Simple Sawtooth Star Quilt Pattern

Posted by HeidiF on Monday, December 9th, 2013

Hello!  My name is Heidi and I normally blog at Honeybear Lane.  I have been quilting for about four years so I'm still a relative newbie.  But part of being a newbie is discovering all the awesome tips and tricks there are to quilting!  I love the Sawtooth Star and I wanted to make a quilt in the new Riley Blake Fabric "Twice as Nice"--it's darling, isn't it?  I learned some ways to help this quilt come together more quickly.  

 simple sawtooth star quilt pattern

Here's the tutorial:

What you'll need:

1/4 yard of multiple fabrics.  I used the following from "Twice as Nice":

Spice Garden Pink
Spice Garden Gray
Spice Dots Red
Spice Dots Pink
Spice Petals Red
Spice Petals White
Spice Plaid Red
Spice Plaid Gray
Spice Blooms Pink
Spice Blooms Red
Basic Colors Pepper
1/2 yard for filling in the stars:  white broadcloth
1 1/2 yard for sashing:  Spice plaid gray
2 yards for backing:  White broadcloth with Twice as Nice scraps
1/2 yard for binding:  Spice petals white
Cut List:
20 5 3/4" squares of white broadcloth
80 3 1/8" squares in each Twice as Nice fabric (four for each star, 20 stars)
80 2-3/4" squares of white broadcloth
20 5" squares of Twice as Nice Fabrics (star center) 
25 2 1/2 x 10" strips of Spice Plaid Gray
7 2 1/2 x WOF" strips of Spice Plaid Gray

close up

Now that you've cut all your fabrics, It's time to sew a bunch of Flying Geese.  I have a method that creates four a a time and really saves time!  
flying geese step 1
Take 1 5 3/4" square of white broadcloth and 4 3 1/8" squares of the same Twice as Nice Fabric.  
flying geese step 2
Layer two of the smaller squares right sides together on the large square as shown.
flying geese marked

Mark a line down the diagonal, corner to corner.
flying geese step 4

Sew a 1/4" seam on either side of the line you drew.  
cut the line

Cut the line
iron open

Iron open the triangles and now you have two hearts.
other squares layered on

Take your other two small squares and place them in the remaining white corner, right sides together.  
draw a line and sew

Draw a line down the diagonal center.  Sew a 1/4" inch seam on either side of the line.
cut the line again

Cut the line.  Iron open again.
flying geese

Now you have four Flying Geese!  
Repeat that until you have 80 Flying Geese.  
To assemble the star:
assemble the star

Place one 5 1/4" square of Twice as Nice fabric in the center.  Then pick coordinating Flying Geese to go around the center square.  Use the 3" squares of white broadcloth to fill in the corners.  
sew the star

Sew each row together first--the top row (3" square + Flying Geese + 3" square), then the middle (flying geese + 5 1/4" square + flying geese), then the bottom row (3" square + Flying Geese + 3" square).  Use a 1/4" seam allowance.
sawtooth star

Iron them all flat, pressing seams inward.  Then line up the seams of the top and middle rows and sew a 1/4" seam.  Repeat with the bottom row.  Iron open, pressing seams inward.  
Now you have a star!  Repeat until you have made all 20.  

Once you have all 20 stars, you can add in the sashing.  First make sure you trim you stars so they are all the same size.  Mine ended up being 10"x9 3/4".  I could have made them square but they were all that size so I left it.  If you want it to be square, just make sure you sashing is the same length as the size.  
sewing sashing

Sew the sashing to each star by horizontal rows.  Press the seams down.  To sew the long sashing strips on, first sew all the long strips together and press the seams down.  You will have one really long strip of sashing, but this technique ends up saving you fabric.  
Sew the long sashing onto your first row at the top.  Cut it off when it reaches the end, and repeat with all the rows.  Make sure to lay it out so you can see where to sew what.  

Once you've finished the top, iron everything again.  Sew your backing (Since the backing fabric isn't quite wide enough, I made a little pieced pattern of my leftover fabrics to extend the width.  And it's cute!)  Iron the backing.  Baste the quilt.

Quilt the layers together--have someone else do it or do it yourself with a darning foot on your machine.  I did a bubble pattern.  Bind with a 3" wide strip of Twice as Nice Fabric, I used Spice Petals White.  

Category: Quilts


  1. Wonderful quilt - you did a great job! It looks awesome in that fabric line. Thanks for the tutorial.
    by Sherry
    December 13th, 2013 at 5:55 p.m.
  2. Oh my gosh, beautiful quilt. I am also a newbie, one year quilting now but I think I am ready to tackle this project!! Thanks foe sharing!!
    by Deb
    December 27th, 2013 at 3:34 p.m.
  3. Not a quilter, but I'd be happy to buy this! Beautiful!
    by Barb
    January 25th, 2014 at 4:24 p.m.
  4. Although I love the colors and the flying geese technique, I am sorry to say the measurements are all off in this pattern. After cutting all pieces according to the directions I ended up with center squares that were too big for the flying geese. They had to be trimmed down and re-sewn wasting fabric and time. You can't "trim all your stars so they are all the same size" because you will cut off the 1/4" seam allowance at the points! Beware new quilters, this is very frustrating.
    by Helen
    March 26th, 2014 at 11:22 p.m.

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