This makes an 8" block !

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block ** 

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

Next speed piece the half squares, by stacking the Color 1 and Color 3   2-7/8" x 11-1/2" strips, right sides together and all edges aligned. On the back of the top strip, lightly mark the 2-7/8" square lines 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 2-7/8" square lines. This will give you eight half squares. Press seam allowances towards the darker fabric. Trim these back to measure 2-1/2" if needed...

 

Now lay out all units as shown at left. Sew four horizontal rows using the same scant 1/4" seams. Alternate pressing directions by row. Sew the rows together, again using a scant 1/4" seam, and that's all there is to this one! ...on to Page 2!

Aug 20 2006 Marcia Hohn

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