This makes a 9" block !

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block ** 

First we'll speed piece the half squares, by stacking the Color 1 and Color 2  3-7/8" x 7-3/4" strips, right sides together and all edges aligned. On the back of the top strip, lightly mark the 3-7/8" square line 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 line. Now cut apart ON the marked diagonals, and on the 3-7/8" square line. This will give you four half squares. Press seam allowances towards the darker fabric. Trim these back to measure 3-1/2" if needed...

Now we'll use a quickie method of making four Flying Geese Units at one time! Start with one Color 2  4-1/4" square, and four Color 1  2-3/8" squares...

 Lay two of the smaller squares lined up with the top left and lower right corners, right sides together atop the large square. They will overlap a tad. Draw diagonal lines on the backs of the smaller squares.  Sew a scant 1/4" on each side of the marked diagonal. Cut apart on the marked diagonal...on to Page 2!

 April 11 2004 Marcia Hohn

Traditional Block