She’s Our Star 2018 Block of the Month

April: Ohio Star

This month we’re stitching the traditional Ohio Star quilt block design—the fourth of six star-based blocks in NZP’s 2018 Block of the Month series. Team Nancy Zieman is pleased to honor Nancy with this beautiful new block of the month series featuring Nancy’s New Farmhouse Florals fabric line for Penny Rose from Riley Blake!

Ohio Star combines simple fabric squares and 1/4-square triangle units to create the illusion of a star at the center of the block. The design is all about fabric placement. Notice how the star is created using lighter fabric tones, within the 1/4-square triangles, in both Blocks A and B.

Each month, we will feature one block design made in two color-ways. Both blocks are created using Farmhouse Floral fat quarters* (18″ x 22″ fabric rectangles) and background fabrics. Follow along as we demonstrate how to easily create Block A.


Block A

Nancy Zieman April 2018 Block of the Month Ohio Star Block

Block B

Nancy Zieman April 2018 Block of the Month Ohio Star Block

Keep your fabric choices sorted using this handy Fabric Planner diagram. Download the planner HERE. Print two and make notes or pin swatches to remind you of the fabric placements.

Nancy Zieman April 2018 Block of the Month Ohio Star Block


Choose the Fabrics

For the Ohio Star blocks, select the following fabrics from your Farmhouse Florals fat-quarter bundle and a No-Hassle Triangle Gauge.

 

Cut Fabric for Blocks

Block A:

  • Cut one 5-1/4″ square from Pink Petals.
  • Cut two 5-1/4″ squares from Blue Shiplap.
  • Cut one 5-1/4″ square from Red Petals.
  • Cut four 4-1/2″ squares from Blue Floral.
  • Cut one 4-1/2″ square from Yellow Stripe.
Nancy Zieman April 2018 Block of the Month Ohio Star Block

Block B:

  • Cut one 5-1/4″ square from Red Shiplap.
  • Cut two 5-1/4″ squares from White Shiplap.
  • Cut one 5-1/4″ square from Blue Floral.
  • Cut four 4-1/2″ squares from Yellow Petals.
  • Cut one 4-1/2″ square from Cream Main.

Nancy Zieman April 2018 Block of the Month Ohio Star


Construct The Units

All seam allowances are scant 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.

The step-by-step photos illustrate construction of BLOCK A. Block B construction is identical.

Quarter-Square Triangles (QSTs)

  • To create a 4-1/2″ quarter-square block, make two 5-1/4″ half-square triangle block sets of fabric, placing right sides together (Red Petals on Blue Shiplap, Pink Petals on Blue Shiplap).
  • Mark each block set diagonally from corner to corner, using a fabric marking pen and ruler.
  • For greatest accuracy, use a No-Hassle Triangle Gauge. The right side of the gauge is designed to create QST blocks.
  • Depress the button on the sliding portion of the gauge and move to the 4-1/2″ QST icon on the right side of the gauge.
  • Place gauge on the block set, corner to corner. Match corner marks of gauge with corner of block sets. Mark fabric through center of gauge with a fine-point, fabric-marking pen.

 

Note From Team Nancy Zieman The advantage of using the No-Hassle Triangle Gauge is accuracy. It’s easy to double-check that the block set fits within the confines of the gauge. If the block set extends beyond or is shorter, trim or cut another block.

Nancy Zieman April 2018 Block of the Month Ohio Star Block

Stitch Quarter-Square Triangle Units

  • Attach a 1/4″ Patchwork/Quilting Foot to your machine.
  • Set machine for a straight stitch, 2.0–2.5 mm in length.
  • Align foot along one side of the center marked line; stitch a scant 1/4″ from center marked line. Do not cut the threads.
  • Kiss the next block set to the stitched block and chain stitch from one block to the other.
  • Align foot along second side of center marked line; stitch.
  • Clip threads between chain stitched blocks. Rotate blocks 180-degrees.
Nancy Zieman April 2018 Block of the Month Ohio Star Block
  • With a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler, cut the blocks apart, and along centerline markings.

Nancy Zieman April 2018 Block of the Month Ohio Star Block

  • Press seam allowances toward the darker fabric.
  • Meet right sides of fabric 1/2-square triangle blocks, with print opposing sides, as you match centers make two sets. (Red Petals to Blue Shiplap and Ink Petals to Blue Shiplap).

Nancy Zieman April 2018 Block of the Month Ohio Star Block

  • Create four 1/4-square triangle blocks from two 1/2-square triangle blocks.
  • Draw a second line from corner to corner across the 1/2-square triangle blocks.

Nancy Zieman April 2018 Block of the Month Ohio Star Block

  • Clip threads between chain stitched blocks.

Nancy Zieman April 2018 Block of the Month Ohio Star Block

  • With a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler, cut the blocks apart along centerline markings.

Nancy Zieman April 2018 Block of the Month Ohio Star Block

  • Press seams to one side.

Nancy Zieman April 2018 Block of the Month Ohio Star Block

Note From Team Nancy
     Optional: Trim 1/4-square triangle blocks to 4-1/2 inches square, trimming away “dog ears.”

Construct The Blocks

Arrange the Blocks

  • Arrange Block A as shown:

Nancy Zieman April 2018 Block of the Month Ohio Star Block

  • Stitch Ohio Star block together joining squares to form three rows.

Nancy Zieman April 2018 Block of the Month Ohio Star Block

  • Place squares from first row onto second row, right sides together.
  • Interlock the seam allowances, pin, and sew the rows together.
  • Press seam allowances away from center block.

Nancy Zieman April 2018 Block of the Month Ohio Star Block

  • Repeat steps above to create April Block B.
  • Block B

    Nancy Zieman April 2018 Block of the Month Ohio Star Block

Nancy Zieman April 2018 Block of the Month Ohio Star Block

The No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks book shows exactly how to create this block and 11 others. For best results, use the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge.

How to make 1/2-square triangles by Nancy Zieman

Watch No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.

Nancy Zieman's Blog GiveawayFor a chance to be the random winner of a Farmhouse Floral Fat Quarter Pack fabric pack, please leave a comment below.

Happy Quilting,

Team Nancy Zieman

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