Ohio Star - how small can you go?

Posted by Ruth on 7 February 2013 | 3 Comments
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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.

3" and 6" Ohio Star blocks

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).

crooked seam line

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.

crooked seam line fixed

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.

Back of 6" block - seams pressed to one side

Back of 3" block - seams pressed open

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.

1" units ready to piece together

I included the cutting board grid so you could see the measurements.

1 1/2" block which is 2" including seam allowance

Cute huh? Remember Jennifer, your dare is 3" finished block or smaller. Can you do it? Anyone else like to try it?

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  • If you find it, I would love to see it Joanne!

    Posted by Ruth, 10/02/2013 12:01am (9 years ago)

  • Many years ago I did a one inch sailboat block. Still have it somewhere.

    Posted by joanne bell, 09/02/2013 11:33am (9 years ago)

  • oh ho ho Ruth. You are sooooo going down. Prepare to be humbled...

    Posted by Michael Houlden, 07/02/2013 10:39pm (9 years ago)

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