I am having so much fun with these star blocks! Each month we are featuring a fun Mystery Star Block over on my Block of the Month group on the Lilly's Doll House Facebook page. Star blocks are fun and versatile with several possibilities using light, medium, and dark fabric combinations. For the month of May, we are sewing an Ohio Star variation by using a three-color combination for the hourglass square along with a white background. These blocks turned out so crisp and neat. I hope you have as much fun as I did in being creative with this block!
For each block, you will need:
Sew four half-square triangles using the two white triangles, four medium (floral fabric) triangles, and two dark ( pink with white polka dot) triangles as shown here. Clip dog ears, but don't trim the squares at this point.
Next, we want to construct our hourglass squares. Place right sides together as shown above, and "nest" seams in opposite directions so they will form crisp, neat center points.
After placing right sides together in Step 3, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner as shown above. I had my line drawn in the previous photo, but you can add it at either point in the process.
After placing half-square triangles together with nesting seams, pin and sew a 1/4" seam allowance down both sides of the drawn line.
Carefully cut on the drawn diagonal line to create two hourglass blocks. Repeat this process twice to use the four half square triangles you made in the previous steps.
Press seams open for all four hourglass squares.
Using a square-up ruler, trim each hourglass square to 4.5". Please click HERE for a link to my blog post on "How to Trim Half-Square Triangles in Three Easy Steps" if you need some tips on trimming.
We're almost done! You're looking good friend! You will now have four lovely hourglass squares to use in building your Ohio Star block. Wasn't that fun? Just in case you would like a little bit more guidance on making those hourglass squares, click here to watch a tutorial video from Missouri Star Quilt Company which explains how to sew quick and easy hourglass squares.
You're in the home stretch! Simply lay out the center square, four corner squares, and four hourglass squares as shown in the pattern above.
Sew top, middle, and bottom squares together horizontally to form three rows as seen in the image above.
For the final step, pin the top row to the middle row and sew a 1/4" seam, then pin the bottom row and sew another 1/4" seam. Make sure to "nest" seams in opposite directions to reduce bulk. Press seams open so the block will lay flat.
Congratulations! You have made a beautiful Ohio Star Block! Now take a picture of your handiwork and share it with the world to keep the happiness going. Trust me; it will start a conversation! I hope to see you here again soon with more quilting tutorials and tips. In the meantime, remember that quilts are memories that we hold in our arms. Happy Quilting my dear friends!
Hello and happy spring! Welcome to the third tutorial for the Block of the Month group over on my Facebook page. The theme for the 2018 quilt is "The Sky's the Limit Mystery Star Quilt". The fabric I am using for this quilt is from the Farmer's Daughter collection by Lella Boutique for Moda. I purchased it from Kerstin over at Huckleberry Quilting Company. I love her selection of sweet floral fabrics! She even offers free quilting patterns on her website. I hope you'll go and visit her shop full of happiness soon.
The mystery block for March is called the Ribbon Star Block; I simply love how pretty it turned out! I can't wait to try the Ribbon Star in other projects...possibly even a mini quilt. I think you will find that your imagination goes wild after learning to sew this simple but versatile block. Let's get started!
Here are the pieces you will need to complete one 12.5" (unfinished) block:
Next: Match the twelve colored diagonals with twelve of the white diagonals and stitch them together. You can "chain stitch" to make this step go quicker. After sewing the diagonals together, you will have twelve half-square triangles (HST's) in all. Click HERE for a quick tutorial on chain stitching from the Patchwork Posse. It's easy and fun!
My chain-stitched HST's... aren't they lovely? I'm sure yours will be too!
But even though our lovely piles of HST's are to swoon over, we still need to move them along to the next step.
Using a hot iron (I like to use the steam setting), press all the HST's open; be sure to press the seam to the dark side of the fabric so that the seam doesn't show through the lighter background fabric.
Next, we want to trim our HST's into nice, neat squares. Trimmed squares behave so much more nicely in our finished project than do untrimmed, unruly squares. For my easy, step-by-step tutorial on trimming HST's, click HERE.
Once all the squares are nicely trimmed, we can lay them out into our Ribbon Star Block pattern.
The final step is to sew our block in rows as seen above. Press the seams open so that the block lays nice and flat. Now, wasn't that easy and fun? I'm proud of you!
I just love the elegant simplicity of this block! Not only does the pattern go together quickly and easily, it is a wonderful choice for an all-over quilt design. I hope you have as much fun thinking about the possibilities of this block as I did! Happy quilting!