What to do

Color 2

Start by creating your four-patch blocks. First, cut two, 2Z\2-inch-wide strips of each fabric. These strips will be about a yard long, but length doesn't matter right now. Place the light strip on top of the dark strip with the more colorful sides of the fabric facing together. This is known as "right sides together." Pin and then stitch the dark strip to the light strip along one of the long edges with a ZV-inch seam allowance, which is the distance between the line that you're sewing and the edge of the fabric.

_ cut 2V2" squares from strips sewn together

Once you've sewn the two strips together, measure and cut ten, 2Z/2-inch-wide pieces from your long strip. Then open each piece up and lay two pieces on top of one another, right sides together. Stitch two pieces together (ZV-inch seam allowance) so that the dark fabric and light fabric are opposite each other, like a checkerboard. Make five of these four-patch blocks. They will be approximately 4Vv inches square.

cut 4 squares of each color - 4%"

cut 4 squares of each color - 4%"

Now you'll create setting triangles, which make the four-patch squares stand out and will result in a diagonal pattern on your quilt block.

To create setting triangles, cut two, 4%-inch squares of each color fabric (dark and light—see the template on page 133). Cut each square in half diagonally and sew one dark triangle to one light triangle (with a W-inch seam allowance) to make a square. When you're done you'll have four, 4W-inch squares made up of dark and light triangles.

If you iron all of your blocks they will lie flat and the next stage will be easier. Line up your four-patch blocks and your setting triangle blocks in the pattern shown above. Put the middle patch of the first row on top of the first patch in that row, with right sides together. Pin and sew down the right side. Open up the fabric, and place the third patch in the first row on top of the second patch in that row, right sides together, and sew down the right side. Do the same for the other two rows you've laid out in a pattern. When you're done you'll have three strips of three squares sewn together.

Now take the top strip and place it on the middle strip, right sides together. Pin the strips in place along the top edge. (Open it up to check that you have the correct edges pinned before you stitch.) Sew one long seam across the entire length of the two strips. Open up the fabric, and place the bottom strip of squares on the middle strip, right sides together. Pin the strips together along the bottom edge (open it up to check), and sew one long seam across the entire length of these two strips.

Open up the fabric, and you will have a nine-patch quilt square! Use the iron again to press your square for a nice, finished look.

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