Monday, September 30, 2013

Finished The Game Board Quilt.....

I finally did some sewing.... finished the Game Board Quilt.

I machine quilted it with a small meander which helps it to be slightly stiff and not puffy, and therefore good for playing checkers.

This pattern can be found in Kathleen Tracy's book, "Prairie Children and their quilts" HERE.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

WIP Wednesday - Checkers Game Quilts

I've been working on some hand made Christmas gifts lately.  But, sometimes its hard to come up with good hand made gift ideas for men.  When I came across a board game quilt pattern, I thought that might be a good idea.  So, I made this Checkers Game quilt top using a pattern by Kathleen Tracy in her book, "Prairie Children and Their Quilts".  Tracy blogs at A SENTIMENTAL QUILTER.

Checkers Game Board
I need to come up with the checkers game pieces.  I have lots of plastic coke bottle lids that might work.  The only problem is that when you need to "crown" your opponent, they don't stack on top of each other too well.  In the past, men would play checkers in the neighborhood country stores and they used metal bottle caps. 

I considered hand quilting the game boards, since they are small and would make a great "TV watching" project.  But, if I make 4 of these, plus the other gifts that I am working on, there wouldn't be enough time.  I can machine quilt one of these in just a few minutes, so that's the better option since its less than 4 months until Christmas.

I like these small quilts  for the game aspect, but also for the fact that they can be displayed in a home in many ways when not being used for a checkers game.  They would look nice on the back of a chair, on the wall, or as a table topper.

This post is linked to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced HERE.