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.
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.