This makes a 10" block !

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block ** 


First sew the Color 1 and Color 2  2-1/2" x 10" strips right sides together along one long edge using a scant 1/4" seam allowance. Press seam to darker side. Cut this apart at 2-1/2" intervals to get four pieced units...


Next speed piece the half squares, by stacking the Color 1 and Color 2  4-7/8" x 9-3/4" strips, right sides together and all edges aligned. On the back of the top strip, lightly mark the 4-7/8" square line and mark the diagonals in the direction shown at left. Now sew a SCANT 1/4" above and below the marked diagonals, pivoting at the square lines. Now cut apart ON the marked diagonals, and on the 4-7/8" square line. This will give you four half squares. Press seam allowances towards the darker fabric. Trim these back to measure 4-1/2" if needed...

Lay out all units as shown at left. Now sew three horizontal rows, again using a scant 1/4" seam allowance. Press the top and bottom row seams to the outside, and the middle row seam to the center. Join the rows to finish your block!...on to Page 2!

June 7 2006  Marcia Hohn

Traditional Block