Friday, September 9, 2011

10 - Ohio Star

First things first:  The giveaway winner is finisher #25, Cassie!  I'll be in touch and will mail you some red fabric goodness!  Also, I want to stress the very deliberate wording of the giveaway.  You just have to finish the blocks for the given month not all of the blocks to date to be eligible.  This is intended to help anyone who has fallen behind to be able to jump back into the Sampler without being overwhelmed with all of the catch up work.  But...there may be a BIG giveaway at the halfway mark for all of those who have completed all of the blocks to date.  Just sayin'.

More business:  Someone pointed out that the schedule said we were suppose to have combined half square triangles and quarter square triangles in August.  I could have sworn I gave each type of triangle their own month, but I guess I didn't.  So this is what we are going to do.  In September we will work on Quarter Square Triangles and Improvisation.  I will probably also throw in an improv. block during another month too - I could improv. all year...  But with no further ado....lets talk about quarter square triangles.
A quarter square triangle is a square made up of four triangles.  You use the same skills to make QSTs (quarter square triangles) as HSTs (half square triangles).   Before going on, please read Sandi of Piecemeal Quilts's excellent post on quarter square triangles.  It gives all sorts of details and extra step by step pictures.

Done reading?  Let's get started.  Today we are going to make a quilting classic, the Ohio Star.  

Ohio Star

From background fabric:
  • four 4.5 inch squares
  • two 5.25 inch squares
From the fabric you want to form the star:
  • two 5.25 inch squares (these will be the star points)
  • one 4.5 inch square for the center

Two Piecing Methods

The first method consists of simply cutting the  5.25 inch squares into quarters from corner to corner... 

Rearranging them...

And sewing them back together again.

Be sure to feed the triangle pieces through the machine flat side first.  If you feed in the pointy side first, the sewing machine tends to "eat" the point.  

This method is especially good when you want each of the triangles in the finished quarter square triangle to be a different color.

The second method is basically the draw-a-line-down-the-center-and-stitch-1/4-inch-on-each-side method used for making HSTs.

First draw a line from corner to corner down the middle of one of the 5.25 inch squares.  Sew seams 1/4 away from the line on both sides.  Cut on the line and press open.

You have now made two HSTs.

Next cut each HSTs in half from corner to corner perpendicular to the seam.

Switch the pieces around and sew back together.  And there you have it -- a quarter square triangle.  Each set of squares will make two QSTs.  You can try out each method or do both with the method you like best.  The finished QSTs should measure 4.5 inches square.  

If you would like, you can cut the 5.25 inch squares larger (5.5 inches or so) and trim the finished QSTs down to size (4.5 inches) when you are done. 

After you have made the QSTs lay out the fabric like so.

Sew the squares together in rows.  Press away from the quarter square triangles.  

 Sew the rows together, press and you are done!  One Ohio Star.

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  1. Congrats to the lucky winner :-)
    Yay, I love star blocks :-) Can't wait to get started on it!

  2. This is one of my all time favorite quilt blocks! I have never made one, though!!! I am so excited to get started!!

    Congrats to Cassie!!

  3. I just made one of these last night, but it wasn't out of my skill builder fabric. Take 2 is now on my list!

  4. This is cute - I'm only 2 behind... hopefully will get 9 and 10 done this weekend. Love all the blocks we are making, thanks for all your time and effort to organize this! :)

  5. Phew - done in time by the skin of my teeth! I was tickled pink to see my previous block at the top of your post - I never thought of it looking like a pool - lol! I've made the Ohio Star in the same colours. For no other reason than I had enough of the same fabrics to do it!