Striped Sawtooth Quilt Block for Beginners

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

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

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Cutting Fabric for the Striped Sawtooth Quilt Block

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

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

four red fabric strips 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 Striped 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

Layout the strips in the order you’d like them to be placed.

layout of four red fabric strips

Place the top two strips right sides together and sew them to each other.  Do this to the two bottom two strips also.  Now you have two rows!

Place the two rows right sides together.  Line up the center seams, pin in place, and sew the two rows together.  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.

diagram of quilt block layout

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 block

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.

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 quilt block with rotary cutter and plastic ruler

This strippy block is so easy to make!

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

Happy quilting!!!


finished striped sawtooth star quilt block in red and cream fabric

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