This makes a 12" block!

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block  **

While each pattern in the past has shown how to cut and piece each block singly...I am now going to introduce some speed piecing. If you have been following the patterns as they came, you will delight in this quicker way of doing things!

First, on the back side of your lighter 3-7/8" x 15-1/2" strip (Color 3 in this case) lightly mark off at 3-7/8 increments. Next draw in the 3- 7/8" square lines, then draw a light diagonal mark from corner to corner of each, changing the direction of the diagonal line in each subsequent square. Lay the Color 3 strip atop a Color 1 strip, with edges perfectly aligned. You will then sew 1/4" on either side of each diagonal line, as shown...

Do the same with your Color 2 (and Color 1)  3-7/8" x 7-3/4" strips

Cut these apart on the solid diagonal lines, and on the square lines....there are your half triangles! Trim these back to measure 3-1/2" if needed...

Do the same with your Color 1 and Color 3 unit...

Now cut your Color 2  3-1/2" x 14" strip into four 3-1/2" squares...on to Page 2!


Dec1999 Marcia Hohn

Original Block