Marking and Cutting the Pieces

Decide what fabrics you would like to use for this block. Once again, below is the finished block to guide you:

You will need:
1 square print fabric
4 triangles dark background fabric
4triangles light background fabric
4 rectangles print fabric
4 rectangles light background fabric

To trace your lines on your fabric, I recommend a mechanical pencil for light fabrics and a white chalk pencil for dark fabrics (make sure it is sharpened to a very fine point, to give you as thin a line as possible). There are also marking pens and pencils on the market you might want to try out. Make sure you test them first for color-fastness before you use them on your quilting projects.

Place your template face down on the wrong side of the fabric and trace it, leaving a space of approximately 1/2" between one piece and the next. For hand piecing, after tracing the template you will then trace your seam allowance (1/4") around the entire piece.

 

(Templates used for machine piecing already include the seam allowance. Place your template face down on the wrong side of the fabric and trace around it. In this case, you don’t need to leave any space between pieces.)

Using sharp scissors, cut accurately along the traced lines. With a red pen (non water soluble), mark a red dot at the beginning and end of the sewing lines of each piece: