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!


65 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I would say more than 20 different stars I have a fetish for them they add so much life to a quilt!

    deb on May 28, 2018
  • I’m sure I’ve done over 10 star blocks! I’ve done a sampler with 8 different blocks, a wallhanging! My first quilt ever many years ago was a queen sized quilt with a single lone star, very large! Lol took me forever and back then I hand quilted the whole thing! Yikes! I’ve done some smaller wall hangings with star blocks! Haha can u tell I LOVE star 🌟 blocks?

    —Judy on May 28, 2018
  • 4 to 10.I make QOV.

    —Janet Flugum on May 28, 2018
  • I’ve definitely made more than 10! Stars have always been a favorite of mine.

    —Debbie Y on May 28, 2018
  • MORE THAN 10!!!!

    —jackie norwood on May 28, 2018
  • I’m sad to say I haven’t tackled the star block at all. But it is on my list!!

    —ELIZABETH KUNTZ on May 28, 2018
  • I watched your video and realized I actually did make 3 blocks of sawtooth stars for a class I took. I guess I need to learn the names of Quilt blocks.

    —ELIZABETH KUNTZ on May 28, 2018
  • I love star blocks and have made at least ten variations. The Ohio star block is one of my favorites.

    —Maria Zook on May 28, 2018
  • I’ve made 4-10. I love star quilts!!

    —Lenny on May 28, 2018
  • I love star blocks!! I’ve only made about 3 or 4 different star blocks. It seems I keep returning to my favorites.

    —Mary B on May 28, 2018
  • I’ve probably done at least 10 or more different "star" blocks – and currently have a half-completed "Amish Star" quilt to assemble. It was a block lotto that I won a few years ago – it just needs a few more stars to make it into a lap-sized quilt.

    Jannette B. on May 28, 2018
  • I have made 4-10 star quilts. Star blocks are one of my top favorites!

    —Wendy on May 28, 2018
  • I always love a star quilt and have made at least 8-10 – maybe more. Great book with lots of fun takes on stars.

    —Chris on May 28, 2018
  • I believe I’ve made in the 4 – 10 category. My favorite star quilt, called "Lucky Star" is displayed on my sofa.

    —Diana DeWitt on May 28, 2018
  • 4-10

    —Mary on May 28, 2018
  • More than 10. Star quilts are my favorite.

    —Leslie Holm on May 28, 2018
  • More than 10 for me. Love the star block right up there with any basket blocks. Star blocks can fill in a blank space of a quilt and add some pizzazz..

    —Barb Dwyer on May 28, 2018
  • I have made 4-10 of those blocks, the hardest is the Lemoyne Star.

    —Frances Claassens on May 28, 2018
  • I have made somewhere between 4 to 10.

    —Lynette Wilson on May 28, 2018
  • I would say 4-10 different kinds of stars.

    —Lorraine on May 28, 2018
  • Stars are my favorite; more than 10, easy.

    —Susan Mormile on May 28, 2018
  • Probably three or four

    —Geri on May 28, 2018
  • 4 to 10

    —AUDREY on May 28, 2018
  • 4 to 10 so love a star block….happyness04431@yahoo.com

    —Anna brown on May 28, 2018
  • Probably more than ten. I tend to gravitate towards star quilts, not sure what it is about them that strikes my fancy.

    —Carol on May 28, 2018
  • Between 4-10. I love different stars.

    —Marsha Nelson on May 28, 2018
  • I have made 4-10 different stars. I love all things starry!

    —Molly Riemann on May 28, 2018
  • I’m in the 1-3 category. Found one I like, and I stick to it. May need to venture into the unknown and get out of my comfort zone.

    —SandyMay on May 28, 2018
  • None-I’ll wait until the book goes on sale!!

    —Ann Parazin on May 28, 2018
  • I believe I have done over 10 but I have lost count. I would love to do more!!!!!

