Block 9 of the Civil War Tribute quilt is now finished! It’s hard to tell from the picture, but the colors are really vibrant in this block. I bought several yards of the blue fabric to use for making pillow shams and other accessories for the quilt. I will use some other fabrics as well, but the blue is so pretty I wanted it as a main fabric.
This block took a bit of time to put together. There are lots of pieces that have to be sew together in a particular order. You have to be especially careful about the placement of each color so they all end up in the correct plan in the finished version. I did get some of the blue and brown fabric pieces reversed, but it looks fine since I made the same mistake with all four sections.
The set in seams were a bit of a challenge for me. You might not be able to tell, but there is a small triangle towards the outer edge that is a set in seam. I’ve never done these types of seams before so I had to consult a few diagrams to make sure I was doing it correctly. Essentially, a set in seam is where you have to sew along two different sides and account for a 1/4″ seam allowance where the seams intersect. Sewing the first seam is pretty easy as long as you’ve marked where you need to stop the seam. The second seam can be tricky since you are limited by how you can maneuver the fabric to get it in the correct place for sewing it.
I plan to complete Block 10 this week, and then I will start on the center medallion!