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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Civil War Remembered ~ Block 20

New England Block

We are quilting along with
Barbara Brackman's Civil War Quilt.

Fabric Requirements:

Fabric A - Light (white & green print)
4 - 2 1/4" squares
4 - 3" squares - Mark a
diagonal line on back.

Fabric B - Medium (orange)
4 - 2 1/4" squares
1 - 1 1/2" square

Fabric C - Dark (green)
4 - 3" squares

Fabric D - Medium (rust & white print)
1 - 2 1/4" x 8" rectangle

Fabric E - Dark (purple)
1 - 2 1/4" x 8" rectangle

Make Half Square Triangles:

Pair Fabric A/C squares right
sides together.  Sew 1/4" away
from each side of drawn line. 
Cut on drawn line, press seams to
the dark fabric.  Square to 2 1/4".

Sew Fabric D & E rectangles
together along long edge.

Cut a small piece off one short edge
to make sure it is even, then cut 4
1 1/2" units.

Make Corner Units:
Layout units as shown and sew
together in 2 rows. Press seams in row 1
to the left and seams in row 2 to the right.
Sew rows together.
Make 4.

Layout units as shown and sew
together in 3 rows.  Press seams in
rows 1&3 to the inside and seams in
row 2 to the outside.

Sew rows together and press
the seams open to reduce bulk.
Square to 8 1/2".

Here is another one I made.

Here is a cockade I made
years ago for...

...my son's tri-corner hat
when we were visiting
Williamsburg, Virginia.
I wish I had Barbara's photos
from the old millinery book back then.

That little boy is now a Junior
in High School and went to
the Prom last night and that
little girl is going to graduate
from High School in a few weeks.

I used to make colonial
costumes for them each year.

I kept thinking this block would look
good with a log cabin block.  Perhaps
call it "New England Cabin?"
I think I would adjust the block size
so the red center squares were the
same size.  I think that was why I
kept thinking of a log cabin block.

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


  1. Your blocks are lovely Ellen!! I am behind on my homework.... AGAIN! Hope to get up to date this week. I know how you are feeling, looking at your children so little and then thinking about the school formals etc. My boy has 5 School Formals to attend this year plus his own Formal and school ball!! Mr popular!!! I think back to the days when I would make him little shorts with a matching appliqued tee-shirt:-)

    Have a great week,

  2. Hi Ellen

    I also strip piece and sub cut where I can. I might have done the stripping differently- but think your decision will yield better result- so will do it your way. Thanks

  3. A++++ on your blocks. They are stunning. And thanks again for your wonderful instructions. You have lovely children. It's difficult for me to look back at pictures of my children without my heart strings being tugged. I miss those years but I am a new grandma so that is a perfect compensation. Miss Luella (ostiebug@yahoo.com)

  4. I always enjoy seeing your blocks, I have just finished mine! It was a very satisfying block to put together! I like your New England Cabin quilt idea!!! Lovely to see the kids get dressed up, they look wonderful!!!

  5. Thanks for your comment! It's a great help for me sewing after your tutorial!! I know it's taking much time to sew and to arrange the fabric and to take photos of every step and explaining what to do: it's a lot of work!! But my blocks are becoming better from week to week: thanks for your help!!

  6. Thanks for your great tutorial...love the colors you have used in both blocks. Our children grow up so fast, and so do grandchildren!!!


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