Next speed piece the half squares, by stacking
the Color 2 and Color 4 2-7/8" x 17-1/4" strips, right
sides together and all edges aligned. On the back of the top strip,
lightly mark the 2-7/8" square lines and mark the diagonals in
the direction shown at left. Now sew a SCANT 1/4" above and
below the marked diagonals, pivoting at the square lines. Now cut
apart ON the marked diagonals, and on the 2-7/8" square lines.
This will give you twelve half squares. Press seam allowances towards
the darker fabric. Trim these back to measure 2-1/2" if needed.
Repeat this whole process with the other two Color 2 and Color 4
2-7/8" x 17-1/4" strips to get twelve more half squares in
that color combination. Do the same thing with a Color 3 and Color
4 2-7/8" x 11-1/2" strips, and one more time with a
Color 1 and Color 4 2-7/8" x 11-1/2" strips, to get
eight half squares of each color combination...
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