Elvis Elvis

The Variable Star is also know as the Ohio Star. As with most stars it is a nine patch. It is made up of squares and quarter-square triangles.

Directions for the Variable Star:

1. Make four quarter square triangles.

a. Cut four squares the size of your unfinished square plus 1 1/2 inches. Two of the squares should be of the same fabric, the other two squares should be of two different fabrics.

b. Placing right sides together, draw a diagonal line on the lighter fabric. Sew 1/4″ from both sides on the line. Do this for both squares. Cut apart. Press toward the fabric that is the same in both blocks.


c. Place the two half-square triangle units right sides together, contrasting colors on top of each other. The seams should butt up against each other.

d. Draw a diagonal line that is perpendicular to the seams. Sew 1/4″ on both sides of the line. Cut apart. Press. You now have 2 quarter-square triangles.

e. Repeat steps c & d with the other two half-square triangles you made in step b, you now have four quarter-square triangles.

2. Cut a square the same size as the quarter-square triangle block you just made. The center square should use the same fabric as at least one of the triangles in the quarter-square triangle unit. It can be the same fabric as the triangle that touches the square, or the same as the two identical triangles.

3. Cut the four corner squares the same size as the center square. The four squares should be cut out of the same fabric.

4. Lay out the units. Rows 1 & 3: corner square – quarter-square triangle – corner square. Row 2: quarters-square triangle – center square- quarter-square triangle. Turn the quarter-square triangles in the direction you like.

5. Sew rows together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press toward quarter-square triangle.

6. Place rows 1 & 2 right sides together, sew with 1/4″ seam allowance. Sew on row three.
I hope you enjoyed making the variable star.