This is block #40 in the Civil War block-of-the-week series by Barbara Brackman. It is called Order Number Eleven. Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to this block.
I’m not good at hand applique and used the fusing method to make my block. For new quilters, this is how I assembled the block:
Using a fusible web such as Lite Steam-A-Seam 2,
…place a piece of the web over the printed template pattern and trace over each of the pieces, leaving space between each piece. Draw on the side of web that has a sticky back.
Cut a piece of A fabric 8-½ x 8-½ inches. Press. Remove paper backing from the back side of the traced pattern and place the sticky side on the wrong side of fabric A. Press according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Cut on drawn lines.
Cut a piece of B fabric 4 inches x 8-½ inches. Remove paper backing from the back side of the traced pattern and place the sticky side on the wrong side of fabric B. Press according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Cut out the 4 pieces of B.
The scraps from cutting these pieces can be trimmed and save for other projects.
Cut a piece of background fabric 9×9 inches to allow for some drawing up of the fabric when doing the applique. Press this piece of fabric in half lengthwise and crosswise to get the center.
Remove the paper backing from the cut-out fabric A and center onto the background square. Scraping a pin across the paper backing to make an opening will make it easier to remove.
Place the B pieces in the proper place on the background fabric, tucking the ends of B under piece A. Use your fingertips to position the pieces – don’t press with an iron until you are satisfied with the way it looks.
Press pieces in place by pressing down with the iron – don’t pull the iron back and forth over the fabric. Be sure there are no bubbles.
Using a zigzag or other decorative stitch, applique around the edges of the design. Trim to 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.