This makes an 8" block! 

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block **


Start by cutting the Color 1 and Color 2  2-1/2" x 15" strips into six 2-1/2" squares of each...


Next speed piece the half squares, by stacking the Color 1 and Color 2  2-7/8" x 5-3/4" strips, right sides together and all edges aligned. On the back of the top strip, lightly mark the 2-7/8" square line and mark the diagonals in the direction shown at left. Now sew 1/4" above and below the marked diagonals, pivoting at the square line. Now cut apart ON the marked diagonals, and on the 2-7/8" square line. This will give you four half squares. Press seam allowances towards the darker fabric. These should measure 2-1/2"...



Now lay out all units. Sew the four rows shown at left. (as always-using that 1/4" seam) Join the four rows to finish the Northern Lights block!...on to Page 2!

June 19 2006 Marcia Hohn

Traditional Block