It’s Blog Hop Time!

It’s Blog Hop time! Collect tutorials to make 6 blocks, each block will be shown in two colorways featuring my fabric collection: Vintage Shirting and Dress Prints for Paintbrush Studio.vintage shirting blog hop button

Meet five of my quilting friends as you hop from blog to blog. Each will be showcasing the fabrics in 12” (finished size) blocks. Learn tips from quilting pros (I hang out with a very talented bunch!) Collect all 6 patterns, make all of them in both colorways and you’ll end up with a set of 12 blocks.  You could win my Craftsy Class “Connecting the Blocks” where you can learn all sorts of sashing ideas to put your blocks together in a spectacular quilt! There will be other prizes along the way too so head on over to Inspired by Fabric to check in and get ready for some fun!

Ohio Star Block Tutorial – Let the Blog Hop Begin!tutorial 18

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The Ohio Star is a classic quilt block that looks great in reproduction fabrics. It’s the pattern I used when sewing the samples for my Craftsy Class, Connecting the Blocks so I thought it would be a good choice for a blog hop that will end with Barb’s Favorites offering a chance to win the online class (among other prizes).

Not only will I show the block in two colorways but I’ll also show two ways to cut out the pieces. Let’s start with regular rotary cutting.

From cream shirting print (background)

Cut (4) 4 ½” x 4 ½” squares

And cut (1) 5 ¼” x 5 ¼” square

From light blue (accent triangles)

Cut (1) 5 ¼” x 5 ¼” square

From black print (star points and center square)

Cut (2) 5 ¼” x 5 ¼” squares

And cut (1) 4 ½” x 4 ½” square

Cut all of the 5 ¼” x 5 ¼” squares in half twice diagonally to create four triangles with the straight grain of the fabric along the long side of the triangle. Here is an example of the light blue square already cut.  Do the same with the two 5 ¼” black squares and the 5 1/4″ square of background fabric.tutorial 6

Arrange the triangles so they look like this.tutorial 2

Sew like this. Press toward the black print.tutorial 10

Then match the center and sew into quarter square triangles that look like this. Trim the dog ears off the corners.tutorial 11Make fourtutorial 8

Sew a 4 ½” background square on either side of a quarter square triangle. Make two. Press the seam toward the background square.tutorial 9

Join the remaining two quarter square triangles on either side of the 4 ½” black square. Press the seams toward the black square.tutorial 15

Join the three rows. Press the seams away from the center row.

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The block should measure 12 ½” x 12 ½” at this point – we call that the “unfinished size”. The extra ½” is the seam allowance on the outside edges.

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Let’s make the block again, this time, instead of cutting a 5 ¼” square for quarter square triangle units I’ll show you how to cut them from a 2 ½” strip using Marti Michell’s Perfect Patchwork Templates.

There are only two templates required to make this block. From Marti’s Set B select templates B-8 and B-11.tutorial 14

To get started cut a 4 ½” x 20” strip of background – I’m using the light blue as the background this time. Using template B-8 cut four squares.

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In the same fashion cut one B-8 from the cream fabric for the center. (Not pictured.)

The quarter square triangles are cut with template B-11 (it’s one of my favorite templates!)

Start by cutting 2 1/2″ strips.

Cut one 2 ½” x 15″ strip of medium blue for the accent

Cut one 2 ½” x 15″ strip of background (light blue)

Cut two 2 ½” x 15″  strip of cream (star points)

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Make a stack of the 2 ½” strips – you will have one accent (medium blue), one background (light blue) and two cream (which will be the star points), neatly stack them one on top of another into one pile.

Use template B-11 and position it on the stack of strips as pictured. Cut on either side of the template cutting through the whole stack of fabric. Trim the corners off using the corner angle of template as a guide. tutorial24

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Rotate the template as pictured and cut another layer of triangles. Continue rotating and cutting until you have four sets of triangles.tutorial 28jpg

This is what all the pieces will look like:tutorial 25

As in the first example sew the quarter square triangle units. Press the seams away from the cream fabric. Notice there are no dog ears to trim away – that’s one of the pleasures of using Marti’s templates!tutorial 26

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Make four.

