This makes a  9" block!

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block **

Start by speed piecing the half squares. Stack the Color 1 and Color 2  3-7/8" x 7-3/4" strips, right sides together and all edges aligned. On the back of the top strip, lightly mark the 3-7/8" square line and mark the diagonals in the direction shown at left. Sew 1/4" above and below the marked diagonals, pivoting at the square line. Now cut apart on the marked diagonals, and on the 3-7/8" square line. This will give you four half squares. Press seam allowances towards the darker fabric. These should measure 3-1/2"...

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Then strip piece the center side units, by sewing a Color 2  1-1/2" x 14" strip to a Color 1 1-1/2" x 14" strip , right sides together, along one long edge. Press seam allowance towards the darker fabrics. Add another Color 1 strip to the bottom of this. Press seam towards the darker fabric. Cut into 3-1/2" sections...

Now you can piece the block, by first making rows, and then joining the rows to make a block. Alternate pressing directions by row! ...on to Page 2!

Dec1999 Marcia Hohn

Traditional Block

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