Electricity was important to Benjamin Franklin. He made studies of it, experimented with it, played with it...and wrote much about it! He was fascinated with it! Lightening was important to him; it was his raw material and proof form the heavens that this friction-caused energy was real and was electrical, Without it, the famous key would have never been charged.
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Streak of Lightening block tutorial
Start the Streak of Lightening block by making the A units using the Beige scrap and Red scrap 2 7/8-inch squares. Draw a diagonal line across the back of the Beige scrap square. Then stitch 1/4-inch to each side of the line just drawn.
Cut the pieces apart on the drawn line and press each piece to the Red scrap. You will have 2 A units from each 2 7/8-inch square...repeat until you have 12 A units total. Each A units should measure 2 1/2-inches square.
The B units are made the same way! This time use the Blue scrap 2 7/8-inch squares layered with the remaining Beige scrap 2 7/8-inch squares. Draw the line, layer and stitch 1/4-inch to each side of the drawn line...
and, just as before, cut the two units apart on the drawn line; press toward the Blue scrap. Each of the B units should measure 2 1/2-inches square.
With all of the A and B units sewn, lay out the first block. The 2 1/2-inch Beige scrap C squares are the middle row.
Sew the A unit row together, then the center C row, and last the B units row. Press the seams as shown in the diagram on Page 2...that way the seams will nest together and the block will be flat. This block goes together like a Nine Patch...
Sew the rows together and give the block a final press. This block should measure 6 1/2-inches square. A little spritz of spray starch will keep the block nice and flat. Repeat with the remaining units for a total of 4 Streak of Lightening blocks. See you next month for the next step!
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