A few weeks ago I posted how to make the Chop Sticks block on the link posted above. It is a fun, modern block to make and I was using solids and greys for the original block. I love it so much that I am making a full size quilt. But I began to ponder the possibilities of using tartan strips and a dark background. I cut the strips to 1.5 inches to show off more of the plaid. I free hand cut the block on a diagonal and sewed the strip in the new halves of the square. I start out with a 9.5 inch square. Be sure to have strips that are at least 12 inches long because the diagonal takes up more strip length!
Sew the second strip in place and use a pin or wonder clip to be sure the two halves of the first strip line up! Lastly, square up the block to 8.5 inches in a way that is visually pleasing to you, meaning it shouldn’t be centered!
Here is a pic of the first set of blocks started using solids and greys. Have fun, I think this block has inspired me to try several variations. Watch for them on the blog in the future!