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.
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.