This makes a 15" block!

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Big Blocks make a Fast Quilt, and the larger pieces really do make it a Beginner's Delight!

** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block **

Start by marking and cutting the Color 3  7-3/4" x 15-1/2" strip into eight 3-7/8" squares. Cut an equal number of random plaid 3-7/8" squares (not shown being cut)...


Next pair each Color 3 square right sides together and all edges aligned with a 3-7/8" plaid square. On the back of the top square lightly draw in the diagonal. Now sew  a scant 1/4" away from the drawn line on each side. Cut apart on the drawn line. Press seams towards the darker fabric. This gives you two half squares; use one for this block, and one for another. Trim these half squares back to be 3-1/2" square if needed. Make sixteen different colored half squares. 



Sew together two sets of three small half squares, and two sets of five small half squares, paying close attention to the orientation of the end half squares on the longer sets...



Now pair up the Color 1 and Color 3  5-3/8" x 10-3/4" strips. Draw in the 5-3/8" square line on the back of the top strip, then draw in the diagonals as shown at left. Sew a scant 1/4" above and below the diagonal lines, 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. Trim these back to be 5" square if needed...on to Page 2!

May 20 2002 Marcia Hohn

Traditional  Block

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