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The September block is called Flying X in Barbara Brackman's book. The X units should be made with bright, crayon colors, tone-on-tone prints that read as solids from a distance. Large multicolored prints will not work well with this block. I realize that black, brown, gray and those other dull colors are in the crayon box too, but for this block we would like to see the bright colors. The backgrounds and squares are Kona Snow. Since the directions make two blocks, you can make a total of four blocks. Send in all four (one can be for the comfort quilt project) or keep one for yourself.
Cutting directions for TWO blocks are below:
Draw a line diagonally on the wrong side of five 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" Kona Snow squares. Place these right sides together with each of the bright, crayon colored tone-on-tone prints. Sew a scant quarter inch on each side of the line. Cut along the line. Press away from the Kona Snow triangle. Place each half square triangle unit right sides togehter with its matching unit, but reverse one, so the Kona Snow triangle is facing the colored triangle and vice versa. The seams should butt up against each other. You may find it helpful to pin in a couple of places. Draw a diagonal line between the two corners that don't have seams. Sew a scant 1/4" on each side of the line. At this point you will press the seams toward the Kona Snow, so a small four-patch forms in the middle of the wrong side of the unit.
This will give you your "x" or hourglass units. Trim the units down to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square. The seams must go directly through the corners. I use a Bias Square Tool to trim mine and make sure the 1 3/4" lines meet in the center of the block and the 3 1/2" lines meet the diagonal seams. You may want to try a practice unit to see how it trims up. There will be a total of 10 of these "x" units, enough for two blocks. Repeat for the third and fourth block. The units are interchangeable, but you may want to keep the units that are pressed alike together. It doesn't really make any difference, but you will see that the back of the block I scanned (in the Back Scan album) has the seams in the center unit "spinning" the opposite way from the other units.
Sew a Kona 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square between two "x" units of different colors. Press toward the Kona square. Repeat for the third row. Sew an "x" unit between two Kona 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares. Press toward the Kona squares. This is row two. Join the rows, matching the seams, which will be going in opposite directions. Press toward the middle row. Check the block graphic for correct placement. I like to lay my pieces out as they will go into the block, so it's easier to keep them straight. Repeat for a total of four blocks. The blocks are 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished. Send in the usual three blocks (or four if you want to contribute to the comfort quilt project).
Send your blocks to Patty. The blocks should be mailed a week before the end of the month. If your blocks are late, you won't be in the drawing for that month and you'll cause more expense and work for Patty.