This traditional patchwork block is called Kansas Dugout and I am re-visiting the design, and re-jigging the fabric placement of Lila's Quilt which I made way back in 2007:
I am using templates and a rotary cutter to cut the fabrics and marking the 1/4 inch seam intersection points to show me where to start and stop sewing (I don't trace templates with pencil onto fabric first if I can avoid it). I start by sewing each of the four patches to the center square and then deal with the four Y-seams. Y seams or inset seams can seem intimidating, but for this particular block they are not difficult (no pins were used).
And I am using fabrics from my feedsack collection to piece the blocks. The challenge is to mix these prints from another era with current fabrics from stash. It is so interesting to see how readily modern fabrics integrate with prints from the 1940's and 1950's.
More blocks are needed which will keep definitely keep me entertained over the next few days.