This makes a 12" block!

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block **

Start by marking and cutting the Color 2 and Color 3  2-1/2" x 20" strips into eight 2-1/2" squares of each...

Now speed piece the half squares by stacking pairs of Color 1  and Color 3  2-7/8" x 14-3/8" strips right sides together and all edges aligned. On the back of the top strip lightly mark the 2-7/8" square lines, then mark the diagonals as shown at left. Sew 1/4" above and below the marked diagonals, pivoting at the square lines. Cut apart on the square lines, and on the marked diagonals between the rows of stitching. This will give you twenty half squares. press seams towards the darker fabric. These should measure 2-1/2"...

Piece the block by making rows of the squares and half squares, referring to the diagram at left for placement and orientation. Alternate pressing direction with each addition to keep seams lying nice and flat! ...and you are DONE! :o)

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Sept 27 2001 Marcia Hohn

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Traditional Block