Here is my test block in Pink and Brown.
For this block you can use leftover pieces from your layer cake squares or choose new ones to cut up. I used 8 different fabrics but it could be made with as little as four fabrics.
I started by selecting the two fabrics that create the X but, I'm not sure that is the easiest way to do it :). Then I considered what I wanted to do with rectangle units. I chose to repeat the fabrics on opposite sides of center going from lightest to darker (although none are "darks"). The tricky thing about choosing fabrics for this block is to make sure that even the darkest of the rectangles still has adequate contrast with X fabrics. I probably made it more difficult by choosing a pink for one of these as the rest of the pinks had to be quite light in order for it to work. But, I really like the way it came out so, I did my Layer Cake block the same way. Here it is:
|Layer Cake Block|
Here are the full cutting instructions:
From X fabrics:
Cut (8) 1 1/2" squares of two feature fabrics. They do not have to be light and dark. They can be any two fabrics which will contrast with the rest of your block pieces.
For next round cut (4) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles. (Two of each fabric if you're using my coloration.)
For the second round cut (4) 1 1/2" by 4 1/2" rectangles. (Two of each fabric if you're using my coloration.)
For the third round cut (4) 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles. (Two of each fabric if you're using my coloration.)
1. Sew together the four patch in the middle.
2. Add a small pink print rectangle to two opposing sides of the four patch.
3. Add the X squares to each end of the small beige rectangles. Add this unit to the top and bottom of the four patch unit.
4. Continue each round by adding the (pink) rectangles to the sides and adding the X squares to each end of the logs for the top and bottom before sewing the beige rectangles on to the unit. Block should measure 8 1/2" square when complete.
Thanks for hanging in there! Hope you have some time to sew today.