This is block #10 in the Civil War block-of-the-week series offered by Barbara Brackman. It is called Lincoln’s Platform. Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to the block. I used a different procedure for cutting and sewing the half-square triangles “A”.
This is a simple block. For new quilters, this is the way I assembled the block. Use 1/4 inch seams.
- For the half-square triangles A, use a Wonder Cut Ruler, or the following process:
- Using the 3-1/2 inch light and dark squares, draw a line down the center of the light squares, from point to point.
- Place the light squares right sides together on top of the dark squares. Stitch 1/4 inch from the center drawn line on each side.
- Cut along the drawn line to form four half-square triangles A. Press and trim tails. They should measure 3-1/8 x 3-1/8 inches.
- For piece B, stitch the light and dark rectangles together to make 4 pieces. After sewing, these will measure 3-1/8 inches x 3-1/4 inches (should measure 3-1/8 x 3-1/8). Trim 1/16 inch (a sliver) on each long side to get the correct measurement.
- Place the pieces on a mat in the correct order.
- Join the three patches in the top row, using a scant 1/4 inch seam. Press away from the center section and measure to be sure the piece is 8-1/2 inches wide. Adjust your seams accordingly.
- Continue to join the center row and the third row, using scant 1/4 inch seams.
- Join the three rows together, again using scant 1/4 inch seams.
- Piece should measure 8-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches.