Sampler Quilt Block 1: Rocky Road to California
- Sew a 2-1/2" wide four-patch strip lengthwise to its corresponding 2-1/2" wide background strip. Press seam allowance towards the darker strip.
- Square up one end of the Step 1 strip set and then cut (6) 2-1/2" segments from it.
- Sew two segments together, flipping one of them around so that like-colors are on the diagonal. Sew together to create a four-patch unit and press.
- Create two more four-patch units from the remaining segments.
- Pair a 4-7/8" warm square with a background square of the same size. Use the easy sandwich method to create two half-square triangle units from the pair. When complete, each of the units should measure 4-1/2" x 4-1/2".
- Repeat to make two more half-square triangle units from the remaining 4-7/8" squares.
- Arrange your plain squares and patchwork units into three rows as shown in the illustration, bottom left. Squares are in opposite corners and dark squares in the four patch run along the quilt block's diagonal, as do warm triangles.
- Sew the components of each row together. Press seam allowances in adjoining rows in opposite directions and then sew the rows together. Press the quilt block.
- The Rocky Road to California quilt block should measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2".