This makes a 12" block!

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block ** 

Start by marking and cutting the Color 1  3" x 16" strip into eight 1-1/2" x 4" rectangles, Mark and cut the Color 1  1-1/2" x 14" strip into four 1-1/2" x 3-1/2" rectangles...

Mark and cut the Color 2  4" x 14" strip into four 3-1/2" x 4" rectangles...

Next speed piece the half squares, by stacking the Color 1 and Color 2  4-3/8" x 8-3/4" strips, right sides together and all edges aligned. On the back of the top strip, lightly mark the 4-3/8" square line and mark the diagonals in the direction shown at left. Now sew 1/4" above and below the marked diagonals, pivoting at the square line. Now cut apart ON the marked diagonals, and on the 4-3/8" square line. This will give you four half squares. Press seam allowances towards the darker fabric. These should measure 4". Repeat this procedure with the Color 1 and Color 2  1-7/8" x 3-3/4" strips to get four teeny half squares. Those should measure 1-1/2"...

Now piece the block.  Row one = large half square, 4" rectangle, Color 2 rectangle, 4" rectangle, large half square. Row two = 4" rectangle, small half square, 3-1/2" rectangle, small half square, 4" rectangle. Row three =  Color 2 rectangle, 3-1/2" rectangle, 3-1/2" Color 2 square, 3-1/2" rectangle, Color 2 rectangle. Row four = same as row two. Row five =  same as Row one. Press seams in alternating directions by row, then sew the rows together!  

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Nov 7 2002 Marcia Hohn

Traditional  Block