Chess anyone?

Fabric Chess Board

Fabric Chess Board

My nephew (who is 10 years old today!) visited us for Christmas. Before he came, his dad asked me if we had a checkerboard because he was going to give his son a chess set for Christmas but the board was too big and heavy to travel with. We don’t have a chess or checker board so I told him I’d make one. How hard could it be?

I picked out 2 fabrics that I thought he’d like.  One was a dark brown wood grain fabric and the other was a national park map fabric. I cut it into 2 1/2″ strips and started sewing.


2 and then 4 strips sewn together


Cut in half lengthwise


Sewn together and pressed towards the dark fabric

A chess board is 8 squares by 8 squares. So now I cut these into 2 1/2″ strips.


Eight 2 1/2″ strips



These were sewn together, sandwiched with batting and batting, quilted in the ditch, and a 1/4′ binding put on.

Finished chess board

Finished chess board

His new chess pieces are really cool. They are stone African animals.

Chess anyone?


Filed under Family, Gifts

11 responses to “Chess anyone?

  1. Sandy J. Selig

    Cool! You will have to try backgammon next.

  2. Lindsey

    I love that fabric!

  3. Jane

    Totally cool!!

  4. Alice

    Okay, I had to forward this latest triumph to Tony. Al

  5. Sharon Hankins

    That’s just so smart of you! I think you must have the best stash of fabrics ever!

  6. Very beautiful yet masculine fabric choices. Reminds me of some quilted checkerboards my mom gave us one Christmas.

  7. How did he like it? I know I would have been impressed at 10 years old, just like I am today. I wonder where you found that National Parks topography fabric?

    • I bought the National Park fabric at a store in Jackson Wyoming. It had Yellowstone and Glacier Parks repeated on it quite a bit which is why I bought it.

  8. Very cool. My son would love to have that! And yet I too would like to have topography fabric. Have a whole family full of map nuts!

  9. You are brilliant! Way to save the day! 🙂

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