This makes an 8" block from the late 1930's !

It's an easy one too! :o)

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block ** 

Start by cutting the Color 3  3" x 8" rectangle into four 1-1/2" x 4" rectangles...

Next speed piece the half squares, by stacking the Color 1 and Color 2  4-3/8" x 8-3/4" strips, right sides together and all edges aligned. On the back of the top strip, lightly mark the 4-3/8" 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 4-3/8" square line. This will give you four half squares. Press seam allowances towards the darker fabric. Trim these back to measure 4" if needed...

 Now lay out all the units as shown at left, having the extra Color 2  1-1/2" square as the blocks center. Sew three horizontal rows, pressing the top and bottom row seams to the center and the middle row seam to the outside. Join the rows and the block is all done! Wasn't that an easy one??? ...on to Page 2!



June 17 2004 Marcia Hohn

Traditional Block