This is block #48 in the Civil War block-of-the-week series offered by Barbara Brackman.  It is called West Virginia.  Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to this block.

http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/2011/11/48-west-virginia.html

This block is a little more difficult to sew but makes a pretty block.  For the center square, I chose to scan a picture that my daughter and son-in-law had taken in Gettysburg.  The picture was printed on a June Tailor Sew-In Colorfast fabric sheet.  I should have made the photograph a little larger so the border doesn’t show.  For new quilters, this is how I assembled the block.

Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern.   Cut the B and C pieces as directed.   This is how I cut the A pieces.

  • On the 5-¼ x 1-7/8 rectangles, make a mark at 3-½ inches from the end.

  • Place the right angle of a ruler at the mark and draw a line to the point of the rectangle.

  • On the opposite end of the rectangle, draw a  right angle line from the point to the 3-½ inch mark.

  • Measure to be sure you have 3-½ inches between the two right angle lines.  Cut on the right angle lines.

  • To cut the blue fabrics in reverse, an easy way is to place the red piece on top of the blue, right sides together, and use the red piece as a pattern to trim the angles.  Since I wanted to be sure my blue fabric was going in the right direction, I laid the pieces out on a mat, then flipped over one of the red pieces and trimmed the angles on the blue.

  • Place a blue B strip on one side of A and a red B strip on the other side.  Make 4 of these pieces.

  • Add these pieces to the center square C on two opposite sides, stopping and back stitching ¼ inch from each end.

  • For one of the remaining sides, mark ¼ inch from each end of the B/A piece, place on center square C and stitch between the ¼ inch marks, back stitching each time.

  • Fold to match the B strips and the corner of C.

  • Stitch from the ¼ inch mark to the end.  Press.

  • Repeat with the other side of the B/A piece.
  • Repeat with the remaining side to complete block.  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.