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    interlocked squares with a fussy cut center

    As requested from my Boom 10 swap buddies, here is a tutorial for my interlocked squares block with a fussy cut center. ( I will complete a separate tutorial for a paper pieced version of this block). This is very picture heavy so please be patient. I will add instructions after all pictures are loaded....
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    Okay,

    Sketched pattern to 12" graph. Cut out center and used window to dtermine fussy cut center. Marked and cut center. Then used rest of pattern to determine cuts for rest of block. See list above.

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    More pictures....
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    Next....cut 3 7/8" & 2 1/8 " squares on diagonal to make 4 half square triangles of each. ( I startch pryor to cutting due to bias edges created).
    Use one large HST and stitch 1/2 way across one edge of center. Lift aside from unstitched end. Place a 1 3/4" x 6" strip along edge and sew to approx 1/2 way mark.

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    Press strip open. Layer Hst over, trim end of strip to match. Complete seam of HST.

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    Measure and cut off corner of HST at 1 1/2 ". Stitch small HST to this same corner. Press & trim.
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    Sew on a 2 1/8" x 6 " strip in place as pictured. Rotate and trim angle as shown.
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    Sew next large HST in place. Cut and trim off corner at 1 1/2", same as before. Add smaller HST as done on previous corner. You will repeat this process 4 times.
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    On forth corner, you sew triangle on, & complete seam on 6" strip that was left partial in earlier step. Add small corner as previoysly descibed. Then.....
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    Square everything up.
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    Assemble the elongated flying geese sections. Sew short sides to opposite edges of block. Then add long sides. Trim and square....
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    I think this is clear as mud. If you need further clarification, please ask.....

    This is the block that prompted this tutorial....
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    That is helpful.

    Nice selection of fabrics for the demo block.

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    ​Great block and tutorial, thanks.

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    Wow...the work certainly results in a lovely block...I would imagine after you make a few they would be easier to construct. Thank you for the Tutorial.

    Judy in Phx, AZ

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    I really love your technique and with your visuals, I feel I could make this.
    Thanks again.
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    Thanks soo much for the tutorial...Great pics and instructions.

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    You did a great job on the tutorial! yep,mmmmmm clear as mud.....I'll have to do a hands on, step by picture step to get it.

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    How neat. A friend gave me a picture of her two little dogs and asked if I would make something different than just straight borders and now I have the answer. Your pattern. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    Great tutorial. I've always wanted to do that. The pictures make it easy to follow, but some of the terms are not quite right. You start with an "octagon" in the center. It has eight sides, hence the "octo", a prefix meaning eight. A hexagon has six sides.
    Later, you say to add HST's. Those are half square triangles, and are really a square made up of two triangles. I always found that term hard to understand. So what you are adding are just triangles in several different places.

    I don't want to make you feel bad, but it's nice to know the correct terms. Please look them up so you know for sure.

    Again, thanks for the beautiful work. Keep it up.
    Mavita - Square dancer and One Room School Teacher

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    yep...agree with your correction on center...it is an octagon, not a hexagon!!!!

    as for the "definition" of HST....i took a square, cut it in half on the diagonal and created a Triangle...hence...HST. i guess we will just have to agree to disagree on this one.....just cause it is not sewn to another HST, doesn't make it not one!!!!
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    Wow you are very sharp to figure that out and so generous to share it with us!!! Thanks so much!

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    Awesome I love the tute, thanks for all the work you put into it and for sharing it with us. I love the owls center and the colors you chose to use around it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdmmiracles View Post
    Awesome I love the tute, thanks for all the work you put into it and for sharing it with us. I love the owls center and the colors you chose to use around it.
    Me too. I am actually thinking I may try to go out with another set of interlocking squares to make it larger. add borders and have an amazing wall hanging....

    thanks everyone for the positive responses. sorry about the mistake of listing hexagon instead of octagon...more used to working with hexagons...guess i got them on the brain...hehehe.

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