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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 @Buy generic clomid

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!