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Simple Sawtooth Star Quilt Pattern

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This post first appeared on the Riley Blake Designs Blog Cutting Corners College.

I love the Sawtooth Star and I wanted to make a quilt in the new Riley Blake Fabric “Twice as Nice”.  I love this fabric line and I love how this quilt turned out.  It feels like it’s been forever since I made a quilt and I forgot how fun and satisfying it is.

This is my new favorite quilt.  I really love star quilt patterns and I see many more in my future.

quilt on a chair

Here’s the sawtooth star quilt pattern:

What you’ll need:

1/4 yard of multiple fabrics.  I used the following from “Twice as Nice”:

Spice Garden Pink

Spice Garden Gray

Spice Dots Red

Spice Dots Pink

Spice Petals Red

Spice Petals White

Spice Plaid Red

Spice Plaid Gray

Spice Blooms Pink

Spice Blooms Red

Basic Colors Pepper

1/2 yard for filling in the stars:  white broadcloth

1 1/2 yard for sashing:  Spice plaid gray

2 yards for backing:  White broadcloth with Twice as Nice scraps

1/2 yard for binding:  Spice petals white

Cut List:

20 5 3/4″ squares of white broadcloth

80 3 1/8″ squares in each Twice as Nice fabric (four for each star, 20 stars)

80 3″ squares of white broadcloth

20 5 1/4″ squares of Twice as Nice Fabrics (star center)

25 2 1/2 x 10″ strips of Spice Plaid Gray

7 2 1/2 x WOF” strips of Spice Plaid Gray

Now that you’ve cut all your fabrics, It’s time to sew a bunch of Flying Geese.  I have a method that creates four a a time and really saves time!

Repeat that until you have 80 Flying Geese.

flying geese tutorial_9

To assemble the star:

flying geese tutorial_10

Place one 5 1/4″ square of Twice as Nice fabric in the center.  Then pick coordinating Flying Geese to go around the center square.  Use the 3″ squares of white broadcloth to fill in the corners.

sawtooth star quilt_2

Sew each row together first–the top row (3″ square + Flying Geese + 3″ square), then the middle (flying geese + 5 1/4″ square + flying geese), then the bottom row (3″ square + Flying Geese + 3″ square).  Use a 1/4″ seam allowance.

sawtooth star quilt_3

Iron them all flat, pressing seams inward.  Then line up the seams of the top and middle rows and sew a 1/4″ seam.  Repeat with the bottom row.  Iron open, pressing seams inward.

Now you have a star!  Repeat until you have made all 20.

sawtooth star quilt

Once you have all 20 stars, you can add in the sashing.  First make sure you trim you stars so they are all the same size.  Mine ended up being 10″x9 3/4″.  I could have made them square but they were all that size so I left it.  If you want it to be square, just make sure you sashing is the same length as the size.

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Sew the sashing to each star by horizontal rows.  Press the seams down.  To sew the long sashing strips on, first sew all the long strips together and press the seams down.  You will have one really long strip of sashing, but this technique ends up saving you fabric.

Sew the long sashing onto your first row at the top.  Cut it off when it reaches the end, and repeat with all the rows.  Make sure to lay it out so you can see where to sew what.

quilt back

Once you’ve finished the top, iron everything again.  Sew your backing (Since the backing fabric isn’t quite wide enough, I made a little pieced pattern of my leftover fabrics to extend the width.  And it’s cute!)  Iron the backing.  Baste the quilt.

Quilt the layers together–have someone else do it or do it yourself with a darning foot on your machine.  I did a bubble pattern.  Bind with a 3″ wide strip of Twice as Nice Fabric, I used Spice Petals White.

sawtooth star quilt up close

You probably don’t have time before Christmas to make this sawtooth star quilt pattern but it would make a great winter or Valentine’s quilt!