Carefully draw a line corner to corner, (diagonally) through the white 2 7/8 inch squares. This will be a cutting line when you are finished. Place red and white 2 7/8 inch square right sides together. If you have a true 1/4 inch foot on your machine, you can sew on either side of the drawn line. If not, you will have to draw a second line on either side, exactly 1/4 inch from the first line. They will be your sewing lines. After you have sewn on your sewing line, 1/4 inch on either side of your corner to corner to line, you will cut this square in half on the drawn cutting line. Clip off the corners as shown. You will now have two triangle squares, which should measure exactly 2 1/2 inches. You need four to make a Calico Puzzle block.
Finish your block following the diagram below. It should measure 6 1/2 inches. Here are the cuts needed to make Calico Puzzle blocks in many different sizes (smaller & larger): Cutting your squares 1 1/2 inches (1 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 3 inches. Cutting your squares 2 inches (2 3/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 4 1/2 inches. Cutting your squares 2 1/2 inches (2 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 6 inches. Cutting your squares 3 inches (3 3/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 7 1/2 inches. Cutting your squares 3 1/2 inches (3 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 9 inches. Cutting your squares 4 inches (4 3/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 10 1/2 inches. Cutting your squares 4 1/2 inches (4 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 12 inches. Cutting your squares 5 1/2 inches (5 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 15 inches. Cutting your squares 6 1/2 inches (6 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 18 inches. Finished means after the block is sewn into a quilt.
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