February – Ohio Star Block
Welcome to Block 2019! We’re exploring classic quilt blocks all year, and the second block is Ohio Star. Here’s how to make it.
From the gray fabric, cut:
(1) 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″
(4) 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
(1) 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
From the aqua fabric, cut:
(1) 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
From the dark blue fabric, cut:
(2) 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
From the coral fabric, cut:
(1) 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
Quarter Square Triangles
Mark the backs of the coral 5 1/2″ squares in half diagonally once. Layer with a dark blue 5 1/2″ square, right sides together. Sew a 1/4″ on both sides of the marked line. Cut apart on the marked line to make two Half Square Triangles. Press seams toward the dark blue.
Repeat with the gray and dark blue 5 1/2″ squares.
Mark the backs of the dark blue/gray half square triangles from corner to corner crossing the seam. Layer a marked dark blue/gray half square triangle with a dark blue/coral half square triangle right sides together with dark blue triangles opposite each other. Sew a 1/4″ on both sides of the marked line. Cut apart on the marked line. Repeat with the remaining half square triangles. Trim to 4 1/2″ square. Make 4 Quarter Square Triangles.
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Top and Bottom Rows
Sew a gray 4 1/2″ square to the left and right sides of a Quarter Square Triangle unit. The gray squares should be sewn to the dark blue triangles as shown. Make 2. Row measures 4 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ unfinished.
Sew a Quarter Square Triangle unit to the left and right sides of a 4 1/2″ aqua square. The coral triangles should be sewn to the aqua square as shown. Row measures 4 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ unfinished.
Sew the rows together as shown. Block measures 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ unfinished.
To prepare the block for quilt-as-you-go, sandwich the 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ backing square, 12″ x 12″ batting centered on the backing square, and your block. Baste using preferred method. Quilt as desired inside the 12″ finished size of the block. We’ll be sharing ideas for quilting the block later in the month.
We’ve come up with a few tips and tricks for putting together your Ohio Star block. Let us know your tips in the comments!
And you’re all set! Check back next week for some fun variations on the Ohio Star Block, including inspiration from the quilt contest.
As you finish your blocks, share them in the AQS Project Parade Facebook group, or use the hashtag #Block2019 and tag us @aqsonline because we can’t wait to see what you do!