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Checkers Picnic Quilt in Progress

Last week I continued quilting lessons with my mom by working on a new checker board quilt.  We wanted to make a picnic quilt that was whimsical and easy.

The idea of a checker board just seemed too fun.

But my first thought was… with all those small squares, this quilt will take forever!

Not when my mom is teaching me the ropes.

The technique is so easy.  Black, white, then black strips are sewn together.  Next make a white, black, white strip.

They are stacked together and cut out.  Each one form 1/3 of a nine patch…

Now it’s quick and easy to build each block.

And with each block…

It’s easy to build the quilt.  I love quilting with my mom.  She makes things so clear and easy.

She is precise without being too fussy.  See how each seam comes together neatly.

Even the back of the quilt is neat and precise.

One of the other things I love about working with my mom is watching her hands.

I could see her hands in a photograph and know them immediately.  Her hands are rarely idle and can usually be found quilting, cooking, knitting, cleaning, or gardening.  They are strong working hands, with lots of character.  I love my mom’s hands.

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7 Responses to “Checkers Picnic Quilt in Progress”

  • Cute- It’s going on the list.

  • I was wondering.. when you cut the strips are you sewing sqaures together that are 3 blocks 3 blocks 3 blocks so that there are 2 stitches in each 3×3 square? is this making sense??

  • Sharon Budge:

    Calli! I love your black and white picnic quilt. Please show us another picture after it is quilted and washed. Oh, and can’t wait to see what you are putting on the back. Love, Sharon

  • Andi Hisey:

    I love the quilt .. But most of all I love your comments about your mom.. I used to love looking at my moms hands.. :) Those comments just make me smile .. Thank you :)

  • Polly:

    As much as I loved reading the tips, I really loved your comment about your mother’s hands. As I glanced down the site and saw that photo I loved the sight of that hand. THEN I read your comment. Good values there!

  • Betsy:

    I thought the same thing when I saw your mom’s hands – you are SO lucky to still have her – I would give everything I have and hope to have for one more day with her (but healthy) lost her at age 66.

  • Just lost mom in January and have had lots of time to think about our relationship and what we went thru trying to be friends. Your mom and you have something great; treasure that and spend as much time as you can with her. Transmission of culture is the most important thing we can do for our little ones and those we love.

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