Little Lamb Checkerboard Quilt


I’ve made several checkerboard baby quilts in the past and have so many people ask me for patterns, that I finally made another quilt and spent some time making up a pattern.  In the past, I have made these checkerboard quilts using a traditional 16-patch block but I’ve thought about it and feel that sewing width of fabric strips together and then subcutting them is faster.  So this pattern utilizes a super easy and quick strip piecing method.

This little quilt is my “less is more” philosophy that using just a handful of prints can have more impact than many prints.  In this instance, I’m using just four fabrics – my main fabric, which is a little lamb print, a dot, a solid and a subtle checked print.  This is similar to the Little Owl Quilt that I did and which got such a great response and so many requests for a pattern.


The little lamb fabric is called Clover from Cotton + Steel. It’s so sweet!  I selected my favorite dot fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics called Firefly in Whisper from the Hello Bear collection.  I added a Moda Solid and a little bit of a check fabric from Camelot called Mixology Woven in Rainwater.

For the backing, I found a fabric I thought went so well with the top – it’s called Scattered Hashtags from  Moda Mixology.

For the batting, I used a low loft Warm and Natural 100% cotton.  I quilted it with Aurifil thread, using a 4.0 stitch length and a walking foot.  I just used the seams on each square as my guide.

For the binding, I used Squared Elements in Turquoise.  I machine stitched the binding using my usual method.


I have this pattern out to testers right now  and when I have it available very soon, I will announce it here on the blog and it will be available for purchase.  If you follow me on Instagram, you will see it there also.  I will be very happy to finally be able to provide you with a pattern for this simple, fun quilt.

This quilt itself is now listed in the Shop.

Thanks for coming by!


5 thoughts on “Little Lamb Checkerboard Quilt

  1. AnnieVee

    Hi Elaine. I’m a big fan of everything you do as you are a Jill of All Trades ☺️👍🏼 Just wondering if you had any rule of thumb when picking fabrics for a quilt. I’m talking yardage. For example, do you always get fat quarters of prints or 1/2 yard ? When building your “stash” I mean. Quite often I fall in love with a line and never get it for fear of having too much or too little. Thanks for your tips and tricks… so appreciated.


  2. Beech Tree Lane Handmade Post author

    AnnieVee: I rarely buy fat quarters. I like to work with WOF. I often buy 1/2 yards of something I like to add to my stash. If I seeing a good binding fabric, I buy a 1/2 yard. That will bind a throw size quilt, which is the largest I usually make. If I find a fabric that absolutely knocks my socks off, I will buy a yard! Hope this helps.



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