This is block #16 in the Civil War Block-of-the-Week series offered by Barbara Brackman.  It is called White  House.  Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to this block.

http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/2011/04/16-white-house.html

The only difficult thing about this block is getting the stripes to match.  Otherwise, it goes together very quickly.  For new quilters, this is how I assembled the block.

  • Cut the pieces as directed on Barbara’s post, being careful that the stripes in the half-square triangles match the stripes in the 2-1/2 inch squares.

  • Lay the pieces out on a mat in the proper order.


  • Stitch the four half-square triangles.  Press toward striped fabric and trim tails.  Pieces should measure 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches.


  • Join pieces in row 1, pressing seams toward left
  • Join pieces in row 2, pressing seams toward right, being careful to match stripes
  • Continue with rows 3 and 4, pressing seams in opposite directions and matching stripes

  • Join the 4 rows, matching stripes
  • Press and trim.  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.