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.

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.