The wind is howling in Colorado today. So I'm listening to The Mists of Avalon on my ipod while I'm sewing, turned up loud enough that I can't hear the wind.
And since it's Sunday -- it's scrap quilt day. "Xs and Os" is an easy peasy quilt that uses 4 1/2" squares of a plain background and 2 1/2" squares for the print corners. Four squares make each block, with the prints to the center for the "O" blocks and to the outside for the "X" blocks.
Here's how to make the squares: After cutting the background and the print 2 1/2" squares, place a print square on opposite corners of the plain background. Then either draw a line from corner to corner on the print square . .
When you have a pile of squares sewn, clip them apart. I found this clever little tool at quilt camp in Idaho last October. I thought it was a stupid tool until I had 1400 half-square triangles to cut apart, and The Cutting Gizmo was on sale, so I bought one. Now I use it all the time, it really is faster than using scissors to cut apart multiple squares or blocks.
Arrange on the design wall to make "X" blocks alternating with "O" blocks. I have 24 blocks. I could have sewn the squares into blocks before putting them on the design wall, but I wanted to be sure no two alike fabrics were touching.