"54 40' or Fight!" was the 1844 campaign slogan of James Polk, and referred to the join control of the border at 54 40'  ( by the United States and British Canada) You can read more about it here

This makes a 12" block!

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block **

Welcome to Making Templates101! First make a four inch grid. (or use 1" ruled graph paper) Draw a line connecting the top left corner to the mid bottom point. Make another line from the mid bottom point to the upper right corner. Cut out the 3 sections and lay these on your chosen template material (Mylar, cardboard, etc)...ADD 1/4 inch on all sides....and cut out your templates!

Start by laying your large triangle template atop the Color 3  5" x 20" strip. Trace around it once, then flip, trace, flip, trace, flip, trace, until you have four base triangles. Cut these out, using a rotary cutter and ruler...

Then lay your left side triangle template on the Color 2  6" x 20" strip, trace around it. Flip, trace, flip, trace, flip and trace to give you four of that side triangle. Then lay on the right side triangle template and do the same, trace, flip, trace, flip, trace, flip and trace to get four of those. Cut out, using a rotary cutter and ruler...

Next, sew the Color 1 and Color 3  2-1/2" x 25" strips together along one long edge, right sides together, and pressing seam allowances towards darker fabric. Mark and cut apart at 2-1/2" intervals....

To make the four patch units, flip one of the Color1/Color 3 combos, and sew together using a 1/4" seam. Make five of these units...

...on to Page 2!

Oct 1999 Marcia Hohn

Traditional Block

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