Handmade Christmas 2011: The Checkers Cuddling Quilt for Noah, Selah, Jonas, and Ezra

As a joint present for my niece and nephews, Noah, Selah, Jonas, and Ezra, I made them a checkerboard quilt with checkers (loosely based on this tutorial).  I used a pair of my old pajama pants as well as three of Nik’s old flannel shirts.  I also already had the white fabric and the batting.  So for this project, I only had to buy the navy blue and red solids.  Score one for having a big fabric stash!  The quilt is 60″ by 60″.

The front of the quilt:

The back of the quilt:

For the quilting, I chose to outline each block as well as do some dense straight-line quilting in the border.

My favorite part of the binding is where I pieced in a small scrap of each of the flannels. (And yes, I hand-sewed all 240 inches of the binding to the back of the quilt.  Love you kiddos!):

I made 26 checkers (12 red, 12 blue, and 2 red/blue) and a matching drawstring bag (from this tutorial) to hold them.

Those are the pockets from two of the shirts!

Grandpa, Ellie, and I had fun trying it out.

And here it is in Eric and Meggan’s house, in its inaugural run!

I even sent along rules for how to play checkers.  I hope this provides the kids with years of fun!  That is, their parents will have to stop using the quilt on their couch long enough to let their kids play with it!

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6 Responses to Handmade Christmas 2011: The Checkers Cuddling Quilt for Noah, Selah, Jonas, and Ezra

  1. Aunt Zona says:

    Laura, what kind of a machine do you have? I’m trying to imagine outlining/top stitching all those blocks with my machine, and I don’t know if it would do it.

    • Laura says:

      Thank you Zona! I just absolutely love to sew! I have a Husquavarna Viking Emerald 118. It’s a wonderful machine and does just about everything I ask it to do. It has a needle down feature which helps a lot with quilting. I also have a walking foot which is really required equipment for straight line quilting. You’d be constantly frustrated if you didn’t have one – and it would probably end up looking horrible too because the fabric would shift around and pucker. Other than the walking foot and a good machine, it’s just a lot of arm muscle work getting the quilt through!

  2. Aunt Zona says:

    OH!!! And – beautiful job on all your sewing projects! I absolutely love to see your skill, eye for beauty and style, and your care in each item.

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