This makes a 12" block !

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block ** 

First cut the Color 1  2-1/2" x 5" strip into two 2-1/2" squares. Cut the Color 1  4-7/8" square in half diagonally to make two half square triangles. You will only need one for this block. Cut one trunk section from the Color 1  4" square using the template provided. Cut the Color 1  2-7/8" x 5-3/4" strip into two 2-7/8" squares. Stack these and cut them once on the diagonal to make four half square triangles...

Next cut the Color 2  4-7/8" square in half diagonally to make two half square triangles. Then cut the Color 2  4-1/2" x 9" strip into two 4-1/2" squares. Cut the Color 2  2-1/2" x 5" strip into two 2-1/2" squares. Cut the Color 2  1-7/8 square, cut just a tiny hair on the generous side, into two half square triangles. ( You may use the tiny square template if you prefer!) ...

 Next speed piece the half squares, by stacking the Color 1 and Color 2  2-7/8" x 17-1/4" strips, right sides together and all edges aligned. On the back of the top strip, lightly mark the 2-7/8" square lines and mark the diagonals in the direction shown at left. Now sew a SCANT 1/4" above and below the marked diagonals, pivoting at the square lines. Now cut apart ON the marked diagonals, and on the 2-7/8" square lines. This will give you twelve half squares. Press seam allowances towards the darker fabric. Trim these back to measure 2-1/2" if needed...

To make the block's upper left and lower right units sew Color 1  2-7/8" half square triangles to the left and top of a 2-1/2" half square, using a scant 1/4" seam allowance. Press seams towards triangles. Add a Color 2  4-7/8" half square triangle, again using a scant 1/4" seam. Press seam towards Color 2 addition. Trim this unit to measure 4-1/2" if needed. Make two units like this...on to Page 2!

Feb 9 2003 Marcia Hohn

  

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