Ohio Star - how small can you go?
Earlier this week I gave instructions for the Ohio Star quilt block. I gave it in three finished sizes 6", 9" and 12". Today I decided that I might try a small version. A 3" block. A 3" block means each section is 1" square - that makes pretty small triangles for the star points.
So what size squares were required?
- FOUR 2 1/4" squares - TWO of main color, ONE of second color and ONE of background
- FIVE 1 1/2" squares - FOUR of background and ONE of main color.
The construction was the same. The quarter square triangles however are trimmed to 1 1/2". There was just two things to note.
Firstly, I found it real easy to accidentally veer off at the end of these short seams. This happens from time to time, but it appears more likely to happen on shorter seams. It is also more noticable because every thread matters when it comes to aligning these seams. You have less 'fudge' room (that's ability to ease in).
There is an easy fix and no reverse sewing needed. Just start from the raw edge (1/4" in from the left of course) and sew down to where the seam with is correct.
The other thing I do is press the last seams open instead of to one side. For these small blocks, it distributes the bulk a little better.
Easy enough to make. So easy in fact that I'm going to give out a dare to Jennifer from QuiltsbyJen. The dare for you Jennifer is to make this block 3" or smaller.
Maybe you want to try a 1 1/2" block? Here's a tip.... squares are cut at 1 3/4" and 1". QST's are trimmed to 1". Yes I know, doesn't use a lot of ones stash, right?
Just so you know it can be done I made one for you to see.
I included the cutting board grid so you could see the measurements.
Cute huh? Remember Jennifer, your dare is 3" finished block or smaller. Can you do it? Anyone else like to try it?