Next speed piece the half squares, by stacking
the Color 1 and Color 2 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 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. These should measure 2-1/2".
Repeat this same procedure with the Color 1 and Color 3
2-7/8" x 5-3/4" strips to get four more half squares in that