This makes a 15" block!...

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block **

First mark and cut the Color 1   3-1/2" x  31-1/2" strip into nine 3-1/2" squares...

Then mark and cut the Color 2  3-1/2" x 28" strip into eight 3-1/2" squares...

 

Next speed piece the half squares, by stacking the Color 1 and Color 2  3-7/8" x 15-1/2" strips, right sides together and all edges aligned. On the back of the top strip, lightly mark the 3-7/8" 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 3-7/8" square lines. This will give you eight half squares. Press seam allowances towards the darker fabric. Trim these back to measure 3-1/2" if needed...

  

Now piece the block, by first sewing rows together, and then joining the rows to make the block. Alternate pressing directions by square and by row to avoid bulky seams....on to Page 2
Jan2000 Marcia Hohn

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