I had to force myself to sew a full 1/4 inch seam allowance instead of a scant 1/4 that I am in the habit of. Just one thread over made all the difference. Also, discovered that my needle was lightly bent and not hitting dead center. After a needle change and adjusting my seam allowance this block is just the right size.
Cheryl's posts and instructions on her 1880s Sampler blog are great! There are two outstanding quilters from Australia that have kept up with Cheryl. At the end of the year they will have all their blocks finished and ready for setting.
It's going to be sad to have the Sampler as well as the Civil War BOW both end soon. Barbara Brackman posted that she plans to keep her blog up until the middle of next year. She is also putting the CW quilt into a new book.