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.