This is block #15 in the Civil War Block-of-the-Week series offered by Barbara Brackman.  It is called Ft. Sumter. Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to this block.

http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/2011/04/15-fort-sumter.html

I like this block – it’s not difficult to do and is impressive when finished.  For new quilters, this is the way I assembled the block.

  • Cut the pieces as directed on Barbara’s post.  For the center, I chose to use a picture of my grandchildren in period clothes taken in Gettysburg.  I scanned the picture, then printed it on fabric sheets – I used June Tailor Sew-In Colorfast Fabric Sheets for Ink Jet Printers. Be sure the picture or focus fabric is cut on point.

  • Lay pieces in proper order on the mat.

  • Piece unit A and B.  Press toward triangles.  There will be a 1/4 inch tail on the end.

  • Piece two of D and C to the center square E.  Press toward D.
  • Sew together the center square E and two of the rectangles D, sewing to opposite sides of the center square.  Press toward the center.

  • Sew the two D and C pieces to the center square E.  Press away from center.  Piece should measure 6-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches.  Error alert:  Measurement should be 6-1/4 x 6-1/4 inches.  I’m very sorry for this error in either measuring or typing.

  • Sew A/B sections to center.  There should be a 1/4 inch tail on either side.

  • Press away from center.

  • Trim tails and corners.

Piece 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.