Hi friends, I am back with another Checkers quilt, this time one showcasing the 2 color layout called the Essex Version!
The 2 color layout references the two colors you choose for your checkers blocks or the half circle pieces, this doesn't include the background checkerboard layout that also calls for 2 colors...so technically this is a 4 color quilt.
I shared this image on Instagram the other day and was laughing because my dog Pepper is never really interested in any of my quilts - but he couldn't leave this one alone!
Today when I was taking some additional pictures he ran back in ready to snuggle on the quilt - wouldn't get off of it! Ok Pepper - we can keep this one!
Checkers quilt includes instruction for four sizes: Crib, Throw, Bed and King. The pattern includes a link to a video all about sewing half circle blocks, coloring pages in each size and step by step directions with colorful diagrams.
I shared a quick video on Instagram this past week that is helpful on how I pin and glue baste half circle blocks and sewing them at my machine. You can check that out below.
There are a few different ways of making this quilt.
- Multi color - like the cover quilt (fat eighth and fat quarter friendly)
- 2 Color - this version / choose yardage (there are instructions for directional and non-directional fabrics)
- Scrappy - choose fabrics from your scrap bin or utilize a layer cake or two for a fun scrappy Checkers look
When I was playing around with my palette picks bundle I designed for Robert Kaufman I kept going back to three of the Essex blends I used in the bundle. I have always been a fan of yarn dyed Essex linen, and the two stripes that are in the bundle are a perfect match for the black linen. Since the Checkers quilt plays with transparency of fabric for the layout - how fun would it be to use the thickness of the stripes to play on that as well!
I could see this working with some of the other wonderful Essex stripes, solids and even the gingham print - so many design options!
Click on the links below to shop!
Background fabric: Kona Cotton White Yardage SKU#K001-1387
Accent fabric: Essex Yarn Dyed Black Linen Yardage SKU#E064-1019
2 Color Checkers fabric:
- Thick stripe - Essex Yarn Dyed Classic Black Woven Yardage SKU#17586-2
- Thin Stripe - Essex Yarn Dyed Classic Black Woven Yardage SKU#17587-2
Backing fabric: Mammoth Flannel Pepper Ben Lomand Yardage SKU#19670-188
This panto is called: Moon Phases
Lilo is offering 25% off Checkers quilts that arrive in studio now through the end of March!
Here is a sneek peek at the other quilts that Lilo has quilted for me!
Thank you again for checking out the blog post today! You can find the PDF pattern here, and the printed pattern will be arriving soon!
If you want to check out the Cover quilt featuring my Palette Picks Bundle for Robert Kaufman you can see that post here.
P.S. Pepper really thinks you should make a quilt similar to this one - it's his favorite