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Ohio Star Quilt Block

Once you've mastered the Quarter Square Triangle, The Ohio Star is a very easy block to make.

There are many variations of this block.  We are going to begin with the basic Ohio Square. 

There are many things you can do to make this block different. You can reverse the coloring,  or highlight the center block by "fancy cutting" a special piece of fabric.

When you hear the term "fancy cutting" that just means cutting a piece of fabric so that you get an exact pattern where you want it.   For instance, if you have a fabric with pictures of dogs, perhaps you would want to center one of the dogs right in the middle.

You can usually figure out where you want to cut your fabric and just use your ruler,  but you can buy plastic templates to mark squares.  They are hollow on the inside, so you can see exactly what you are cutting and draw a mark around the square.

Ohio Star Quilt Block and Quarter Square Triangles For those of you who purchased 4-inch squares, we are going to make use of them for those project.  We are going to use them to make our Quarter Square Triangles.

Pin, right sides together, a dark fabric to a light colored fabric.  Proceed with marking your lines and cutting as in the Quarter Square Triangle Challenge Block.

Your quarter square triangle squares will end up measuring 2 3/4 inches.  (Note that this is 1  1/4 inch less than the 4-inches you started with.  Remember the 1  1/4 inch rule for quarter square triangles, found on the Quarter Square Triangle  Challenge Block Page)

Now all you have to do is cut a center square 2 3/4 inches, and 4 corner squares at 2 3/4 inches.

When you sew them together, be sure to match seams, and make sure that you have the 1/4 inch seam allowance at the end of your points.

Watch how your seams go together.  They should be turned in opposite directions.  I pressed my middle row towards the center, and the other rows away from the center.

When you sew your rows together, you can press either way, but I usually try to press away from center blocks.

If you have practiced your lessons, you will be excited at how easy this beautiful block was to make, and begin to imagine the possibilities!

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