This was also one of the quilt blocks that was used as an Underground Railroad pattern, and it usually meant: dress in a disguise or put on a change of clothes. Another explanation is that Big Dipper means the Ursa Major, so it could be a code for Follow the star.
Cutting Instructions for the Big Dipper quilt block
There are more ways to piece the quarter square triangles. In this video tutorial I am showing you only one. So the way the pieces are cut depends on the method you will be using. Follow the video and you will not be lost.
Always remember FINISHED SIZE means the size it will be in a completed quilt. The measurements given already have the ¼ inch allowance included.
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