I love it when things work together. I spotted a pattern a friend (Hi Jan) had designed for a mag. I loved it, but it was all hand done - sorry, but not for me. I then happened on a website where there were some interesting ideas for creating blocks. By machine. Now THIS looks like my sort of thing. First, you sew BOTH edges of a strip to another strip - good contrast is a must. Mine are the standard 2.5 inches wide.