This makes a 12" block!

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block **

Start by marking and cutting the Colors 1, 2 and 3  2-1/2" x 10" strips into four 2-1/2" squares of each...

Then speed piece the half squares, by stacking a Color 3 and Color 1  2-7/8" x 17-1/4" strips, right sides together and all edges aligned. On the back of the top strip lightly mark the 2-7/8" square lines. Mark the diagonals as shown at left. Now sew a SCANT 1/4" above and below the marked diagonals, pivoting at the 2-7/8" square lines. Cut apart on the square lines and on the marked diagonal lines between the rows of stitching. This will give you twelve half squares. Press seams to the darker side. Repeat this with another Color 3 strip, and a Color 2 strip. Trim to 2-1/2" if needed...

Piece the block, by making rows of the squares and half squares, referring to the diagram at left for placement and orientation. Alternate pressing directions with each addition to keep the seams staggered :o)

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Sep 23 2001 Marcia Hohn

Traditional Block

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