This lap-sized quilt serves two purposes: as a colorful way to warm up and as a ready game board with matching game pieces. Instructions for the checkers and carrying pouch are also included. This project is an excerpt from C&T Publishing's Comfort Quilts from the Heart by Jake Finch.
- 1⁄2 yard white fabric for game board
- 1⁄2 yard black fabric for game board
- 3⁄8 yard dark pink fabric for first border
- 5⁄8 yard purple fabric for second border
- 2 3⁄8 yards flower print fabric for outer border
- 31⁄3 yards for backing
- 5⁄8 yard for binding
- Batting: 56˝ × 68˝
- 1⁄3 yard each of light and dark prints for checkers
- 1⁄3 yard each of 2 prints for checker pouch
- 1 yard narrow ribbon for pouch drawstring
- 1⁄2 yard regular-weight fast2fuse interfacing for checkers
- From both the white fabric and the black fabric, cut 4 strips 31⁄2˝ wide.
- From the pink fabric, cut 4 strips 2˝ wide.
- From the purple fabric, cut 4 strips 31⁄2˝ wide.
- From the flower print fabric, cut 2 strips 10˝ wide.
- From the length of the remaining piece, cut 2 strips 16˝ × 58˝.
- From the binding fabric, cut 7 strips 21⁄2˝ wide.
- From each pouch print, cut 1 circle 9˝ in diameter.
- Sew the white and black strips together, alternating the colors. Press the seams toward the black fabric. Piece the alternating strips.
- Cut the strip set into 8 segments 31⁄2˝ wide.
- Arrange the segments to form a checkerboard, as shown in the Assembly Diagram. Join the segments, pressing the seams in the same direction.
- Sew the first, second, and outer border strips to the quilt.
- Prepare the layers for quilting. Machine quilt as desired.
- Make and attach the binding.
Making the Checkers
- Fuse the light print to one side of the fast2fuse interfacing. Fuse the dark print to the other side.
- Make a 21⁄2˝ circle template and trace for each checker. (Note: In the game of checkers, each side has 12 checkers. I made 30 double-sided checkers to allow for losses.) Carefully cut out each checker.
Making the Pouch
- Place the 9˝ print circles right sides together. Sew with a 1⁄4˝ seam allowance around the perimeter, leaving a 4˝ opening.
- Turn right side out and press. Stitch the opening closed.
- Thread an embroidery needle with narrow ribbon and sew a running stitch about 1⁄2˝ from the edge of the pouch. Tie the ribbon ends together and pull. Voilà! A bag is formed, perfect for holding the checkers or other game pieces.
Tip: If you’re not in a hurry, or you are concerned about unraveling, you can sew 8 small buttonholes around the edge to thread the ribbon through. Or, use 8 small grommets/eyelets along the edge and thread the ribbon through them.
Learn how to make just a roll-up game board here.