Our friends in San Antonio love palm trees. They have palm trees around their pond and pool and palm tree motifs in their home. I found this Palm Tree Quilted Potholder here and thought it would be perfect for their kitchen. My math skills did not work very well when converting this to an 8 1/2 inch block. I finally "winged" it and progressed one row at a time by "trial and error." I lost count of how many first rows I attempted (with scraps) before hitting the magic numbers. To complete the set, I purchased two kitchen towels and edged one end with the same fabric as the binding on the potholders.