Cross Sawtooth Quilt Block for Beginners

The Cross Sawtooth quilt block is an easy block for a beginning quilter!  This is the seventh block in the Scrappy Stars Quilt Pattern series.  

In about an hour you can make this easy 8 ½” x 8 ½” block!!!   

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Cutting Fabric for the Cross Sawtooth Quilt Block

Refer to the Scrappy Stars Quilt Pattern for total fabric requirements. 

Center:  Red fabric cut 1 – 1 ½” x 1 ½” square and 4 – 1 ½” x 2” strips.  White fabric cut 4 – 2” x 2” squares.

red and cream fabric squares and strips

Outer Corners:  Cut 4 – 2 ½” x 2 ½” white squares

Flying Geese:  Cut 1 – 5 ¼” x 5 ¼” white square and 4 – 2 ⅞” x 2 ⅞” red squares.

Sew the Cross Sawtooth Quilt Block

Refer to the Easy No Waste Flying Geese Block post on how to sew the four flying geese needed for this block.

Sew the 4 ½” x 4 ¼” Center Block

Layout the cut pieces to form the shape of this cross block.

layout of fabric pieces in red and cream to form cross shape

Sew the pieces of each row together.

three rows of cross block

Press the seams of row 1 to the right, row 2 to the left, and row 3 to the right.  This way the seams will nest when you sew the rows together.

With the right sides together center the seams of rows 1 and 2, pin, and sew the two rows together.  Right sides together center the seams of rows 2 and 3.  Sew row 3 onto row 2 to form the center block.

Press seams open.

Trim to 4 ½” x 4 ½” square, if needed.

Finish the Block

Arrange the flying geese blocks around the center of the 4 ½” x 4 ½” center square.  Place the 2 ½” x 2 ½” white squares in each corner.

layout of units and squares for cross sawtooth star block

Sew both white corners onto the top flying geese block and both white corners on the bottom flying geese block.  Press the seams outward toward the corners.

Sew each of the flying geese blocks to the sides of the 4 ½” x 4 ½” center square.  Press the seams inward toward the center.

Now there are three rows to sew together!

three rows of cross sawtooth star block

Sew the top row onto the top of the center row.  Then sew the bottom row onto the bottom of the center row.

Press seams open.

pressing finished quilt block with iron

Trim the block, if necessary, to measure 8 ½” x 8 ½” square.  I like to use the 12 ½” square Omnigrip Plastic Ruler to accomplish this task!

trimming quilt block with rotary cutter and plastic ruler

Have fun making this fun cross sawtooth star block!

Watch for the next block in this series to continue making the Scrappy Stars Quilt Pattern.

Happy quilting!!!


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