This makes a 24" block!...and is a simpler version of the original...which was the same in looks, but constructed of all diamonds....

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block **

First mark and cut the Color 2  3-1/2" x 14" strip into four 3-1/2" squares. Then mark and cut the Color 3  3-1/2" x 42" strip into twelve 3-1/2" squares...

Now speed piece the half squares, by stacking a Color 3 and Color 1  3-7/8" x 31"strip, right sides together. On the back of the top strip lightly mark the 3-7/8" square lines. Mark the diagonals in the direction shown at left as well. Sew a SCANT 1/4" above and below the marked diagonals, pivoting at the 3-7/8" square lines. Cut apart ON the marked diagonals, and on the square lines. This will give you sixteen half squares. Press seam allowances towards the darker fabric. Repeat this with a Color 3/Color 2 set, and again with a Color 1/Color 2 set...

...on to Page 2!

To do this as a 12" finished block, the squares need to be cut at 2"( you need four of Color 2 and twelve of Color 3) ...the half squares are pieced as above from 2-3/8" x 19" strips. Trim half squares to measure 2" if needed, after pressing to dark side.
March2000 Marcia Hohn

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