This makes a 12" block!...I love the NAME of this one!

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block **

Start by marking and cutting the Color 1 3-7/8" x 15-1/2" strip into four 3-7/8" squares. Stack these and cut them once on the diagonal to make eight half square triangles... 

Mark and cut the Color 3  3-1/2" x 14" strip into four 3-1/2" squares...


Now speed piece the center half squares, by stacking the Color 1 and Color 3  3-7/8" x  7 3/4" strips right sides together and all edges aligned. On the back of the top strip, mark the 3-7/8" square line. Mark the diagonals in the direction shown at left. Sew a 1/4" above and below the marked diagonals, pivoting at the square line. Cut apart on the square line and on the marked diagonals between the rows of stitching. This will give you four half squares. Press seams to darker side and trim these to measure 3-1/2" if needed...


Next, stack the Color 2 and Color 3  4-1/4" squares and cut in half on the first diagonal. Leave them stacked and use a ruler to cut on the opposite diagonal. This will give you eight quarter square triangles of each color. Sew pairs of these right sides together, half with the colors reversed. ..

Then sew a Color 1 half square triangle to each pair of quarter square triangles, pressing seams towards the half square triangles. Trim to measure 3-1/2" if needed... on to Page 2

Oct 22 2001 Marcia Hohn

Traditional Block

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