Making Ohio Star quilt blocks and other things

I’m currently making a quilt sample for a class that I’ll be teaching this fall at The Granary. The quilt has twelve Ohio Star quilt blocks each nestled inside a Dresden Plate. The pattern is Plain & Fancy by Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts. I love Corey’s pattern designs, and her fabric collections for Moda are some of my favorites.

Plain & Fancy Quilt pattern by Corey Coder of Coriander Quilts.  Sold at Fat Quarter Shop and your local quilt store.

For my sample, I’m using a layer cake of Little Snippets by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. The Ohio Star quilt blocks are made with a solid red fabric on white background. It’s a nice mix of modern and traditional.

Ohio Star quilt block is nestled inside a Dresden Plate for the Plain & Fancy quilt, designed by Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts.  This block was made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
Ohio Star quilt block made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  She shares her favorite ruler for trimming those quarter square triangles.
Ohio Star Quilt Block made by Julie Cefalu

I love the shape of these Dresden Plates. They’re made with a 30 degree ruler and they are really easy to make once you know the process. I used this technique in my Chunky Dresden Plate tutorial from two years ago.

Chunky Dresden Plate Quilt Block Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

Chunky Dresden Plate Quilt made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter

Ohio Star Quilt Blocks

The Ohio Star quilt block for the Plain & Fancy quilt is turned into a circle and then appliqued to the center of the Dresden Plate. I can’t give away all of the details or no one will take my class (or buy the pattern)! I needed to make 48 quarter square triangle (QST) units for the Ohio Stars. When it came time to trim the QST’s, I looked at my inventory of rulers and found the Tucker Trimmer 1 by Deb Tucker of Studio 180 Designs. This ruler works perfectly for trimming QST’s and HST’s and has become by favorite so far.

Trimming quarter square triangles (QST's) is really easy with the Tucker Trimmer 1 ruler.
Trimming QST’s using the Tucker Trimmer 1

The pattern starts with over-sized QST units. The Tucker Trimmer makes it easy to trim all four sides evenly to get a perfectly square QST. I have a great tutorial on making Ohio Star blocks and QST’s here. I share lots of tips on how to make them perfectly and easily.

Quarter Square Triangle Tutorial by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter

Finished Busy Book

I finished the busy book for my granddaughter, Amelia, and hand delivered it to her last week. She absolutely loved it, and so did baby sister, Clara. Sharing can be so difficult some times! I might need to make a smaller version for Clara, although Amelia is really good at sharing.

Sharing her busy book with little sister. 
 Busy Book made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter

I’ll share more details of the busy book at the end of the month for the August UFO & WIP Challenge. I am glad to have this one crossed off my list. Are you guys staying on track with unfinished projects? If you need a little motivation, check out 5 ways to jumpstart finishing your WIP’s by Katie at Swim Bike Quilt. She’s got some great advice to get you back on track.

I hope you have a great weekend filled with lots of sunshine and quilting!

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  1. I have enjoyed reading your blog and have thought about how I could make a dent in my stash of fabric. I have taken a break in sewing to really go through the sewing/craft room and organize/label everything so I can stop putting things away so well that they can’t be found. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I love your blog. It is such a treat and day brightener to get each new one. You do it so beautifully.
    It is just the best.
    I have a favor to ask of you. I remember that you made a baby blanket with double gauze and flannel and put satin? binding on the edges, if I’m remembering right.
    I want to make a throw, using double gauze with flannel backing. My question is- would it be too warm to use in San Diego? It’s would be a gift.

  3. What a wonderful book that will be loved and cherished for years and maybe even gifted down through the ages, all because of one caring, loving grandma! Congrats for finishing it Julie.

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