Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ohio Star Block

For our Tuesday quilt guild meeting, we were to make a 12" Ohio Star Block that will go in a raffle quilt to help a local National Guard Unit.  This sounds easy enough, but I was not happy with the first block, it looked like the outside points would be lost.  So, I ended up making two and was more satisfied with the second block.  The Ohio Star is a lovely pattern!
Block 1

Block 2

For the second block, I used the Easy Angle ruler that Bonnie Hunter taught us how to use while making Easy Street.  That seemed to help with the points:

Click Here for a video on Bonnie's site for how to use this ruler!

Funny coincidence, at the quilt guild meeting, I talked to many of the ladies and they also made two squares because they were not quite happy with the first.  It seems that quilters are usually the most critical of their own work.

Ohio Star Block History:

If you are interested in learning more about the history of the Ohio Star, which has many other names, check out the website:  Quilting in America.  Click Here for the link!

The Ohio Star Block dates back to the 1800's and there is also a political connection.   
"This block was also known by the political slogan Tippecanoe and Tyler Too, after the 1840 presidential campaign slogan of William Henry Harrison and John Tyler. Harrison had become known for his 1811 victory against the Indians in the battle of Tippecanoe, so during the campaigning of 1839 and 1840, which was the first in American history with slogans and songs, "Tippecanoe and Tyler too" was the popular slogan associated with Harrison and Tyler."

Have a great quilting day!  

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