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.
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
Will.all of the future block strips be 3.5″ wide?
HI Aleta! I just heard from Melissa, and, no, the strips will not always be 3.5″. Happy Quilting!
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?
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Hi Robin, here is a link to the first post in Melissa’s Quilt Along series which goes over fabric requirements and cutting instructions. The batting, for example, is cut in 14″ squares. https://janomelife.wordpress.com/2022/02/10/janome-quilt-along/ Happy Quilting!
Do we need a meter or will a yard of each fabric be enough?
HI Aleta, you may refer to Melissa’s first blog announcing the series where she listed the fabric requirements https://janomelife.wordpress.com/2022/02/10/janome-quilt-along/comment-page-1/#comments to do the conversions for Metres into Yards. One metre = 39″ or 1 1/8 yards.
1.5 metres = 1 2/3 yards