Friend's Star - Page 2

  Next speed piece the Half Squares, by stacking the Color 2 and Color 3  3-7/8" x 7-3/4" strips, right sides together and all edges aligned. On the back of the top strip, lightly mark the 3-7/8" 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 3-7/8" square line. This will give you four half squares. Press seam allowances towards the darker fabric. Trim these back to measure 3-1/2" if needed...
   

To make a side unit, place a Color 1 square right sides together atop the left end of a Color 3 rectangle, with outer edges aligned. On the back of the top square lightly mark the diagonal. Sew on this diagonal marking. Cut off the excess seam allowance. Press the remainder towards the corner. Repeat this with a Color 2 square on the other end of the rectangle. Make four of these units...

   

 

Then, using a scant 1/4" seam allowance, sew a Color 2/Color 3 pieced Half Square Triangle right sides together to opposing sides of the Color 1 square you cut using the template. Press seams out towards the corners. Add pieced Half Square Triangles to the remaining two sides of the center square in the same manner...

   

Now lay out all units as shown at left. Using a scant 1/4" seam, sew three horizontal rows. Join those rows to complete your Friend's Star block!...on to Page 3!

 

June 12 2006  Marcia Hohn

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