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The Sawtooth Quilt Block



grouping of 4 sawtooth star quilt blocks



The Sawtooth Star quilt block is another quilt block that you will make again and again.  It has many variations.  Some of the variations put another block in the center square, and others build the star out bigger or break up the patches in other ways.


the grids of the Sawtooth Star Quilt BlockThis Sawtooth Star is a 4-patch quilt block, further divided into 16 patches. The center block is composed of 4 of the 16 patches.  Your patch size will determine the size of the block.  A 2-inch finished patch will make the block 8 inches finished.


The points on each side of the Sawtooth quilt block are usually made from the flying geese quilt block, as opposed to making them from half square triangles.


Follow the directions on the flying geese  page to make the four units, one for each side,  with the star points.  Cut your center square to cover 2 patch units across and 2 patch units down, and cut the single patches. 


When you sew the block together, be sure and press the flying geese units toward the center to reduce bulk.


Here are are few blocks done in different styles, from feminine and vintage, to a more light and playful design.  Notice how the blocks with pattern have more personality.


clipart picture of a feminine sawtooth star quilt block

picture of a retro sawtooth star quilt block

picture of a brightly colored fun sawtooth star quilt block

picture of a blue plaid and yellow sawtooth star quilt block

picture of a feminine sawtooth star quilt block





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Miniature   <36"
Wall Hanging any size

36 x 36 up to 52 x 52


52-68 x 52-78


64-72  x  86-96


  70-88  x  88-100


  88-99  x  94-108


94-108  x  94-108


Pre-cut Quilt Squares

 4-Patch Quilt Block

Many beginning quilters like to buy quilt pre-cut quilt squares. While it is convenient, be aware you will need a lot of them. Here is approx how many 4-inch squares you need for the following size quilts without borders.

Crib 168
Twin 529
Double 624
Queen 728


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