Make a Quick, Patchwork Quilt Game Board


patchwork quilt checkerboard
Patchwork Checkerboard,
from 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts

With summer approaching and the school year ending, a lot of parents I know are looking for projects to keep their kids busy (and somewhat unplugged) in the coming weeks.

This patchwork checkerboard designed by our assistant editor for special projects, Lindsey Murray, is perfect for teaching quilting and hand stitching skills to beginners of any age.

Lindsey, who is quickly becoming a quilting expert, has also logged many hours babysitting, so she knows how to keep children engaged.

Plus, kids have an incentive to finish this project as they can play with it as soon as they've finished making it. (Best to teach young quilters to avoid those UFOs from the outset, don't you think?)

Patchwork Checkerboard
From 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts

(Note: This project is washable, but be sure to wash your fabrics before cutting and stitching to pre-shrink.)


  • 2 contrasting fat quarters for checkerboard squares
  • 1/2 yard for backing
  • Fabric for binding
  • Batting
  • 2 contrasting fat eighths for checkerboard pieces
  • A quarter, or similar coin/object to use as a template
  • Polyester fiberfill



1. Cut (4) 2 1/2" strips from each of the fat quarters, cutting parallel to the longest side, so that the strips are approximately 22" long.

2. Alternating fabrics, piece the strips together along their long sides so that you have a rectangle of 8 alternating strips. Press the seam allowances toward the darker strips.

3. Cut (8) 2 1/2"-wide strips of squares from the pieced rectangle.

4. Piece the strips together, alternating the top square color.

5. Cut a piece of batting and backing to match the size of the pieced block, which should measure 16 1/2" x 16 1/2". Layer and baste your quilt sandwich.

6. Stitch in the ditch, enhancing the squares.

7. Bind as desired.

Checkerboard pieces

1. Trace 24 circles on 1 of the fat eighths using a quarter or similar template and cut them out.

2. Layer pairs of circles with wrong sides together, so that you have 12 pairs of circles.

3. Use a needle and embroidery floss to stitch around the edge of the circles, leaving a slight opening.

4. Stuff the circles with batting and stitch the opening closed.

5. Repeat with the other fat eighth fabric.

patchwork headband
Lindsey models an easy-to-make patchwork headband designed
by Vivika Hansen DeNegre.

I love patchwork quilting because you can make it as simple or complicated as you like. 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts is filled with easy, fun, and fast contemporary patchwork projects for kids and teens to make and use, like friendship bracelets, bean bags, and head bands.

It will keep themand youbusy all summer.

You're welcome!

P.S. What was your first quilting project? How did it go? What did you learn? Share in the comments section below.

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2 thoughts on “Make a Quick, Patchwork Quilt Game Board

  1. I made my first quilt in 1979. My Mom had been quilting for about a year and I became fascinated. She took me to a fabric store and we picked out some fabrics together… not quilting fabric like we have now, but dress-weight fabrics in brown and red and one off-white with a grid on it.
    The pattern came from a book and Mom helped me every step of the way. The pattern was called Lone Star and it was very easy. The points were made up of 2 large triangles pieced together with large squares and blocks in between. I hand quilted it and it seemed to take forever. I thought the quilting would never end; my fingers hurt. I thought – if this is quilting, one is enough – but, of course, by the time I finished the darned thing, I’d already begun to buy fabric for the second quilt.
    My son was the lucky recipient of this quilt. He was 4 years old and that night he thanked me by having a bleeding nose 4X’s that night.
    Loving mother that I am – I left him to bleed into the toilet while I desperately tried to wash out the blood. 🙂
    I still have this quilt… stains and all.
    Just so you know… my son was afraid of the dark and I made this quilt because it was called the Star of Bethleham. I told him it was a magic quilt and would protect him from the bad things under the bed. He believed it and spent many a wonderful night’s sleep under it… once he got over the nose bleeds, that is…