Approximate size: 60"X71"
Stars have been a favorite of quilters for generations!
I am graduating from massage
therapy school in two weeks, (Nov 11th, 2005!) and
last two terms, I've presented graduates at school with lap
quilts. The last term I took all the graduate's names and had someone
draw two names to "win" the quilts. So here I am with my own graduating
class and it's been eatting at me that I don't have anything for my OWN
I recieved these 12" Ohio Star blocks when I moved here to
Carolina from an
online email list that I am on. I had toyed with the idea of making 6"
blocks to go in with the 12" blocks and started making them, but to
make it bed sized I was going to have to make a bunch more 12" blocks,
and oodles of 6" blocks.....I got started, but it of course got
way-laid as I got interested in things that were more interesting.. :c)
One morning I pulled these out...this is how many 12" Ohio
already done, and I also had a stack of the 6" ohio stars, and even the
shirting alternate plain blocks were cut. I just started laying them
out on the floor. I thought that if I added borders I could quilt this
with some all over design and it would be perfect for a graduation
quilt for one of my classmates!
This lap sized quilt measures approximately 60" X 71". It has 12
12" Ohio Star blocks, and 16 6" ohio star blocks. There are also 16 6"
plain shirting blocks used as alternate squares. You can make the quilt
bigger or smaller as you desire, just lay out blocks as you to go make
it the size you want.
***Formula Hint*** Lots of blocks use quarter-square triangles because
we need the straight of the grain on the LONG edge of the triangle.
Half-square triangles have the bias edge on the long side, but these
are a bit different. What is the formula to keep in mind for when you
need to figure out what size of squares to cut with an X to get the 4
quarter square triangles? Take your finished size of the unit. In this
case the finished size is 4". Add 1 1/4" to that measurement. In this
case that size is 5 1/4"!! We will be cutting 5 1/4" squares with an X
to get our quarter square triangles. In the future, just remember that
you add the 1 1/4" to the FINISHED SIZE of the unit!
12" Ohio Star blocks:
Because these blocks were
recieved from friends, they are all slightly
different in appearance. Some are made with two fabrics, some with 3 or
more. It is fun to do different variations to give the quilt some
spark. the pieces above are what you need for a 3 fabric block. The
background is all the same shirting print, the star points are all the
same, and only the center square is contrasting. You can cut the center
square any color you want to get the look you want. For this variation
of star you will need:
Light: (4) 4 1/2" squares
Light: (2) 5 1/4" squares cut diagonally from corner to
twice with an X
Dark: (2) 5 1/4" squares cut diagonally from
corner twice with an X
Center: (1) 4 1/2" square
I like to lay out my pieces to see how the block is going to look
before I sew it together. to me, the red/black print and the mourning
grey print that I used for the darks are just looking washed out with
the light! So this is where you can make some changes and some
variations. What if we removed the 4 light triangles around the center
square and added another color?
Here is another option for you. Along with the method where you cut the
squares with an X to get the star triangles, did you know you can use a
'companion angle' ruler and cut the same shape from 2.5" strips? That
is what I did to get these alternate triangles!
Gotta love the tools and
gadgets! This was a 2.5" strip that was
already in my strip bin, and instead of using the 5 1/4" square cut
with an X...I used this ruler to cut 4 triangles from the strip
instead. Options are always good, right? :c) I laid out the double pink
triangles in place of the shirting ones, and YES! I like this one much
better. So there is another option for your stars!
Remember with these
triangles, as you lay them with right sides
together, you are going to sew along one short side, not the long side
you would in 1/2 square triangles. These are quarter square triangles
and sewn together they make what we call an 'hour glass' block or unit.
I chain pieced these through my machine, and then pressed them all
towards the star point fabric. Trim the excess "dog ears" at the
Here you see how the 'hour
glass' unit halves are sewn together and
being fed through the machine. Sew all 4 hour glass units this way and
press towards the darker half. Trim remaining excess 'dog ears' at the
corners. Next you will lay out all your pieces in 9 patch fashion, and
from here it is as simple as sewing a 9 patch block together. Looking
at this block, I can see another variation we could do with it...what
if you made all 4 corners a different fabric? Maybe use another
shirting that was a slightly different shade for a very old fashioned
look, or bring in another color all together!
Here is our finished block! Continue making blocks in the 12 inch
size until you have 12 of them.
Now for the 6" blocks!
The only difference with
these blocks (besides being small!) is that
they have DARK backgrounds and LIGHT star points. These stars also only
use two fabrics, but you could vary them as you want.
Do you remember the formula
for quarter-square triangles? For the
6" blocks, our finished unit measurement is 2". We add 1 1/4" to that
figure what size of squares to cut with an X to get the star point
triangles. We will be cutting these squares 3 1/4"! (2"+1 1/4"= 3 1/4")
For each star cut:
(2) 3 1/4" squares. Cut these squares diagonally
with an X to give you 8 star points.
(1) 2 1/2" square
for the star center.
(2) 3 1/4" squares.
Cut these squares
with an X to give you 8 star background triangles.
(4) 2 1/2" squares
for block corners.
(16) 6.5" squares cut from shirtings or other light prints.
Piecing Small Ohio
Make four hour-glass
Place a light
triangle with a dark triangle
sides together..and seam along one SHORT side. This will make one HALF
of your hour glass unit. Continue chain feeding triangle pairs
your machine until you have 8 identical triangle pairs.
lay these out on
your pressing board and press
allowances to the DARK. trim points and snip threads between triangles.
Pair the hour
glass halves with long sides facing eachother.Lay these with right
to stitch them into hour glass units. Trim threads between squares,
trim excess points.
Lay out all your
star pieces to form the
sure that your white points are forming the star points...and place
4 blue background squares in the corners, and the white square in the
Sew the block sections together as you would a 9
Make 16 6" Ohio Star blocks!
Take a 6.5" cut light
background square, and sew it to each of the 6"
star blocks. I press towards the light on these because it is less
bulky than folding the star point seam allowance back on itself. I
often let the fabric dictate to me which way it wants to press.
Now for the random setting
part! This is fun, because there are no real
rules as how blocks have to be set, you can pretty much lay them the
way that you want. Here is the first layout I played with:
Lay out the large stars on the floor and insert the small stars with
the background squares between them.
Some places you will want to have two small stars next to each other
making a star 'four patch'.
I ended up moving a couple
stars around to get a more pleasing color
balance. Remember these large stars were all sent to me in the mail by
friends, and they didn't know what the others were sending. I ended up
with A LOT of green and cheddar! So I tried to make the small stars in
all the colors that were NOT green and cheddar to even out the color
scheme a bit.
I assembled the quilt top in
rows ACROSS and then sewed those rows together to make the quilt top
Playing with colors for borders was fun too. Green was too
overpowering, red still made it look like a Christmas quilt, so I went
with 2" cut strips of medium blue for the inner border, and 5" cut
strips of indigo for the outer border. Blue always seems to tie things
all together for me.
Close up of quilting:
I quilted this with an edge
to edge design called "Waterworld" by Willowleaf Studio Designs.
I could have quilted it more intricately, but remember this is going to
be given away to a classmate next week! I am also in a hurry
to get it bound! :c)
or Comments? I would love to hear from you!! Bonnie@Quiltville.com
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