Janome Quilt Along 2022 – Part 1

Welcome to Part 1 of the Janome Quilt Along. I’m so glad you are joining me! Today we will be constructing 3 checkerboard blocks and prepare them for quilting.

If you missed last month’s post, the project description and fabric requirements can be found HERE.

Block 1 – Checkerboard

Cut (2) 3.5″ x WOF strips of red
Cut (2) 3.5″ x WOF strips of white
Piece (1) red and (1) white strip lengthwise. Press towards the red fabric. Repeat with the other red and white strips.
Piece the two sets together to form a red/white/red/white strip set. Again, press towards the red strips.

Subcut the strip set into (12) 3.5″ pieces. (If you don’t get 12 pieces, see note below)
Flip every second piece and sew them together using 1/4″ seam allowance into sets of four creating three checkerboard blocks.

Prepare your quilt sandwiches by layering your backing, batting, and quilt block. Baste using your favourite method.

Watch the video for some construction tips

NOTE: If your fabric only allows for 11 subcuts, cut one more 3.5″ x WOF strip each of red and white. Piece together lengthwise. Subcut two 3.5″ pieces from this set and piece them together to form the last strip for your checkerboard block. Place the remaining strip set aside as you will use it in a subsequent block.

Download the instructions in PDF format which you can print.

Don’t forget to post your progress on social media.




Quilt on! Melissa

About melissamarginet

Melissa Marginet is an avid quilter whose passion is to teach and inspire other quilters. She is known for quilting with a walking foot and travels Canada to teach her techniques and empower quilters to quilt their own quilts on their home sewing machines. She is now also offering her classes online. She has published two books, “Walking Foot Quilting Designs” and “Edge-to-Edge Walking Foot Quilting Designs” as well as several quilt patterns. You can visit her website melissamarginet.ca to find out more about her and see her work.
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6 Responses to Janome Quilt Along 2022 – Part 1

  1. ALETA says:

    Will.all of the future block strips be 3.5″ wide?


    • janomeman says:

      HI Aleta! I just heard from Melissa, and, no, the strips will not always be 3.5″. Happy Quilting!


  2. Robin Benke says:

    Thanks Melissa

    1 thing that I don’t understand from the instructions is the size of the backing and batting? Exactly the same as the square or larger?

    Thanks Robin

    Sent from my iPad



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