Thursday, May 29, 2014

American Made Tour: Ohio license block and a giveaway!




Welcome! Today is my stop on the American Made Brand Tour. I'm here to represent my home state of Ohio. If you are just joining in on the tour, one designer per state was asked to create a license plate themed quilt block that was inspired by their home state. The finished block must measure 6 1/2" x 12 1/2" and it must also include the name of the state as well. The blog tour began last week and runs for a few more weeks, so be sure to  keep up with all of the great fun, designs, and giveaways. Without further adieu, here is my block!






My block is a truncated Ohio Star quilt block, which is a traditional pattern that dates to the early 1800s. Here's how I made it.




I chose three colors of American Made Brand fabric to work with: Cream, Dark Gold, and Light Gray.



I knew that I wanted to incorporate an Ohio Star in my design somehow, so I drew a few ideas in my sketchbook.




I decided to create a 12 1/2" square Ohio Star block as the basis of my design. To make this block, you'll need two 5 1/4" squares of Dark Gold, two 5 1/4" squares of Light Gray, one 4 1/2" square of Cream, and four 4 1/2" squares of Light Gray.




Cut all four 5 1/4" squares along the diagonal, and then again along the other diagonal with a rotary cutter and straight edge. 



This will give you eight quarter square triangles of Dark Gold and Light Gray fabric.




Lay them out in the following order, and sew one Gray to one Dark Gold, along the short edge of the triangle. Be careful not to pull or tug the fabrics at this point; as the bias edges of the fabric have been cut, they can easily distort if they are handled too much. 




Sew all seams with a 1/4" allowance. I use a piece of moleskin that I place 1/4" away from my needle as a sewing guide. Thanks again, Jill, for that tip!




Once you have sewn the two units from the quarter square triangles, sew them together to create a complete quarter square triangle unit.




Repeat these steps three more times to create a total of four quarter square triangle units, and arrange them with the rest of the squares as shown above. 




 Sew the three rows together to finish the block. It should measure 12 1/2" square when constructed. 





The finished size of the license plate block needs to be 6 1/2" by 12 1/2" so I knew that I would need to cut some of it down. I used my 6 1/2" x 12 1/2" ruler as a guide to determine where I wanted to place my cutting lines. 




I moved the ruler around the block until I found an area that I wanted to remain after cutting it down.




And I used some leftover yardage to cover up the areas that would be removed before I made my final decision.




Once I picked where my cutting lines would be, I drew them on the block with a pencil and straight edge. Please note: do not cut the block down yet. 





I sketched out some hand lettering for the word Ohio on graph paper, and taped it to a window so I could easily transfer it to my quilt block. 






I then taped the block over the text and used a water soluble marker to trace the lettering on the block. I've posted my hand lettering here in case you'd like to use it as well. 




Next up is a little hand embroidery. I used Coats Dual Duty Button and Carpet thread for the hand stitching of the letters. I've used this thread a number of times for handwork and I really love it. I used a doubled strand of thread for this project.




I placed my quilt block in a hoop and began stitching. 




Feel free to use any embroidery stitch that you'd like. I used a simple back stitch for mine.




Once I was done stitching, I misted my text with a bit of water to dissolve the water soluble marker and lightly pressed the block with a hot iron. Then I cut the block to the 6 1/2" x 12 1/2" size required, using my cutting lines and a rotary cutter and straight edge.
















I had a lot of fun making this block, and now I want to do more hand stitching! Maybe I can once all of my deadlines for my book are finished. 




And now on to the giveaway! The wonderful folks at Clothworks have generously provided a beautiful fat quarter bundle of American Made Fabrics for one lucky winner. To enter, please leave a comment below and tell me a bit about your home state. Be sure to leave your email address in the comment so I can notify you if you're the winner. I'll choose one winner randomly on June 6, 2014, and the contest is only open to residents of the US. Good luck!

