Then speed piece the half squares by stacking the
Color 1 and Color 2 2-7/8" x 11-1/2" strips right sides together and all
edges aligned. On the back of the top strip, lightly mark 2-7/8" square lines.
Mark the diagonals as shown at left as well. Now sew 1/4" above and below the
marked diagonals, pivoting at the square lines. Cut apart on the marked diagonal lines
between the lines of stitching, and on the square lines. This will give you eight
half squares. Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabrics.
These should measure 2-1/2" ...