Shown at right is a 15" block, though this is really a pattern about the METHOD of doing these rather than just a specific block pattern...

It's another excellent way to USE SCRAPS!!

It's is so easy you could have the whole quilt done in a  weekend!

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block **

This pattern differs from many that I have done so far, in that it barely needs one! Still, there are a couple of options to making this I will try to explain them here.

The first method, and the one I would recommend if you are doing a whole quilt, would be to sew manageable lengths of your 1-1/4" strips of fabric together, and then mark and cut this crosswise at 3-1/2" intervals, as shown.  To get plenty of variety in your quilt, you would want to make several different color groups of these strip pieced units. You would also get a dramatic effect by using graduating colors in each progression of strips; just a thought  :o)

Another choice is to cut INDIVIDUAL 1-1/4" x 3-1/2" rectangles from many different colors, repeating no color, this would be appropriate for a 10,000 wishes quilt!...

A third choice is to make just one block using single rows of 1-1/4" x 3-1/2" strips,15-1/2" long!...You need two strips each made up of of 20 1-1/4" x 3-1/2" pieces each if you just want to make one block...

No matter which method you choose, we proceed the same from now on. Sew strips of Color 1 between your pieced rows, using a scant 1/4" seam allowance, and pressing allowances in alternating directions as you add rows...

Sew on another Color 1 strip...on to Page 2!
Oct1999 Marcia Hohn

Traditional Block

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