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Last week, I cut lots of 5-inch squares from stash fabrics.  I also found a box full of 5-inch charms that I started collecting years ago.

This week I am sewing them into Puss in the Corner blocks, which is a quick and easy pattern.  Each block uses four 5-inch squares.

Since I am using 5-inch squares, the blocks are coming out at 9 inches unfinished, which yields an 8 1/2-inch finished block.  That’s an awkward size to use, so I have trimmed off 1/4 inch all the way around to end up with 8 1/2 inches unfinished, or 8 inches finished.

I don’t like wasting even that tiny bit of fabric because it will eventually add up to a lot, so next time I’ll try to be more exact with my maths.  In the meantime, however, I’ll have some pretty blocks for my HeartStrings projects.

I think it would also be fun to make these blocks in an all-scrappy version, using 2 or 2 1/2 inch strips from my scrap bins.

Quilting Arts Forum and Quiltzine both have free patterns online for the Puss in the Corner block.

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy’s blog.

Happy Quilting!

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