Pattern: 54-40 or Fight Block

About this Quilt

54-40 or Fight Block

This block carries a (very short) history lesson! The story goes that in 1844, a relative unknown named James Polk ran in the Presidential election against Henry Clay, a powerful man with an illustrious career…Click here to learn more!

Skill Level INTERMEDIATE
Finished Size 12″ x 12″
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Cutting Instructions

Background
… 4 triangles
… 10 squares 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
Blue
… 8 Squares 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
Red
… 4/4R half-triangles
… 2 squares 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

Assembly Instructions

Step 1. Referring to Diagram I, make one red/cream sub units and four blue/cream sub units.
Fight DI
Diagram I

Step 2. Referring to Diagram II, make four pieced-square sub units.

Fight II
Diagram II

Step 3. Turning sub units to form design, layout block. Sew sub units together to make rows. Sew rows together to make block.

Fight AD

Assembly Diagram