Simple is Beautiful in These Checkerboard Quilts

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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.

Chambray Checkerboard Quilt Tutorial

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.

Chambray Checkerboard Quilt Tutorial

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).

Chambray Checkerboard Quilt Tutorial

Learn more about the red quilt here.

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.

Checkerboard Quilt Tutorial

To make your own version of the chambray quilts with larger squares, click here for the adaptations of the “Checkerboard” tutorial.

For the “Checkerboard” tutorial follow the link below.

Click here for the free “A Checkerboard Quilt and Strip Piecing Tutorial.”


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