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Mom’s Block of the Month #2: Ohio Star

Welcome to the second block of the month in Mom’s BOM!

This month we are making an Ohio Star block based on C & T Publishing’s Quick & Easy Block Tool.  My version was copyrighted in 2003, so it looks a little different than current editions.

Again, I am cutting pieces using an accu-quilt go cutting system.  You could easily cut these with a rotary cutter. (You need to adjust the cutting sizes to rotary cut…Please e-mail me if you have questions about this.)

Ohio Star

To download these directions as a PDF, click here.

card # 60

from C & T publishing

Last month I did not list the shapes and sizes that I cut.  Sorry!  This month I remembered to include them!

Here are the shapes and quantities for a 12 inch block:

  • 1- 4 1/2″ center block
  • 4- 4 1/2″ quarter square triangles that will surround the center
  • 8- 4 1/2″ quarter square triangles that will be the star points
  • 4- 4 1/2″ quarter square triangles of background fabric
  • 4- 4 1/2″ squares of background fabric

Directions for assembling the block:

First of all, arrange the triangles in the following manner.  Consequently, half of the star points are on the left and half are on the right.

star point lay out

Now that you see how the block looks when it is arranged, we are changing the piles to get them ready to go through the sewing machine.

Next separate the block into two halves like shown in the pictures below.

black and white 1/2 block green and black 1/2 block

Combine the four triangle piles into two piles.  All of the star points are on the left with a short flat side facing the sewing machine.  Also, the background and center surround color are on the right with a short flat side facing the sewing machine.

halves arranged to be sewn

As you sew these pieces, handle them gently.  They have bias edges that will stretch if you pull or tug on them.

Now put the triangle pairs right sides together and sew using an accurate 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Lay all sewn triangles with the dark triangle up.   sewn 1/2 blocks

Press towards the dark triangle.  Lay the halves out to make it easier to sew them correctly.   pressed 1/2 blocks

Carefully flip one half onto the other half.  Line up the seams that have been pressed to either side.  Pin if you wish to make it easier to get the parts to match up in the center.

lined up seams pin here

Sew the halves together.  Press.  You now have four quarter square triangle blocks.  The hard part is complete!

Assembling the block:

Lay out your block pieces to assemble the nine patch as follows:

block lay out

Lay the center row of pieces, face down, on the pieces on the left.  Sew the pieces together on the right hand side.

center layed on the left

After sewing all three sets of pieces together, lay the units on the ironing boards with the solid 4 1/2″ piece on the top.  Press towards the solid piece.  This is much easier than trying to get the points on the triangles to all press the same way.

solid block on top

Once the unit is pressed, add the final quarter square block to the center.  Be careful with the color placement.  Press with the solid square on top.  It will be a little awkward, but only for a moment.

center block row

Almost done!  Now add the remaining background squares to the top and bottom row units.  Press towards the solid block.

top and bottom rows

Sew the top row to the center row.  Pin if that makes you happy.  Press with the top row on top.  It is easier to press towards two solid 4 1/2″ blocks.  You are now 2/3 of the way to a finish!

2/3 of the way

Finally, add the bottom row unit.  Press towards the bottom row.  What a beautiful Ohio star!

finished Ohio star block

This concludes part two of Mom’s BOM series.  Only 10 more blocks to go!



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