Hello all! It has been awhile since my last blog post, but I have the best excuse ever — I have been busy training my replacement so I could retire September 1st! After working for somebody, somewhere since I was 14-years old, I am very happy to finally be free of office work, deadlines and time clocks! I plan to fill my days with doggy walks, day trips with my husband and best friend, and many hours in my sewing room plotting new quilts, shuffling through fabric, listening to music, and lots of other fun quilty stuff. How great is that!

A Finished Quilt!

So I did manage to finish a quilt last week for my first grandchild (!girl!) due to arrive mid-December! So excited to see this little person for the first time!

For the quilt top I used the Little Ark fabric collection by designer Carina Gardner. My son and daughter-in-law both liked these Little Ark characters, especially the white seal that reminded them of their sweet dog, Kobi.

This is their other puppy, Stella, and her soon-to-be baby sister with secret name.

The only patchwork I did on this quilt was the checkerboard border.


Here are some instructional how to photos if you want to make your own CB border:

First, cut your preferred colors into 1.5″ by LOF strips. For this 31″ square quilt I cut 6 white, 3 Aqua, and 3 Orange.

Sew a white strip to each colored strip and iron all seams open. Cut 1.5″ blocks.

Sew alternating color blocks together, then continue to piece blocks until you get 4 strips long enough for the quilt borders. I did not pin any seams, just matched seams and held in place with my finger while sewing.

Attach the 2 side borders, then the top and bottom borders, fiddle with it just a bit to get the colors lined up correctly.

I used the serpentine stitch for quilting. If you want to try this stitch, here is a link for setup instructions for Bernina users. Google for other sewing machine setups.

Finished up the quilt with a grey and white pinstripe binding and I used Kate & Birdie’s Storybook Grey Clouds in flannel for the back. Soft!

I love this quilt!

Hope you enjoyed my latest quilt and the checkerboard tutorial! Thanks for stopping by!!

Linking up with Freshly PiecedLet’s Bee SocialNeedle & Thread Thursday, Pretty Bobbins, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Crazy Mom Quilts, and Fabric Frenzy Friday.


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