Ohio Star

Ohio Star is one of my favourite blocks. It’s design is simple and yet allows for a multitude of variations. It can be dated as far back as the 18th century and has other names such as Eastern Star, Eightpoint Star, Texas Star, Lone Star and, my favourite, Tippecanoe and Tyler Too—an historical reference to a political campaign song.

The centre block can be made with a third fabric of similar value or with the same fabric or color value of the “background” squares and triangles.

Use the Nine Patch assembly method to put the block together. Mirror and negative images are very effective with this block when you are using it for an entire quilt.

Use the Table on the Half Square Triangle instructions to determine the cutting dimensions for the star point squares. You want a 4″ finished square.  Watch the video for a quick, easy and accurate way to make the HST squares.

Then assemble the squares using the same 9 patch block method:

Here are some other blocks (listed in increasing difficulty) that use the Ohio Star basic design:

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