You will need two different fabrics for each block. A traditional interpretation (like mine above) would use a dark fabric and a light fabric. Use your stash and your imagination to put together interesting combinations!
one 4 1/2" square of light fabric
one 4 1/2" square of dark fabric
one dark strip, 2 1/2" wide and about 18" long
one light strip, 2 1/2" wide and about 26" long
An Easy Angle ruler
Layer your 4 1/2" light and dark fabrics - right sides together - on the cutting table. I used 4 1/2" wide strips, but 4 1/2" squares will work, too. Line up all the edges and make sure the left side of the strip set is a straight edge. (I just have the fabric folded back to show the right sides go together.)
Line up the Easy Angle ruler for a 4 1/2" half square triangle (HST) unit. Cut along the ruler's diagonal edge using a rotary cutter.
You now have the large HST unit for the center of the Sugar Bowl.
Next, you'll be cutting pieces from the 2 1/2" strips.
Again, layer the strips right sides together and make sure the left edge is straight. Use the Easy Angle ruler to cut 2 1/2" HST units.
Flip the ruler to cut the second unit. Continue cutting HST units until you have 6 sets.
Cut one 2 1/2" square of dark fabric and FIVE (not 4 as pictured - I can't count!) 2 1/2" squares of light fabric.
Lay out the block pieces in correct locations; stitch all the HSTs together first. Press the HSTs carefully and trim off the dog ears.
Next stitch the left and top HST units together. Also stitch the right and bottom HSTs (which form the base of the sugar bowl) to the light square next to them. Press the pieced units in whichever direction makes them lie flat. The goal is to assemble your block pieces into units which can then be stitched together in the same manner as a 9-patch block.
You have just completed your first Sugar Bowl block!
I hope my instructions are clear - let me know if you have any questions. Go ahead and give the Sugar Bowl block a try - it's quick and fun - and calorie free!