This makes a 12" block!

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block ** 

Start by marking and cutting the Color 2  2-1/2" x 5" strip into two 2-1/2" squares...

Next mark and cut the Color 3  5" x 9" strip into four 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles. Mark and cut the Color 3  2-1/2" x 5" strip into two 2-1/2" squares, and mark and cut the Color 3  4-1/2" x 13" strip into two 4-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangles...

Now speed piece the half squares by stacking the Color 1 and Color 3  2-7/8" x 8-5/8" strips right sides together and all edges aligned. On the back of the top strip lightly mark in the 2-7/8" square lines, then draw in 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. Cut apart on the square lines, and on the marked diagonals between the rows of stitching. This will give you six half squares. press seams to darker side, then trim these back to measure 2-1/2" if needed. Repeat this with the other Color 1 and the Color 2  2-7/8" x 8-5/8" strips to get six more half squares in that color combination...

 Now piece the block's corners following the diagrams at left.  First make a four patch, then sew a Color 3 rectangle to the right, and lastly, sew a rows of pieced half squares to the bottom. Make two units like this...

Sew a Color 2 square to the top of a Color 3  2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangle, then sew a larger Color 3 rectangle to the right of that. Make two units like this...on to Page 2!

Oct 1 2002 Marcia Hohn

Original  Block

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