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This block was not one that I had ever looked at twice...until I saw it made up into a quilt on one of the soaps that I tape daily. The design intrigued me and I found myself rewinding the tape multiple times so that I could sketch it out and then I went to EQ3 and set it up (horizontal quilt layout). A simple block that makes up into a really nice "old-fashioned" looking quilt. So this is the one we will be doing this month. It is a "scrap" block...the light is a white or WOW...the colors are to be any medium/dark fabric. Please be sure you do not use anything too light or the contrast will be gone. We will be making this one 8" finished.

Posted: February 1998

Sample Quilt Layouts

You need to cut as follows:

  1. White: cut 1 5" square; cut 2 3" squares; cut 4 2-1/2" squares
  2. Medium/Dark: cut 1 5" square; cut 2 3" squares

Sewing Instructions:

  1. Draw diagonal line on wrong side of both the 5" white and 3" white squares.
  2. Match right sides of squares from step#1 to right sides of same size medium/dark squares; stitch 1/4" on either side of diagonal mark; cut apart on diagonal mark; press seams toward medium/dark fabric.
  3. Square up larger half-square triangles to 4-1/2" and the smaller ones to 2-1/2".
  4. Sew a 2-1/2" white square to the medium/dark side of the small half-square triangles; press seams toward white.
  5. Sew a pair of units from step#4 together following block layout; press seams.
  6. Square up new unit to 4-1/2".
  7. Sew a unit from step#6 to the medium/dark side of the large half-square triangle; press seam toward large half-square triangle.
  8. Sew the units from step#7 together following block layout; press seam.
  9. IMPORTANT: Please square up your finished block to be sure it is 8-1/2". If it is larger or smaller, check your seams and redo if necessary. If you do not check your measurements, your block may not join properly with other blocks easily to create a finished quilt.

This is what your block might look like.

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