About this Quilt
Web Bonus Queen Size
Designed by Holly Holderman
Finished Quilt Size
82 1/4” x 93 1/2”
Number of Blocks and Finished Size
56 Checkerboard Variation Blocks 11 5/16” x 11 5/16”
Assorted light prints (blocks) 19 fat quarters total*
Assorted medium prints (blocks) 19 fat quarters total*
White/red diagonal large check (binding**) 2 1/4 yds.
Backing (piece widthwise) 7 5/8 yds.
Batting Queen size
*A fat quarter is an 18” x 20” cut of fabric.
Square acrylic ruler, 12” or larger
Planning and Cutting
Dainty prints from the Doll Dresses collection by LakeHouse Dry Goods make a delightful quilt that’s perfect for any sweet lady in your life. Our pattern leads you to cut quarter-square triangles for the block edges so blocks finish on the straight of grain. If you use a check or other directional print, as Cheryl did in a few blocks, you may want to use a different approach for cutting this fabric. To keep a directional print oriented consistently in the finished block, substitute 4 7/8” half-square triangles for the quarter-square triangles, and then trim the block as instructed. This will result in bias edges on the trimmed squares. To add stability, you may wish to press directional fabrics with spray starch or sizing before cutting. We recommend you not wash your fat quarters before cutting, and check that each measures at least 18” x 20”.
This charming quilt is edged with a double-fold binding that finishes 1 1/2” wide; our photos show you how. If you prefer to use a traditional binding instead, you’ll need just 1 yd. of fabric for this purpose.
*Assorted light and assorted medium fat quarters—cut from each:
**3 squares 7” x 7”, cut in half twice diagonally to make 12 quarter-square triangles
6 squares 4 1/2” x 4 1/2”
White/red diagonal large check
11 strips 6 1/2” x width of fabric (WOF)
*See Cutting Diagram, below.
**See Planning and Cutting.
Piecing the Blocks
1 Referring to Diagram I, sew 4 diagonal rows using matching assorted light triangles and squares and matching assorted medium triangles and squares. Sew rows together to make Checkerboard Variation Block. Make 56 total. Note: You will have 1 set of block patches left over.
2 Use square acrylic ruler and rotary cutter to trim all sides of block 1/4” beyond corners (points) of squares (Diagram II). Trimmed block will measure 11 9/16” x 11 9/16”. Trim remaining blocks.
Quilt Top Assembly
3 Referring to Assembly Diagram and watching orientation of medium prints, arrange and sew 8 rows of 7 blocks each. Sew rows together.
Quilting and Finishing
4 Layer, baste, and quilt as desired. Do not trim the backing and batting until instructed in Step 8.
5 Sew together white/red check 6 1/2” binding strips with diagonal seams. Fold pieced strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press.
6. Starting on any side (not too close to a corner) align binding with quilt top raw edges. Sew through all layers 1/4” from raw edges until you approach first corner; stop stitching 1/4” from quilt edge, and backstitch to secure. Remove from machine.
7. Fold binding back and mark dot on quilt corner at stopping point of first seam.
Measure from stopping point to binding fold.
Mark second dot that measurement (in this case 3”) from stopping point, and 1/4” from binding raw edge.
Fold binding strip away from quilt, aligning raw edges and forming a 45° angle.
Fold binding back over itself, aligning dots and keeping binding raw edges even with raw edges on second side of quilt. Pin in place.
Starting at dot and securing each end with tiny stitches, sew binding to second side of quilt, stopping 1/4” from next corner. Remove from sewing machine; prepare and sew third and fourth sides. Join binding ends with technique of your choice.
8 Trim batting and backing all around quilt 1 1/2” from binding stitching line, being careful not to cut binding strip at corners.
Wrap binding around to back side, manipulating each corner to make a miter on both front and back sides.
Pin and blindstitch binding in place, and stitch miters closed.