Chequer Star, also known as Scrappy Star, is block 16 (of 80!) from issue 17 ‘Art of Quilting’. 20 pieces no less! This one is a close relative of the Sawtooth Star block, the only difference being the single square in the centre. It is a favourite design with quilters as it utilises the smallest scraps and offcuts.
It wasn’t particular tricky but did take some ‘get up and go’ to even get started! The weather is far too beautiful in London to be sitting in and sewing, as much as I love it. I am seriously going to have to come up with some outdoor-friendly projects. Perhaps some traditional hand quilting. Does anyone else craft al fresco?
Name: Chequer Star
History: This block dates from the 1900s.
Level: Some experience needed to line up the triangle points with the square seams.
No. of pieces: 20
Block 1: The Double Four Patch
Block 2: The Whirlwind
Block 3: The Sailboat
Block 4: The Shoo-fly
Block 5: The Trafalgar
Block 6: The Windmill
Block 7: The Chequer Square
Block 8: The Diamond Square
Block 9: The Cactus Pot
Block 10: The Sawtooth Star
Block 11: To come!
Block 12: The Windmill Sails block
Block 13: The Basket of Flowers block
Block 14: Susannah
Block 15: Road to Oklhahoma
Block 16: Chequer Star
17 Replies to “Chequer Star quilt block”
knitting in the garden and hand piecing a quilt on the balcony during a skiing holiday, so definitely a bit of alfresco. Knitting is brilliantly portable.
That sounds blissful. Hats off to you crafting apres ski but I fear knitting might be a bit sweaty in 23ªC! How did you manage not to get your needles confiscated before you got on the plane? Or were they in your suitcase?!
In the suitcase. I normally have a toddler to keep me busy on the plane.
hand work is perfect for the outdoors, cute little block!
Your seams are perfect! It looks lovely.
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You made a really good job of the star. Brilliant!
Thanks for visiting my blog – I’m flattered you should ask me a piecing question as your points look really good. I must confess I have a problem with points and really need to go back to basics and do a tutorial on them or something. When I still lived in the U.K. I went to a bi-weekly sewing group where I embarked on my first ever quilt and decided to make a king size sampler one so I know all about thinking the amount of blocks you need will never end! I confess that I was so overwhelmed at the finish and so aghast at the prospect of the quilting that I paid somebody with a long-arm machine to do it for me.
As far as piecing outside goes – I tried it the other day and had a multi-piece block laid out on a display board ready to be sewn and a breeze sprung up and blew the pieces onto the grass. I then had to go inside and get my book in order to remind me how it was all laid out in the first place!!
I seem to be getting the hang of points when machine piecing. I do sew these really slowly, mind! But I haven’t properly attempted the hand (English paper piecing?) method of patchwork as yet. When I tried to wrap the fabric round I wondered what would happen to the excess piece that overlapped the point. So thank you so much for your wonderful advice. I’m not sure I will get very far very quickly and I think from what you have said about al fresco sewing, I will just stick to making the diamonds in the park. The piecing together will be saved for a wind-free zone at home!