{Tutorial} Checker Block


Social Media ButtonI 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″.

Materials Needed:

  • 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:

Step 1 Checker block

Sew the three rows together into a nine patch.

Step 2 Checker block tutorial

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.

Step 3 checker block tutorial

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:

Step 4 Checker block tutorialSew these strips to the top and bottom of the nine patch block row. Press seams open.

Step 5 Checker block tutorialSquare block to 10-1/2″.

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.

A tutorial for the Shoo Fly block used in my Checkered Past quilt will be posted next. Stay tuned! 🙂

Linking up with Tips & Tutorials Tuesday over at Late Night Quilter.




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I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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4 Responses to {Tutorial} Checker Block

  1. Jayne says:

    Thank you for sharing! It is a perfect block that can be used in so many ways!

  2. Jasmine says:

    A great tutorial for this block. It is a great setting block. My mom has some blocks my grandmother appliquéd, and I think the plan is to use this block. I have sometimes seen this block used for a Single Irish Chain, but don’t know if that is an official name or not. 🙂

  3. Susan says:

    Clear as a bell! Thanks for reminding me about this great setting block. I have a couple of block groups for which this would be the perfect answer. Probably I’ll just make tons and make a Checkered Past quilt myself – I definitely have one of those! 😉

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