Sometime before Christmas, my lovely invisible friend Brigette and I were chatting about all the gazillion quilts we want to make before we die.   The conversation turned to Pinterest (as they do) and we ended up discussing this quilt.  We decided that this quilt would be perfect for gifts that we both needed, so we decided to make versions of it.

Thimbleanna: Black and White Check Quilt

I started mine before Christmas but didn’t get very far — too many other things demanding my time.  But, it really wasn’t a time consuming quilt and it proved to be a great project for lazy January weekends.

Thimbleanna: Black and White Check Quilt

This quilt is big — weighing in at 95″ x 95″.  I’m not necessarily a fan of square quilts, but it just worked out this way.  I started out to make it 90″ x 95″ (based on the amount of drop and tuck in that I wanted for a queen sized bed), but I didn’t like that one edge had the gray and white block row.  The quilt just looks better when it’s “framed” by black and gray rows all around.

Thimbleanna: Black and White Check Quilt

Each of my squares is 5″.  Now that I’ve made this quilt, when I look back at the original, it looks to me like maybe she used 4″ squares.   I probably would have liked the smaller squares, but since this quilt is so big, this is fine.  I chose to bind my version in the lime green too, which I really like.  I think this quilt would look great bound in most any color.  I used Bella Solids White (98), Black (99) and Silver (183).  I backed the quilt in the silver, so, between the front and the back, I used almost 9 yards.  Well worth buying the bolt!

Thimbleanna: Black and White Check Quilt

It was snowy this morning and I had fun traipsing around taking a few pictures.  I couldn’t find any place tall enough to hang it.  BigDaddy’s old swingset was as close as I could get but it’s about 10″ too short.

Thimbleanna: Black and White Check Quilt

This was a fun, quick and easy quilt to make.  My version is for a male, but Brigette is going to make one for a female (bound in hot pink — how cute!).  Most importantly, making this quilt proves a point:  All that time spent on Pinterest hasn’t been completely wasted! ;-D


53 Thoughts on “Checks

  1. It’s a great quilt Anna…very, very striking! OK, so now when I fall down into the rabbit hole of Pinterest, I’ll think of you and know that it’s time well spent. Thank you!

  2. Hi there!
    I’m new to quilting and your blog and am finding both to be interesting and fun. The quilt is fabulous! Have a great weekend!

  3. I wasn’t a fan of black, but since I’ve been putting it in some of the quilts I’ve been making I absolutely love it! This turned out beautiful!

  4. I love how this quilt throws off an optical illusion at least to this old brain. Really really a striking quilt and I love the pop of green on the binding. Yup all those moments on pinterest have paid off lol. Thanks for the inspiration – I always get it when I stop by Thimbleland :)

    Hugs – Mrs. Farmhouse

  5. That is a gorgeous quilt Anna! And that green bindng really sets it off beautifully!

  6. I LOVE this quilt! Simple yet soooo effective. I need to make a quilt for my son for his new place and this could be just the thing! Love the lime green binding too!

  7. Oh Anna, I love this quilt and think it will be the perfect quilt for my daughter in law. She has been wanting a black/grey/yellow quilt and I can’t wait to show her…..the yellow for the binding for her (although I love, love the green) Great job!!!

  8. Way to go, Anna! Great quilt!

  9. Very striking, especially with the contrast binding. A great quilt for someone not into “country” or “shabby.”

    I spend way too much time on Pinterest! Must make something to prove it is not time wasted!

  10. What a good looking and clever quilt. I totally love the green binding. We need to talk about bolts. :-)

  11. Love it !!!
    I hope you “pin” your version!

  12. Very striking quilt! You do beautiful work, Miss Anna! And yeah, I spend/waste far too much time on pinterest.

  13. So simple and striking! A great quilt that will
    make people look twice. I sure did!

  14. I have the same quilt pinned – I love it! Normally solids don’t float my boat but when they’re combined to make gingham – WOW – that’s a whole new ballgame!! Your quilt is gorgeous – I think the design can handle 5″ squares. The lime binding adds the perfect amount of zing!

  15. I love this quilt, Anna. I love the simplicity and I love the pop of lime green! What a great finish!

    Pinterest a waste of time? Never! (Although now that I think about it, I haven’t been on for a couple of weeks.)

  16. I have always been drawn to checks and plaids, this one is a cool finish. Your lime green binding puts a smile on the whole thing!!

  17. It’s so cute Anna! I think I have pinned one or two like that. Yay for you ~ for putting Pinterest to good use! It is really fun.


