This is block #6 in the Civil War block-of-the-week series offered by Barbara Brackman.  It is called Richmond. Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to this block.

I like to copy the pictures and directions, paste on a word document page and print for reference.  For new quilters, this is the way I assembled the block.

Use 1/4 seams throughout.

I cut and assembled the fabric in a way that would make it easier to machine piece the block:

“A” – Cut 2 medium and 2 medium-dark squares 4×4 inches.  Draw a line down the center of the medium squares (or fold squares in half and press).  Draw lines 1/4 inch from each side of the center line (or use a 1/4 inch foot).  Place the marked medium square on top of the medium-dark square, right sides together.  Starting on the left hand side, stitch 1/4 inch from the center…

…and without breaking thread, turn and stitch 1/4 inch from the center line on the other side.

Cut along the center line, forming two half-triangle squares.  Press toward the medium-dark fabric and trim to 3-1/8 inches square.

Repeat with remaining medium and medium-dark squares.  You need 4 half-triangle squares, 3-1/8 inches square.

“B” – Cut 4 dark and 4 medium-light squares 2-1/4 inches.  Cut each into 2 triangles with one diagonal cut.  You need 8 triangles of each shade.

“C” – Cut one dark square 3-1/8 inches

“D” – Cut a strips of medium-light and light fabric 1-1/2 inches x 12 inches.  Place the strips right sides together and join with a 1/4 inch seam.  Press open toward the medium light fabric and cut into 1-1/2 inch segments.

Sew two of these segments together to form a 2-1/2 inch square.  You should have 4 of these squares.

Sew triangles “D” to block “B”, being careful to put the two dark triangles on the lower portion and check to see that the 2-1/2 inch block is in the right position.

Sew one dark triangle to the block and then the opposite medium triangle.  Line up the point of the triangle with the center of the block.

Repeat to complete the section.  Press and trim to 3-1/8 inches square.

When all four of these blocks have been assembled, lay out the complete block on a mat.

Sew the first row together, pressing away from the center.  Sew row 2, pressing toward the center.  Sew row 3, pressing away from the center.

Join the 3 rows together, using a scant 1/4 inch seam.

Press and trim to 8-1/2 inches square.

See the previous blocks in this series in my category list on the right hand side of the page – Quilting – Civil War Quilts.