Sawtooth Star Quilt Block Tutorial

Each week for the Riley Blake Block Challenge we’ve been featuring and making simple, traditional quilt blocks. This week we’re making Sawtooth Star blocks. The Sawtooth Star is a traditional 8 point star (with probably many other names) and one of the most classic and versatile quilt blocks. 

Traditional Sawtooth Star Quilt Block tutorial available in multiple block sizes

As part of this Riley Blake Block Challenge I’ve been making 6″ and 12″ blocks. Scroll down to find links to instructions for all of the past week’s blocks in 6″ and 12″ sizes.

Multi-size Sawtooth Star Quilt Block tutorial

I’ve got a link to a tutorial to make Sawtooth Stars blocks, using my favorite short-cut flying gees method. This includes a free printable chart for making Star blocks ranging in sizes ranging from 4″ to 20″ and increments in between.

Sawtooth Star Quilt Block Tutorial Here

Sawtooth Star traditional quilt blocks by Amy Smart - Diary of a Quilter

For my block challenge quilt I’m using my Sugarhouse Park and coordinating Riley Blake woven ginghams for my blocks. 

In case you missed or are looking for the previous blocks for the quilt along you can find all of them linked below  If you’re sewing along with us make sure to use the hashtag #RBDBlockChallenge if you share you blocks on Instagram. You can see blocks other people are making here.

Week 1 – Churn Dash 

Week 2 – Log Cabin

Week 3 – Friendship Star

Week 4 – Economy Block

Week 5 – Nine Patch

Week 6 – Shoo Fly Block

A few people have asked me about fabric requirements for this quilt along. Because this is an informal block challenge without a specific pattern, there’s not a list of specific fabric requirements. It’s a great project for using up stash or leftover scraps. 

I will be putting my blocks together at the end (mid June) and share a tutorial for how I’m doing it. Once that happens, I’ll have a better idea of the fabric amounts for the finished quilt. 🙂

Sawtooth Star Quilt Inspiration

As I mentioned, the Sawtooth Star is SO versatile. Here’s some more Sawtooth Star quilt inspiration for you!

Using Sawtooth Star quilt blocks to spice up traditional patchwork

One thing I love to do with these classic star blocks is to throw a handful in to spice up a simple patchwork quilt. They give just a little bit of added interest to the quilt. As you can see, you can get a variety of looks from these blocks based on fabric placement and contrast.

You can make “solid” star blocks by using the same fabric for the star center as you use for your points as in this scrappy Gingham Girls variation made by Kairle Oaks.

Modern two tone gray and white Sawtooth Star free quilt pattern

Playing with color can create a whole new look for this traditional block. For example the two-tone gray and white creates a sleek, modern looking design in this quilt. (Free pattern here.)

This quilt also shows off another feature for Sawtooth Stars – the center portion of the star is perfect for featuring another quilt block, or a smaller scale repetition the larger block motif. 

Here’s a fun example of using orphan sawtooth star quilt blocks and making some cute quilt block coasters with a fussy-cut center motif.

Sawtooth Stars are definitely one of my go-to blocks for a little extra something-something.

How to make a Sawtooth Star Quilt block in multiple sizes by Amy Smart - Diary of a Quilter


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  • Reply
    May 11, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Thank you so much for the chart! This is my favorite block!! I’ve made some six inch scrappys, but really want to make a bed quilt out of BIG blocks. What solids go best with your Gingham Girls and Sunnyside Ave.? I have both in FQS. 🙂 I really like the primary color vibe of those lines.

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    May 12, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    I love this block. You are always inspiring Amy

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      May 13, 2020 at 9:54 pm

      You are so sweet, Rosemary. xo

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    Brenda King
    May 15, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    Beautiful blocks, Amy! Thanks for sharing! I love your color style! Brenda King, Bend, Oregon

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    May 16, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Love your blocks you always choose just the right fabric to showcase

    • Reply
      May 16, 2020 at 6:43 pm

      Thank you, Gloria!

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