This makes a 12" block!

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block ** 

Start by marking and cutting the Color 1  5" x 12-1/2" strip into ten 2-1/2" squares...

Next mark and cut the Color 2  5" x 12-1/2" strip into ten 2-1/2" squares...
Next speed piece the half squares, by stacking the Color 1 and Color 2  2-7/8" x 23" 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 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 2-7/8" square lines. This will give you sixteen half squares. Press seam allowances towards the darker fabric. Trim these back to measure 2-1/2" if needed...

 Now using the squares and half squares we just made and/or the six horizontal rows shown at left, pressing seams in alternating directions by row. Join the rows, and this puppy is done!

...on to Page 2!

 April 27 2003 Marcia Hohn

Traditional Block