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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Civil War Remembered ~ Block 49

Yankee Puzzle

We are quilting along with Barbara
Brackman's 2011 Civil War Quilt.

Please Note:  If using my method to
make this block you will end up with either
2 blocks or 1 block and 4 quarter square
triangles to use in another project.  To
me it is worth it to not have to piece all
those bias edges.

Fabric Requirements:

Fabric A: Beige
2 - 5 1/2" squares - Mark
a diagonal line on back.

Fabric B: Red
2 - 5 1/2" squares - Mark
a diagonal line on back.

Fabric C: Gold
2 - 5 1/2" squares

Fabric D: Blue
2 - 5 1/2" squares

Make Half Square Triangles:

Pair squares with right sides together
in the following combinations:

2 - A/C     2 - B/D

Sew 1/4" away from each side of drawn
line.  Cut on drawn line and press seams
in A/C units to the Fabric A and seams
in B/D units to the Fabric D.
Do not square up at this point.
Mark a diagonal line on back of A/C squares
from the 2 corners that are not part of the seam.

Make Quarter Square Triangles:

Place A/C square on top of B/D square
with right sides together, make sure seams
match up, pin in place.  The opposing seams should
"lock together" and make precise points.
I have pulled back one side in the photo to
show to proper placement.

Sew 1/4" away from each side of the drawn
line.  Cut on drawn line and press seam open
to reduce bulk.

Squaring a quarter square triangle
can be a bit tricky.  The diagonal
line on the ruler should run along the
seam from top right to bottom left.
The intersection of the the 2 1/4"
grid lines should be exactly in the center
of the square where the 4 fabrics come
together.  Now trim the right side and
top.  Turn the square so the right top is
now in the left bottom and square the
two remaining edges to 4 1/2".

Find 4 quarter square triangles that
are EXACTLY alike.  Lay them out and
look at them because they are very similar.

Now take the 4 same units and layout
as shown and sew together in 2 rows.
Press seam in row 1 to the left and seam in
 row 2 to the right.

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

I used my remaining 4 quarter square
triangles to make another block but this
time I put the lighter fabrics on the outside.

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


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  2. second comment: too much mistakes in the first one...
    I'm quich this week: block # 49 is ready!! Have a nice Sunday!!

  3. I came home from the Williams/Woodland Housewalk (Fort Wayne) and decided to try to see if I could "find" you! If I'm not mistaken, you are the blogger who was taking pictures of the quilt in the bedroom of a Queen Anne home! I always enjoy meeting other bloggers from nearby! I shall spend a little more time checking out your posts this afternoon...

  4. Yes Rebecca that was me! So nice to meet you last night, wasn't the tour beautiful? Ellen