This is block #38 in the Civil War block-of-the-week series by Barbara Brackman.  It is called Ohio Star.  Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to this block.

This is a fairly easy block and always turns out to be pretty.  I was pleased to be able to use some Star Spangled Banner fabric that I received from Claudia, my blogging friend in Germany.  For new quilters, this is how I assembled the block.

  • Cut pieces according to Barbara’s directions.  I chose to fussy-cut the center A square.
  • Use ¼ inch seams throughout.
  • Stitch together 4 dark B and 4 light B triangles.  Press toward the dark fabric.
  • Stitch together 4 medium B and 4 light B triangles.  Press toward the medium fabric.

  • Combine these units to make 4 squares  Press and trim points.  Piece should measure 3-1/8 x 3-1/8 inches.
  • Lay out the pieces in the proper order on a mat.

  • Add an A block on either side of the square unit at the top; press seams away from the center.  Piece should measure 3-1/8 x 8-½ inches.

  • Repeat with the bottom row.
  • Stitch a triangle unit on either side of center square A to make a center strip.  Press toward the center.
  • Each row should measure 3-1/8 x 8-½ inches

  • Stitch the three rows together to form an 8-½ x 8-½ inch block

See the previous blocks in this series in my category list on the right hand side of the page – Quilting – Civil War Quilt.