This makes a 16" block !

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block ** 

Start by cutting the Color 1  5" x 20" strip into sixteen 2-1/2" squares. Then cut the Color 1  2-7/8" x  11-1/2" strip into four 2-7/8" squares...


Now cut the Color 2   4-1/2" x 22-1/2" strip into five 4-1/2" squares. Next cut the Color 2  9" x 13" strip into four 4-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangles. Then cut the Color 2  2-1/2" x 10" strip into four 2-1/2" squares. Now cut the Color 2  2-7/8" x  11-1/2" strip into four 2-7/8" squares... 

 To make the half square units, pair up the Color 1 and Color 2  2-7/8" squares right sides together and all edges aligned. On the back of the top squares lightly draw in the diagonals. Sew a scant 1/4" away on each side of the drawn lines. Cut apart on the drawn lines between the rows of stitching. Each square-pair will give you two half square units; you will be making a total of eight half squares. Press seams to darker side, and trim each unit to measure 2-1/2" if needed...


Now, to make the block's side units, place a Color 1 2-1/2" square right sides together atop the upper left corner of a Color 2 rectangle, with outer edges aligned. On the back of the top square lightly mark the diagonal. Sew on this diagonal marking. Cut off the excess seam allowance. Press the remainder towards the corner. Repeat this with another Color 1 square on the adjacent corner of the rectangle. These should measure 4-1/2" x 6-1/2". Make four of these units...on to Page 2!
June 7 2008  Marcia Hohn

Traditional Block

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