Split Ohio Star Quilt block from Snowy Woods Quilt

For the Snowy Woods Quilt sew-along this week, we are making one of the two color versions of the Split Ohio Star quilt block. This classic quilt block is basic but fun–simple, but more unique than a standard star. It uses Half Square Triangles and Quarter Square Triangles, making this block a great way to hone some basic quilt-making skills. 

The Snowy Woods Quilt pattern (haven’t grabbed it yet? It’s here.) gives you the traditional instructions for making a Half Square Triangle. The tedious part is, we need so many HSTs for this quilt. But I learned of a faster, easier way! Check out this post by Amy Smart to learn how to make a whole bunch of HSTs all at once.

Isn’t that a genius method? 🤩 I know how I’ll be making batches of HSTs in the future. Make sure you watch to the end; I really like her squaring up tip, too.

diagram to show how to mark fabric to make half square triangles

For this week’s set of twelve Split Ohio Stars, we need 36 HSTs and 48 QSTs (Quarter Square Triangles), which start as HSTs. Amy Smart’s video shows making 16 HSTs; draw out your grids like this instead to the HSTs we need for our quilts. 

Remember, you’re laying out the K fabric and the I or J fabric (whichever you choose for this week) with right sides together. Head over to Amy’s post for the rest of the instructions, and check out my pattern for turning the HSTs into QSTs.

I hope you love this method for making Half Square Triangles! Your Split Ohio Star quilt blocks will be done in no time, and I can’t wait to see your sews! Please be sure to share with the sew-along hashtags #snowywoodssewalong, #snowywoodsquilit, and/or #byjillmiller.

See you next week!


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