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Sew a background light blue B-8 on either side of a quarter square triangle unit. Make two.  Sew a quarter square triangle unit to either side of the cream B-8. Press the seam toward the squares.tutorial 20

 Connect the three rows and give it a good pressing and there you have it! A lovely Ohio Star block!tutorial star 2

Now, about those prizes – Marti Michell has donated a Perfect Patchwork Template Set B and her book, “Encyclopedia of Blocks Volume One”. And Paintbrush Studio is giving away fat quarter bundles of Vintage Shirting and Dress Prints. And I have a free Craftsy Class to give away. So many great prizes!

Here’s how to enter: Click here to go to Inspired by Fabric and sign up to follow the Inspired by Fabric blog, either by email or blog reader, then come back here and leave a comment letting me know that you are signed up to follow. In your comment tell me which block you like better – Dark star points or light star points? And be sure and leave your email address so we can contact you if you win!

Here’s the schedule for the other stops on this Blog Hop:

Vintage Shirting & Dress Prints Blog Hop Schedule:

Thursday 4/14: Blog Hop Introduction

Friday 4/15: Barb Eikmeier @Barb’s Favorites

Monday 4/18: Donna Lynn Thomas @DonnaLynnThomasQuilter

Tuesday 4/19: Kelly Ashton @KellyQuilter

Wednesday 4/20: Reeze Hanson @MorningGloryDesigns

Thursday 4/21: Sally Schneider @SallySchneider

Friday 4/22: Theresa Ward @AlwaysQuilts

And be sure to visit Barb’s Favorites each day too – I’ll be sharing stories about each of these friends (they have no idea what I’m going to say!) Don’t forget – sign up to follow Inspired by Fabric blog, leave a comment here (with your contact info please) and get ready to hop!

106 thoughts on “It’s Blog Hop Time!

  1. I like the dark star points the best. Thanks for the great tutorial and giveaway chances! I follow Inspired by Fabric by email.

  2. I follow by a blog reader. Since blue is my favorite color, I like the blue best, but I really like any block with a star. thanks for the suggestions for different colors!

  3. Thanks for showing two ways to make your block. Those templates are great. I like the dark points best. I follow Inspired by email. Thanks for wonderful giveaway.

  4. I like the dark star points the best, though a mix of the two would make for a beautiful quilt!
    I follow Inspired by Fabric via email.
    Your fabric collection is just perfect! I love red, white, and blue and calicoes, and now I will add shirting to that list!

  5. Love these blocks but maybe the one with darker points is my favorite. I’m a follower of Inspired by Fabric via BlogLovin.

    Thanks for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Susan Mercer said:

    This was my time in Inspired by Fabric. They had some interesting fabric and colors. I liked the free pattern Flags Forever and since I do QOV I may add that pattern to my book of patterns. I like the light star block.

  7. Inspired by Fabric had some interesting fabric and colors. I liked the free pattern Flags Forever and since I do QOV I may had to add that pattern to make. I like the light star block.

  8. I follow Inspired by Fabric by e-mail. I prefer the star with the dark points — the color of the star seems unified against the light background. The other star seems a bit choppy to me.

  9. I follow Inspired by Fabric via email, and I prefer the dark star points. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  10. I really like the dark star points…I enjoy making Ohio stars….I follow Inspired by Fabric by blog email. Thank you for the great tutorial and the giveaway….

  11. I love all your shirting fabrics. I like the star with the dark fabrics.i am subscribed to Inspired by Fabrics. Thanks for the chance to see these 6 blocks.

  12. I signed up to follow the Inspired by Fabric by email. I think I like the light star better, and thank you for providing the methods for putting them together.

  13. Love the fabrics, like the light star points, Burt what a decision as both are beautiful. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  14. I’m looking forward to following this blog along with future ones with this group of exceptionally talented ladies! I can see some more Quilts of Valor in my near future coming from this blog hop! Thanks.

