INSIDE: How to Make a Perfect Sawtooth Star Quilt Block
The Sawtooth Star has many names! Some may call it the 8 Pointed Star Block, while others call it The Evening Star Block.
How to Make a Perfect Sawtooth Star Quilt Block
Whatever you decide to name your block it is certainly one that has stood the test of time. In this tutorial, I will show you how to construct a 12″ finished block by making Flying Geese units. Flying Geese can be considered a staple in the quilting world. There are many ways to make Flying Geese.
Let me show you one of my favorite Flying Geese techniques while making the Sawtooth Star Quilt Block!
Sawtooth Star – Materials List
- Main Fabric (I used Kona Coral and Kona Pond)
- Background Fabric (I used Kona White)
Sawtooth Star – Supply List
- Sewing Machine
- Cotton Thread (I recommend Aurifil 50 wt)
- Rotary Cutter with sharp blade
- Frixon Marking Pen
- Acrylic Ruler
- Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
- Iron & Ironing Board
Sawtooth Star – Cutting & Marking
- Qty (8) 3.5″ x 3.5″ (Kona Coral – K001-
1087) Piece A
- Qty (4) 3.5″ x 3.5″ (Kona White) Piece B
- Qty (4) 6.5″ x 3.5″ (Kona White) Piece C
- Qty (1) 6.5″ x 6.5″ (Kona Pool – K001-45) Piece D
For really accurate piecing, I would recommend marking your sewing lines on your cut fabric pieces. Marking your sewing lines can help you maintain your quarter inch seam allowance, which leads to excellent quilt blocks!
One of my favorite marking tools are Frixon markers and pens. The ink in these pens and markers will disappear when pressed with a hot iron – They are super duper handy!
Mark your Coral pieces (A) with a diagonal line. Then mark your quarter inch seam allowance sewing lines on your remaining fabric pieces (B, C & D).
Sawtooth Star – FLYING GEESE UNITS
- Step One: Begin by laying a piece (A) on the top and right side of a piece (C). Sew along the diagonal marked line.
- Step Two – Three: Cut off the excess fabric and set your seam with an iron. Open the seam and press.
- Step Four: Next, take another piece (A) and lay it on the top left side of the same piece (C). Sew along the diagonal marked line.
- Step Five: Cut off the excess fabric and set your seam with an iron. Open the seam and press.
- Step Six: Make the other (3) Flying Geese units.
Sawtooth Star – Completing the Rows
Now that the Flying Geese units are all assembled, we just need to complete the rows. Using your marked quarter inch seam, sew the white squares (B) to both ends of 2 of the flying geese units. Sew the remaining two flying geese units to the center square. Be sure to press your seams in the opposite direction so you can easily nest your rows.
Don’t you just love this block? I especially love these colors together. The orange and green colors are contrasting and bring great interest to a quilt block. One might even call it contemporary! You could also use just one main fabric print for pieces A & D for a more traditional block. Either way – the Sawtooth Star is a really fun and simple Quilt Block. I hope you make lots and lots of them!
Did you like this post? Check out a few of the other Quilt Blocks in this Series.