Quilting and the Sawtooth Star
The Sawtooth Star is an 8 point
star. It is an easy and therefore frugal block. The points of the star are made with
is very easy to see the pieces for this block with the blocks separated by the
You can see there are 4
geese blocks, one on each side. There is a big square in the center,
and then 4 small squares in the corners.
To make this block with easy measurements, make
the flying geese 2x4 inches finished. That would make the center
square 4 1/2 inches raw, and the corner squares 2 1/2 inches raw.
Press your seams on the first row toward the outside block to lay
flat. Press the seam in the middle toward the center. You can turn
the vertical seam either way.
Remember that on this block you must have the 1/4 inch of
fabric from the point of the star to the edge of the block, so that the
star points won't get chopped off when this block is sewn to another
piece of fabric. Make sure you are accurate when you piece your
Also remember that when you sew this
block to another piece of fabric, do it with the geese block up, so that
you can make sure you are stitching accurately and do not cut off the
Here is another piece of a quilt
made with nothing but Sawtooth stars. It is a small, very scrappy quilt,
made of lots of a fabrics. Notice how when the Sawtooth stars are put next to
each other without any sashing, you have a series 4 patch squares where the
Another secondary pattern is formed
where the star points meet of a square in a square.
is an easy way to give a Sawtooth star quilting block a little more punch.
Add a 5 pointed star in the middle of it.
There are many ways to attach the star. I used
a fusible. What is nice about stars is that you can just do a straight
stitch around the edges of the star to attach it to the fabric.
As you can see from the picture, the
5 sides of the inner star fit nicely with the 8 stars of the sawtooth
star...although the inner star is leaning a little to the right.