Be sure to visit all of the stops on the American Made Brand Tour!! Check out all 50 of the amazing designs!

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kathyinozarks said...

my home state is Indiana so I grew up a hoosier-lived in Mishawaka which was named after a native american princess. nearby is south bend home to notre dame. I moved away when I went to college but have always been proud to say I'm a farmgirl hoosier
Kathy

PT in SC said...

Love your Ohio star block. In SC we've got it all, from the mountains down to the ocean. Come visit.

Marti Taylor said...

I am a Michigander and love traveling around the state. Sleeping Bear Dunes in the early Autumn is still warm and my favorite time to visit. Years ago I spent two weeks camping along Lake Superior and one very clear night we were able to see a bit of the Northern Lights. Simply stunning.

wendy said...

Very nice plate!Ohio Star has always been one of my favorite blocks.I live in Michigan where I love to garden and go visit Lake Michigan when I can.

AmandaK@whatthebobbin said...

I'm from Austin, TX where we like to keep it weird :) I love the embroidery you added to the block. Nice touch!

Quilting Babcia said...

My home state is New York although I currently live in western Oregon. Upstate NY is very different from the NYC area with farms, hill country, small villages, and gorgeous 19th century architecture.

Debbie said...

I live in IL and now am wondering what I would do for a block

LuAnn said...

Loved that you used the Ohio Star block in your license plate!

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Dorothy said...

Love your modified Ohio Star, it is perfect for your license plate. I live in Washington state, where we have everything from a rain forest to a desert with rolling wheat fields and more wineries than you can count inbetween!

Ramona said...

Thanks for the chance to win this bundle. I've just purchased my first yardage of American Made and can't wait to give it a try.

I'm from northern Louisiana. A lot of people don't realize that northern and southern Louisiana are very different. Accents and attitudes in particular. Proud to be from Louisiana!

Ramona rpsandbag at gmail dot com

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

Your block is amazing, I love it!

I live in Illinois - but I just moved here, so I don't know much other than how beautiful it is and how much I love the city of Chicago!

Cindy Dahlgren said...

My home state is Minnesota, lots of barns to put barn quilts on. If I had the ability to be able to design my own license plate, I would want to copy yours, I love it so. It is my absolute favorite.

Adtski31 said...

I live in North Carolina, it is a beautiful state where you can quickly be at the beach or mountains.

Bethany said...

I live in Washington State, up north towards the border of Canada. I enjoy the sunshine when it decides to come out!!

Mara said...

I love California and the weather!
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Karen in Breezy Point said...

Fun block! I'm from MN where the snow has finally melted!

Donna said...

I live in Western New York. We are about 1/2 hour from Niagara Falls and from Ontario, Canada. It is a beautuiful place to live.
seamstress2@roadrunner.com

Debbie said...

I love your block! I live in MN. We love our lakes especially in summer. Lots of boating, fishing and swimming. You don't have to travel far to find one, there are 10,000+! Thanks for the giveaway!

Debbie Weishaar said...

Wonderful block and tutorial. I'm from northern Louisiana so I'm not Cajun but I do like red beans and rice as well as King Cakes. Mardi Gras is held in the "Big Easy" otherwise known as New Orleans. Louisiana is the only state that has Parish's and not County's. Proud to say that I'm a Louisiana Girl!!

erica said...

This is beautiful! I love the simplicity! Makes me want to make it...and change my block!

Diane said...

I live in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment. Something I recently learned is that the state bird is the Roadrunner. One of the largest balloon fiestas is held in Albuquerque every year in October.

sadhana said...

Nice to see your blog, and it really helps me to handmade things. thanks for it.

klstitches said...

I live in the great state of California, where we have oceans, mountains, and amazing weather! The hiking is amazing too! I am very excited to see fabric made in AMERICA, yay! And I love the solids! I enjoy your blog, Heather, and had the lovely opportunity to take a class from you in Long Beach, CA.
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Jackie Papallo said...