  15. Just love all shirtings!!! I’ve used Marti M. templates alot in my quilting, not dog ears is a special blessing.

  16. I’ve been a long time follower of Inspired by Fabric via newsletter and blog. I like the light points star block but would use them both in the same quilt. Thanks for sharing your blocks. Rina

  17. Both are nice but I like the dark star points more. I am already signed up for Inspired by Thread blog by email.

  18. I already follow the Inspired by Fabric blog via email. I like both blocks but the light star points is my favorite of the two. Thanks for the sweet giveaway :o) cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

  19. I am following Inspired by Fabric with my email. Thank you for the great tutorial. I like the dark star points. But a quilt made with blocks with dark points alternating with light points would be a great quilt. I am looking forward to reading all the posts. I have enjoyed seeing almost all of your friends give lectures to my quilt guilds in Topeka and Holton. Love seeing “local” quilters do so well!

  20. I follow Inspired by Fabric with my yahoo.com account Chiskag. The light star tip block is my favorite of the two. It seems to cosy to me.

  21. I follow Inspired by Fabric with Bloglovin. I am normally drawn to dark colors but in this case I like the light star block better. Thanks! coudre at dmdrafting dot com

  22. Hi, I like the dark star points. I am subscribed to Inspired by Fabric for email posts. I can’t believe I just stumbled across this! I am a big fan of your vintage prints. I have all those colors in my house! I bought the BOM from Homespun Hearth, the fat quarter bundle and yardage from other places. Also, i have printed the directions for the log cabin bag. I know, I sound a bit obsessed! I am a semi beginner quilter and my goal is to build my skills to make this beautiful BOM for my house! Thanks for the clear directions for Marti Michelle templates. I just bought set A and am going to get the others for the BOM. I will not be able to actually make the blocks on this hop yet as I am making quilts for my family right now but I might catch up later on. It will be fun to follow!

  23. i follow inspired by fabric with blog lovin’; and i like the dark star points block the best.

  24. I like the dark points. I follow inspired by fabric on bloglovin. Gretahoneycutt (at) gmail (dot) com

  25. I follow Inspired by Fabric via bloglovin. I prefer the light star, but only because I don’t care for the black print.
    myzbarb at msn dot com

  26. I follow Inspired by Fabric via bloglovin….and I prefer the light star points but blue is my fave so both are wonderful!! Thank you for the chance for such great prizes.

  27. This was great! I just got my MM templates to make a farmers wife quilt but want to use them for more blocks. Thank you! You have great instructions, not everyone who writes tutorials is so clear now that I have found your blog, happy, happy!

  28. I love blocks that use the Marti M templates. I am subscribed to Inspired by Fabric by email so I am looking forward to this blog hop! I like the darker star!

  29. I follow on email, love the light point star, always feel stars should be light. Thanks for a chance to win a great prize!

  30. I am following on bloglovin’
    I like the black better
    Thanks for give away its terrific

  31. I like the dark points best, but both are really pretty. I signed up to follow Inspired by Fabric via email. 🙂

  32. I follow Inspired Fabrics by email. Great fabrics and patterns. I really like the light star points.

  33. I am signed up to follow Inspired by Fabric. Talk about being inspired by fabrics these Vintage Shirting and Dress Prints are beautiful. Along with the templates…your instructions and pictures of how to cut the block are great. I think I like the light background the best…the dark star points.
    quilt 4 fun 2 at hot mail dot com

  34. I didn’t even have to click over. I already follow Inspired by Fabric via email. That’s how I found you! I love the dark points. Love the paisley print. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

  35. Since I like all the colors in your fabric line, choosing the light or the darker is not easy. Every time I pick one of them, the other calls out to me! I think I’m going to go with the darker background this time. Thanks so much for the tutorial. It’s always good to learn new ways to do things. I’m already subscribed to Inspired by Fabric. Looking forward to seeing what everyone has in store. Thanks to the sponsors and you for the prizes.

  36. I follow the Inspired by Fabric blog. I love the dark pointed star the best!

    Thanks for the tutorial on how to use the Marti Michell templates. I haven’t seen them used before.

  37. I receive the emails from Inspired by Fabric. I love both versions, but think the light star point block has a crisper look. I think using the rulers made a difference.

  38. I follow Inspired by Fabric by email. This is my favorite block and really like the light star points. Great tutorial!

