Friday, January 12, 2018

Ohio Star Quilt Block

I wanted to do something for the members of my Facebook group and they picked to do a block of the month in 2018.  We will be doing 12 star blocks in three different sizes this year.  I wanted to give everyone the opportunity to participate who wants to so the first block is going here on the blog.  We are starting with the Ohio Star quilt block.  It's super simple to make and is stunning when done.

Learn how to make the very pretty Ohio Star quilt block


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I was down in the studio with Paul when I was picking out the blocks for this quilt.  He was shocked I was using pattern books.  He was worried that I would be infringing on someone else's copyright.  So I showed him what I was looking at.  He had never seen old quilt patterns before.  He was shocked and wanted to know where the pattern was.  I told him that's all you got.  If you haven't been quilting forever back in the day a quilt pattern consisted of a drawing of the picture, shaded for different fabrics if you were lucky.  There would also be templates for the shapes in that block.  No fabric requirements, no sizes, nothing else but the drawing and templates.  He was so shocked that anyone learned how to quilt.  We joked about how much more I could post on the blog if all I had to do was draw a picture of the block.

The downside to that is it doesn't make quilting inclusive, to put a quilt block together you have to know how to sew already or you have someone to teach you.  Not everyone has someone to teach them or don't want to tell people they quilt for whatever reason.  I want quilting to be inclusive and if you have a desire to quilt I want you to be able to do just that.  OK, off my soapbox let's make the Ohio Star quilt block.

Fabric Needs For Ohio Star Quilt Block

Color A - White - Tuppence Sugar Pond by Moda 4 squares 5 1/4", 1 square 6 3/4"
Color B - Blue - Matrix Slub Texture Lapis by QT Fabrics 1 square 5 1/4", 2 squares 6 3/4"
Color C - Graphic Print - Zola Mosiac by Ink and Arrow 1 square 6 3/4"

After designing the quilt I picked fabrics but due to time restraints, I couldn't order it I needed to pick it up at my local LQS. I ended up going in a completely different direction.  I'm much happier with these fabrics then I was with the ones I found online.  Sometimes, a wrench in plans turns out to be something good.

Constructing The Ohio Star Quilt Block




I skipped a step in the video.  I didn't trim my half square triangles.  If they are square you don't have to trim them you will just cut more off when you trim up your hourglass units.  If you goof a little on your half square triangles you can trim them down to 6".

If you haven't made hourglass units in this manner you can check out the hourglass units post.  If you enjoy this method it also has the math formula so you can make them in any size that you need.

I hope you'll join us in Mel's Quilting Room on Facebook and so the whole quilt with us. 

Join us in the Facebook 2018 block of the month project! The first block is the Ohio Star Quilt block.


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Melissa Shields
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