The fancy version of the semi colon uses a lot of flip and sew triangles. It is a little bit fussy, but I think it is worth it for the final effect in this case.
Start with three purple squares which are 2.5 inches each. In addition to the the purple, you will need grey squares: 7 that are 1.25 and 2 that are 2 inches. Finally, you will need a 2.5 by 1.5 inch rectangle
Though that seems like a lot of little squares, sewing them is super quick. Just layer the grey squares on top of the purple and then sew along the diagonals, working yourself around in a circle. I just needle down and pivot at each top center point. One purple square will get 4 grey squares sewn on top, while the other one will get three. Notice the placement of the three grey squares, semi colons are directional so it does matter. The bottom right corner is left uncovered. Next, place a two inch grey square in the upper left hand corner of the final purple square and sew from corner to corner.
Here are the three purple squares, each with grey squares on top. The bottom square with the two inch square will need another round, you will need to flip open the first square to make room for the second.
Here is the second grey square added to the opposite corner. Now go to the ironing board and press all the squares open, making sure the top triangle covers the purple before trimming away the waste triangles behind.
Here are all three subunits ready to be sewn into a row with the extra grey square to separate the period from the comma. Sew them together and press toward the section with the fewest seams.
These are the two blocks side by side for comparison. Notice that the fancy block is a little bit longer than the blocky version. I went with the block version for the quotation marks eelier this year, but I am seriously enjoying the fancy blocks this month. Now I just need to dig deeper and find enough purples to make 5 blocks. This will be a short row, but I feel the need for a little negative space right now.