This is block #47 in the Civil War block-of-the-week series offered by Barbara Brackman.  It is called Dixie Tea.  Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to this block.

http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/2011/11/47-dixie-tea.html
This is an easy block but does require scant ¼ inch joining seams to have the block come out to 8-½ x 8-½ inches.  For new quilters, this is how I assembled the block:

  • Cut out the pieces according to Barbara’s instructions.  For the D pieces, do not cut diagonally.  Place the light and dark pieces of D right-sides-together, draw a line diagonally on the light pieces and stitch ¼ inch from the drawn line on both sides.  Cut on the center line and press toward the dark fabric; trim tails.  Half-square triangles should measure 3-1/8 x 3-1/8 inches.

  • Piece the stem by adding a B to either side of strip A.  Trim to 3-1/8 x 3-1/8 inches.

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

  • Join the pieces in the first row, using a scant ¼ inch seam, pressing seams to the left.  Strips should measure 3-1/8 x 8-½ inches.

  • Join the pieces in rows 2 and 3, using scant ¼ inch seams, pressing seams to the right on row 2 and to the left on row 3.
  • Join the 3 rows, using scant ¼ inch seams.  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.