The Best Friend
For a 12 1/2 inch Best Friend block you need:
Eight 2 5/8 inch squares and one 2 inch square of the red
Eight 2 1/4 inch squares of the print
Eight 2 5/8 inch squares and four 2 1/4 inch squares of the white-on-white
Eight 2 1/4 inch squares of the black
For the center strips you need four 5 3/4 by 2 inch strips of the white-on-white
First we will make the diagonal half squares (DHS) or half square triangles, which ever you prefer calling them. You can use which ever technique you want to make them, but this is my favorite.
First, mark your white-on-white 2 5/8 squares diagonally through the center. (This will be a cutting line when you are finished.) Place a red 2 5/8 inch square, right sides together with one of the 2 5/8 inch marked white-on-white square. Sew on either side of the drawn line, exactly 1/4 inch from the first line. Cut this square in half on the cutting line. Press them all to the red. You will now have two diagonal half-squares, which should measure exactly 2 1/4 inches. Repeat with the remaining 2 5/8 inch squares. Press all DHSs to the red.
Make four units like this,
four like this
and four like this.
|Sew those together into four units which look like this. These should be 5 3/4 inches square when they are finished.
||Sew a white-on-white strip between two of the units you just made. Notice how those units are turned. Make two units like this.
||One of those units will be turned around when you put the block together.
Sew together the middle row
|Assemble following the diagram.
Your Best Friend block should measure 12 1/2 inches.
I think it makes a pretty quilt all by itself.
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Updated June 22, 2020