Yesterday, I happened upon a blog, Civil War Quilts, which is offering a free block-of-the-week pattern for making blocks to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. In addition to the block pattern, there are interesting stories and pictures of the war – worth checking out even if you don’t want to make the blocks.
I made the first block which was very easy to assemble and made an impressive block. It would be better with reproduction Civil War fabrics, but I don’t have any and want to use what I have on hand. I’ve tried to choose fabrics reminiscent of the time period.
Go to Barbara Brackman’s blog to get the free pattern. For new quilters, this the way I assembled the block.
Cut the squares into triangles….
Beginning with the top row, join the triangles to make squares (1/4 inch seam).
Continue with second row, pressing seams in opposite direction, and join to the first row.
Continue in the same manner, joining rows. Trim to 8-1/2 inches