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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Civil War Remembered ~ Block 12


We are in Week 12 of
Barbara Brackman's
2011 Civil War Quilt.

I made mine using
a different method.

Dark: 4 - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles
Medium: 8 - 2 1/2" squares -
 Mark a diagonal line on back
Light: 4 - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles

Place medium square right
sides together on left side
of light rectangle as shown.
Sew a thread width above
drawn line (see next photo).
By doing this you allow room
to accomodate the turn and
do not distort the unit.

Press to the corner and
trim the back two layers
to 1/4". 

This is what I mean by a
thread width above the line.
The needle is just above the
line, not on it.

Repeat procedure on the
other side of rectangle as
show.  Then square units
to 2 1/2" x 4 1/2".  The
unit tends to distort at the
intersection at the top where
all that fabric comes together.
Make 4.

Place dark rectangle and
above unit right sides together
and sew as shown.  Take care
to sew just above the intersection
of the seam lines and not directly
on the intersection to allow for
the turn of the fabric in pressing
and you will get very precise points.

Press seam to the dark rectangle
and square unit to 4 1/2".
Make 4.

Layout units as shown
and sew together in 2 rows.

Sew rows together and
square to 8 1/2".

Here is another one I
made using different fabrics.

Check out everyone's blocks
at Dustin's Flickr site:


  1. We must have been sewing our blocks at the same time!! I used this method as well!! Your photos are much better than mine. I would rather use this method than cut those triangles:-)

  2. Perfect tutorial once again!! I love it to look at your blog and checking out your little hints for sewing a better block!!! Thanks for the afforts and the pictures!!
    Have a nice Sunday: Regina

  3. These blocks are wonderful, and I came by because your blog title intriged me....love your blog!

  4. I was taught this method by an old quilting teacher many years ago, and it is fool proof!!!, great that you are spreading the word/technque LOL! Love the fabrics you used on your block!!!


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