Thank you so much for joining me in the Little Miss Sawtooth Stars Quilt Along! I’m excited and grateful that you are here! If you are here for the very first time, you can read more about the focus, purpose and other details about this quilt along here. There is a prize given away every two weeks, so be sure to read about how to enter.
A quick recap about this quilt – along
- Each Friday, a new block is released
- There will be a total of 7 different sawtooth star blocks
- You should make 2 of each block
- There will also be background blocks that we will discuss later
- There are a total of 30 blocks in this quilt
- Quilt finishes at 60×72″
- Week 1 – Millie
- Week 2 – Josephine
- Week 3 – Sadie
- Week 4 – Alana
- Week 5 – Oliva
- Week 6 – Ava
- Week 7 – Isla
- Week 8 – Final block + Catch up
- Week 9 – Background blocks
- Week 10 – Layout + Quilt top Completion
- Week 11 – Basting Tutorial
- Week 12 – Quilting Tutorial
- Week 13 – Binding Tutorial
- Week 14 – Quilt Reveal
Custom Quilt Labels
Let’s begin this week’s block, shall we?
Draw a diagonal line on the back of each of your 2″ squares, all 8 of them.
On 4 of your 2.5″ squares, you will place a 2″ square on the corner, right sides togther.
Stitch directly on your drawn line. Repeat this for all 4 squares.
With your rotary cutter, trim a 1/4″ on the outside of the corner. Repeat this for all 4 squares.
You should have a total of (4) 2.5″ squares that look like the picture above.
Repeat these steps on the other corner of the same side of your square. Place a 2″ square in the corner of each of your (4) 2.5″ square.
Note the position of the drawn line in the photo above.
Now stitch, on the drawn line, cut 1/4″ away from the drawn line, and press.
Now you have 4 squares that look like this. Aren’t they so cute!!!!!???
Time to lay your inner portion out.
Lay your squares like above. Your other 2.5″ squares are used for the center and all 4 corners.
Using 1/4″ seam allowance, sew each row together. Then, press. Press row 1 and 3 to the outside of the row. Press the middle row to the center of your row.
Then sew the rows to each other. Don’t forget to nest your seams! After they are sewn, press.
Your inner star is complete. It should measure 6.5″.
There are 4 flying geese units in this block. To make them, cut (4) 3.5×6.5″ rectangles from background fabric and (8) 3.5″ squares for star points. Follow flying geese directions from this post. You will also need (4) 3.5″ squares for your corners in background fabric as well.
Layout your block like the picture above. Note the direction of all the flying geese that make the sawtooth stars points.
Time to Sew
Sew each row together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Then press. I pressed my 1st and 3rd row to the outside of the block, and my center row to the center of my block.
Now you have this.
Next, sew your rows to each other (I like to start from the bottom and work my way up, but do it your way!). Don’t forget to nest your seams! Then press.
That’s your 1st block! Don’t forget to make your second one just like it!
I’m a little smitten with this block! I looooove it! Super scrappy happiness all dug out from my scrap bins.
Your block should measure 12.5″.
The Falling Slowly Quilt
Don’t forget to share your block on Instagram using the #LittleMissSawtoothQAL for a chance to win a quilt label (see my quilt labels here). I’ll be choosing a block randomly as the winner on Monday, August 28, 2017, and you must have made each block up to that point to be chosen. More details on this in my original post.
So what do you think of Josephine? She’s essentially a star in a star, which I always find cool.
In my original post, I mentioned that you could plug ANY 6.5″ center into the sawtooth star and get a new block. If you are new to quilting, maybe you are just now seeing this and your mind is blown. If you’ve been quilting for years, maybe your saying, “duh, Melanie!” Either way, possibilities are endless.