This is block #12 in the Civil War block-of-the-week series offered by Barbara Brackman.  It is called Louisiana. Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to the block.

http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/2011/03/12-louisiana.html

The flying geese are always a little tricky but generally, this is an easy block with no difficult measurements.  For new quilters, this is the way I assembled the block.  Use 1/4 inch seams throughout.

  • Cut out the pieces per Barbara’s instructions and lay out the pieces in the proper order on a mat.
  • Sew each of the flying geese sections.  Place B triangle on C triangle so that B is flush with the long side of C and there is a 1/4 inch tail on the other side.  Stitch.

  • Press away from the center and place the remaining B triangle so that bottom is flush with the long side of C and the two tails cross at the top.  Stitch.

  • Press and trim tails.  There should be 1/4 inch of B fabric above the point of C.  Piece should measure 2-1/2 inches x 4-1/2 inches.
  • Repeat with 3 remaining flying geese sections.
  • Place pieces in proper order and sew rectangles to flying geese sections, forming 4 sections.  Each section should measure 4-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches.

  • Join sections to form row 1 and 2.  Join rows 1 and 2.  Press joining seams open for a smoother center.  Block should measure 8-1/2 x 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 Quilt.