Love your license plate block! The Ohio star was the perfect choice and your handwork just put the cherry on top!

Trish said...

Hello from Wisconsin! It was a bitterly cold winter, but thanks to rain, warm temps recently and humidity, my backyard now looks like a jungle instead of an iceberg ;)

JayTee said...

I'm from North Carolina. We have everything from beautiful sandy beaches to the Great Smokey mountains.
love the way you used the Ohio star

Joan H. said...

Ideal pattern for an Ohio license plate! I live in the beautiful state of Wisconsin which is blessed with countless sparkling blue lakes.

Jessica Burns said...

I live in Washington state, near Seattle. Everybody talks about how much it rains, but really, it doesn't rain all that much - we usually get a nice summer, at least July & August. When it does rain, it's mostly light rain, which kind of bothers me - I like real rain, but I guess at least I don't get too wet when I get surprised by it.

icraftnqlt said...

I live in NJ. I love out change of seasons!

sophie said...

I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Although New Mexico has only been a state for 100 years, Santa Fe is the oldest capital in the country.

Jill Hicks said...

I live in Illinois, the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.

Anonymous said...

New York is my home state- Buffalo to be specific which is much more "midwest" than downstate and NYC. Family is the best part of my hometown, but food is also the best, and you can't beat the lake, river and falls. I'm now living in Ohio and I was anxiously awaiting Ohio's stop on the tour- and hoping to see the Ohio star in there-- great job! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

Karen said...

Your block is very appropriate. I am a neighbor to the east in Pennsylvania. My county is known as the Christmas Tree capital and is also the hometown of Jimmy Stewart.

ANN MILLER said...

I love the block. I've lived in Indiana for 55 years. and the drive down the national highway, 40 to Ohio is a wonderful trip. I found an antique quilt in one shop on the east side of Richmond IN.
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Pat V. said...

Ohio star for Ohio - perfect! I live in Washington, the Evergreen state. We can see snow-capped mountains from our front yard, and spend many days boating on Puget Sound.

Charlene McCullough said...

I can't tell you much more about Ohio as that is my home state. I live just outside of Hillsboro, Ohio. Was born and raised just north of Cincinnati. Ohio has a lot to offer. Love my State. Thanks for the giveaway. Hope to win from a fellow Ohion.
katztoo at exede dot net

nicolesender said...

Great block! The state of Washington has beautiful mountains, Puget Sound and ocean beaches. Good weather if you like rain in the winter.
nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kelly Wilson said...

Nice use of the traditional block. I grew up in South Carolina (which is too hot) and now live in Wisconsin (which is too cold). South Carolina has mustard based bbq. Top it with slaw and chow down! Wisconsin has German food - sorry, not my thing. Maybe if I used mustard bbq sauce? : )
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Michele said...

My home state is Missouri but my heart is still in Mass. where I was born.

Lori said...

wonderful block. thanks for sharing how you made it. I live in Illinois, the land of lincoln. the prairie state. its not as flat as people say there are little mounds, bumps and tiny hills, lol. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

cinzia said...

love the block! I use the moleskin trick too! love it cause it allows me to work alot faster!

Anonymous said...

Ohio Star - my very first quilt block. It remains a favorite, and has become wonky and way more colorful than the one my first teacher taught!

jean
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Anonymous said...

I'm from California, the land of drought also today I can travel to a beach and tomorrow to the mountains, thank you...martamanole@yahoo.com

ANN MILLER said...

I love being a Hoosier. Indiana is the best place to live.

Renee said...

I'm in New Mexico--it's not really new, and it's not really Mexico (100% USA, in case people have forgotten their US states). Best known via Breaking Bad and Georgia O'Keefe, I think. But the state is quite diverse and beautiful! Mountains and deserts, I really love it all!

juliehallfeldhaus said...

I'm South Dakota home of Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse and the worlds only Corn Palace:)

jenni said...

I love your embroidery, such a great idea!
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