We have a few new people who have drunk the

koolaid! Welcome

Merumo and

Gwendie. I hope you have a great time on your journey.

There was a question on how to use the line diagrams to figure out what to do. It's a little daunting, isn't it. I remember when I finally picked up the book, all excited to start and then found pages and pages of line diagrams and no further directions.

Within the book, the line diagrams are drawn to scale. It just shows the finished measurement for each block and corresponding element.

As a general rule:

- for Squares and Rectangles - add 1/2" to each of finished height and width measurements. (1/4" seam allowance for each side)

- for 1/2 square triangles - Cut a square 7/8" (1 inch if you want a little wiggle room and are willing to trim your squares) larger than one of the short triangle sides (not the hypotenuse). Then cut the square in half diagonally. You'll end up with two triangles.

(If this doesn't make sense, please let me know and I'll try to show things with pictures.)

Those two simple rules of thumb were everything required to figure out how to cut everything for this block.

This block shows the outer small (white & red in the picture below) squares as partially cut off. I didn't bother trying to figure out that measurement, I just cut the full square. It'll work itself out when I trim the finished block.

The first thing I did was sew together the centre 4-patch and added all the posts to the borders.

Now I've added the first border to the centre.

Then I added the second border.

And finally the third border.

Finally I added the outer 1/2 square triangles to wind up with the finished block.