Okay, I finished the instructions for the Take the Leap Challenge. It's the next entry, but if you click on the link you will just get that post. I've disabled the comments so that you won't get a bunch of those when you try to print it out.
Please, please, please let me know any improvements, suggestions etc that I can make. If you get in a jam, email me or post a pic in your blog and I'll do my best to help.
And somebody please proofread it for me for glaring errors. My eyes have gone numb looking at this too many times.
You can't do this wrong - you really can't. It doesn't matter if you end up with blocks that don't look like the letters you're trying to make. It's all for fun and it's all okay. Don't go trying to practise first - this is the practise. (That's you, Clare.)
I found this more difficult to do than expected. Because I wasn't just showing a technique, I felt like I had to make a quilt that ya'all would want to make. And I got frustrated trying to do the webpage too, so that's something for me to play around with when I'm not feeling time pressures.
Anyway, I ended up using a somewhat traditional setting for my hugs and kisses, but you could put them together like I did in Hugs and Kisses (which I wrote a post about almost a year ago exactly):
and in this quilt, Fruit Punch (which I made in January 2006 - you can read through that month and find several posts about it):
[This is how I finally cut the borders, by the way. Realize it'll look a bit smaller with the binding on, but how do the proportions of the border look with the center? Still maybe a bit too big.]
Of course you would either have to make a smaller quilt, or make a lot more of the blocks.
Or you could put your Xs and Os together in a less traditional 4-patch like I did with my L-O-V-E blocks in Hot Crazy Love (which I began working on in my May 11 post):
This is a much scrappier way to make letters, and you could certainly do your Xs and Os like this.