The Ohio Star Quilting
The Ohio Star is a very popular
quilt block. It is frugal, and easy to piece, once you learn how to make
quarter square triangles.
It is very difficult to mess up this
block. It is a beautiful block and very rewarding for the beginning
you can see from the grids in the picture, the block is a 9 patch. There
is a square in the center, squares in the corners, and 4
quarter square triangles along the outside.
Besides the star shape, when you
make this block you also see a secondary pattern of a
square in a square in the center of the block.
If you are going to make this block
simple measurements, and you want to make 3 inch patches in your
would cut the center 3 1/2 inches raw.
Review how to make your
quarter square triangles. Those blocks add 1 1/4 inch raw to
the squares you sew together. So you would cut the squares 4 1/4 inches
The squares in the corner would be
cut 3 1/2 inches raw.
great thing about this block is that the seams are so cooperative. Most of
the seams press towards a plain square, so you don't have to deal with a lot of
Just be sure when you start
blocks that you press towards the squares. You can see in the picture that
in both the top row and the bottom row of the block the
quarter square triangle blocks are pressed towards the corner squares.
In the middle row the seams of the
quarter square triangle block are pressed toward the middle. All the
seams are going in opposite directions, which makes for great
Try making this beautiful block with
a different fabric in the middle, or breaking up the
grid into another
design, like a 4 Patch.
One last reminder- there are a lot
of star points on this block. Sew accurately so that you will have the
inch seam allowance from the tip of the stars to the edge of the fabric.
You don't want to ruin this block by cutting off the star points when you sew it
to another block.