This is block #45 in the Civil War block-of-the-week series offered by Barbara Brackman.  It is called Port and Starboard.  Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to this block.

I cut and sew half-square triangles a little differently.  This is how I cut and assembled the block:

  • A – Cut squares 2-7/8″. Cut 8 light, 4 medium and 4 dark.
  • On the wrong side of the light squares, draw a diagonal line.  Place the light squares right-sides-together with the medium and dark squares.

  • Sew ¼ inch from the line on both sides on each set of squares.
  • Cut on the drawn line, press toward darker fabric, trim tails.  Each half-square triangle should measure 2-½ x 2-½ inches.

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

  • Join the pieces in row 1, press to the left.

  •  Join the remaining 3 rows, pressing in opposite directions with each row so that pieces will interlock when the rows are joined.
  • Join the four rows.  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.