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For February we are doing a traditional block called Flying X. It's 1675b in Barbara Brackman's book. Use a red print and a light print like a shirting. Shirting prints have a light background like white or cream with a small motif. They were used for men's shirts in the late 1980's and early 1990's. Click the underlined word "shirting" in the second sentence for a link to Keepsake Quilting so you can see what they look like. An overall print will work better than an obviously direction print, due to the construction of the hourglass units. The Moda Swirls Windsor fabric (that's the blue one) will complete your fabrics for a patriotic look. You will be making TWO blocks for February. The blocks this year are 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished.
Cutting directions for TWO blocks are below:
Place a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" Light Shirting print square right sides together with a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" Red Print square. Draw a line diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner. Sew a scant 1/4" seam on both sides of the line. Cut on the line and press the seam to the darker fabric. You may square these up to 4" x 4", if you like, making sure the seam is exactly lined up with two opposite corners. I just went right on to the next step. Place these half square triangle units right sides together, with seams matching and the colors opposite. (Red facing Light and Light facing Red.)
Draw a diagonal line as before. If you did not square up the units, make sure your line is perpendicular to the seam line and goes close to the opposite corners. Again sew a scant 1/4" seam on both sides of the line and cut on the line. Press all the seams going in the same direction. There will be a little four-patch formed at the center of the seams on the wrong side. Trim this unit to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". I used my 8" Bias Square tool and lined the place where the 1 3/4" marks meet with the center of the block. The seams will extend to the corners of the block. Repeat with the remaining 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares for a total of 10 units. These are the quarter square triangle units. You may want to try a sample first. If your seams allowance is larger than mine, you might want to start with 5" x 5" squares.
Sew a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" Windsor square between two quarter square triangle units. The red triangles will be touching the blue square. Press toward the blue square. This is the first row. Repeat for the third row. Sew a quarter square triangle units between two Windsor squares. The Light Shirting print triangles will be touching the blue squares. Press toward the blue squares. Sew this row between the first and third rows, matching the seams. Press toward the middle row. See block graphic above for correct placement.
I have included a couple of quilt ideas. The first one has a regular sashing (1 1/2" wide) and the other one has a pieced sashing, making the sashing blend in with the rest of the quilt.
We are making TWO blocks for February. The blocks are 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished. Do not trim your blocks. Let the winners of the blocks trim them as necessary when they set them into a quilt top. And remember to label your blocks (sticky address label is a good method). Send your blocks to Patty. The blocks should be mailed a week before the end of the month. Be sure you include your Priority stamp and address label along with your blocks if you haven't already sent them. 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. Another reminder, all blocks should be made with 100% cotton, quilt shop quality fabrics that have been washed, dried and pressed. If you are having trouble finding the common Moda Swirls Windsor and Natural background fabrics, please email Patty. This is the background fabric we're using this year, in order to have some consistency to the blocks. No other background fabric is acceptable.