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Simple Checkerboard Pink Patchwork Quilt

One of my goals right now is use my ridiculous stash to make more quilts to give away. This simple checkerboard pink and white patchwork quilt is a super easy-stashbuster. It was also the perfect do-able project to get my creativity flowing again.

Pink and White Patchwork Checkerboard baby quilt

For this baby quilt I pulled out all of my warm pinks as well as “low volume” white background fabrics for the off-set blocks. 

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Riley Blake Pink and White Basics prints

I supplemented my stash – mostly  leftovers from other projects – with some pink Riley Blake Basics

I also included a few squares of fussy-cut whimsical prints for a few simple “i-spy” blocks. 🙂 

Pink and White Checkerboard patchwork quilt by Amy Smart

I cut all of these squares 5″ x 5″  – perfect for left over charm square precuts too. I cut 49 pink 5″ x 5″ squares and 50 white 5″ x 5″ squares. I laid them out in rows of 9 across by 11 rows down for a 40.5″ x 49.5″ finish. (You can keep adding more rows to make it as big as you like.) 

I like this width because if I’m careful, I can usually get away with a single width of fabric for backing. (In this case 1 1/2 yards works great.) Binding requires 3/8 yard – cut 5 strips 2 1/2″ x Width of Fabric. 

If you’d like to make your own, I’ve got a really simple tutorial that walks you through all of the steps for sewing together a simple patchwork quilt. (This project is beginner-friendly!)

This quilt is a gift for a friend who just had her first baby girl after a bunch of boys. (Hence, all the pink!) I did add a touch of navy for the binding using this cute navy and pink floral from the Edie Jane collection by Deena Rutter.

The backing is gray on white Swiss Dot basic from Riley Blake.

You can find assorted pink FQ bundles from Simply Love Fabrics  and Stitches N Giggles

Quilting on this one by my friend Monica Steelman.

If you’d like to learn how to bind (finish) a quilt, click here.

Simple patchwork baby quilt tutorial

I foresee more of these two-tone checkerboard patchwork quilts in my future! They’re a quick and easy project and a great way to bust through your stash or use up extra 5″ precut charm squares.

Here it is prewashed and ready to deliver. (The majority of the time, I like to prewash baby quilts just to make sure there are no issues before I gift it. I also like that it gives it a pre-shrunk, softer, antique feel and hopefully encourages people to actually use it.)

All I need to do is print a Quilt Care instruction card and it’s ready to go. You can find free printable Quilt Care instruction cards here and here.

One quick announcement!

Want to make a Christmas quilt before the holidays, but need some help breaking it down into manageable bite size pieces + some follow-up to help you stay on track? After a few requests, starting next week, I’m going to update and share the week-by-week break down for the Pine Hollow Patchwork Forest Quilt Along each Saturday in my weekly newsletter.

You can sign up for the Saturday newsletter updates here. This will come directly to your email inbox. We’ll break down the process into smaller chunks over 6 weeks and you’ll have a finished quilt top by the beginning of December!

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Kay
    October 29, 2020 at 2:35 am

    This is such a pretty quilt. I really should think of doing some simple quilts soon for the babies that I know are due. x

  • Reply
    Rosemary B
    October 29, 2020 at 6:31 am

    this is a really cute quilt, and I love fun and easy ones for the tiny grand girls
    Thank you for sharing this one

  • Reply
    katherine berend
    October 29, 2020 at 7:13 am

    Love the pink and white. I made similar quilts for a breast cancer (pink) and prostate cancer (blue) survivors.

  • Reply
    Mary
    October 29, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Sencillamente hermoso!

  • Reply
    The Joyful Quilter
    October 29, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    What a sweet gift, Amy, and congratulations to your friend! Pine Hollow QAL? Oh how I would LOVE to be able to quilt along!!! Alas, I have too much on my quilter’s plate to add more before the Holidays. :o((

  • Reply
    Chris Sherman
    October 30, 2020 at 6:15 am

    Simple is beautiful!

  • Reply
    buddhajames777
    October 31, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    I am so far behind on my current projects that a QAL will be impossible for me right now. NEVERTHELESS, I’m so excited about the Pine Hollows QAL! I will save every email, every tutorial, every hint or tip – and completely finish this quilt for next year. And, then I will feel like I’ve conquered the world because the quilt will be done in advance of the holiday! Thank you so much for doing this!

    • Reply
      Amy
      November 1, 2020 at 2:42 pm

      Yes! It will always be waiting whenever you’re ready.

  • Reply
    Gwyn
    November 3, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    I made a quilt using the pattern last time you posted this. I used some left over Lori Holt charm squares mixed with some of her Cozy Christmas charms and was able to get more Cozy Christmas fabric for a border. I doubled my batting to make it puffy and sent it off to my brother’s family in Colorado. Thank you for the inspiration!!

    • Reply
      Amy
      November 5, 2020 at 3:33 pm

      Love it!

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