This makes a 12" block!

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block **

First mark and cut the Color 1  3-1/2" x 28" strip into eight 3-1/2" squares...

Then speed piece the half squares, by stacking the Color 1 and Color 2  3-7/8" x 15-1/2" strips, right sides together. On the back of the top strip lightly mark the 3-7/8" square lines and mark the diagonals as shown at left. Now sew 1/4" above and below the marked diagonals, pivoting at the square lines.  Cut apart on the diagonal lines AND on the square lines. This will give you eight half squares. Press seam allowances towards the darker fabrics. These should measure 3-1/2"...

Next sew the half squares together along the lighter side, using 1/4" seams. Make four of these units, pressing seam allowances to one side...

To piece the center unit, place a Color 1  3-1/2' square atop the Color 3  6-1/2" square, right sides together and all edges aligned. (I show it staggered here just so you can see there are two layers) On the back of the top square, lightly mark the diagonal in the direction shown at left. Sew ON this diagonal line. Trim off the excess seam allowance and press the remainder towards the outer triangle. Repeat this with another Color 1 square on the opposite corner, and then again with the two remaining open corners, pressing the last two additions towards the center square. This should measure 6-1/2"... on to Page 2!

July13 2000 Marcia Hohn

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