Wow, it is already the end of March and the start of Spring or Fall depending on the hemisphere you live in. Let’s get started on the second half of the Diatom Quilt Along! For Block #7, we will be piecing an Ohio Star. If you have already purchased the Diatom Quilt Along, you will receive an email today with the Block #7 instructions. Look for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Diatom Quilt Along – Block #7. If you haven’t joined in yet, simply purchase the Diatom Quilt Along and I will add you to the email list and get the information out to you soon!
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The Ohio Star uses hourglass blocks and general piecing techniques.
To make hourglass blocks, the first step is to make untrimmed half-square triangles. Then, we use the untrimmed HSTs to create the hourglass blocks. When marking the diagonal line on the wrong side of one of the untrimmed HSTs, I do not suggest marking the line from corner to corner of the HST. Because the HST is untrimmed, you cannot be sure that the two points are perpendicular to the sewn seam. Instead, I recommend lining up a ruler with the sewn seam and sliding the ruler along the seam until it also intersects with one of the two corners of the untrimmed HST. Then mark the diagonal line. To see photos of this suggestion / tip, be sure to visit my Marking Diagonal Lines for QSTs post.
The Ohio Star block will not need any modifications if you want to fussy cut and work with directional prints.
Upcoming Diatom Quilt Along Schedule
- April 14, 2023 – Block 8
- April 28, 2023 – Block 9
- May 12, 2023 – Block 10
- May 26, 2023 – Block 11
- June 9, 2023 – Block 12 & Finishing Instructions
- June 23, 2023 through July 31, 2023 – Final Linkup for Pieced Quilt Tops or Finished Quilts