Sawtooth Star quilt-block pattern, step by step (video)

Sawtooth Star blockStar blocks have been around as long as quiltmaking itself. There might be enough different Star block patterns to populate a whole galaxy!

One of the most iconic star motifs in quilting is the basic eight-pointed star, and there are dozens of variations. As with many other common blocks, you can take your pick of various methods for constructing an eight-pointed star depending on the look you want to achieve. Today, we’re sharing how to make perhaps the most classic of all star blocks: the Sawtooth Star quilt-block pattern. The how-to comes from the book Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Star Blocks (and we certainly do!).

This Sawtooth Star block measures 12½" square, including seam allowances. Grab a trio of fabrics and give the block a try—just follow along with the video!


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Now that you’ve learned the basics of sewing a Sawtooth Star block, you can create lots of variations! There are eight different kinds of Sawtooth Star blocks in Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Star Blocks, along with other types of star-studded designs—take a look at all the quilts you can choose from in the book:

Quilts from Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Star Blocks
Create starry quilts with Melissa Corry, Amy Ellis, Lynne Hagmeier, Kimberly Jolly, Sue Pfau, and more

Sew many stars! The book also shares a step-by-step technique for making another beautiful star block, the LeMoyne Star. We’ll share a how-to for that block in a future post, right here at Stitch This!

How many different kinds of star blocks have you made?

  • 1 to 3
  • 4 to 10
  • More than 10
  • None yet—but these sparkly quilts are setting my sights on stars!

Tell us in the comments!


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