April 2018 Block of the Month: Ohio Star
She’s Our Star 2018 Block of the Month
April: Ohio Star
This month we’re stitching the traditional Ohio Star quilt block design—the fourth of six star-based blocks in NZP’s 2018 Block of the Month series. Team Nancy Zieman is pleased to honor Nancy with this beautiful new block of the month series featuring Nancy’s New Farmhouse Florals fabric line for Penny Rose from Riley Blake!
Ohio Star combines simple fabric squares and 1/4-square triangle units to create the illusion of a star at the center of the block. The design is all about fabric placement. Notice how the star is created using lighter fabric tones, within the 1/4-square triangles, in both Blocks A and B.
Each month, we will feature one block design made in two color-ways. Both blocks are created using Farmhouse Floral fat quarters* (18″ x 22″ fabric rectangles) and background fabrics. Follow along as we demonstrate how to easily create Block A.
Keep your fabric choices sorted using this handy Fabric Planner diagram. Download the planner HERE. Print two and make notes or pin swatches to remind you of the fabric placements.
Choose the Fabrics
For the Ohio Star blocks, select the following fabrics from your Farmhouse Florals fat-quarter bundle and a No-Hassle Triangle Gauge.
Cut Fabric for Blocks
- Cut one 5–1/4″ square from Pink Petals.
- Cut two 5-1/4″ squares from Blue Shiplap.
- Cut one 5-1/4″ square from Red Petals.
- Cut four 4-1/2″ squares from Blue Floral.
- Cut one 4-1/2″ square from Yellow Stripe.
- Cut one 5-1/4″ square from Red Shiplap.
- Cut two 5-1/4″ squares from White Shiplap.
- Cut one 5-1/4″ square from Blue Floral.
- Cut four 4-1/2″ squares from Yellow Petals.
- Cut one 4-1/2″ square from Cream Main.
Construct The Units
All seam allowances are scant 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.
The step-by-step photos illustrate construction of BLOCK A. Block B construction is identical.
Quarter-Square Triangles (QSTs)
- To create a 4-1/2″ quarter-square block, make two 5-1/4″ half-square triangle block sets of fabric, placing right sides together (Red Petals on Blue Shiplap, Pink Petals on Blue Shiplap).
- Mark each block set diagonally from corner to corner, using a fabric marking pen and ruler.
- For greatest accuracy, use a No-Hassle Triangle Gauge. The right side of the gauge is designed to create QST blocks.
- Depress the button on the sliding portion of the gauge and move to the 4-1/2″ QST icon on the right side of the gauge.
- Place gauge on the block set, corner to corner. Match corner marks of gauge with corner of block sets. Mark fabric through center of gauge with a fine-point, fabric-marking pen.
The advantage of using the No-Hassle Triangle Gauge is accuracy. It’s easy to double-check that the block set fits within the confines of the gauge. If the block set extends beyond or is shorter, trim or cut another block.
Stitch Quarter-Square Triangle Units
- Attach a 1/4″ Patchwork/Quilting Foot to your machine.
- Set machine for a straight stitch, 2.0–2.5 mm in length.
- Align foot along one side of the center marked line; stitch a scant 1/4″ from center marked line. Do not cut the threads.
- Kiss the next block set to the stitched block and chain stitch from one block to the other.
- Align foot along second side of center marked line; stitch.
- Clip threads between chain stitched blocks. Rotate blocks 180-degrees.
- With a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler, cut the blocks apart, and along centerline markings.
- Press seam allowances toward the darker fabric.
- Meet right sides of fabric 1/2-square triangle blocks, with print opposing sides, as you match centers make two sets. (Red Petals to Blue Shiplap and Ink Petals to Blue Shiplap).
- Create four 1/4-square triangle blocks from two 1/2-square triangle blocks.
- Draw a second line from corner to corner across the 1/2-square triangle blocks.
- Clip threads between chain stitched blocks.
- With a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler, cut the blocks apart along centerline markings.
- Press seams to one side.
Construct The Blocks
Arrange the Blocks
- Arrange Block A as shown:
- Stitch Ohio Star block together joining squares to form three rows.
- Place squares from first row onto second row, right sides together.
- Interlock the seam allowances, pin, and sew the rows together.
- Press seam allowances away from center block.
The No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks book shows exactly how to create this block and 11 others. For best results, use the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge.
Watch No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.
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