I've chosen this 12" block to show you that even the more ornate blocks that we see, are really just the same simple construction, but with a more careful eye when cutting out your pieces...

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block **

 

Let's start by doing "the hard part" first. You should cut your self a 3-1/2" square of clear template plastic, and lay it over a motif of your liking. To make one block you will need eight. In the block above I used mirror image motifs...

 

Then, from a more solid-ish fabric you need a strip that measures 3-7/8" x 15-1/2" Measure and cut this into four 3-7/8" squares...

 

From a stripe you need another strip 3-7/8" x 15-1/2", which you also measure and cut into four 3-7/8" squares...

 

 

Then stack, aligned, your 3-7/8" squares. Mark and cut these on the diagonal, being careful not to stretch your fabrics... 

    

 

Piece a  Color 2 and a  Color 3 triangle, using a  scant 1/4" seam, pressing seam allowances towards darker fabric. You will need to make eight of these and pay attention to the direction your fabrics are going in...

...on to Page 2!

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pattern from http://www.quilterscache.com

Traditional Block