This is block #29 in the Civil War block-of-the-week series offered by Barbara Brackman.  It is called Railroad Crossing.  Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to this block.

http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/2011/07/29-railroad-crossing.html

For new quilters, this is how I assembled the block:

  • Cut pieces according to Barbara’s directions.  Note:  I change square D to 3-3/8 x 3-3/8 so it would be the proper size for the length of the C rectangles.  If fussy cutting center square D, cut the piece on point.  You can make a template of clear plastic so you can see clearly how to cut out the piece..

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

  • Make 4 squares from the C rectangles. Press toward medium fabric.   Piece should measure 3-3/8 x 3-3/8 inches

  • Make one strip joining two C squares on either side of the center square D, with the seams in the C squares horizontal.  Press seams toward center square.
  • Make two units adding the B triangles either side of the C squares (vertical seams in C squares).  Press seams toward triangles.  Trim tails.

  • Add these pieces to the top and bottom of the center strip.  Press toward center strip and trim tails.
  • Add an A triangle to each corner to complete the block.  Piece should measure 8-½ x 8-½ inches.

See the previous blocks in this series in my category list on the right hand side of the page – Quilting – Civil War Quilt.