Spool Sawtooth Quilt Block for Beginners

The Spool Sawtooth quilt block is an easy block for a beginning quilter!  This is the eighth 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 Spool 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 2 – 2” x 4 ½” strips.  White fabric cut 4 – 2” x 2” squares and 2 – 1 ½” x 2” strips.

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 Spool 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

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

drawing diagonal line on cream fabric squares with pencil

Place 2 of the white squares on the end of each of the red strips.  Sewing from the center toward the outside corner stitch the white blocks onto the red strips sewing along the drawn line.  Trim the outside corner ¼” from the seam and press toward the red piece.

Repeat this step for the other two white squares.  But place them on the red unit facing in the opposite direction so the finished row looks almost like a flying geese block!

Right sides together sew the white strips onto the red square to form row 2.  Press seams outward from the center.

Layout the rows to form the shape of this cross block.

layout of finished spool block unit

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.

sewing rows of spool unit

Press seams open.

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

finished spool unit rotary cutter plastic ruler

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 spool 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 flying geese units onto center unit

Now there are three rows to sew together!

three rows of spool 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.

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 spool sawtooth star quilt block with rotary cutter and plastic ruler

This little spool is too cool!

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

Happy quilting!!!


finished red and cream spool sawtooth star quilt block

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