Home on Furlough, Block 12 (#110 on page 240 of Civil War Anniversay Quilts by Rosemary Youngs)
Red 4 ½” square (cut 1)
Red 3” square (cut 1) then cut on 1 diagonal
Green 4 ½” square (cut 1)
Green 3” square (cut 1) then cut on 1 diagonal
Cream/background @ 1 5/8” X 6” (cut 4)
The pieces are over-size so block will finish at exactly 6 ½”. Sew with scant ¼”
Layer 4 ½” red and green with right sides together. Draw both diagonals. Sew ¼” on left side of diagonal line to center (other diagonal line), turn and sew along second diagonal line to ¼” past intersecting lines in middle (approximately 6 stitches), turn and sew ¼” on right side of 1st diagonal line to end. Repeat with second diagonal line. I’ll post a picture. This makes red/green triangles oriented the same for all 4. Cut on both diagonal lines. Press to red.
Cut both diagonal lines on red and green 4 ½” squares. Sew red to green on short edge being careful to always sew red to the same side of green, see photo on page 240. Press to red.
Sew cream strip to long edge of red and green triangles cut from 3” squares, centering the triangles. Press towards red on red/cream and towards cream on green/cream. Trim the strips following the angle of the triangles.
Sew triangles from step 1 to triangles from step 3 along long edge, matching centers of each. This is oversized and needs to be trimmed. I’ll post pics. Using any ruler with a 45 degree line that goes to the corner, place 45 degree along red/green corner triangle seam with small triangle at corner. Slide ruler with 45 degree on seam so the 2” is at the cream/small triangle seam and the 3 ½” is at the center diagonal line (cream/red-green triangles).
Trim right side and top. Turn block and trim to 3 ½” square.
Sew the 4 blocks together as making a 4-patch.
Okay--I know this sounds confusing but it’s very easy to make it perfect this way. Feel free to cut step 1 and step 2 into triangle units measuring 3 7/8” and then sew together, if you prefer. If you follow the pressing instructions everything 'locks' together!