I used this block in my Checkered Past quilt and call it a Checker block. There’s probably an ‘official’ name for it in quilt world; this is just what I call it.
The block is good to use on its own, with scraps for a scrappy look, or mixed with other blocks in a quilt design. The Checker block finishes at 10″.
- 9 – 2-1/2″ print/color squares
- 4 – 2-1/2″ background squares
- 4 – 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ background strips
First, make the nine patch center. Sew five of the 2-1/2″ print/color squares and the four 2-1/2″ background squares together in three rows as shown in the diagram below:
Sew the three rows together into a nine patch.
Add one of the 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ background strips to each side of the nine patch block. Press seams toward the background strips.
Sew one print/color 2-1/2″ square to each end of the remaining two background strips. Press seams toward the center strip. You will have two strips that look like this:
Congratulations! Your block is now complete. I hope you’ll consider sharing if you make something with this block. I would love to see your version!
The tutorial Checker Block can be found at any time by clicking on the Tutorial tab at the top of the page.