Welcome back to QM Bitty Blocks!
Im happy to share Septembers free quilt block pattern with you alla 4 Sawtooth Star. These are so adorable that once I started making them, I just couldnt stop. I have made about 40 in the past few days and I have many more cut.
Like so many other traditional quilt blocks, this design is known by other names too, such as Variable Star and Simple Star, among others.
There are many ways to play with it. Ill show you my favorites after we go through the construction.
Youll need two fabrics. One is for the star and one is for the background. I used lighter backgrounds and darker star fabrics but you could certainly reverse the values if you like.
Background Fabric (shown white below)
4 rectangles 1.5 x 2.5
4 squares 1.5 x 1.5
Star Fabric (shown blue below)
1 square 2.5 x 2.5
8 squares 1.5 x 1.5
The first thing well do is make 4 Flying Geese units using Stitch-and-Flip. I used to hate this technique but I learned some things to make it work.
Layer a blue square on a white rectangle with right sides together. Youre going to sew diagonally, from corner to corner, across the blue square. It works best if you start at the corner where the red dot is above. If you start sewing at this inside corner, the little points dont get pulled down into the needle hole.
Sew across the blue square and then trim only the blue square away to leave a 1/4 seam allowance as shown. Flip the blue patch open and press. The white rectangle remains in place. If the blue patch comes up a little short, its no problem.
Repeat the stitch-and-flip process with another blue square on the other end of the rectangle. This gives you a Flying Geese unit.
Make 4 Flying Geese with this method.
Now its time to sew the Flying Geese and the patches together.
Arrange the Flying Geese and the patches as shown, and sew them together in rows. Sew the rows together.
One adorable little Sawtooth Star quilt block is complete!
Lets talk about ways to change it up if you wish. In the block above, I used the same fabric for the middle 2.5 square and the 1.5 star points. But look what happens if you use a different fabric in the center.
It adds a lot of interest, doesnt it? Another thing I often do is to use several different fabrics for the star points. The quilt block below is an example.
In this block, I kept the color and the value (darkness) similar. I did it because I didnt have quite enough of any of the fabricsI was working out of my scrap pile. This block works just fine with its scrappy assortment of purples.
Lets talk about backgrounds. The photo above shows the background fabrics Id have used in the past, when I was playing it safe. All really predictable choices. Nothing wrong with them, but not terribly interesting.
This photo shows the backgrounds I use now. Much braver and much more interesting. Now before you write me off as nuts, look at the quilt blocks below, where Ive actually used these fabrics.
Arent they interesting? Heres a bunch of my Sawtooth Star blocks together. You can see that I have all types and that its a very interesting mix. Its not too wild because I have some very calm backgrounds, too.
I made all of these quilt blocks and quite a few more out of my scrap bin. And just to keep it real
this is my scrap playground. Its a mess but its oh-s0-much-fun! Never underestimate the power of your leftovers!
Paula (the Bitty Blocks queen) made some Sawtooth Stars too. Arent they wonderful?
Youll find all of the Bitty Blocks free quilt block patterns on our Bitty Blocks homepage, along with layouts for the row quilts in a variety of sizes.