Traditional Tuesday - Block 5
Block 5 - Sawtooth StarI would argue that the Sawtooth Star block is the most popular quilt block and has been for the last 10 years or so. And I think Alex Anderson of Simply Quilts is the reason. She said many, many times on her show that it was her favorite, and I think it became ours as well! Because of that, it's a great block to have in your bag of tricks.
For my Sawtooth Star, I chose a busy, blue print for the star and a pink small print for the background. Using a busy print will hide less-than-perfect points if you're unsure of your skills. Great for beginners or lazy experienced quilters (like me!).
From the pink, cut
4 - 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles
4 - 2" squares
From the blue print, cut
8 - 2" squares
1 - 3 1/2" square
|The cut fabrics.|
First you need to make 4 flying geese units. There are many, many ways to make flying geese units, but this is the way I like best for small ones.
|Line up one blue square on the end of one pink rectangle, right sides together. Sew on the diagonal from corner to corner. You can see I chain pieced all four at the same time.|
|Then trim off the corner leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.|
|Press open with the seam going to the star point.|
|Repeat with the remaining blue squares on the other end of the rectangle.|
|Trim off the point.|
|Press open and you have your flying geese unit. Make 4.|
|Lay out the units like it will look when the block is sewn and sew into rows. Press opposing seams.|
|Join the rows together pressing seams to one side. Your block should be 6 1/2" unfinished.|