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Ohio Star in a Star

24" Square Quilt Center

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This project is going to be a lot of fun! We will open a the Ohio Star block,
resize it. We will use the block to make a grid.  Then if that isn’t enough we will
cut a block in half and place it in the new grid.  Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? 
Let’s get started.

Ohio Star block.gif (5942 bytes) Open the block

  1. From the Block menu choose Browse.
  2. When the file Browser appears, select the Classic Stars folder.
  3. From the Classic Stars folder, select and drag and drop the Ohio Star block on to the
    block screen.
  4. Paint the block in your favorite colors. This project uses the Violet-Green-Yellow
    fabric palette. (see below for instructions on how to open this palette)

Resize the Block

  1. With the Ohio star block on the screen, select Resize To.. from the Effects menu. The
    Resize To..Dialog box appears.
  2. Change both height and width to 24.00 inches.
  3. Click the OK button.  The work area now has a block that is 24" X 24".

Make and Save a Grid.

  1. Using your right mouse button, click anywhere on the white part of the onscreen work
    area.  The fly-out menu appears.
  2. From the Fly-out menu, select Make Grid*. The block seems to have disappeared and
    replaced by a grid in the same shape as the block. (The block doesn’t really disappear as
    you will soon see.)
  3. If the grid is not visible, click on the Zoom Out button on the tool bar until you can
    see the entire grid. See Illustration below.
  4. Using your right mouse button, click anywhere on the white work area onscreen.  The
    Fly-out menu appears.
  5. From the Fly-out menu, select Save Grid. The Save Custom Grid dialog box appears.
  6. Type a name for your quilt inside the box "File Name:"
  7. Click the Save button.

*Note: Or, you can find the Make Grid command by choosing Options on the menu.
  Then select Make Grid.

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Return to the Original Ohio Star Block

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  1. From the Windows menu, select #1 Ohio Star from the menu list. Doing so will return you
    to the Ohio Star block you opened earlier.
  2. With the Ohio star block on the screen, select Resize To.. from the Effects menu. The
    Resize To..Dialog box appears.
  3. Change both height and width to 6.00 inches.
  4. Click the OK button.  The work area now has a block that is 6" X 6".
      Zoom Out to allow you to see twice the area of the block.
  5. From the Edit menu, choose Select all.
  6. From the Edit menu, choose Duplicate.  A copy of the original block appears
    "selected." 
  7. With the selection box still surrounding the duplicated block, choose Group from the
    Effects menu.
  8. Move the grouped block so that there is at least 2 inches between it and the original
    block.
  9. From the toolbar, select the Rotary Cutter tool and cut all the way through the original
    block diagonally from left to right. You will now have two block triangles. (see
    illustration below.
  10. Using the Select Tool, press and hold the shift key down as you click on each piece that
    makes up one block triangle. There should be 13 patches per half triangle block.
  11. With the selection box still surrounding the half-triangle block, choose Group from the
    Effects menu.
  12. Then from the Edit menu, choose copy.

 

Moving back to the Ohio Star Grid

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  1. From the Windows menu, select #2 <untitled> from the menu list. Doing so will
    return you to the Ohio Star grid you made earlier.
  2. If you can not see the entire grid, click the Zoom Out tool, on the toolbar, until you
    can.
  3. From the edit menu, select paste. One of the half-triangle blocks will appear.
  4. If when it is pasted, the blocks is painted with different fabrics
    you will need to open the correct fabric palette. See instructions below.§§
  5. Move the half-triangle block into one of the star points and rotate it until it is in
    the correct position.  Continue in the same manner until all the star points are
    filled.
  6. Save the block, naming it Ohio Star in a Star. (See the information below: Saving
    Your Design
    .)
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  1. From the Windows menu, select #1 Ohio Star from the menu list.
  2. Select the whole Ohio Star block, and using the Freehand Rotate tool, rotate the block
    45°. The block should be on-point. 
  3. Copy the on-point block and return to Ohio Star in a Star Center. 
  4. Paste the block and move it the the center area as shown in the illustration.
  5. With the block still selected, resize the block until it is in the position shown. To
    resize the block, use the Select tool and Grab the black selection handles and stretch the
    block to fit in the area shown.
  6. Fill in the rest of the  block using the squares and triangle tool.
  7. The completed block will look like the at the top of the page. (Click to
    see.
    )

 

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Note:
How to Open
Violet-Green-Yellow Fabric
palette

To open the palette:

  1. Place your mouse cursor over the fabric palette and click the right mouse button.
  2. From the Fly-out menu, select open palette. The open Fabric Dialog box appears.
  3. Choose Violet-Green-Yellow palette from the list of
    palettes.
  4. Click the open button. The new palette appears.

 

Saving your design.

  1. From the Block menu, select Save As. The  As dialog box appears.
  2. Type a name for your quilt inside the box named "File Name:" The name can be
    any length you would like up to 256 characters. For this project the name should be Ohio
    Star in a Star.
  3. Click the Save button.

Next Month we will place the Ohio Star in Star in a Medallion Quilt layout. Look for it
on the Lesson Content page..


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