This is block #11 in the Civil War block-of-the-week series offered by Barbara Brackman. It is called London Square. 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 B.
The only tricky thing about this block is keeping the pieces in order in the center section. For new quilters, this is the way I assembled the block. Use 1/4 inch seams throughout.
- You will need four half-square triangles. Cut 2 dark and 2 light pieces of fabric 2-7/8 x 2-7/8 inches. Draw a line down the center from point to point on the light squares, place on top of the dark squares, right sides together, and stitch 1/4 inch from the drawn line on each side.
- Cut on the drawn line, press to the dark fabric and trim tails. These pieces should measure 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches.
- For the remaining triangles B, cut 2 light and 2 medium pieces of fabric 2-7/8 x 2-7/8 inches. Cut diagonally to make 4 triangles each of light and medium. You will need 3 triangles of each for the block.
- For triangles A, cut a dark square and a medium square 6-7/8 inches. Cut each in half diagonally to form 2 triangles from each piece. You will need 1 triangle from each piece for the block.
- Lay the pieces out on a mat in the proper order.
- Sew each of the sections together, referring to Barbara’s diagram.
- Sew the four sections together, press and trim. Piece should measure 2-1/4 inches wide x 12 inches long.
- Sew the A triangles to the center section. There should be 1/4 inch tails on each end as you are sewing. Trim tails, press. Piece should measure 8-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches.