This makes a 28" block , and is rated as a three pin pattern only because of the number of pieces within it :o)

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block **


From the strips listed below, cut the number of 2-1/2" squares indicated at left...



Now sew the fourteen rows shown at left, always using a scant1/4" seam. Press rows in alternating directions. Sew the rows together to complete the block! It's easy, in that there are only squares, but...there are many of it won't be necessarily FAST... :o)

...on to Page 2!


 Why do you sometimes refer to it as a SCANT 1/4" seam?? Each time you press a seam to the side, you can lose the tiniest bit of block width in the crease. Across the whole width of a block, that can mean significant loss of block size! So, sewing with a SCANT 1/4" seam, which is a couple threads LESS THAN a true 1/4", you compensate for that bit of lost block width! Generally, quilters call this  "using a 1/4" seam", but the reality is that each quilter needs to find the sweet spot on Their Own Machine, so that after pressing, your blocks consistently come out the right size!


April 8 2005 Marcia Hohn


Traditional  Block