A Checkerboard Quilt and Strip Piecing

SIMPLE IS BEAUTIFUL IN THESE CHECKERBOARD QUILTS, VARY THE COLORS AND FABRICS FOR YOUR OWN WONDERFUL VERSION! Sometimes the most beautiful quilts are the simplest ones, as is the case with this lovely “Checkerboard” quilt. Liberty Tana Lawn prints are so pretty against a chambray background. The quilt is easy to make using strip piecing. And it’s simple to alter the block size. This one was made using 2 1/2″ strips, resulting in blocks that are 2 1/2″ square.

Another version by the same designer, Rita from Red Pepper Quilts, also contrasts prints against chambray. The chambray has a linen look, is great to work with and is more practical than linen. The fabric line she used is no longer available but you’ll find a nice variety of chambray prints here and here. Make sure to select lightweight chambray that’s similar in weight to quilting cotton (not heavy like denim).

Construction of these two quilts was based on a third one made with standard quilting cottons. This one used 1 1/2″ wide strips for 1 1/2″ squares. To make your own version of the chambray quilts with larger squares, click here for the adaptations of the “Checkerboard” tutorial. Patchwork: everything you need to know to get started! While scrapbooking is the cutting of images to make an album, patchwork is the cutting of fabrics with applications that go beyond the classic bed, table, and bath. Like any craft, it is a technique that requires practice and study. At the same time, it provides therapeutic benefits, stimulates creativity, and can become an extra income. If you want to get started in the art of patchwork, read on to understand what the technique is, its applications, and to learn about the main materials.

Chambray Checkerboard Quilt Tutorial

Patchwork in practice: Briefly, it boils down to cutting fabrics in a symmetrical or asymmetrical way. The classic technique has three layers: the scraps called the top, the filling used to give it volume, and, finally, the lining, which is the finishing fabric. When a sewing machine is used, the layers are joined by stitching, called a quilt. The quilts are continuous designs made with the machine and can be made in various formats, such as hearts, stars, arabesques, etc. There are also patchwork blocks, which are the joining of fabrics to form new patterns, and appliqués, which are fabrics applied under the base fabric.

Origin of patchwork: It is estimated that the technique began in 3400 B.C., when in ancient Egypt, the pharaohs dressed themselves with pieces made from leftover fabrics. This became a fundamental tool in war, as soldiers used the pieces created under their armor. Today, patchwork no longer takes part in warfare, but is used to transform and create pieces for personal and decorative use. There is already a lot of information available on the internet and specific courses for those who want to perfect the art of patchwork. Beginners should rely on magazines and websites to search for references and inspirations. Patchwork applications: It is common to find the technique on pieces such as quilts, bath towels, or tablecloths. The applications, however, do not stop there. This technique can be applied to any item that can be decorated, for example, carpets, upholstered furniture, toys, MDF boxes, and even walls.


Red Pepper Quilts: 2016 Stash Buster Checkerboard Quilt

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