Kris and John Driessen lost their house to a fire in July of 2002. Lisa Earlandson and Lori East coordinated the making of a comfort quilt for Kris and John.
Here were the guidelines from Lisa and Lori: "To make your block, please use washed 1800s reproduction fabrics and unbleached
muslin. Paper-piece, on lightweight paper with small machine stitches,
using one reproduction fabric for the background, another for the 'chimney.'
Use muslin for the cross in the center. Be sure to sign the center of your
block (and add a message if you choose)."
There are foundations you can print out from this page (scroll on down). Print lots of copies so you will have them on hand for experiments and practice blocks. Mac users may find the foundations print small. Measure the blue strip and if is shorter than 6 inches your foundations will be too small to make the 6" block.
You will make two side patches on foundations, and then two top and bottom patches. Next, make the two strips to go above and below the signature strip. You can practice signing on your chosen fabric until you get it just right, then rotary cut the signature strip.
Sew the two strips above and below the signature strip. Then sew the two assembled side patches on the ends of the completed center patch. Next sew on the top and bottom triangle patches. Trim the block along the outside line of the 1/4-inch seam allowance.