This makes a 10" block !

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block ** 


Start by cutting the Color 1 and Color 3  4-7/8" x 9-3/4" strips into two 4-7/8" squares of each. Stack the squares in opposing pairs right sides together and all edges aligned. On the back of the top square lightly draw in the diagonal. Stitch 1/4" away from the drawn line on each side of it. Cut apart on the drawn line.  Each square-pair will give you two half squares. Press seams to darker sides, and square up to measure 4-1/2" if needed. You need four half squares in total...


Next sew the Color 2 and Color 3  2-1/2" x 10" strips right sides together along one long edge using a 1/4" seam. Press seam to darker side and cut at 2-1/2" intervals to make four pieced sections...

Now lay out all units as shown at left, with the extra Color 2  2-1/2" square you cut as the block's center. Sew three horizontal rows, again using a 1/4" seam allowance. Lastly join the rows in a scant 1/4" seam to complete your block!

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June 29 2008 Marcia Hohn