Delaware Quilts

Flying X Block

Check your measurements very carefully. Each block should measure 12 1/2 inches when it is finished. Accuracy from beginning to end will assure that your blocks come out perfectly. Measure carefully, sew carefully, and you will have a perfect block.

For the Flying X block you will need three different fabrics-
from a dark (purple) four 3 1/2 inch squares
from a medium (hot pink) cut four 3 7/8 inch squares
from a background cut four 3 7/8 inch squares and four 3 1/2 inch square

Place a background and medium 3 7/8 inch square right sides together. Carefully draw a line down the center, corner to corner, diagonally across the block. (This will be a cutting line when you are finished.) Now if you have a true 1/4 inch foot on your machine, you can sew on either side of this drawn line. If not, you will have to draw a second line on either side, exactly 1/4 inch from the first line. This will be your sewing line.
After you have sewn on your sewing line, 1/4 inch on either side of your corner to corner to line, you will cut this square in half on your cutting line. Trim off the corners (or dog ears) You will now have two diagonal half-squares, which should measure exactly 3 1/2 inches. You need to repeat this step with all 3 7/8 inch squares.

Make two rows like this

and two rows like this

Now, using the diagram here, sew your blocks together in rows,
then the rows together into the Flying X block.

Flying X Delaware Quilts August 2007
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Updated June 4, 2020

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