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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Civil War Remembered ~ Block 38

Ohio Star

We are quilting along with Barbara
Brackman's 2011 Civil War Quilt.

Please Note:  Since this is an 8 1/2" block
that has to be divided into 3 ~ the math doesn't
come out to anything easy.  When I am cutting or
squaring my blocks to 3 1/8", I am using what I call
 a "heavy-handed" cut.  It is just a little over the
3 1/8" measure, just go a bit beyond the proper line.

But sew with a scant 1/4".

Fabric Requirements:

Fabric A : Center Blue Fussy Cut
1 - 3 1/8" square

Fabric B:  Blue print
4 - 3 1/8" squares
1 - 4 5/8" square

Fabric C: Orange
1 - 4 5/8" square

Fabric D: Gold

2 - 4 5/8" squares - Mark
a diagonal line on back.

Make Quarter Square Triangles:

Step #1:
Pair 4 5/8" squares with right sides
together in the following combinations:

1 - B/D          1 - C/D

Sew 1/4" away from each side of drawn
line.  Cut on drawn line and press to
Fabric D.

Step #2:

Now mark a diagonal line on the back of
the C/D units as shown.

Pair  B/D squares and C/D squares with
right sides together along the seam line.
"Lock" the seam together and  sew 1/4" away
from each side of drawn line.  Cut on the drawn
line and press seam open to reduce bulk.

Okay, I admit, squaring up the Quarter
Square Triangles at this size is a bit
complicated, but just follow the pictures
and you should be fine.  Half of 3 1/8"
falls between 1 1/2" and 1 5/8", look at
the ruler and you'll see I have marked the
intersection of this measure with a piece
of tape.  This point must go in the center
of the square where all the points meet.
Trim the right side and top.

Now rotate the square so the trimmed
corner is now in the lower left.  Placer ruler
 back on square with the center at the proper
 place but also the 3 1/8" mark shoud be
 at the point of the triangle in the upper top
left and lower bottom right corners, trim.

Assemble Block:

Layout units as shown and sew together
in 3 rows, paying attention to proper placement
of the quarter square triangle units.  Press seams
in rows 1 and 3 to the outside and seams in row 2
to the inside.

Sew rows together and press final seams
open to reduce bulk.  Square to 8 1/2".

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