  18. OMG, I want to drop everything and start making this quilt. It’s fantastic, and yes, I’ve also been a fan of this type of quilt for a long time. I’m thinking I could use some charm packs, would make the whole process even faster. Love the lime binding and of course I love the photos of the quilt in the snow.

  19. love how you have dragged it about in the snow. I would have worried about it getting dirty……
    ah pinterest. if I ate all the recipes I have pinned I would be the size of a wooly mammoth…..

  20. Oh Anna, it’s so effective, I really like it, well done. Well done on completing something on the ‘one day’ list too! As always, the extreme temperature differences we experiences does my head in- both my kids have been in the pool today!

  21. It looks amazing and I love the lime green edging. I must come by for some quilting classes one day!

  22. I think it’s gorgeous especially with the green binding, sometimes it’s nice to make something ‘plain’ as they can turn out to be the most striking. I’ve finally finished my first one ha ha .

  23. Big and beautiful Anna, I love it and pinterest too!!

  24. Yes you better pin that …lol

  25. Oooh, I love the “gingham” quilt, Anna. :o)

  26. Hey, love that quilt! :-) So simple and so fresh! Well done!

  27. So one month in, one quilt done—showoff!
    Very simple and dramatic! Love your colour and fabric choices….

  28. It looks brilliant!

  29. I love working with simple squares and the lime green is perfect!

  30. The green binding was a perfect choice for this quilt. Well done!

  31. I’m in love and lust for this cool cool quilt!
    I love your lime binding, so zingy and fun.
    great photography with the snow.

  32. What a good reminder that simple is beautiful. I so often forget that not every project in my life has to be complicated. The green binding is the bomb! Love it. I really want to see Ms. B’s too. :-) Come on, B. Blog it!

  33. Beautiful Anna. I am always amazed how perfect your work is. Clarice

  34. I love love love this!!! I think my husband needs one too.

  35. oooo!!! Auntia and i BOTH love this quilt!!!

    and your header is lovely!

  36. You can justify anything!! Love it, especially the lime green binding.

  37. MyDadLovesMeBestSister on February 4, 2013 at 8:55 am said:

    Sam will love this quilt! Thank you so much!

  38. You’re too clever Anna – that is so neat! Lucy x

  39. Love your new quilt. And I do love the green binding.
    How much snow did you guys get? We got maybe 2 inches on Saturday night. It was very pretty, but you know I want more!!! :)

  40. Carol Lewis on February 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm said:

    This quilt is awesome. I love it so much I got some fabric to make one too.

  41. Mary ann on February 4, 2013 at 10:29 pm said:

    Love this quilt. And it is so nice to get such great progress quickly. It is on my board now…lol.

  42. I love how your snow backdrop. It makes your quilt look all the more cozy. I would have never thought of black and whilte being something I’d like in a quilt, but I love the look of yours.

  43. Love the quilt, but I’m still avoiding pinterest …. I don’t have enough time as it is, without spending hours pinning things!

  44. it’s beautiful and the snow back drop is perfect! makes me want to snuggle under a quilt. ;p

  45. I will admit that I’m not much of a quilt girl. I mean, I have one on my bed now and my sister made me a beautiful one for my wedding which is now worn threadbare, but I don’t try to make these monsters because I usually find the patterns to be so fussy and, let’s face it, I’m a lazy crafter.

    But this one – HOLD THE PHONE – I love it. I do. I love the bright green edging. I love the woven look accomplished with the subtle color work. The simplicity. The obvious craftsmanship.

    Well done, Anna. Well done.

  46. Teresa on February 6, 2013 at 6:30 am said:

    Its a great quilt and great pictures – very professional. Oh for a just one snowfall but doesn’t seem likely around here.

  47. Meredith on February 6, 2013 at 8:43 pm said:

    I really like the quilt. The colors you picked would be perfect for my husband.

  48. ack!!! Quilt-CRACK! And not even COMPLICATED… is it addictive to think about it… I’m even looking at fabrics as we speak.. evil…

  49. Love the gingham.

  50. WOW…I’m amazed at the size of it and that you didn’t go mad making it. Being a scrappy girl myself just working in 3 colours (on my Sew into Solids challenge) just about drove me to madness.

    Congrats on a great finish!!

  51. Oh you. Now I want to make one! This is really very beautiful. Striking. And the green binding is perfect. I have to look at it again.

  52. brigette on February 8, 2013 at 9:32 am said:

    you put me to shame. mine is still in strips!! i’m doing the edge in tiffany blue now instead of hot pink. i’ll blog it in six years when i finish it!!!

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