This makes a 15" block!

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block **

Let's  start  by measuring and cutting the Color 1 3-1/2" x 31-1/2" strip into nine 3-1/2" squares...

Then lay a Color 3  1-1/2" x 14" strip atop a Color 2 strip of the same size and sew these strips together using a scant 1/4" seam, pressing seam allowances towards darker fabric. Then add another Color 3 strip to the other long side of the Color 2 strip, measure and cut this 3 stripe unit into 3-1/2" squares...

Then in the same manner attach two Color 3 1-1/2" x 6" strips to a Color 2 strip of the same size, and cut and measure that unit into four 1 1/2" strips. Make a reverse unit from two Color 2  1-1/2" x 12" strips and one Color 3 strip. Measure and cut this 3 stripe unit into 1-1/2" strips as well. Sew these together into four nine patch units...

Let's speed piece the half squares. Stack a Color 3  3-7/8" x 15-1/2" strip atop a Color 1 strip of the same size, right sides together. On the back of the Color 3 strip mark off 3-7/8" squares, and mark diagonals in the directions shown, then stitch in one continuous seam from the top left corner to the top right corner, 1/4" away from the marked diagonal line. Turn, and sew back the other way 1/4" on the other side of the marked diagonal lines. Cut apart at the 3-7/8" marks AND on the marked diagonals this will give you eight half squares. Press seams to darker fabrics. Trim to 3-1/2" if needed...on to Page 2!



Oct1999 Marcia Hohn

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Traditional Block