River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt
Month Five – Trail of Tears
The Trail of Tears State Park, located on the Mississippi River, in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, is a beautiful park with four trails, three river overlooks, a lake, campsites, picnic areas, and a visitor’s center. It also is a burial site which commemorates the tragic deaths and hardships of the forced relocation of the Cherokee.
The visitor’s center is filled with information including audio recordings, video presentations, books, and static displays about the Trail of Tears, plus information about wildlife found in the area.
It is difficult to read, see, and hear about the struggle of these people at the hands of our government and, consequently, our country. Still, it is wonderful to have the history and beauty of the state park right here in our own “backyard”. If you haven’t been to the Trail of Tears State Park in a while, I recommend the drive, the views, and the history lesson.
The Trail of Tears quilt block is made from sixteen half-square triangle squares (eight made from a dark/light combination and eight made from a medium/light combination).
Follow the instructions for value (light, medium, and dark) and use your own color scheme to make your block. Remember to check your values by taking a black and white picture of your fabric choices. I look forward to seeing the variety of blocks you make!
From two light fabrics: From dark fabric:
Four – 4-inch squares, totaling 8 Four – 4-inch squares
From medium fabric:
Four – 4-inch squares
RST = right sides together
Half-square triangles: Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the reverse side of each of the eight light squares. Layer one dark square and one light square, RST. Likewise, layer the other three dark/light pairs, RST. Stitch ¼ inch from the diagonal line for each set (chain-piecing method). Remove and clip the threads connecting the sets. Stitch ¼ inch seam on the other side of the drawn line. Clip apart. Cut on the drawn line. Press. Trim/square each set to 3 ½ inches. Makes eight sets.
Repeat the above method using medium/light combination to make eight sets. Trim/square each set to 3 ½ inches.
Assemble block: Position the sixteen half-square triangles according to the picture. Take a black/white photo to double-check your layout using value.
Turn each piece from Column 2 onto Column 1, RST. Chain-piece a ¼ inch seam on the right edge. Clip apart and press odd rows (1 & 3) to the right, even rows (2 & 4) to the left.
Repeat with the next section by turning Column 4 onto Column 3, RST, stitch and press. Now you have two columns.
Repeat the above assembly with the final two columns, stitch and press.
Nestle seams and pin Rows 1 and 2, RST, and stitch. Press open.
Nestle seams and pin Rows 3 and 4, RST, and stitch. Press open.
Repeat with final two sections, stitch and press open.
Trim and square your block to 12 ½ inches.
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Month Six will be posted on June 11, 2018 at www.blog.creativebeestudios.com.
If you visit the Trail of Tears Visitor Center soon, you may experience the carpenter bees working at the entrance. While their buzzing is loud, they aren’t aggressive at all and are too busy making holes in the soft wood to bother you. It’s kind cool and I had to get a picture of one to share, because…you know. 🙂
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