Fat Quarter Shop generously sent me the Lori Holt Scrappy Project Planner to have a play with and make something from. I chose to make the Checkerboard Quilt which is in the Scrappy Project Planner. I have become obsessed lately with table runners and table toppers as a way of brighten up our home. I decided to use three of the blocks from the Checkerboard Quilt to make a new table topper and I love it. I was looking for the perfect excuse to dip into my Tula Pink fabrics and this was it.
I chose this project because the squares and rectangles provide the perfect opportunity to do some fussy cutting. (We all know how much of a sucker I am for fussy cutting!) I decided to group my fabrics by colour and divide the blocks into blue, pink and purple. I added some accent colours in yellow as a way of having a little more fun with the block pattern. Do you want to see it?
It’s small (32″ in length) but it packs a nice pop of colour against the dark wood of our vintage dinner table.
Right? I pieced and quilted it all with Aurifil #2600. I like to think of #2600 as my dessert island thread. If someone said you’ve got to go live on a dessert island where the fabrics are never ending, but you can only use one thread colour for the rest of eternity what is it? I’d have to say #2600. It just disappears into the Tula Pink grey tone-on-tone background and then doesn’t compete with the feature fabrics. I’m also convinced that I’m addicted to quarter inch grid quilting.
I’m not known for my quilting, and it’s true I don’t know much about it. But I do know this. If your block pattern is a bunch of vertical and horizontal lines (like most patchwork) then straight line quilting on an angle will not draw attention to any movement in your quilt top during construction. Make sense?
How cute is this Binding Baby that Shari of Doohickey Designs gave me when I met her at Quilt Market in October 2016. It’s just so perfect and I’m so excited that this was the first time I got to use her. If you want to get your own Binding Baby *they come in two sizes, this is the medium and lots of colours and patterns) you can do so by clicking here.
I couldn’t resist and I used some of my precious out-of-print Tula and some of the new Tabby Road. (Those Tula Cans are too too good!) I loved fussy cutting the prints to fit the shapes and didn’t quite realise until the end that there’s a few eyes looking out from this project. How good is that snail! Love!
I really loved making this and I could easily see a full quilt made of this block on our bed in the near future. The full quilt pattern is contained in the Scrappy Project Planner and you can buy your Scrappy Project Planner and Accessories from the Fat Quarter Shop (just click on the links).
If you’d like to see more Checkerboard Quilt why not head over and give some love to Lori Holt, Connie from Freemotion by the River and Erin from Sew at Home Mummy. They’ve also made some great table runners and had fun with the block pattern to create interest.
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