When I designed the Checkers quilt I wanted to give an illusion of transparency. I did this by pairing light and dark fabrics with a light and dark background. The idea came about when working on my Palette Picks bundle for Robert Kaufman that is arriving in stores now. This bundle features a fun bold palette, with fabrics that pair up perfectly for this quilt pattern.
You will notice that I chose a bold black and white background for my checkers board and the circle halves overlapping the squares are split up between lighter and darker shades.
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.
There are a few different ways of making this quilt:
- Multi color - like the cover quilt (fat eighth and fat quarter friendly)
- 2 Color - 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
2 Color layout using Essex yarn dyed classic woven in small and regular stripe black, I will have a full blog post on this 2 color version on Monday!
This throw size quilt is the multi color version and features 14 fat quarters pulled from the Modern Handcraft Palette Picks bundle for Robert Kaufman.
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Backing fabric: Mammoth Organic Flannel in Pepper
Binding fabric: Essex YD Classic thin stripe
Quilting by Heather Alexander for HAndmade Longarm Quilting - Panto is called Moon Phases and is an absolute PERFECT combo for this quilt design!
Special discount on Longarm quilting services!
Lilo at Trace Creek Quilting and I are now working together to offer you an amazing deal on longarm quilting on your finished Checkers quilts! Now through the end of March, you will receive 25% off your quilting services! I will be sharing all of the quilts that Lilo has quilted for me this next week - her work really made my quilts shine!
Thank you again for checking out the blog post and all of the love for the new pattern! You can find the PDF pattern here, and the printed pattern will be arriving in just a couple of short weeks!