2017 Modern Quilt Bee – February

Our Queen Bee for February 2017 is DeAnne Miller! (IG: @oneprojectafteranother) Please complete her block as soon as possible and have it ready at the February 2017 meeting.

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Ohio Star Quilt Block Variation
Please follow the instructions for the 12″ Square Block Option. (Please do not trim; leave at 12.5” unfinished)


  • Red (think Coca-Cola can, Buckeye scarlet, US flag type reds; please NO burgundy)
  • Navy
  • Medium to light blue (less saturated version of navy)
  • Background: White (solid or low-volume; please NO off-white or beige)

Fabric lines:

Not requesting any in particular. I like Bonnie+Camille, Cotton+Steel, 1930s, Lori Holt, retro & vintage designs, Michael Miller, etc. Scrappy is fine!!


  • Please use white for the background fabric. Feel free to use any mix of the red, navy and light blue for the star units. I made two: one with red center and one with navy center, and I really liked both so I’m not requesting any particular center color.


  • I found that rounding up *(to 5” instead of 4-7/8”) **(to 5-1/2” instead of 5-1/4”) made it a lot easier to sew and then trim down.

Fabric A for half square triangles in block corners:

  • (2) 4-7/8″ x 4-7/8″ squares*

Fabric B for quarter-square triangle star tips:

  • (2) 5-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ squares**

Fabric C for star center:

  • (1) 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ square

Fabric D (white) for background:

  • (2) 4-7/8″ x 4-7/8″ squares*
  • (2) 5-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ squares**


  1. Find the two background and Fabric A squares you cut for the block’s corner half-square triangle units* (dimensions end in 7/8” for all sizes unless you cut large to trim back later).
  2. Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner on the reverse side of each lightest square.
  3. Pair one of each contrasting square. Use the equick pieced half square triangle method to make four half-square triangle units from each pair. Units will measure 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ square for the 12″ block when completed.
  4. Pair contrasting squares set aside for the star tips** (dimensions will end in 1/4″ for all sizes).
  5. Use the same method linked above to make quarter-square units. Completed units should measure 4-7/8″ x 4-7/8″ for the 12″ block. Trim back to one of those sizes if you sewed with larger squares. Place two of the units right sides together, contrasting fabrics facing each other. Mark a line, sew together and cut them apart as before — the line and new seams are perpendicular to the existing seams (quarter-square triangle instructions).
  6. The quarter-square units should match the dimensions of your corner units and block center.
  7. Arrange the components into three rows as illustrated. Sew components in each row together with a quarter-inch seam allowance.
  8. Press seam allowances away from quarter square triangle units.
  9. Sew the rows together, matching seam intersections carefully. Press.
  10. The 12″ block should measure 12-1/2″ unfinished – do not trim!

here’s a link to the tutorial DeAnne references, but all pertinent cutting and assembly info is nicely compiled above! Thanks, DeAnne!



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