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 step of this quilt along is released
- There will be a total of 7 different sawtooth star blocks
- 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
It’s Layout time!
The layout is one of the most exciting times during quilt making. All your hard work ready to be on your design wall or spread across your floor! Take the time to take some pictures of this step. I find once I’ve put my blocks up on my design wall, take a picture, and then gaze at it, things will pop out at me and telling me that maybe some blocks should be moved in different places.
This is also a time to maybe get creative with your layout. I’ve given this quilt a traditional layout, but feel free to move things about and make it your own.
Just a bit about design walls
I’m lucky enough to have a room dedicated to quilting. However, if you don’t, that’s no reason to not have a design wall. Here are the magical ingredients you need for a design wall: Ready? thumb tacks and batting. Yep, and you know you have those.
So even if you don’t have a dedicated space, you can put your design wall up and then take it down on a whim. Easy peasy. Quilt blocks magically stick to batting on the wall so there’s no extra step to make them hold up there.
I cut a piece of batting as straight as I can. Climb a step stool and then use thumb tacks to pin it close to the ceiling. Use the line where ceiling and wall meets as a straight line to gauge if you are hanging your design wall straight.
Okay, so maybe you are someone who cannot leave that design wall up there long enough to get your quilt top together. That’s fine too, here’s what you do: Hang the design wall (batting and thumb tacks), put your blocks up there, take a bit to make sure everything is exactly how you want it. When you know you’ve got the layout you want, stack a row of blocks together and use a clothes pin to keep them together, and write the number of the row on the top of the clothes pin. Voila! Take your design wall down, fold it neatly and your back to your normal house where walls don’t feature quilt blocks. Now you can take your time putting your quilt top together.
On to the layout
Your quilt blocks should layout 5 across and 6 down.
You can have a row of stars and then a row of background blocks alternate. You could have all your stars in the corner of your quilt and the rest filled with background blocks. The sky is your limit. I have alternated star and background block throughout for my quilt. I like quilts with space and you are going to have that anyway you lay this quilt out.
Time to Sew
All seams are 1/4″.
You will sew each row. Press, alternating the direction of your block seams on each row. Nest your seams and then sew the rows together. <——— That’s what all quilt patterns say to do, right? Yes. Even mine say that, but I’m going to tell you exactly how I put a quilt top together so that you know.
I actually don’t make all my rows and then sew them together. I sew a row, and then sew another, and then sew those rows together. Then I start this over and again with the next two rows. And then so on and so on.
One more thing I might do a little differently is that I start from the bottom of my quilt. And I have a REALLY good reason for doing this. Lemme break this down step by step:
My blocks are on the design wall, I sew row 6 (my bottom row) and then lay it down. I sew row 5, and then lay it on top of row 6 and sew those together. I sew row 4, lay it down. And then sew row 3 and then lay it on top of row 4 and sew those two together. Then I lay that section on top of rows 5 and 6 and then sew that big chunk together. Then, I’ll sew row 2, lay it down. Sew row 1, lay it on top of row 2, and sew them together, and then finally, I put 1 and 2 on top of 3/4/5/6 and finish the quilt top.
I start from the bottom and work my way up because I have found that things don’t get turned around the wrong way. I don’t lose the direction of the rows. Using this way, I NEVER accidentally sew a row upside down.
One final tip, when you finish sewing the last block to your row, being mindful, keep your hands on the end of that row. Start pressing that LAST block first. This way when you finish pressing your seams, you should have in your hands the very first block of the row. Take that first block to the first block of the row below it and sew it on. Using this method decreases your chances of sewing rows upside down or out of place.
You should definitely complete your quilt top the way you feel most comfortable doing. If you have a better way, use it.
I always chain piece each row to speed this step up, but there’s only 30 blocks in this quilt, it’s going to come together pretty quickly when you get moving.
I hope I’ve explained things properly, if I haven’t feel free to ask questions in the comments below. I’m here for you!
The Falling Slowly Quilt
Don’t forget to share your quilt top on Instagram using the #LittleMissSawtoothQAL for a chance to win a quilt label (see my quilt labels here). This Monday, October 23, 2017 I’ll be choosing a label winner, and you must be caught up with a finished quilt top to be chosen. More details on this in my original post.
Next Friday, we will be making backing and then basting this quilt top. You will need batting that measures a minimum of 66×78″ and for backing fabric you will need it to measure the very same dimensions. That’s roughly 4 yards of fabric (a little less). I will be doing multiple fabrics. This will be a spray basting tutorial (I use this spray).