This is block #14 in the Civil War Block-of-the-Week series offered by Barbara Brackman.  It is called Fox and Geese.  Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to this block.

http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/2011/04/14-fox-and-geese.html

This is a nice easy block.  For new quilters, this is the way I assembled the block.  I cut and sewed the half-square triangles differently.

Half-square triangles A:  Use the Wonder Cut Ruler or the following procedure:

  • Cut 2 light and 2 dark squares 2-7/8 inches.  Draw a line or press a crease down the center of the light square from point to point.  Lay the light square right sides together with the dark square and sew 1/4 inch on both sides of the line/crease.

  • Cut on line/crease to form two half-square triangles.  Press to the dark fabric and trim tails.  Repeat with remaining light/dark squares to form a total of 4 half-square triangles measuring 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches.

  • For the large half-square triangles C, use the same procedure with 1 light and 1 dark square 4-7/8 inches.  You should have two of these half-square triangles, measuring 4-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches.

  • Place all of the pieces on a mat in the correct order.

  • Assemble square A and square B.  Press joining seams in opposite directions so that seams will interlock when sewn to C.  A and B should measure 4-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches.
  • Join squares A and B to C, top and bottom rows.   Press joining seams in opposite directions so that seams will interlock when the two rows are joined.
  • Join the two rows to complete the block.  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 Quilts.