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. This is a great beginner-friendly quilt and also great for using 5″ x 5″ precuts (or Charm Packs.) It was also the perfect do-able project to get my creativity flowing again.
Choosing Fabric for This 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.
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. 🙂
Fabric Cutting Requirements
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 ½ yards works great.) Binding requires ⅜ yard – cut 5 strips 2 ½″ x Width of Fabric.
How to make a Patchwork Quilt
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.
Quilting on this one by my friend Monica Steelman.
If you’d like to learn how to bind (finish) a quilt, click here.
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.)