Monday, April 18, 2011

BOW #44: Split Ohio Star

This week we're going to revisit BOW #42, the Ohio Star, but this time we're going to split it diagonally and make a sort of positive/negative effect.

It is going to be made from mostly the same units, but in a little different configuration  For a 12" finished block you will need:

(1) 4-1/2" light square
(1) 4-1/2" dark square
(3) 4-1./2" light/dark HST (Half Square Triangle)
(4) 4-1/2" light/dark QST (Quarter Square Triangle; visit BOW #28 to learn how to make)
   (note that, unlike the Ohio Star in BOW #42, each QST is just two colors, not three, and all are the same,they're just turned differently on each diagonal side.)

Arrange the squares as shown, making sure there's a diagonal line with each half the positive (or negative, depending on how you look at it!) of the other:

This diagonal line makes layout of multiple blocks a lot of fun.  The first set here is a straight set, with blocks all laid out with the same orientation for all.  The second one takes advantage of the diagonal effect to create some secondary designs.  There are many other layout options; try playing with them!

On this layout, I've accented the diagonal effect by making two sides of the narrow border light, and the other two sides dark.

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