check mate

Check Mate! 2-Step Quilt

Posted on April 01, 2014 by Greg Skov

Hi Everyone! It's Jera from the studio. This quilt got lots of love at the studio so we decided to post a quick tutorial on it. It's super easy...just two simple steps below. :)

For this quilt I used the Cuzco collection which can be found here. I used one charm pack (pre-cut 5 inch squares), or you can buy four fat quarters and cut your own five inch squares (you can cut 12 five inch squares from one fat quarter). Make something beautiful this weekend. Enjoy!

Materials for a 59"x 42.5" Quilt:

  • 39 pre-cut five inch squares (one charm pack or four fat quarters can be used)
  • 1.5 yards of white fabric (I used muslin)
  • 1/2 yard binding
  • 1.75 yards backing fabric

Step 1 - From your 1.5 yards of white fabric, cut a total of thirty-nine 9.5" x 5" rectangles. To do this, cut ten 5" strips along the length of your yardage, and then sub-cut each strip into 9.5" x 5" rectangles.

Step 2 - Arrange your pre-cut 5" squares and rectangles as shown in the diagram below, with a square and rectangle alternating in each row. To assemble the quilt top, start by sewing the pieces in each row together. Next, sew each row together. (Sew with right sides facing together, sew a 1/4" seam allowance and then press open).


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After you've sewn all the rows, it should look something like this...

Tah-daaahh! Simply beautiful.

I told you it was quick! As mentioned before, I used the Cuzco collection but we'd LOVE to see it in some other colorways so grab a charm pack and get sewin'!

Happy Quilting!