NEOMQG Ohio Star Quilt Block Tutorial

Every year, the modern quilt guild hosts a QuiltCon and encourages guilds to create a charity quilt with a specific color palette and theme. For QuiltCon 2018, the theme is modern traditionalism. The North East Ohio Modern Quilt Guild (NEOMQG) is making a modern quilt made up of many traditional Ohio Star quilt blocks. How cool is it that the state of Ohio has its own quilt block?!

NEOMQG Ohio Star Quilt Block Tutorial

While most traditional Ohio star quilt blocks only have 2 or 3 colors, we’re using up to four colors per block. Here’s a quick tutorial for guild members (and anyone else wanting to make Ohio star blocks!) looking for guidance on putting them together.

NEOMQG Ohio Star

If you’re making blocks for the NEOMQG QuiltCon 2018 charity quilt, we’ll be cutting fabric and you can either choose colors from your block according to our guidelines (provided separately) or we can put together packages of blocks with pre-chosen colors for you.

Each block requires squares cut in two different sizes: a larger square size for the hour glass sections and a smaller square size for the solid sections. Our quilt will have multiple sizes of blocks, so here’s a cutting diagram table for each of the block sizes we’re using:

Finished Block Size Small Square Big Square
3 1.5 2.75
6 2.5 3.75
9 3.5 4.75
12 4.5 5.75
18 6.5 7.75

All measurements are in inches. This table includes some margin in the larger squares for the hourglass blocks to be trimmed.

For each block, you’ll need 4 small squares and 1 large square color A, 2 large squares color B, 1 large square color C, and 1 small square color D.

Modern Ohio Star Block Tutorial

Start by making your hourglass sections. You will need 4 larger squares (e.g. 3.75″ squares for the 6″ block): one of color A, two of color B, and one of color C. Pair up one of the color B squares with each of the color A and C squares, and sew them into half square triangle (HST) units. This should result in (4) HST units – two with A/B and two with B/C. Press each HST unit. If you either press all seams towards color B, or all seams away from color B, it will help you nest your seams and get accurate corners for the next step.

Ohio Star Quilt Block Tutorial

My preferred method of doing this is to mark a line on the front of my sewing machine 1/4″ to the left of the needle with washi tape, and then guide the corners of the HST along this line. You could also mark lines 1/4″ from the diagonal with an erasable pen or however you like to sew HSTs.

Now take one A/B HST and pair it with a B/C HST as shown below, making sure that the HST seams line up, but the color B pieces are not on top of each other. Sew along the diagonals opposite to the ones already sewn. Cut between the seams and press to end up with two hour glass units. Repeat with the other two HST units to get 4 hour glass units each with the B triangles across from each other. Press each hour glass unit.

NEOMQG Charity Quilt Block

Trim each hour glass unit to the size of the smaller squares for your block (e.g. 2.5″ square for the 6″ finished block). Using a quilting ruler (I love my Omnigrip rulers), you’ll want to line up the center point (1.25″ for the 2.5″ square) on the 4-way cross in the middle and make sure the top right corner as well as the right and top edges of the ruler at the edge of your finished block size (2.5″) line up with seams in your hour glass unit.

Hourglass Quilt Block Trimming

Layout the 4 hour glass units with the 5 solid squares as shown below.

Sew together the three squares in each row, then sew together the rows to get a completed Ohio Star block!

Ocean Waves Quilt

I love animals on fabric, especially in blues and greens. When my cousin had a baby last year and was going with an under the sea themed nursery, I did not have a hard time finding enough fabrics to use in a quilt and ended up with an unnecessarily large baby quilt. Because everyone loves baby photos, I’ll start with one of adorable baby Corbin.

Under the Sea Baby Quilt

Because I have a hard time with solids, I even used a really soft low volume wave print in the background (one of my favorites by my Houston friend Patty Sloniger!)

New Wave Quilt

The pattern is Elizabeth Hartman’s New Wave Quilt, which is a free pattern available here. I used the full size listed in the pattern (around 51×55″) because I had to use all the cute prints, but it would be easy to adapt this pattern to other sizes and she has a pattern for purchase that walks you through doing that if you don’t want to do the quilt math yourself. It went together really easily, and I think looks more complicated than it really was. It’s a great pattern to showcase lots of fun prints.

Ocean Baby Quilt

I’m working on getting better at custom quilting. I like to match thread colors so it’s a bit hard to see, but you can kind of see loops following the white stripes and an echo and inner diamond in the color stripes. Also, those sharks are maybe my favorite guys in the whole quilt!

Ocean Baby Quilt

I used this fun fish print I’ve been hoarding for the back and I love how the colors and theme match perfectly!

Marker Quilt Label

The most nerve-wrecking part was writing on this label after everything was quilted. I tested out a bunch of markers, and ended up using Tulip Fabric Markers for the thick text and a Micron .03 Archival Ink Pen for the thin text.

Ocean Baby Quilt

I’ve loved seeing pictures of him on it occasionally, and hope it gets lots of use!

Pi Day Paper Piecing!

