Spoonflower Sampler Quilt {Block 6: Cheshire Checker Board}


The striped part of this block reminds me of the Cheshire Cat, combined with the checker board look – I like the zany side of this block.

Materials and Cutting Instructions

Fabric Amount Cutting instructions
 Fabric A (Neutral)   Scrap or 5″ charms
  • Four (4) 4.5″ squares
 Fabric B (Green)   Scraps or Fat Eighth
  • Eight (8) 3″ Squares
  • Two (2) 1.5″ x 42″ strips
 Fabric C (Orange)  Scraps
  • Two (2) 3″ Squares
  • Two (2) 1.5″ x 42″ strips

Making your block

You will need to make 5 striped blocks and use the Neutral 4.5″ squares to make the checker board look.

For the Striped Blocks (repeat x 5):

  1. For each square, you will need two (2) of the HST (Half Square Triangle) paper piecing templates. The dotted line is for the 1/4″ seam allowance. Use your preferred paper piecing technique.
  2. Take the 3″ squares and place over the #1 of the template, making sure you allow a 1/4 seam all around.
  3. Take the alternative color 1.5″ strip and place RST (Right Sides Together) making sure you include a 1/4 seam allowance. Stitch in place, trim the 1/4″ seam allowance and the strip length allowing enough to cover #2 of the template. Press the strip back into place.
  4. #3-6 add alternating 1.5″ strips. Trim the block.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 for the second HST template.
  6. Match the HST lines together, pin baste in place (or glue). Sew the HST together using a 1/4″ seam. Press using your chosen technique (to reduce bulk I recommend pressing open).

Note: the center block, I changed up the order of the fabrics, using the orange 3″ squares instead of the green 3″ squares.

Finishing your block


  1. Start by laying out your block. Row 1 & 3 = Striped block, Neutral Square, Striped Block; Row 2 = Neutral Square, Striped Block, Neutral Square.
  2. Sew together the each row. Press seams.
  3. Line up each of the squares in row 1 & 2, and pin baste (or glue). Sew together. Press seams.
  4. Add row 3 to the bottom of row 2, lining up each of the squares, pinning in place. Sew together. Press seams. Produces an unfinished 12 1/2″ square.

Additional Spoonflower Sampler Quilt Block tutorials:

I, also,  hope to have the last 3 blocks posted this week. Just in time for the big reveal of the finished quilt (100 weeks after I started – you may have already seen it on Instagram today :-)).

Please Note: If you every make the sampler or any of the blocks use #spoonflowersamplerquilt and/or link back to the tutorial. Michelle Wilkie @ Factotum of Arts”.



4 thoughts on “Spoonflower Sampler Quilt {Block 6: Cheshire Checker Board}

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  4. Anne

    Hi I’m wondering if there is any corrections with this block?? My friend who is teaching us on paper piecing tells me that there’s a mistake in the pattern.. Could u let me know??
    Thank you Anne


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