14 March 2016

Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL - Ohio Star Block #13

Welcome to the next block tutorial for the Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL! Today's tutorial is for the Ohio Star 6" quilt block.

Ugly Christmas Sweater with Ohio Star

Ohio Star 6" quilt block

Ohio Star Block #13

1 @ 3.5” square
Dark Blue
2 @ 3.5” square
1 @ 3.5” squares
5 @ 2.5” squares

Draw a diagonal GUIDE line across the wrong side the (A) squares and place them on the (B) squares.  Sew ¼” on each side of the GUIDE line, as shown in red. Cut along the GUIDE line AND THEN CUT ALONG THE DIAGONAL IN THE OTHER DIRECTION and press the seams open. Draw a diagonal GUIDE line across the wrong side the (C) squares and place them on the (B) squares.  Sew ¼” on each side of the GUIDE line, as shown in red. Cut along the GUIDE line AND THEN CUT ALONG THE DIAGONAL IN THE OTHER DIRECTION and press the seams open. Match each Blue/White unit with a Blue/Yellow unit and place together with right sides facing. Sew along the cut edge, matching the seams. Press seams open. Trim each Hourglass unit to 2.5” square. Sew these Hourglass units together with (D) squares, making three rows. Sew the rows together.

I chose to display my Two by Two block using the Sweater #1 option, using the Turquoise fabric in place of the orange. 

Sweater #1 Assembly Instructions:

2 @ 1.5” x 10.5”
1 @ 1.5” x 10.5”
1 @ 1.5” x 5.5”
2 @ 1.5” x 5.5”
2 @ 2.5” x 6.5”
2 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
2 @ 1.5” x 8.5”
1 @ 2.5” x 12.5”
2 @ 3.5” squares
2 @ 1.5” x 4.5”
1 @ 1.5” x 4.5”

Block finishes at 12” square

Step 1:  Sew the (A) and (B) rectangles together and crosscut into 2 units @ 2.5” wide and 3 units @ 1.5” wide. Sew the (C) and (D) rectangles together and crosscut into 3 units @ 1.5” wide. Sew the 1.5” wide units together to make a checkerboard that is 6.5” wide.

Step 2:  Sew the 6.5” wide (ABCD) unit to the bottom of the 6.5” feature block of your choice made in the previous steps of this pattern. For the Sleeves, sew the (E) rectangles to the 2 (AB) units @ 2.5” wide.

Step 3:  To complete the Sleeves, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the (F) rectangles, place them on the ends of the (F) rectangles and sew along the diagonal. Trim ¼” seam and press open. Sew this (FG) unit to the sleeve unit made in the previous step.

Step 4:  Sew the Sleeves onto the sides of the feature block unit. Sew the (H) rectangle on top. Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the (K) squares and place them on the corners. Sew along the diagonal lines, as shown in red.  Trim a 1/4" seam and press open.

Step 5:  Sew the (L) and (M) rectangles together to make the collar and sew on top to finish the block.

Don't forget!!! You can use the cut off corners when following the shoulder instructions in Step #4 to make these bonus 2.5" half square triangles! I cut first and then sew along the cut edge to make mine. But you could also sew a seam 1/2" away from your diagonal seam at the same time. And then cut between the two seams.

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Dobieslady1 said...

I am having so much fun with these blocks! Can't wait to see them all sewn together! I am following your color scheme and wondering when you will use the mango and the other green. (I know we can use it whenever we want). Thank you for doing this quilt a long. The cat and fish bone one is adorable too!!! This is the first time I have worked with solids. Now I need to build a stash!! You are such a great enabler! lol.
Blessings and love,

Lorna McMahon said...

Hi Janetta! So glad to hear you are enjoying the quilt along! I never did end up using the Mango or the other green while making my sweater blocks. But please feel free to make yours using whatever colours you like. Happy Stitching!

Quilts By Laurel said...

Woohoo! I'm all caught up on my cutting now, so I just need more time for sewing! :D

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