This is block#8 in the Civil War block-of-the-week series offered by Barbara Brackman.  It is called Cotton Boll. Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to the block.  This week, there will be a template to print out.

http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/2011/02/8-cotton-boll.html

I like to copy the pictures and directions, paste on a word document page and print for reference.  Barbara has some additional instructions on doing this.

http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/2011/02/printing-patterns.html

This is another simple block.  For new quilters, this is the way I assembled the block:

  • I printed the template on card stock from Barbara’s post and double-checked the measurements to be sure they were correct.
  • Place the template on the wrong side of the dark “A” fabric and trace around each piece.  Cut each piece using a rotary cutter and ruler, following the lines.

  • Cut 4 squares of light fabric and cut each diagonally to make 8 “B” triangles.
  • Lay the pieces out on a mat in the proper order.

  • Using 1/4 inch seams throughout, stitch the triangles B to the sides of A.   There will be a 1/4 inch tail of the triangle on each side.

  • Trim tails.  Each section should measure 4-1/2 inches.  At this point I press toward the light triangles (some seams will be pressed in reverse later).
  • Place the pieces on the mat in the proper order.

  • Stitch together the two sections of the top row.  At this point, I reverse the direction of the triangle seams of the section that is on top as you are sewing and press so that the seams will interlock.  Open and press the connecting seam.  Then sew the two sections of the bottom row in the same manner.
  • Stitch rows 1 and 2 together, again reversing and pressing the triangle seams in the section that is on top as you’re sewing.
  • Press connecting seam open to form a nice, flat center.
  • Block should measure 8-1/2 inches

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