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Using a border print makes it easy to whip up this pretty holiday project to trim your table or delight your secret pal.

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Assemble Blocks

1.     Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong sides of 48 cream tone-on-tone 2" squares. (To prevent fabric from stretching as you draw the lines, place 220-grit sandpaper under each square.)

2.    Align a marked cream tone-on-tone square with one end of a dark green print 2×3-1⁄2" rectangle (Diagram 1; note direction of drawn line). Sew on marked line. Trim excess fabric, leaving 1⁄4" seam allowance. Press open attached triangle. 

3.    Align a second marked square with remaining end of dark green print rectangle (Diagram 2; note direction of drawn line). Sew on marked line. Trim and press as before to make a Flying Geese unit A. Flying Geese unit A should be 2×3-1⁄2" including seam allowances. 

4.    Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make 12 total of unit A.

5.    Align a marked cream tone-on-tone square with one end of a green print 2×3-1⁄2" rectangle (Diagram 3; note direction of drawn line). Sew on marked line. Trim and press as before.

6.    Align a second marked square with remaining end of green print rectangle (Diagram 4; note direction of drawn line). Sew on marked line. Trim and press as before to make unit B. Unit B should be 2×3-1⁄2" including seam allowances.

7.    Repeat steps 5 and 6 to make 12 total of unit B.

8.    Referring to Diagram 5, sew together one Flying Geese unit A and one unit B to make an AB unit. Repeat to make 12 AB units total.

9.    Referring to Block Assembly Diagram, lay out four AB units, four red plaid 2×3-1⁄2" rectangles, and one cream tone-on-tone 2" square in three rows. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward red plaid rectangles. Join rows to make a block. Press seams in one direction. The block should be 8" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make three blocks total.

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