This makes a 12" block!

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block ** 

Start by marking and cutting the Color 3  3-7/8" x 15-1/2" strip into four 3-7/8" squares. Stack and cut these once on the diagonal to make eight half square triangles...
Next speed piece the half squares, by stacking the Color 1 and Color 2  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  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. These should measure 3-1/2" . Repeat this with a Color 1 and Color 3   3-7/8" x 7-3/4" strip set to make four more in that color combo...

Then stack the Color 1 and Color 2   4-1/4" x 8-1/2" strips right sides together and all edges aligned. Mark the 4-1/4" square line, then on the back of the top strip, lightly mark the diagonals in the direction shown at left. Now sew 1/4" above and below the marked diagonals, pivoting at the square lines. Now cut apart on the square line. Using a ruler cut each square apart on the opposite diagonal from the way you sewed, then cut each resulting triangle apart on the drawn line between the lines of your original stitching... 

This will give you four each of the pieced quarter square triangles shown at left. Press seams to the darker side...

Sew each quarter square triangle to a Color 3 half square triangle, using a 1/4" seam, and pressing seams to one side...on to Page 2!

Feb 26 2003 Marcia Hohn

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