I finished the quilting and binding of the chessboard quilt that I began with my daughters last year. I posted about it here and here. It’s probably the season, but I keep thinking of Easter eggs when I look at it. We’ll have to improvise some chess pieces and take it with us to our Easter lunch to try it out.
I ended up feeling prettty good about the quilting. I like how dense it is, since it will get some hard wear. The design was easy, and I ended up trying to imitate tiger stripes rather than trees, but the process was the same. I gave myself permission to be a little more organic with the shapes than called for in the tutorial I used. In some places I really like it but I do wonder whether it would look significantly different if I had been more disciplined about the shapes, and tried to make them a bit more uniform. I need to try this again soon, but the two quilt projects I have coming up don’t lend themselves to this design.
I used a Kaffe Fassett print that I love for the back. I had two or three yards of it and felt it needed a home. When I ran out of that I used a solid purple. It's either a Kona Solid or an American Made Brand. I’m not sure which shade, but it went perfectly with the targets print. For the binding I used the leftover backing. I didn’t want it to go to waste and it was just the right size for a strip or two of binding, all the way around. I considered using a solid for the binding, but felt that the print would be better for using up scraps and for hiding dirt and food stains.
I have been thinking a lot about chess pieces for this guy. I don’t paint my nails, but I’ve heard that you can paint rocks with nail polish and they hold up well. I thought it might be fun to pick some smallish rocks to paint. Then make a little drawstring bag to hold the pieces.
Linking up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.