This is block #35 in the Civil War block-of-the-week series offered by Barbara Brackman. It is called Star of the West. Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to this block.
This is a fairly easy and very pretty block. For new quilters, this is how I assembled the block. I handled the B squares differently to avoid piecing small bits of fabric.
- Cut pieces according to Barbara’s instructions but do not cut the B 2-7/8 inch squares diagonally.
- Place the B squares right sides together according to how you want to place them in the block. In my case, I put the striped fabric on top of the blue flowered and the light fabric on top of the medium red. In each case, draw a line diagonally on the back of the square that will be on top of the set.
- Stitch ¼ inch on each side of the drawn line on each set.
- Cut each set on the line to form 8 half-square triangles. Press toward the darker fabric and trim tails. Each HST should measure 2-½ x 2-½ inches.
- Place the pieces on a mat in the proper order.
- Divide the pieces into four patches.
- Join row 1 of each patch, pressing to the left; then join row 2 of each patch, pressing to the right. Join the two rows together, alternating the pressing direction of seams. Each patch should measure 4-½ x 4-½ inches.
- Join the two top patches together and then the two bottom patches. Press seams in opposite directions. Join the two rows of patches together. Press – piece should measure 8-½ x 8-½ inches.