It’s almost Pi day this year! If you’re not familiar with Pi day, let’s back up a second. Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and has a value of 3.14. Some people like to celebrate ‘Pi day‘ on 3/14, or March 14th. Often, this involves eating delicious pies! This year, I’ve made a 4″ paper piecing pattern in the shape of the greek symbol pi to celebrate.

Pi sewing pattern

I added an embroidery smiley face to mine, too. The pattern will be free in my craftsy shop until after Pi day 2017, so if you want a fabric pi use it to celebrate as you wish. I’d love to see a pot holder or trivet for pies!

pi day dress

A couple years ago, I designed some pi fabric and made it into a dress. Some day I’d love to make some more pi(e) blocks out of the fruit pies and pizza from that fabric to go with this pattern!

Leaping Bunny Pillow and Luna Sol Blog Hop

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed and Paula (who wants to visit Egypt and New York City – great choices!) won. Keep reading to see more about the new Luna Sol fabric, though!

I am so excited for my friend Felice’s new fabric line, Luna Sol, to start making its way into the world later this month! Today is my turn on a blog tour to share some fun projects made with her fabrics. I’ve also got a fat quarter bundle of the whole line to giveaway – so make sure to make it to the bottom of this post to see the other stops and enter the giveaway!

Luna Sol Fabric Display

I went to quilt market in Salt Lake City in May to help Felice out with her booth. This is just one corner of the space she put together – she packed so much color and hapiness into that booth! You can see the Luna Sol look book with lots more amazing projects here. See that bunny pillow? I designed it to match one of the cuties in Felice’s fabrics, and the FPP pattern for it is now available in my shop.

Bunny Sewing Pattern

While blender fabrics serve many good purposes, there is a special place in my quilty heart for fabrics that have cute critters and designs. Luna Sol has several prints that are perfect for fussy cutting <3. I started putting some of my favorites in my scalloped hoop necklaces, and couldn’t stop!

Fabric Necklace

There are a total of 19 SKUs in this collection. I’m personally the kind of quilter who usually buys just a few prints from each of several lines rather than entire collections, but these are all so great that its hard for me to pick favorites. There are also 5 coordinating solids chosen from Windham’s artisan cottons, which are similar to shot cottons in that they have different color threads for the warp and weft, so they have a lovely mirage effect in person.

Be sure to check out the other stops for the tour this week:
Sept. 19 – Fabric Mutt with a tutorial for a mini medallion from Felice’s booth
Sept. 20th – Bryan House Quilts with gorgeous photos of a new quilt pattern she made with Luna Sol
Sept. 21st – Stars & Sunshine – that’s me!
Sept. 22nd – Modern Sewciety
Sept. 23rd – Sew Scatterbrained


Luna Sol Fabric

As I mentioned at the beginning, I’ve got a fat quarter bundle to giveaway! I love Felice’s story behind some of the prints in this line. There are basically these bunnies that live on a version of the moon covered in fields of flowers, but when they want to travel elsewhere they turn into comets to jet around. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post telling me where you’d go if you could travel anywhere. Would it be somewhere on Earth? In space? A make-believe land? For me, it would either be Japan or Pluto (which I will always believe is a planet). I’ll pick a random winner on Friday, and the sweet folks at Windham will send the bundle their way. Lucky!

Ocean 241 Tote

When I made my 241 tote more than a year ago, I ended up giving my mom my test purse that I’d made with scrap fabrics. She’s been hinting that she’d like a new one since then, and I finally got around to making one with fabrics I thought she’d love and the little tweaks I made to my own 241 tote.

241 Tote

My mom loves the color blue and most sea-dwelling creatures, so I used this jellyfish print (from Into the Deep by Patty Sloniger) as the main print. I picked out some fish and hearts to go with it, along with this Lizzy House print with a mom and baby whale (for my mom!)

241 tote side pocket

I still love this pattern and it was a fun project to put together. I love the shape of the bag, and the opportunity to put together several prints definitely appeals to the fabric hoarder curator in me.

241 tote zipper

I did most of the same mods as I did for my bag – I added 1.5″ to the width of the center piece, put a key clip in one of the side pockets, made a longer adjustable strap,  and added a zipper closure to the top of the purse. I also learned that using a mostly-white print for the strap and piping was not a great idea for a frequently used purse – I can not seem to get mine clean.

241 tote noodlehead

I tweaked the inner pocket a bit to fit my mom’s phone, and made it in the white version of my very favorite Lizzy House print with one of my Stars and Sunshine tags. I love adding those to my projects!

241 Tote Inner Pocket

Bag Specs:
Pattern: 241 tote from Noodlehead.
Modifications: 1.5″ added to width of center panel, included zipper on top, made a longer adjustable strap to convert to cross-body, and added key clip to inside of one of the side pockets.
Size: Roughly 15″ wide and 14″ tall.
Fabric: Main fabric: Into the Deep by Patty Sloniger; :Side pockets – Natural History by Lizzy House; Lining – Charlie Harper
Made for: my Mom’s birthday