    —Stacey on May 28, 2018
  • Good morning from Australia, I have made more than 10 star bocks love them ……Noelene

    —Noelene winter on May 28, 2018
  • I love star quilts – I have made more than 10. I will probably go on to make many more star quilts!

    —Ann West on May 28, 2018
  • $ to 10. I love star blocks.

    —Gail on May 28, 2018
  • I am just in the finishing stage of making a multi star quilt more than 10 different stars it was fun. This is the 1st time I have made a quilt for myself after 25 years of quilting.

    —ELIZAJANE on May 28, 2018
  • I have many star blocks as they truly are universal and found in so many designs.

    —Sue on May 28, 2018
  • 4-10, maybe more. Love Stars in quilts, always drawn to patterns that have some type of star.

    —Connie on May 28, 2018
  • More than 10, I’ve lost count.

    —stephanie Woodward on May 28, 2018
  • None, but I’d love to make one!

    —TheQuiltedDog on May 28, 2018
  • Since I do Quilts of Valor, I make LOTS of stars of all kinds!!

    Barbara Winkler on May 28, 2018
  • 4 to 10

    —A.Bouwman on May 28, 2018
  • Dozens! I, too, love star blocks!

    —Linda Towers on May 28, 2018
  • Not really sure how many stars I’ve made but I’m sure it’s more than 10.

    —Rilla Burnham on May 29, 2018
  • More than 10. I love stars.

    —Phyllis K Menefee on May 29, 2018
  • I would say 4-10. My first quilt was a Milky Way pattern and my first BOM quilt was called Stairway to the Stars!

    —Patty on May 29, 2018
  • None yet! Thanks for the tutorial!

    —Nancy on May 29, 2018
  • More than 10. I made a 12 block quilt at my LQS with that many stars in it. I love stars! I have made the sawtooth star with half square triangles and flying geese.

    —Jackie on May 29, 2018
  • More than 10. I love stars!

    —Nancy on May 29, 2018
  • I have made more than 10. Star blocks are one of my favorite blocks.

    —Patricia Phaiah on May 29, 2018
  • I’ve made about 5 different star blocks and love them all. A few were just to see if I could accomplish them especially the feathered star block.

    —Eleanor K HunzingerI on May 30, 2018
  • Quite a few more than 10. Stars are my favorite quilt pattern.

    —Julia Stavran on May 30, 2018
  • I have made 4-10 different star blocks easily. And I even change them up with my own ideas along the way. Being a scrappy quilter the ideas are just limitless.

    —Sue F on May 31, 2018
  • I love star blocks. I must have made more than 10 different ones.

    —Donna on June 5, 2018
  • Sad to say I have never made a star block even though I love them.

    —Vivian Bernsen on June 8, 2018
  • Many more than 10

    —Lonna Hammond on June 8, 2018
  • More than 10! Stars are a favorite of mine.

    —Karen on June 8, 2018
  • I’ve made more than 10 star blocks. Definitely my favorite. Very versatile.

    —Karen on June 8, 2018
  • I love star blocks – probably have used over 5 different star patterns.

    —Deb S on June 8, 2018
  • They are always so fun, that I use them in almost everything. I am sure that I have many more than 10

    —Sherbie Tollefson on June 8, 2018
  • More than 10

    —Sumru on June 8, 2018
  • Possibly 8-10 Star blocks! But love to look at them!
    Barbara

    —Barbara Niekerk on June 8, 2018
  • Making a baby quilt with stars right now.Before that only some pot holders.

    —Inger Martinson on June 8, 2018
  • I’m making a baby quilt with stars right now. Before that only some pot holders

    —Inger Martinson on June 8, 2018
  • I’m making a baby quilt with stars right now. Before that only some potholders.

    —Inger Martinson on June 8, 2018
  • 5 OR MORE I REALLY VARIOUS STAR PATTERNS AS WELL AS CREATE MY OWN THANKS

    —IRENE on June 9, 2018
  • 4 to 10. I love star blocks. Don’t make them very iften.

    —Eileen Suderman on June 15, 2018

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