Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Checkerboard Block

I made one checkerboard block for the red project. The plan is to make one Dresden plate block and one checkerboard block a month, due at First Saturday. My project requires 13 of these checkerboard blocks and 12 Dresden Plate blocks.
One 14" Checkerboard Block

Making one block at a time is very inefficient. It would make so much more sense to strip piece the rows, slice them up, and then piece the checkerboards.

So, that's exactly what I did. I cut 2-1/2" WOF strips from a selection of dark and light prints.  I pieced WOF pairs of dark & light, then sliced them into 10-1/8" pieces. I was able to get four pieces from each WOF strip.

Then I combined the pieced pairs together, mixing up the prints and alternating light and dark, for a strata of six strips. One more strip was added to one end of the strata, either light or dark as needed to alternate the value placement.  Here are seven strata, stacked, to simulate the checkerboard effect. One complete strata is visible on the right.
Stack of Seven Strata

Since each strata is 10-1/8" long, it can be cut crossways into four 2-1/2" strips. Thus, the set above will yield four checkerboard blocks.

Enough strips for eight blocks are shown here and I need twelve blocks, so one more set of seven strata will be enough.
Two Stacks of Strata

It's so much easier and more efficient to strip piece these checkerboards!
So how does this affect my plan for one checkerboard block a month? It doesn't really matter. I may get some checkerboard blocks made ahead, but I still have to keep up with Dresden plate blocks, so it's not going to make much difference. Just easier and less wasteful of fabric.

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  1. Great idea and approach! I can see this helping offload some effort for you and help make the one Desden plate block a month feel more manageable.

  2. How efficient you are with your checkerboard block! Trust me to do it the hard way and have each piece different, so many 2 and half inch squares. Yours does look great.

  3. I admire your restraint! I would make all the checkerboards at once, just to be as efficient as possible and get the strata out of my studio :)

  4. Love the colors in these blocks. Looking forward to seeing these all paired up with the Dresden Plate blocks.