This is block #23 in the Civil War block-of-the-week series offered by Barbara Brackman.  It is called Illinois Roads.  Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to this block.

http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/2011/06/23-illinois-roads.html

This block is very easy so long as the pieces are sewn in the proper order.  For new quilters, this is how I assembled the block.

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


  • Join pieces in row 1 and then in row 2, pressing toward dark fabric to make 4 squares, each measuring 4-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches.
  • Join the two pieces in row 1 and then in row 2, pressing in opposite directions so that seams will interlock.

  • Join rows 1 and 2.  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.