  39. I follow Inspired by Fabric via email. I like both stars, but for now I’ll vote for the dark points. Thanks for dong this and for a great giveaway.

  40. I already follow Inspired by Fabric ..thru Email, Bloglovin & Pinterest too 🙂

    Looove your Ohio Star Blocks!! I think the Light star points best. Thank you for the Tutorial & also, chance to win your Give-a-way! 😀

  41. I prefer the star with the light points – such sweet fabric. I follow Inspired by Fabric by email. Thanks!

  42. I’m a follower of Inspired by Fabric via Feedly. I think I like dark star points better. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  43. Thank you Barb for the well presented tutorial for the star block. I prefer the dark points block but both blocks have such pretty fabrics. I follow Inspired by Fabric by email.

  44. Great blocks and tutorial.Love stars patterns,my best favorite is light star points.I follow the Inspired by Fabric by email.

  45. I follow Inspired by Fabric by email news and I favor the dark points star version.

  46. I already follow Inspired by Fabric’s blog via email. Love stars—any and all types. But, I will have to say that I am drawn to the light star points more.

  47. I follow Inspired By Fabric by email and Facebook. I like the look of the dark star points on the light background.

  48. I follow Inspired by Fabric by newsletter. My preference is the dark star points. Thanks for the tutorial.

  49. I follow Inspired by Fabric on Bloglovin. Thanks for the great tutorial! I especially like the light star points but I think it would be lovely to alternate light and dark in a quilt. Thanks for the chance to win these fantastic prizes! Marti Michell is one of my heroes!

  50. I follow inspired by fabric by email. I like the light star points the best but think it would be a cute quilt with blocks of both!

  51. I’m following Inspired By Fabric’s blog by email. My favourite Ohio Star is with dark points. The Ohio Star is the first block I pieced in my first quilting class. It was for a quilted potholder.

  52. I follow Inspired by Fabrics… I think I like the dark star points best. Thanks for sharing the giveaways!

  53. I am following inspired by fabric via blog lovin. I think I like the dark star points best. X
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

  54. I prefer the block with dark star points. I follow Inspired b Fabric on bloglovin.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

  55. I’ve followed Inspired by Fabric Blog for a while with bloglovin’. I like the light star points better than the dark.
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  56. I follow Inspired by fabric on bloglovin. I love the dark pointed star! Lovely vintage style collection. Thank you!

  57. I like the dark star points better….I follow Inspired by Fabric via email…I’ve really been enjoying March Madness there! Thank you for the giveaway…and for participating in the blog hop. Kathy in WV….

  58. I am following by e-mail at Inspired by Fabric. The tutorial was great. I found the dark star points seem to grab more attention, although they are both nice. Thanks for the draw.

  59. I follow Inspired by Fabric on Bloglovin. I like the light star points. Seems like I have made thousands of Ohio Star blocks in the last 25 years, a good staple in piecing!

  60. I have already signed up to follow the Inspired by Fabric blog on bloglovin’. As to the star points, I think the lighter points are best; after all, stars are bright, not dark! (am I too literal???) lynnstck(at)yanoo.com

  61. I am subscribed to inspired by fabric. My favorite it the darker star points block. Thanks for the tutorial.

  62. I follow Inspired by Fabric on Bloglovin. My favorite block is the one with the light star points.

  63. HI,already follow ‘Inspired by Fabric’ on Blog Lovin’! I like both; will select light blocks+dark points.Thank You for sharing on your blog+the giveaway!

  64. I have followed Inspired By Fabric blog since last summer, it is full of fun ideas and great giveaways! I follow that blog by email.
    The Ohio star block is probably my very favorite quilt block. Both of yours are beautiful, but I like the one with dark star points better. Lovely fabrics!
    My email is: bestbelle2010@aol.com
    Thanks!

  65. I follow Inspired by Fabric. Thank you for sharing both colorways, and the great tutorial. I like the light star points. Thank you for the giveaway. janie(dot)mccombs(at)yahoo(dot)com

  66. Thanks for presenting a great tutorial. I am already subscribed to Inspired by Fabric for email posts. I’m liking the light star block better. I’m looking forward to seeing all six blocks.

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