruits, flowers and accessories. I have used many stash basics - small scale prints like dots, stripes, checks - and mixed those fabrics with floral prints, larger scale graphic designs, specialty Japanese imports, Liberty Tana Lawn and a few hand screen printed fabrics. I love to mix colors, designs, and fabric types and styles. It never gets old.
Ready for basting and quilting.
Checkerboard Quilt and Strip Piecing Tutorial
More RPQ Checkerboard Quilts
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