This makes a 12" block, and stems from the late 1880's to the mid 1930's ... shown here in repro civil war fabrics :o)

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block ** 

Start by marking and cutting the Color 1, 2 and 3  2-1/2" x 10" strips into four 2-1/2" squares of each. Cut one Color 2  4-1/2" square as well...*Note that you have two strips of Color one...I only show one being cut :o)  

Sew the  2-1/2" squares together into four four patches, as shown at left. Use 1/4" seams throughout. These should each measure 4-1/2" when done...

 To speed piece the half squares, stack the Color 1 and Color 3  4-7/8" x 9-3/4" strips right sides together and all edges aligned. On the back of the top strip, lightly draw in the 4-7/8" square line, then draw in the diagonals as shown at left. Now sew 1/4" above and below the marked diagonals, pivoting at the square line. Cut this 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 the darker side. These should measure 4-1/2" square...on to Page 2!  

August 12 2002 Marcia Hohn

Traditional Block