This makes a 12" block and is part paper pieced!

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Click here for templates A

Click here for templates B

The first thing that I would recommend that you do, is go to the Practice Paper Piecing Page.  When you feel comfy with paper piecing, come on back and try a Colorado Pass Block! You will need to print out one copy of each template page per block you want to make on very lightweight paper. Fat Quarters will be ample!

** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block ** 

Speed piece the half squares, by stacking the Color 3 and Color 4  3-1/8" x 12-1/2" strips, right sides together and all edges aligned. On the back of the top strip, lightly mark the 3-1/8" square lines and mark the diagonals in the direction shown at left. Now sew a SCANT 1/4" above and below the marked diagonals, pivoting at the square lines. Now cut apart ON the marked diagonals, and on the 3-1/8" square lines. This will give you eight half squares. Press seam allowances towards the darker fabric. Trim these back to measure 2-3/4" if needed. Repeat this with a second Color 4, and a Color 2 strip of the same size to get eight in that color arrangement...

Sew the half squares we just made into the block's center four patch, following the diagram at left. Use all scant 1/4" seam throughout! Press the four row seams in alternating directions, then join the rows to finish the center unit...

Now paper piece your PP units. Sew the blocks top and bottom units together to make one each of the units shown at left...on to Page 2!

Jan 8 2003 Marcia Hohn

 Original  Block