Monday, November 2, 2015

Sawtooth star instructions

You'll need to have two fabrics with contrast between them. Light/dark is easy; medium/dark can work too.

You'll need the following:
4 x 2" cut
1 x 4-1/2 " cut twice on the diagonal 

1 x 3-1/2" cut
4 x 2-3/4" cut once on the diagonal 

This is what it will look like:

You're going to sew the navy triangles onto the larger  white  triangles. Match the corners:
Then press the  seam towards the dark:

Repeat on the other side and press the same way:
These are the 4 flying geese units which, when trimmed, will measure 2 x 3-1/2" unfinished. This is where the flying geese rulers come in handy to ensure the center angles are intact after trimming!

I trim the top and bottom first; then the sides. I find the Quilt in a Day ruler is a little easier to trim the sides. 

This method gives larger units which are easy to trim down. I hate having my pieces too small!! You can use any method you want to make these units. I sometimes even paper piece them using the Triangulations cd.

Now comes the assembly part:

Most important!! Make sure your seams are a scant 1/4" so the block will measure 6-1/2" unfinished!!

You can do it in reverse:

You can mix up the fabrics a little too:

A set consists of 5 blocks placed into a zip lock Baggie with your name on the bag. The 5 blocks can be different or the same. Up to you. You may make as many sets as you'd like. 

What is a reproduction fabric? Generally more muted colors. Not neon!  Not bright!  Not 1930s! 

Please send your packages to me along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. If you weigh the whole thing at the post office, they'll give you a stamp for the return envelope. 

Email me for my address

Please let me know when they're on the way. Deadline is Nov 30!! 

Any questions? Don't hesitate to ask. 
Most important thing is accuracy in a swap. Nothing is worse than receiving blocks that are the wrong size!! So please measure measure measure before sending them out ! Did I say measure ??

Thanks for participating!!


  1. It's OK for me ! For the blocks and our meeting ! I hope we could do it !! :)

  2. Thanks Randy! I'll get mine out ASAP. Can't wait to see them all.

  3. Mailing mine out tomorrow :0) Thanks Randy and Happy Sewing!

  4. Finished my up at a quilt retreat this weekend ... in the mail to you Monday. This was really a fun, easy block and your instructions were great. Used a "goose" tool that a friend brought to square them up and it was easy peasy!! Linda

  5. WOW! These things are like eating potato chips!! You can't stop making them!! LOL

  6. The stars look great! It will be a fun swap! To bad I'm such a piker, LOL! cheers!