Hi there! I hope you are enjoying our block of the week so far, I know I am. I’m Rachel and I am going to talk you through the next block in the project: the Ohio Star.
The Ohio Star is probably one of my most favourite blocks to make. It’s a nine-patch block using quarter square triangles and it looks so good when it’s made. If you’re anything like me, you will want to jump right in and get making, but I would recommend reading through all the instructions first. This block incorporates a couple of techniques so it’s best to get an overview of what you will be doing first and then get making. Trust me, I know from experience!
You will need to select three fabrics for this block. I went for a feature fabric for the central square and then two contrasting pink fabrics for the star points and background.
Next, is the all-important cutting list. You will need to cut the following from your fabrics:
|Central square (flower print)||3½ x 3½”||1|
|Star points (pink polka dot)||4½ x 4½”||2|
|Background (solid pink)||4½” x 4½”||2|
|Background (solid pink)||3½ x 3½”||4|
- Take your two 4½” star point fabric squares and your two 4 ½” background squares. We are going to use these to create quarter square triangles which make up the points of the star. Quarter square triangles start as half-square triangles. We made half-square triangles for block 2 our Friendship Star and block 3 the Churndash, remember?
No problem if not, here is a quick reminder! Place the two contrasting fabrics right sides together and draw a diagonal line on the back. Stitch ¼” either side of the drawn line. Repeat this step so you have two lots of sewn squares.
Sew ¼” either side of the drawn line. Cut apart on the drawn line and press.
Well done! You’ve made quarter square triangles. These just need trimming down to 3½”. Remember to use the diagonal line on your ruler to get an even trim around all four sides – and keep the centre point in the centre. a fantastic tutorial on Youtube:
- Now for the fun part. Lay out the pieces ready to put together. Assemble the block in rows. Press the seams to the side. Have a look at the back of mine for how to do this.
And voila, you should have your finished block measuring 9 ½”. Doesn’t it look fab?