green and pink sawtooth star quilt block with title.

Sawtooth Star quilt block

Sawtooth star is one of the most popular star quilt blocks. This tutorial is for a 12″ block, but it is simple to adjust the block to any size divisible by four.

This block would make a great quilt on its own, but it’s also part of the Twinkle Sampler Quilt, a quilt that has nine different star block. It can also be used for fun variations by putting another block in the place of the large feature fabric square in the middle.

Fabric requirements

  • four 3-1/2″ squares background fabric
  • one 6-1/2″ square feature fabric
  • four 3-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ flying geese units*, background and feature fabric

*Use your favourite method to make the flying geese units. For this block, I recommend the Most Popular Method. It makes four units at a time.

fabric pieces laid out for sawtooth star block.

Block assembly

Lay out the pieces according to the picture. As you join the pieces, refer back to the picture because it is easy to get units flipped around a you are stitching.

The pieces join together like a nine-patch block.

joining pieces for sawtooth star quilt block.

Join in groups of three to make three rows. Press all the seams away from the flying geese.

rows for sawtooth star block.

When you join the rows together, having the seams pressed in opposite directions will make it easier for them to be joined. The seams will naturally nest together.

final step for making a sawtooth star quilt block.

When the rows are all joined, give the block a final press. It should be 12-1/2″ square.

You’re done!

finished sawtooth star quilt block in green and pink.

Video tutorial

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Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos

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Elizabeth enjoys doing all types of sewing and needlework and teaching others new techniques. For more information or to have her speak to your group click HERE.

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