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This months block is:
6" paper pieced Cactus Block

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This a 6.0" block finished size (6" Unfinished).  This paper piecing block is a made up of 3 separate units, which are then sewn together.  One note, the paper piecing pattern is in a PDF format to aid you in printing the block patterns correctly sized.  In order to read and print the patterns you will need Adode Reader.  If you don't have it on your system you may download it from:  To get the paper piecing pattern click here:  Cactus.PDF

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  1. Print the pattern from the PDF file.
  2. Cut the pattern apart on the dotted lines.
  3. Sew in the order indicated on the pattern.
  4. Sew the sections together A to B, and AB to C.
  5. You should now have a 6" finished or 6" unfinished block.

    Click here to see the companion block, the Southwest Cross.

The Southwest Quilt

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We can not provide you with instructions or fabric requirements for this or any other quilt as that is beyond the scope of the site.  If you would like that information the Quilt Pro software program is available for purchase on this site and was used to create these blocks. If you purchase the program from Compuquilt, I can provide you with the quilt project files for this quilt.

These instructions, images, templates, etc...are copyrighted 1997-2000 by CompuQuilt and are meant for your own personal use.  If you'd like others to have these patterns and instructions, please send them a link to CompuQuilt.  All other use requires permission before such use.