This is block #44 in the Civil War block-of-the-week series offered by Barbara Brackman.  It is called Union.  Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to this block.

http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/2011/10/44-union.html

I cut and sew my half-square triangles a little differently.  For new quilters, this is how I assembled the block:

  • A  – Cut 4 background squares 1-7/8 inches
  • B – Cut 4 background and 8 dark squares 2-1/8 inches.  From 4 of the dark squares, cut each into 2 triangles with one diagonal cut.
  • Place the remaining 4 dark squares right-side-up.  On the wrong side of the 4 background squares, draw a line diagonally.  Place the background squares right-sides-together on top of the dark squares.

  • On each set, stitch a scant ¼ inch on both sides of the drawn line.  Cut on the line and press toward the dark fabric to make 8 half-square triangles.  Trim tails.  Pieces should measure 1-7/8 x 1-7/8 inches.

  • C  – Cut 1 background and 1 medium square 3-7/8 inches. Cut each into 4 triangles with two diagonal cuts. You need 4 of each.
  • D – Cut 2 medium dark squares 3-1/2 inches. Cut each into 2 triangles with one diagonal cut. You need 4 triangles.
  • E – Cut 1 center square 3-1/8 inches
  • Lay out the pieces on a mat in the proper order.

  • Add a B triangle to either side of background fabric C.  Repeat to make 4 units.

  • Add square A to the ends of two of the strips.  Strip should measure 1-7/8 x 5-¾ inches.
  • For the center, add C triangles to E to make a larger square.

  • Add the D triangles to make a larger square – should measure ….5-¾ x 5-¾ inches.

  • Add the shorter strips to the top and bottom of E to make a center square.  Press toward the center.

  • Add square A to either end of the remaining two strips.  Press away from center.
  • Join the long side strips to the pieced center.

  • 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.