|Civil War Quilts Block of the Week - block #1|
Throughout 2011, author and quilt historian Barbara Brackman will post a quilt block each week along with a true story about people who lived during the Civil War. Just think – by the end of the year, you could have 52 blocks completed!
The first block is called “Catch Me If You Can” and requires 16 half-square triangle units. There are instructions on the site, but for piecing with children I recommend a different method than the one shown. This kid-friendly technique eliminates sewing along a bias edge and allows for the less-than-perfect ¼-inch seam allowances that often occur when learning to sew.
How to Make Perfect Half-Square Triangle Units
To make perfect half-square triangle units every time, you simply add 1⅛ inch to the finished size desired and then square-up the unit after pressing. The "Catch Me If You Can" block consists of 2 inch finished squares so you cut your fabrics to 3⅛ inches square.
|Cut 3⅛ inches square.|
Then pair your fabric squares right sides together, with the lightest one on top, and draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other. I used a black marker so that you could easily see the line but I usually use a pencil.
|Draw a diagonal line.|
|Stitch ¼ inch on both sides of the drawn line.|
|Cut on the drawn line.|
|Press open - you now have two units!|
Now square each unit to 2½ inches.
|Trim your square on two sides.|
|Finish squaring to 2½ inches.|
|Untrimmed and trimmed units compared.|
|Both units squared up.|
Now wasn't that easy?