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Autograph Block Directions by Joni Hoffman

This will yield a 3" finished block.

Cut 1 - 3 ½" square from white, off-white, or neutral fabric
Cut 2 - 2 ¼" squares from print fabric

Turn the two smaller squares face down and, on the wrong side of the fabric, draw a diagonal line corner to corner, using a sharp pencil and ruler. Lay one print square in the upper left corner of the 3 ½" light square, right sides together. Sew on the pencil line.

Position the other print square in the opposite (lower right) corner of the 3 ½" light square, right sides together. Sew on the pencil line. Cut off the outside corners of the smaller squares, leaving a ¼" seam allowance.

      

You should now have a 3 ½" square block with a large space running from corner to corner, in which you will sign your name.

Iron a piece of freezer paper to the wrong side of the 3 ½" block. This will stabilize the fabric, and make it much easier to write on. If you like, make extra to trade with fellow quilters at the retreat, or bring scraps and make your blocks there. Be sure to use a permanent pen, such as Micron or Pigma pens when writing on fabric. Sign your name in the center light space. Let dry for a few minutes, then “set” your inked signature with an iron.

I plan to make a small wall hanging (about 24" square) from traded blocks, and have designed a center Autumn-themed applique square, around which I will arrange signed blocks. On one of my Autograph blocks, I will write something like, “Cedar Lakes Fall 2010 WVQI Retreat, Ripley, West Virginia.”