The Ohio Star Quilt Block is a basic nine patch quilt block made from quarter square triangles and squares. This quilt block is popular in both traditional and modern quilts. The traditional Ohio Star Quilt block uses two fabrics.
The Ohio Star has been a very popular quilt block in history, with a lot of variations. Switching the quarter square triangles and corner blocks make another eight point design, also referred to as the Lone Star, Texas Star, Tippecanoe and Tyler Too, Texas, Eastern Star and Shoofly.
With a four color layout, this block becomes the Variable Star, Star Spangled, Western Star, Star of the West, Henry of the West or Star of Hope.
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Here are some design layouts, using the same basic Ohio Star quilt block pattern; different color layouts make the variations.
Th two-color Ohio Star is the traditional quilt block. To make a successful quilt block, make sure to use strong value differentiation in your fabrics. Here we’ve used a light value yellow and a dark value navy blue.
This variation of the Ohio Star has the center square matching the star points of the quarter square triangles. Various names for this version are Eight Point Star, Tippencanoe and Tyler Too, Texas Star, Lone Star – even though this is not what we think about when we think about those quilt designs.
Here is a variation of the Ohio Star with three (3) colors.
And, another variation using four fabrics, commonly referred as the Variable Star quilt block:
Ohio Star Quilt Block Calculator
Here is a fabric calculator for the basic two color Ohio Star Quilt Block. See detailed information about the layout and cutting for the Variable Star quilt block.
Here is the layout variation of the Ohio Star quilt block, still using two fabrics, squares and quarter square triangles. The quarter square triangles are flipped the other direction with this variation that is sometimes referred to as Tippecanoe and Tyler Too, Eastern Star and, after Texas joined the Confederacy it was referred to as the Lone Star and Texas Star (even though we now use those quilt block terms for very different designs of quilt blocks)
Start by cutting out your fabrics, just as we did for the other layout design:
With the larger squares, we will be making quarter square triangles. We start by marking a diagonal line on the wrong side of the lighter fabric. This will be our stitching guide line. I used a Frixion pen to mark the line, it comes out with heat when pressing. ALWAYS check on a scrap of fabric first.
Stitch 1/4″ on either side of the marked line. I like to use my 1/4″ foot for my machine. For a Bernina it is foot #37 and #57.
Turn and sew 1/4″ on the other side of the marked line. I like to chain stitch the units to save a little bit of time.
Using your rotary cutter, cut along the marked line forming two half square triangles.
Press the seam to your preference. Check out our article on pressing seams for quilting. Mark a diagonal line perpendicular to your previous seam on the wrong side of two of the half square triangles.
Layer two half square triangles right sides together with the opposite colors on top of each other. This is what will make it a quarter square triangle.
Sew 1/4″ along both sides of the marked line, just like before. Here is the first seam.
And, sewing the second seam.
Cut apart on the marked line using your rotary cutter. Press seams to your preference.
Now it is time to lay out your blocks. Note that the quarter square triangles are shifted 90 degrees with this variation.
Sew the units into rows. Press seams to your preference.
Sew the rows into the finished block. Give it a good press and your Ohio Star variation, sometimes referred to as Tippecanoe and Tyler Too quilt block, is finished!
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