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.