

To speed piece the half squares, stack a
Color 3 and Color 2 27/8" x 53/4" strip right
sides together and all edges aligned. On the back of the top strip
lightly mark the 27/8" square line, and mark the diagonals as
shown at left. Sew 1/4" above and below the marked
diagonal lines, pivoting at the square line. Cut apart on the square
line, and on the marked diagonal lines. This will give you four half
squares. Press seam allowances towards the darker fabric. These
should
measure 21/2"... 


For the block's center, stack a Color 3 and
a Color 2 31/4" square right sides together and all
edges aligned. Mark the diagonal on the back of the top strip, as
shown at left. Sew 1/4" above and below the marked
diagonal. Cut apart on the marked diagonal, then stack the two
resultant bicolored triangles and cut again on the opposite
diagonal. This will give you two four units. Sew two of them
together to make the center block unit. Save the others to use in
another project! 


To make the square in square unit, place a
Color 2 11/2" square right sides together and all edges
lined up with the upper left corner of a Color 3 21/2"
square. Mark the diagonal on the back of the top small square, and
sew on this diagonal marking. Cut off the excess seam allowance and
press the remainder towards the triangle. Repeat this with another
Color 2 small square on the adjacent corner, again pressing the seam
allowance towards the triangle. Repeat this again on the two
lower corners using small Color 1 squares, again pressing towards the
triangle. Make four units like this... 


Now piece the block! Make rows
as shown at left, using all 1/4" seams, and alternating
pressing directions with each addition. Join the rows, again
alternating pressing directions...and there it is! ...on to Page 3! 

Traditional Block

pattern from http://www.quilterscache.com 

