Tuesday, May 10, 2011

More Civil War Blocks

Civil War Log Cabin - Block #11
This log cabin block was a piece of cake - so easy to complete. The funny thing is this is the first time I've made this block.  Oh, I have a log cabin quilt that I made - I took a class when I first started to quilt.  It was a Quilt in a Day from Eleanor Burn's book. We sewed strips and did some fancy cutting and ended up with a log cabin quilt - but I was so confused and didn't know how in the world it happened that all those bits and pieces turned into a log cabin design.

This Texas Tears block is a different story.  I sewed it up and just knew it was wrong! My first clue was: points should not be cut off in a block.  So I used my seam ripper and removed all those extra pieces.  I didn't take a picture of it - so I laid the incorrect piece on top so you can see what it used to look like (right side of block) the left is where I corrected it.

See that point cut off on the right hand side?  That's just NOT correct.

So I remeasured my squares, reread the cutting instructions - did a bit of wiggling, both in my head and with the fabrics.  Here's what I realized.   I was lining up the triangles to sew them.

After all isn't that one of the first things we learn to do when sewing?  Well in this case that's WRONG.

I moved the triangles over to 1/4 of an inch - because don't those little corners usually get cut off after sewing?  It seemed worth a try.

Then did it again for the other side.....

And WA LA!!

Perfect Points!  (hehehe - almost perfect points)

My completed and looking good, Texas Tears Block.
I counted and I have now completed 12 blocks.  That means 7 blocks now to catch up.  Fun, Fun, Fun!!


  1. Good job figuring that out. That's exactly what you needed to do! Your blocks are sooooo awesome. I should get over there and do this. I keep saying that, but there's no time! Argh!

  2. I'm currently working on the Texas Tears block. Yep! I've done some ripping on this one too. Someone named this block correctly! Thanks for posting the tips on how you finished yours. It looks great!