This is Block #2 in a block-of-the-week Civil War Quilt series offered by Barbara Brackman at Civil War Quilts.
Go to Barbara’s post to get the block picture and measurements for an 8-inch finished block. For new quilters, this is how I assembled the block.
For this quilt, I chose to use as the center a picture of my oldest daughter in Civil War garb, taken in Gettysburg.
I scanned the picture, printed it on Inkjet Printable Fabric (Precious Treasures), then trimmed to 3-1/2 inches. I used some neutral fabric to form a frame around the picture and to bring it to the correct 4-1/2 inch size. Of course, any fabric you choose can be used as the center square.
Place the pieces on a mat, using the picture from the Civil War Quilts post as a guide.
Sew the center section of row 1, using 1/4-inch seams.
Press seam toward dark fabric. Sew remaining triangle to center.
Press and trim.
Sew a 2-1/2 inch light block to either end of the center piece to complete row 1.
In row 2, complete the two side pieces as above. Then, sew each completed piece to a side of the center 4-1/2 inch square.
Complete the bottom row …
….and join the three rows. Press and trim to an 8-1/2 inch block
Be sure to check out the very interesting story and photographs that Barbara includes with her free patterns.
Note: I find it helpful to copy and paste the picture and measurements from the post and print it out for reference while I’m working. When the block is completed, I place it along with the reference sheet in a plastic sleeve and file in a binder.