I think it is always fun to see a quilt block in different sizes. The small sawtooth star quilt block is 4½-inch unfinished and the larger one is an 8½-inch unfinished block. I also have a downloadable pdf with 3 other sizes of blocks.
Sawtooth Star quilt block tutorial
To make the sawtooth star quilt block, you will cut your pieces the same size as I showed you for the Square and Points block. Someone mentioned it looked like a buzzsaw and I think that sounds like a neat name.
8-inch finished quilt block
Directions are for the 8-inch quilt block, I also have cutting directions for the 4-inch, 6-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch blocks that can be downloaded from my resource library.
- Red print – cut (1) 4½” x 4½” square
- Dark Red – cut (4) 3″x 3″ squares for HSTs (instead of 2-⅞” x 2-⅞”)
- Cream – cut (4) 3″x 3″ squares for HSTs (instead of 2-⅞” x 2-⅞”)
- Cream – cut (4) 1½” x 1½” squares
Sew with a ¼-inch seam allowance.
The dark red fabric that I used for my half-square triangles (HST) was a stripe which is a directional fabric. To make sure the stripes all go the same way, you will need to draw on 2 of the cream squares with a diagonal line going one way and 2 going the opposite direction as shown below.
Sew a ¼-inch seam on each side of the diagonal line and then cut on the diagonal line. Press toward the dark red fabric.
If I’m not using my AccuQuilt cutter and HST dies, I prefer to cut my squares a little bigger and then trim them to size.
To trim my HSTs to 2½-inches square, I am using the Creative Grids 6.5″ Quilting Square Ruler. I also added some washi tape just a little past the 2½” lines. I want to be able to see the lines and the tape is just to make it easier for me to see where I will trim.
This is the amount that is trimmed off of the blocks.
Use the 8-inch AccuQuilt GO! Qube
This would also be a fast and easy block to make with the AccuQuilt 8-inch Mix & Match Qube set. There are dies for the half square triangles and both sizes of squares.
Block layout and piecing
Layout the squares and half-square triangles that make up the Sawtooth star quilt block.
Sew the half-square triangles together, then add the small squares to the top and bottom row. Sew 2 half square triangles to each side of the large center square.
Finished quilt block – unfinished quilt block
Sometimes it is confusing when someone says an 8-inch block or an 8½-inch block. Here is your 8½-inch unfinished quilt block. It includes ¼-inch on each side that will be the seam allowance. This will be an 8-inch block when completed in your quilt.
I pressed the half-square triangles to the dark red fabric but all of the other seams were pressed open. If you plan on quilting by stitching in the ditch, you would want to press the seams to one direction.
I have a tailor’s clapper that works very well to flatten and press the seams. It is made out of hardwood. You just press the seam open and then place the tailor clapper on it for a minute until it cools.
This photo shows you the difference in size. One is the 4-inch and the other is the 8-inch block.
I am using a batik for the center square, the same teal rosebud print that I used in the Square & Points quilt block, and the same background fabric.
When I made the 4 inch Sawtooth star quilt block I also pressed the half square triangle blocks open because the block is so small. You can do that or press them to one side.
Get the FREE PDF quilt block tutorial
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