The 12th block of The Splendid Sampler™ is called “Checkerboard” and is the second block by Pat Sloan in this sampler. This one falls into the category of pretty straightforward blocks; the difficulty was more on the fabric selection rather than on the piecing.
After some doubting, I decided to stick to the instructions and the pattern name and use only two fabrics. However, I played with medium-low volumes, so the block doesn’t pop up so much when mixed with the others.
While piecing I skipped the instructions and instead of pressing seams open I went for spinning seams, following this tip by Bonnie K Hunter. It worked really well and the seams nested beautifully against each other in every step of the sewing process, and in the end the block lays flat and squared.
The block’s info and link party are here.