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Aunt Eliza’s Star

I’m an aunt, and my name is almost “Eliza”, though I can’t say I’ve ever gone by that name. People tried to call me Lizzy, Fluffy, Liz, EB.  I guess Elizabeth just has too many syllables.  It must be American custom to shorten everything…  Nevertheless, I like this block.  It is a classic design that is easily embraced with modern fabrics and designs.  This pattern is usually referred to as the Ohio Star.  In fact,  do you remember this block from my Night Star’s quilt?  An oldie but a goody.  The way you mix the colors and patterns give it an entirely different attitude.

 

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Aunt Eliza’s Star uses a quick piecing quarter square triangle technique.   No “special” rulers are required.  As long as you have a straight ruler, you are good to go.  However,  I admittedly reached for my “Perfect Half-Square & Quarter Square Triangles” ruler from June Tailor. (Thanks for this gift mom,  I love it!)  It has quick marking and cutting guides and works great for squaring up the block after it is pieced.

Lucky for us, the pattern calls out larger squares than necessary for the finished hourglass blocks.  This means, that once you have your quarter square triangles pieced, you get to trim them down to be “perfectly square”.

This basic block takes 5 squares plus 4 quarter square hourglass units, pieced in 9 block fashion.  There are tons of tutorials on the web showing how to make quarter square triangles.  Maybe you’ve watched some of them.  Check this one out on the McCalls Quilting website.  It is very similar to what is described in the Sister Sampler Quilts book.

Also, here is a great description of the block construction, from GenXquilters.  I love how the bright fabrics look against the white negative space.

HAPPY QUILTING!

 

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Night Stars – September – Ohio Stars

I’m feeling lazy tonight.  My children are tucked in, and I have no energy to do anything.  I’m even posting this in my pajamas.  

I started this set of blocks early, but didn’t finish them until the retreat I attended at the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  

One of the fun parts to quilting is that it is a timeless, functional art.  I love seeing old well loved quilts in museums.  The September Blocks for the Night Stars quilt are Ohio Stars.  Quick internet research says that the block dates back to the 1800’s.   It is a simple quad triangle 9 block surrounding a central square.  It also said that it is known as a variable star, or a lone star.  It doesn’t remind me of the Texas Lone a star at all.   
Why was this a popular Amish design? Does anyone know?

  
I used traditional methods for piecing.  I have to admit, I wasn’t paying attention, and stitched the wrong side of all of my triangles on one block.  Lucky me, my mom was visiting to set up her latest quilt on the longarm.  While it stitched, we frogged.  Thanks mom!

 The more I work on this quilt, I think it would look great in civil war prints or the Kansas Troubles line.  (It would need a new name though)

Happy quilting!