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Thread: Can I Make an Ohio Star Quilt Block from A Layer Cake?

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    The California Hills
    I want to make the following block using a Layer Cake. Based on the dimension of the blocks (one 4.5 inch block plus two 5.25 inch blocks), you run just a 1/2 inch short using a 10 inch square. Can I size everything down by 1/4 inch and have it still work out??
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    I would say yes. I frequently use charm packs and layer cakes and reduce the size of the block in keeping with the size of the fabric that I've got. Just be consistent!

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    Super Member 0tis's Avatar
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    Yes, I think so - I do this when I have layer cakes and charm packs. It will be so much fun...Woo hoo..

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    Take an extra piece of 10inch fabric and try it with your new measurements and see if it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelinaMaria
    Can I size everything down by 1/4 inch and have it still work out??
    Since it's essentially a 9 patch, you're probably better off shaving the 1/4" off each section. Otherwise, you have to deal with x/16's measurements.

    If you make it a 11.25" FINISHED block, then the center and corner squares need to be cut 4.25" UNFINISHED.

    The starting squares to make the QST blocks are cut 5".

    I'm usually from the cut-oversize-and-trim-down school but that's the exact size needed, so you need to be spot on in the cutting and sewing.
    You could take a slightly smaller seam allowance when sewing on either side of the diagonal line.
    That would give you a little wiggle room.

    Make the QST blocks and trim down to 4.25" UNFINISHED.

    When assembled, you should have a 11.75" UNFINISHED block.

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    Senior Member par4theday's Avatar
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    Jul 2011
    in Idaho
    Make your hour glass blocks first. then cut the other squares the same size and it will work.

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