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Block One- Jack in the Box
Main Colors used: 1928-R, 1929-G3
Sashing: 1929-G2, center square 1929-G3
There are many methods of making half square triangles, after making hundreds (thousands?), my preferred method is to cut squares slightly larger than needed, mark a diagonal line, stitch on each side of the line, cut apart, press, and trim to size. Having an extra 1/8 inch doesn't waste much fabric, but does give a bit of leeway for times when things vary a bit from the perfect 1/4 inch seam. If there is another method you prefer, please feel free to do what is comfortable and successful for you. Also, please do not stress if your block doesn't come out exactly at the measurements given. This simply means that your 1/4 inch seam allowance is slightly different from mine. The important point is to have a consistent sized block- if yours blocks are a bit smaller or larger, you will have a successful project, and that is the goal! Cut eight 4 inch squares from each of the 2 Main Colors. Layer right sides together, draw a center diagonal line, stitch 1/4 inch from each side of the line, cut apart, press open, trim to 3 1/2 inches. Each quarter of the block uses four half square triangles. Arrange as shown, sew, trim to 6 1/2 inches. Cut four sashing rectangles 2 inches by 6 1/2 inches . Cut a 2 inch center square from 1929-G3. Arrange the sashing and blocks as shown, stitch, press, trim to 14 inches.

Block Two- Best Friend
Main Colors: 1927-R, 1928-E, 1928-G, 1929-G1
Sashing: 1929-R1, center square 1928-G
From background, 1928-E, cut eight 3” squares and four 2 ½” squares From each green fabric, cut eight 2 ½” squares From the red, cut eight 3” squares. One-fourth of the block is illustrated. Make four identical units to assemble with sashing for the 13 ½” block. Layer the 3” red squares with the 3” background squares. Draw a center line, stitch Ό” from each side of the line to make sixteen 2 ½” half square triangles. Assemble each quarter as shown, making sure the red points toward the outside of the block. Cut four sashing rectangles 2” by 6 ½” and one center 2” square. Lay out the block with the red points toward the outside edge, stitch and press, trim to 14”.

Block Three- Jack in The Box
Main Colors: 1929-G1, 1928-E, 1927-R, 1928-V
Sashing: 1929-S1, center square 1927-R
Block Three- Jack in the Box Block Names are from Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Quilt Blocks, hence the duplicate name with Block One. Researching names can be a lot of fun and there are many different blocks with the same name, as well as different names for identical blocks. I encourage learning more about this heritage.
This block has lots of bias edges, please handle carefully.
From green, cut six 4” squares. From the lightest fabric, cut two 4” squares. From the darker red, cut four 4” squares. From the violet, cut one 7 ½” square. Cut this square in half diagonally twice. Use two green 4” squares and two dark red 4” squares to make four half square triangles. Use two red 4” squares and two light 4” squares to make four half square triangles. Cut the remaining 4” squares (2 green and 2 red) in half diagonally. Stack the violet triangles on top of each other, lay the green triangles on the left and the red triangles on the right. This should help keep the order correct as you carefully sew the units together. Each of these units should measure 3 ½” by 6 ½”. Look carefully at the illustration, each unit consists of 2 half square triangles and a flying goose unit. Arrange the four units with the darkest red triangles toward the center, assemble using the sashing and center square. Press, trim to 14”.

Block Four- True Lover’s Knot
Main Colors: 1928-G, 1925-E
Sashing: 1929-R3, center square 1929-G1
Cut eight 3 ½” squares from each of the main colors. In addition, cut eight 2” squares from the darker color. Press the 2” squares in half diagonally, or draw a line down the center diagonal. This pressed or drawn line will be a stitching line, not Ό” away as in previous blocks. On each light square, lay a dark 2” square, right sides together and matching edges at one corner. Stitch on the fold line, flip the triangle to form half of the ‘knot’ in the center of each unit when the small square is pressed toward the outside corner. Trim Ό” from the stitched line if desired, please check to make sure the square retains the 3 ½” measurement. Assemble as shown, cutting the sashing pieces as before. This is an attractive block whether the bow ties make an ‘X’ or a wreath, your choice.

