Free Block of the Month Quilt Pattern 2006
9 Patch blocks - 9 Months - 9 Blocks

designed by Susan Druding for & QFaD

Block #8 - October - Ice Cream Cones
Block #9 - Ohio Star

Making the 4-X units

The 8th block is called Ice Cream Cones and uses one 4-X unit
 All blocks for this quilt are 12" x 12".
The first page for this block is HERE.

The 9th block is called Ohio Star and uses 4 of these 4-X units
The first page for this block is HERE.


You will be making 14 of these blocks for the quilt.



The 4-X unit is made of 4 quarter triangles. Only one is used in the center of each Ice Cream Cones block for BOM Block #8. But one of the final blocks has many more of them, so this is a chance for you to make 14 and decide your favorite way to make them.


4-X Units - 14 total - the 4.5 (before sewing) unit in the center of the block
(a unit made of 4 - quarter triangles) I show the 4-X unit at the left.


Depending on your favorite methods for cutting and sewing, you can make the 4-X unit in various ways.

1. Cut the triangles and sew them together using templates (I find this too tedious, but if you like templates you may choose this.) It is so much easier to rotary cut the quarter triangles. See #2

2. Rotary Cut the triangles and sew them together (see just below for rotary cutting instructions)

3. Make Half Square Triangle Units - the quick way (see here), cut them in half and join pairs of these cut pieces to form them 4X units. (This would be my choice of method.) See below the Rotary Cut instructions lower on page.

4. Use a method with paper templates that results in the same technique as method #3 - see this How-to and templates here as "Speed Piecing Quarter Triangles"

To Rotary Cut for the 4-X Unit:

You will use 5.25" wide strip and cut squares 5.25 wide.
These will be cut into 4 triangles diagonally.
These will sew into 4-X units of 4.5" x 4.5". Be careful not to stretch the bias-cut edges of the triangles as you sew them.
You need 14 of these units for the Ice Cream Cones Block.
You will cut 7 of the 5.25" squares in each of the 2 colors (Fabrics #5 and #7) in order to make the 14 units.


To Quick Piece Using Half Square Triangles Piecing Technique

A. You will make Half Square Triangle (HST) units first using this technique (which you used on earlier BOM2006 blocks.
When you were making units that were to be HSTs with a finished size of 4 inches, you added 1 inch to the strips cut for making the HSTs. But, this time you are going to cut and sew a 2nd time and need to add more to allow for sewing twice, so we will add 2 inches to the strip size at the beginning. You will trim these blocks to size after sewing. [I am allowing more than the usual required 7/8" for each diagonal cutting and sewing as I have found that quilters often sew a slightly larger diagonal seam and come out with blocks too small. I'd rather have you trim them than have to toss them out.]

Using fabrics #5 and #7 - or your choice if using different fabrics - cut 7 each - 6" squares of each fabric.
From these make 14 Half Square Triangle (HST) units using the Quick Piecing technique.
Press seams open and flat on these 14 HSTs.

Now cut each of these HSTs diagonally once so that each half has both fabrics in it and when joined will form the 4-X units as below.

Pair up the cut-in-half HSTs and sew to make the 4-X units.
Press seams - trim to 4.5" x 4.5" by centering the X in a square quilters ruler.
You will have 14 of these units.




Return to the Ice Cream Cones Block Instructions


[Note: all images for this BOM 2006 were prepared using Electric Quilt program.]

Block One is here

Block Two is here

Block Three is here

Block Four is here

Block Five is here

Block Six is here

Block Seven is here

Block Eight is here

Block Nine is here

I've received some photos of the blocks in progress and will post them  - please send more to keep the ones I've received company!

 - email to me at quilting -at-

We have some Blocks Photos to share
- we'd love to have more in the BOM2006 Gallery

Happy Quilting,


copyright 2006 - Susan Druding


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