My mom made a point to take us on a trip each summer.  We went to Yellowstone, Yosemite, Southern California, Oregon, and British Columbia, just to name a few.  Each one of them had something unique about it that set it apart, but all of them had the same thing: that point when we would come around a corner and recognize the mountains in the distance as the ones by our house, and knew that home was just a couple hours away, at most.  It was always a bittersweet moment for me.  Relief to be out of the backseat of our Volkswagen Rabbit, and sadness that the adventure was over.

This block was pretty easy to make, and it’s one of those where I was so focused on making it, I forgot to take pictures.  Fortunately, it’s a pretty easy block to make, so here goes.

The first step is to make four 4-patch blocks using 1 dark and three light #19 squares.  Alternately, sew together 1 dark and  light square, then sew a 2 1/2 x 1 1/2″ rectangle to the pair.  Either way, you get the same effect.

Now it’s time to assemble the rows.  Row 1 is 4 patch, #1 Medium, and 4 patch.  Make sure the dark quarter of the 4 patch points to the top outside (one right and one left.

Row two is three #1 squares: Medium, Light, Medium

Row three is the repeat of row 1, except with the dark quarters pointing to the bottom outside.

Press the seams of rows 1 and 3 to the left, and the seams of row 2 to the right.  When you sew the rows together, you’ll be able to nest the seams, which will make sure your seams are straight


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