Checks and Balances quilt pattern PDF download – modern stripe and checked quilt in throw and twin bed/single bed sizes

Checks and Balances quilt pattern PDF download – modern stripe and checked quilt in throw and twin bed/single bed sizes



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This pattern is the second in my series of quilts that aims to encourage makers to use fabrics they might already have to hand – worn business shirts. Never fear though, the pattern does include yardage for making with quilting cotton.

It's also the second design inspired by a weave structure – from the humble plaid to African strip weavings I came across when researching my trip to Swaziland, to the women weavers of the Bauhaus. Unlike the woven originals, this quilt is made entirely from mens’ thrifted business shirts – 13 in total.

I seem to keep designing endless variations of this pattern, so another, more random version has been included in these instructions and planning sheets are at the end for you to design your own. It's also worth checking out my Checks and Balances Pinterest board for further inspiration.

The Checks and Balances Quilt pattern is available to download automatically after your payment is processed.

Included in the instructions are suggestions for back and binding, detailed diagrams/photographs for cut and piecing your quilt, as well as tips and hints for working with upcycled shirts.

A percentage of profit from every pattern sold goes to women makers in disadvantaged communities.

Happy quilting!

Instagram hashtag: #checksandbalancesquilt


This pattern is not intended for commercial use – that is, items cannot be made from the pattern for resale.
Copying this pattern for commercial use is also not permitted unless prior consent has been given in writing.
In purchasing this pattern you agree to abide by these conditions.

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Sarah 05 Aug, 2020

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Nice pattern, with options for yardage or to make from shirts. Well written, thanks!

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Amy Lobsiger 10 Sep, 2020

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Lovely, well written pattern! So wonderful for all of the check and stripe shirts I have gathered. Thank you!!

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yelloduckie 24 Dec, 2020

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I used this pattern to make a memorial quilt using men's 4X uniform shirts. It sews up beautifully. Easy second quilt!

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