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.

http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/2011/09/38-ohio-star.html

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.