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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Civil War Remembered ~ Block 10

Lincoln's Platform

We are following Barbara Brackman's
2011 Civil War Quilt and it is week #10.

This is what I cut:

Fabric A: light floral
2 - 3 1/2" squares - cut on diagonal
4 - 3 1/8" x 1 7/8" rectangles

Fabric B: dark pink
2 - 3 1/2" squares - cut on diagonal

Fabric C: dark stripe
4 - 3 1/8" x 1 7/8" rectangles

Fabric D: pink & white floral
1 - 3 1/8" square

Sew light and dark triangles
together on long edge.  Press
seam to the dark fabric.
Square to a "heavy-handed"
3 1/8" or 3 1/8' + a smidge.
Oh yeah, such technical terms,
right?  I mean just a bit over 3 1/8".
In my first block I squared all
9 units to 3 1/8" exactly and with
sewing and pressing it ended up
as 8 3/8" instead of 8 1/2".

Sew light and dark rectangle
units together on long edge.
Square to 3 1/8" plus "a bit."

Layout units as shown and
sew together in 3 rows.

Press seams in rows 1 & 3
to the outside and seams
in row 2 to the inside.

Pin and sew rows together
taking care to have the seams
"lock" together at the
intersections as you pin
to achieve precise piecing.

I pressed the final 2 seams
open as this reduced the bulk
in the block and made it flatter.

Mine squared up at 8 1/2"
using this method.

Here is my first attempt.
I like the fabrics and colors
but sadly it just wasn't big enough.

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


  1. I love your fabric choice, your blocks look very very nice!!! This week it was easy to sew but if there will be some blocks with "difficulties" again, I'll wait for your wonderful tutorials! They are really good,thanks for your efforts!!
    Greetings from Regina

  2. Great instructions! as usual! Yes, I rounded my measurements up to MY GENEROUS 3 1/8" which is probably closer to 3 3/16". My block finished the right size, thankfully:-) I finally remembered to look at the block and dissect it... if it is a 9 patch, then the 3 3/16" comes into play.

    I like your use of the stripe fabric.

    I wonder what the next block will be?

  3. Thanks so much for great instructions. I go to your blog straight after the block has been posted, as you do such a wonderful job for us.
    Your blocks are lovely. Great fabric choices.
    Thanks again
    Sue from New Zealand!


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