This Sawtooth Star Baby Quilt is so easy to stitch up that you’ll want to make more than one! It’s a great quilt project for a beginning quilter. If you like this pattern, you may also like this Turnstile Baby Quilt Tutorial.
First up, this is not my quilt tutorial. So if you’re thinking you’ve seen it before you have. It’s actually a tutorial from Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter. I was searching for a simple to stitch up a quilt for my booth at Quilt Market last fall and I immediately thought of this tutorial. She stitched it up last summer and I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it.
It’s a simple take on a sawtooth star quilt crossed with a patchwork quilt and is a great pattern to use if you’re looking to show off some of your favorite fabric prints.
How to Make the Baby Quilt
Hop on over to the Diary of a Quilt Blog and read though Amy’s tutorial.
To make the quilt in baby size instead of throw size (like Amy’s):
- Instead of the 8 rows of 8 make your quilt 6 rows of 6. This will yield a 48″ x 48″ finished baby quilt.
- Cut out 30 square of fabric each 8 ½″ x 8 ½″. These will be the simple squares in the quilt.
- Sew two Sawtooth Star Quilt blocks that are 8″ x 8″ when finished (that’s 8 ½″ x 8 ½″ before they are sewn into the quilt).
- Sew one 16″ x 16″ finished size Sawtooth Star Quilt block.
- Assemble the quilt by rows as shown in the photo below.
About my Version of the Quilt
I like Amy, interspersed 3 sawtooth stars into my quilt to break up all of the patchwork. I stuck to blues and greens for the color scheme. (In her post she shares some great tips for picking fabrics for a quilt as well). Here it is hanging in my booth at Market in Houston.
The Inspiration behind the Derby Day Fabric Line
Derby Day will be my 5th fabric line with Riley Blake. I think it has taken me this long to figure out what in the world I’m doing. One of the hardest parts of designing fabric is having all of your projects and photos ready when the fabric is released! I don’t get fabric until a few weeks before everyone else, so as you can imagine it’s a bit of a mad dash to get it all to put together.
This time, I was able to get my hands on some advanced, advanced yardage. Which was AWESOME. It varies slightly from the finished fabrics (you can’t put metallic ink on advanced yardage, and the colors are slightly different, in this case, they were darker), but it’s worth it to get fabric earlier.
Since I’m a bit ahead, I thought that I’d take advantage of a sunny day and take some of my quilts to a friends farm to photograph. She was nice enough to let me come out and traipse around a bit. She even brought out a few horses to pose for photos!
When she asked if I wanted photos with a horse I did a happy dance. I mean look at that gorgeous creature. He’s a Fresian and I’m pretty sure belongs to a friend of hers in the same barn.
My daughter is home from college for Thanksgiving, and let’s just say that I didn’t have to ask her twice to jump in the photos. She fell in love with this horse right away. There were also cats and dogs roaming around the farm, including the cutest golden retriever. With all of the horses and animals, I thought I’d never get her to leave (I really didn’t want to leave myself)!
Details of the Featured Quilts
The quilt on the horse above was made by Erin Harris. It’s a project from her book Make your Own Medallion (affiliate link), coming out in the new year. When it gets closer to the book’s release, she’ll share more info about the quilt.
The 3rd quilt in the photo above is a new pattern. It’s called the Derby Sampler and I think might be one of my quilts that I’ve ever made.
I ended up taking so many photos that day at the farm, I’m still sorting through them all. I have one more quilt that I am working on before the Derby fabric release in February. I’m really excited about how it is turning out and I think another trip to the farm will be called for when it’s done!