This makes a 10" block!

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block ** 

Mark and cut the Color 1  2-1/2" x 22-1/2" strip into nine 2-1/2" squares...the Color 2  2-1/2" x 10" strip into four 2-1/2" squares...and the Color 3  2-1/2" x 20" strip into eight 2-1/2" squares...

Now speed piece the half squares by stacking the Color 1 and Color 2  2-7/8" x 5-3/4" strips right sides together and all edges aligned. On the back of the top strip, lightly mark the 2-7/8" square line, then mark in the diagonals as shown at left. Sew a scant 1/4" above and below the marked diagonals, pivoting at the square line. Cut apart on the square line and on the marked diagonals between the rows of stitching. This will give you four half squares. Press seams to darker side. Trim these back to be 2-1/2" square if needed...

 Now just make five rows as shown at left, then sew them together to make the block, using of course, the standard scant 1/4" seam allowance. Press seams in alternating directions by row...

...on to Page 2!

Sept 21 2002 Marcia Hohn

Traditional  Block

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