I taught a fun class last night, the "X" block from Sharyn Craig's book, Layer 'em Up. It's a sort, cut, shuffle, and sew process that creates 6 blocks quickly and all six are different. The book is now out of print. Here is a video of Sharyn explaining the process: Layer 'Em Up.
|Sort, light to dark|
|After first cut, before the shuffle|
|After the shuffle, ready to sew|
|Chain, Chain, Chain|
|Press, press, press|
|Susan C with her first completed set of blocks|
CHART FOR CUTTING MEASUREMENTS:
FAT "X" 2" finished Place ruler on 1.25" mark, corner to corner
NORMAL "X" 1.5" finished Place ruler on 1" mark, corner to corner
SKINNY "X" 1" finished Place ruler on .75" mark, corner to corner
BONUS: this block is adorable made very small. Use 5" Charm squares and place the ruler on the 1/2" mark, corner to corner. The "X" is 1/2" finished and blocks are 3" finished:
SHUFFLING STEP: move the first two center squares, Fabrics 1 and 2, to the bottom, Fabric 1 is now under Fabric 6. Then move Fabric 1 "X" to the bottom of each stack. You now have 6 completely different blocks.
This is a great project for a swap--since each block can be trimmed to the perfect size, since everyone has their own personal 1/4" seam allowance. Here is my class sample, made from blocks swapped with 5 other quilters: