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    The Shadow Box

The Shadow Box is a very easy Block to make.  I have put this Block  under the Novelty Category because it is such a great block to display Novelty Prints.

Again, the key to the success of this block is Value.

You will be using Squares, Rectangles and Half Square Triangles for this block.

As you can see from the picture, this block is divided into four sections across and four sections down (although it is considered a 4-patch).

I made each section of this Block to finish at 1-inch.

The largest part of the Block, the Novelty Print, takes up three squares, so with the added seam allowance, it is cut at 3 1/2 - inches.

The Rectangles are the same length as the center square, so the length is also cut at 3 1/2  inches.  The width is 1-inch plus the 1/2 inch seam allowance.

So you need to cut a dark and a light Rectangle at 3 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches.

I made my Half Square Triangle from Squares cut at 1 7/8 inches.  (Refer to the link for directions)

When all the pieces are cut, just sew the top two units together, the bottom two units together, and then do the horizontal seam.

Make sure you alternate the direction of the matching seams. This block lies very flat if you press the seams away from the Half Square Triangle.

Have fun with this block.  It makes great wall art!

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