Friday, July 2, 2010

Quilted Checkerboard

I'd been wanting to try making one of these for awhile, and yesterday was the day!

I used scraps of white muslin and a black calico remnant for the board front. The binding is hand-sewn, but all the rest is machine pieced and quilted.

One of the fat quarters I won on Giveaway Day from Mooncat Farms made the perfect backing! I stitched in the ditch--my first real machine quilting! The quilt measures 16 inches square.

For the game pieces, I chose five colors and three black and white prints. I cut three inch squares, sewed up three sides and spooned in kasha buckwheat filling, then stitched the fourth side closed.

The game piece seams were 1/2 inch wide. After the pieces were made, I clipped the edges with pinking shears. There are 15 pieces per side.

What did I learn from this experience? Well, I learned my sewing machine CAN handle quilting! Hooray! I also learned to use binding clips AND that running stitches are rather tedious when sewing on binding (it took me two and a quarter movies to get through it!)

As a beginner, I'd like to pick the brains of you pro quilters. What are your best tricks or tips for quilting (machine or otherwise)?

1 comment:

Tamara said...

Its adorable! Im not an experienced quilter... so good question! Im looking forward to the answers too.