The Ohio Star is one of my favorite quilt blocks to sew. It’s such a classic block that is easy and fun! Today I am sharing an Ohio star quilt block tutorial with easy instructions.
I wrote about the Quilts of Valor program this summer – it’s an awesome program matching quilters and quilts with veterans! Read more here. While a whole quilt may seem like a big project to take on, especially during the holidays, sewing just 1 quilt block only takes a few minutes!
So the Sew4Good December Challenge Calendar includes sewing quilt blocks! You can save them up to sew into a quilt, or find a buddy or two to complete a quilt with. Sometimes local quilt guilds do projects like this together so you can look into donating your blocks to a local quilt guild, too.
Ohio Star Materials
- 2 colors of quilting cotton (patriotic floral here)
- 3.5″ and 4.5″ square acrylic rulers
- 9.5″ square ruler
- Fabric Marker
Ohio Star Quilt Block Tutorial
This tutorial will create a 9″ Ohio Star block. Seam allowances are 1/4″.
Cut 4 squares measuring 3.5″ by 3.5″ from Color 1 for the corners.
Cut 1 square measuring 3.5″ by 3.5″ from Color 2 for the center.
Cut 2 squares from each Color 1 and Color 2 measuring 4.5″ by 4.5″.
To make the points of the star, we are going to make Half Square Triangles (HST) and then combine them to create Quarter Square Triangles (QST).
Place 4.5” squares of Color 1 and Color 2 on top of each other with right sides together.
Draw a line along a diagonal from one corner to the other.
Sew along both sides of drawn line, 1/4” away from line on either side. Cut down line. Open blocks and press. Repeat so you have four Half Square Triangles (HST).
To make the QSTs, place two HSTs on top of each other with right sides together, nesting the seam allowances.
Color 1 and Color 2 will be facing each other.
Draw a line through the triangles from Color 1 corner to Color 2 corner and repeat the HST process to create 2 Quarter Square Triangles.
Sew 1/4″ on either side of the line.
Cut in half and press open.
Trim to 3.5” square.
Sew solid blocks and QST blocks together to create the Ohio Star Block. Press.