Snowball Sawtooth Quilt Block for Beginners

The Snowball Sawtooth quilt block is an easy block for a beginning quilter!  This is the ninth 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 Snowball Sawtooth Quilt Block

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

Center:  Red fabric cut 1 – 4 ½” x 4 ½”.  White fabric cut 4 – 1 ½” x 1 ½” squares.

red and cream fabric squares rotary cutter plastic ruler on cutting mat

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 Snowball 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.

four no waste flying geese units

Sew the 4 ½” x 4 ¼” Center Block

Draw a diagonal line on the back of each of the small white squares.

drawing diagonal line with pencil on fabric squares

Lay out the squares in each corner of the red square so the diagonal lines are perpendicular to the corner of the red square.

Pin and sew each white square onto the corners of the red square, stitching along the drawn line.

sewing pinned squares onto large red fabric square

Trim the outer edge of each corner to within ¼” of the seam.

Press seams toward the red square.

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 red and cream fabric units for snowball sawtooth star quilt 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.

sewing corner square onto flying geese unit

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.

sewing two flying geese units on center block unit

Now there are three rows to sew together!

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

sewing row of snowball sawtooth star quilt block

Press seams open.

pressing 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!

This little snowball sawtooth star block is chill!

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

Happy quilting!!!


snowball sawtooth star quilt block in red and cream

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