Civil War Quilt – Block 18 – Union Square

This is block #18 in the Civil War Block-of-the-Week series offered by Barbara Brackman.  It is called Union Square.  Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to this block.

This is an easy, simple block.  For new quilters, this is the way I assembled the block.  I changed the cutting and piecing instructions for the Center Square.

  • For the center square, cut one strip of medium fabric 2-3/8 x 10 inches and one strip of light fabric 2-3/8 x 12-1/2 inches.
  • Lay the medium strip on top of the light strip, right sides together.

  • Stitch a 1/4 inch seam down the long side, stopping at the bottom edge of the medium fabric.

  • Sub-cut the sewn portion of the strip into 2-3/8 inch pieces.

  • Cut the remaining portion of the light strip into a 2-3/8 inch square.

  • Press the sewn pieces toward the dark fabric.  Lay out in the proper order on a mat.  Join vertical rows 1 and 2.

  • Sew the remaining light square to vertical row 3.  Press seams toward light fabric.  Join vertical row 3 to rows 1 and 2.  Piece should measure 6×6 inches.

  • Lay the 9-patch along with the other pieces on a mat in the proper order.

  • Sew triangles B to squares A.  There should be a 1/4 inch tail at the bottom.

  • Press toward block A and trim points.  Completed Corner Triangle should measure 7-1/4 inches at the base x 3-1/2 inches from center of base to point.

  • Add Corner Triangles to Center Square, sewing opposite sides first.  Match point of triangle to center of 9-patch.  There will be 1/4 inch tails on either end.  Press toward center.

  • Join the remaining two Center Triangles to Center Square.  Press toward triangles.
  • Press and trim tails.  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.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

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