I hope you’re enjoying the Block of the Month series here on the Polka Dot Chair! This month I have a tutorial for you to make a Sawtooth Star Quilt Block.
This is block #3 of 12. It’s also designed to be a skill builder block, teaching you more ways to use the Half Square Triangles that we learned to make last month!
If you’re playing along be sure to share your finished blocks on social media with the hashtag #PolkaDotChairBlocks (if you have a private IG account, hashtags won’t work for you, so share it to my Facebook instead) , I’m on Instagram as @Polkadotchair or you can also share it right to myFacebook Page (you can post a photo over there)
If you missed it be sure to check out this post offering tips and trick to picking out fabric for a quilt. You can find an index to all the posts in this quilt block series to date by clicking here.
UPDATE: You can now purchase a PDF with ALL of the block instructions for each month in one place!! Click here to PURCHASE
Holy cow, how can it be the last day of November? Didn’t the kids JUST start school? It seems like the Fall has just flown by and now I’m getting out my Christmas tree.
Last weekend we celebrated Thanksgiving with our family and were lucky enough to have my oldest daughter home from college. I think that we “forgot” how to manage ourselves with 3 kids again because we couldn’t find a way to get to anything on time the entire week. There was also the daily “who has to sit in the middle seat in the car” fight…. oh the joys of family togetherness *wink*.
About our Block of the Month Program:
As a reminder, this block of the month series is meant to help you learn to quilt one month at a time. I don’t want it to feel overwhelming at all and hope that it makes you WANT to create a quilt. Each month we add a new block and a few more skills. If you’re an experienced quilter then it’s meant to give you a fun and simple quilt project to do each month.
About the Sawtooth Star Quilt Block:
This months block is a Star block, or more precisely a Sawtooth Star block. I have it stitched up in 2 different combinations to show you today.
I could not resist this jolly Santa Claus print at JoAnn’s last week and decided to make him the center of this months block.
If you’ve been following along then you know that I’m working on 4 variations of the block each month. I’ll share the other two variations with you in December because honestly they are not even cut out yet, because, of well, Thanksgiving.
This block features a large center block that is perfect for fussy cutting. “Fussy Cutting” means to cutting out a specific motif or section of the fabric, it’s a great technique to use with novelty fabrics.
How to Make a Sawtooth Star Quilt Block:
4 pieces each 4″ x 4″ of background fabric
2 pieces each 4″ x 4″ of color #1 fabric (I cut each from a different print, but you can use the same print for both)
2 pieces each 4″ x 4″ of color #2 fabric
4 pieces each 3 ½″ x 3 ½″ of background fabric
2 pieces each 2″ x 12 ½″ of background fabric
2 pieces each 2″ x 15 ½″ of background fabric
1 piece 6 ½″ x 6 ½″ for center square
One: Create the Half Square Triangles
Begin by making 8 HST using the 4″ x 4″ background and colored pieces of fabric. If you need to know how to make a HST (Half Square triangle) refer to last months block.
Trim all HSTs to 3 ½″ x 3 ½″
Two: Lay out the Pieces and Construct the Block
Arrange the HSTs around the center 6 ½″ x 6 ½″ square. Pick a color/pattern arrangement that you like. I alternated colors going around the block.
Stitch the two HSTs on the sides of the block together. Press. Stitch each to the center block. Press seams towards center.
Stitch one 3 ½″ x 3 ½″ background piece to each side of the HSTs on the top and bottom of the block (refer to above photo). Press seams towards outside edges.
Step Three: Add the Block Borders
Stitch the sewn rows to the top and bottom of the block. Press.
Stitch the two 2″ x 12 ½″ pieces to the two sides of the block. Press.
Stitch the two 2″ x 15 ½″ pieces to the top and bottom of the block. Press.
Trim finished block to a 15″ square (if all of your measurements/seams were prefect the block will be 15 ½″ before trimming. Mine is never perfect and the odds are your block is a hair smaller than a 15 ½″ square, so I’ve added a bit of “wiggle room” for you in the block.)
Make sure you let me see your blocks!!