This makes a 12" block!

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block ** 

Start by marking and cutting the Colors 1,2,3 and 4  2-1/2" x 7-1/2" strips into three 2-1/2" squares of each...

Now we'll speed piece all those half squares! Stack the Color 1 and Color 6  2-7/8" x 5-3/4" strips, right sides together, then mark the 2-7/8" square line, and the diagonals in the directions shown at top left. Now sew a scant 1/4" above and below the marked diagonals, pivoting at the 2-7/8" square line.  Cut apart ON the marked diagonals, and cut apart on the square line as well. This will give you four half squares. Press seams to darker side, and trim these back to measure 2-1/2" if needed. Repeat this with the other Color 6 strips of this length, pairing them with Color 2, 3 and 4 strips to make four each in those colors, and then again with the Color 6 and Color 5  2-7/8" x 11-1/2" strips to get eight in that color...

To sew the block's four together three rows of three squares and/or half squares as shown at far left, using scant 1/4" seams, and pressing row seams in alternating directions. Make four quarter blocks, using a different leaf color, but the SAME Color 5, in each quarter...on to Page 2!

Oct 31 2002 Marcia Hohn

 Original  Block