This is block #30 in the Civil War block-of-the-week series presented by Barbara Brackman.  It is called Peterson’s Stars and Stripes.  Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to the block.

http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/2011/07/30-petersons-stars-stripes.html

I’m not good at applique and used an easy fusible web technique for the star.  The star could also be appliqued by hand or machine.  For new quilters, this is how I assembled the block.

  • Cut the pieces as directed on Barbara’s blog.  Becky’s tip is a good one to cut the strips 9 inches long and to cut the top and bottom strips 2-¼ inches wide so the piece can be trimmed to 8-½ inches after the star is appliquéd.
  • If the link to the star pattern doesn’t work, copy the url and paste it in the browser to pull up the right page.  Allow a ¼ inch seam allowance if you are not fusing the star.  I chose to use light double-stick fusible web.   Cut a square of star fabric and a square of fusible web 5-1/4 inches x 5-1/4 inches.


  • Place the square of fusible web on top of the star pattern and trace the design.


  • Remove the paper backing from the square of fusible web and place the sticky side down on the back of the star fabric.  Press according to manufacturer’s directions.


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


  • Sew the strips together to form the background.  Press toward the dark fabric.


  • Remove the paper backing from the star and place it on the striped background – press.


  • Using a zigzag or other decorative stitch, sew the star in place.
  • Trim piece to measure 8-½ x 8-½ inches.  To be sure I trimmed it correctly, I folded the piece in half and measured 4-¼ inches from the fold to trim.


  • Then, I folded in the other direction, measured 4-¼ inches and trimmed.


Block 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.