Block Five- Sister’s Choice
Main Colors: 1929-R2, 1929-S1, 1928-V
Sashing: same fabrics, center 1928-V
From the darkest fabric, cut four 3 ½” squares and four 2” by 3 ½” rectangles. From the lightest fabric, cut four 4” squares, four 3 ½” squares, four 2” by 3 ½” rectangles. From the medium fabric, cut four 4” squares and one 2” square. Using the light and medium 4” squares make eight half square triangles. Draw a line on the diagonal on each of the light squares, lay right sides together with a medium square, stitch Ό” on each side of the line, cut along the drawn line, press open, trim to 3 ½”. Arrange as shown, stitch, press, check that the block measures 14”. There are 2 blocks that have split sashing, this is one of them.

Block Six- Friendship Star
Main colors: 1928-V, 1927-R, 1928-E, 1929-E, 1929-R
Sashing: 1929-G2, center square 1929-G3
From each of the light background fabrics, cut five 3” squares and six 2 ½” squares. From each of the medium fabrics, cut two 2 ½” squares and four 3” squares. From the darkest red, cut two 3” squares. From sashing fabric cut four 2” by 6 ½” rectangles. Cut center square 2”. This block uses two color variations, in the quilt, these units are placed opposite each other to balance the color. The Friendship Star block consists of four half square triangles made from the 3” squares, please use your favorite method or the one previously detailed. It also uses one 2 ½” square of the main color, three 2 ½” squares of background, and an additional half-square triangle using backgre corner. Trim Ό” from the stitched line if desired, please check to make sure the square retains the 3 ½” measurement. Assemble as shown, cutting the sashing pieces as before. This is an attractive block whether the bow ties make an ‘X’ or a wreath, your choice.

Block Seven- Dove in the Window
Main Colors: 1929-G1, 1928-R, 1929-R3, 1929-E
Sashing: 1929-G, center square 1929-R3
From the green, cut four 2 ½” squares. From 1928-R, cut four 4 ½” squares. From reddish orange1929-R3 cut eight 3” squares. From background 1929-E cut eight 3” squares.
Using the eight 3” squares, make a total of 16 half square triangles, trim to 2 ½”. Assemble each of the four units using a 4 ½” square, a green 2 ½” square, and four half square triangles. The green squares should be at the outside corners. Cut sashing as before, 2” by 6 ½” rectangles and a center 2” square. Assemble the block, press, trim to 14”. There are many block designs that bear this name, this is the simplest one.

Block Eight- Rolling Stone or Broken Wheel
Main Colors: 1928-E, 1927-R, 1929-G1
Split sashing: 1928-V, 1928-E, center 1929-R2
A new method this time, square in a square! Cut four 4 Ύ” squares from the light background fabric, two 4” squares from green, six 4” squares from red. Cut the 4” squares in half diagonally. Lay out the units with a center light square, add one green triangle and 3 red triangles to frame the center square. Sew the triangles to the center square, press carefully. This unit should be slightly larger than needed, trim to 6 ½” preserving the corners of the light center square. This is the second block with split sashing, cut four 2” by 3 ½” rectangles from the violet and the light fabrics, arrange with the violet half of the sashing and the green triangles from the square in a square units toward the 2” center square. Press, trim to 14”.

Block Nine- Rosebud
Main colors: 1929-R2, 1929-S1, 1928-V, 1928-E
Sashing: 1929-R2, center 1929-S1
From the darkest fabric, cut four 2 ½” squares and four 3” squares. From the lightest fabric, cut eight 3” squares. From light green, cut eight 2 ½” squares. From the medium green fabric, cut eight 2 ½” squares and four 3” squares. Using 4 light and four dark 3” squares, make eight half square triangles. Repeat using 4 light and 4 medium green squares. Trim all half square triangles to 2 ½”. Arrange each of the 4 units as illustrated and sew, press, trim to 6 ½”. Cut sashing 2” by 6 ½”, assemble block with the red corners toward the outside corners of the block. Press, trim to 14”.


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