Sawtooth Star Cutting Chart + Tutorial

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Today I have a little gift for you!
It's simple but hopefully, you'll enjoy it!
The Sawtooth Star block is one of the most basic,
yet classic quilt blocks around and today
I have a cutting chart for finished block sizes 3" - 20"!


Sawtooth Star Cutting Chart

FINISHED

BLOCK SIZE

BACKGROUND FABRIC

CUTTING

STAR FABRIC

CUTTING

3”

(4) 1 ¼” squares

(4) 1 ¼” x 2” rectangles

(8) 1 ¼” squares

(1) 2” square

4”

(4) 1 ½” squares

(4) 1 ½” x 2 ½” rectangles

(8) 1 ½” squares

(1) 2 ½” square

5”

(4) 1 ¾” squares

(4) 1 ¾” x 3” rectangles

(8) 1 ¾” squares

(1) 3” square

6”

(4) 2” squares

(4) 2” x 3 ½” rectangles

(8) 2” squares

(1) 3 ½” square

7”

(4) 2 ¼” squares

(4) 2 ¼” x 4” rectangles

(8) 2 ¼” squares

(1) 4” square

8”

(4) 2 ½” squares

(4) 2 ½” x 4 ½” rectangles

(8) 2 ½” squares

(1) 4 ½” square

9”

(4) 2 ¾” squares

(4) 2 ¾” x 5” rectangles

(8) 2 ¾” squares

(1) 5” square

10”

(4) 3” squares

(4) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles

(8) 3” squares

(1) 5 ½” square

11”

(4) 3 ¼” squares

(4) 3 ¼” x 6” rectangles

(8) 3 ¼” squares

(1) 6” square

12”

(4) 3 ½” squares

(4) 3 ½” x 6 ½” rectangles

(8) 3 ½” squares

(1) 6 ½” square

13”

(4) 3 ¾” squares

(4) 3 ¾” x 7” rectangles

(8) 3 ¾” squares

(1) 7” square

14”

(4) 4” squares

(4) 4” x 7 ½” rectangles

(8) 4” squares

(1) 7 ½” square

15”

(4) 4 ¼” squares

(4) 4 ¼” x 8” rectangles

(8) 4 ¼” squares

(1) 8” square

16”

(4) 4 ½” squares

(4) 4 ½” x 8 ½” rectangles

(8) 4 ½” squares

(1) 8 ½” square

17”

(4) 4 ¾” squares

(4) 4 ¾” x 9” rectangles

(8) 4 ¾” squares

(1) 9” square

18”

(4) 5” squares

(4) 5” x 9 ½” rectangles

(8) 5” squares

(1) 9 ½” square

19”

(4) 5 ¼” squares

(4) 5 ¼” x 10” rectangles

(8) 5 ¼” squares

(1) 10” square

20”

(4) 5 ½” squares

(4) 5 ½” x 10 ½” rectangles

(8) 5 ½” squares

(1) 10 ½” square


Click HERE for a printable version of this chart.
(Please do not redistribute this chart; it is for your personal use only.
But please do tell your quilting friends about this post so they can
check it out for themselves!)

Here's a quick tutorial on how to make a Sawtooth Star block:

1. Cut out the required pieces for your chosen block size.


2. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of your smaller
squares from the Star fabric.  (You can skip this step if you have Diagonal
Seam Tape from Cluck Cluck Sew.  See product information for details).


3. Place a marked square on one end of a background fabric rectangle
with right sides together.  Stitch on the marked line.  Trim 1/4" from the line.  
Press the seam allowance toward the dark fabric.


4.  Repeat step 3 on the opposite end of the rectangle.  Make 4 Flying Geese units. 


5. Layout the 4 Flying Geese units, 4 background fabric squares,
and 1 large square from your Star fabric as shown.  Sew the pieces
together in rows.  Press the seam allowances toward the squares.


6. Sew the rows together and press the seam allowances toward
the block center.


And there you have it!  A very classic Sawtooth Star block!

Note: I am making 12" Stars for my project.  The cutoffs from making
my Flying Geese units are a decent size so I plan to
make those into Half-Square Triangles for a bonus project!

Also, if you are not using sashing between the blocks,
I would recommend pressing your seam allowances open.
I am using sashing between my blocks.

[6" Stars from my Two Stars a Day quilt]

I hope you find this cutting chart and tutorial
very useful, for many years to come!
Tag me on Instagram if you use them!
I'd love to see what you're working on!

Happy quilting!

Bloom True Fabric Tour + a New Quilt Pattern!

Friday, June 17, 2022

When Poppie Cotton emailed me to see if I would like to be a part of a fabric tour 
for their new line, Bloom True, I just had to say, "YES!"  I love this fabric line! 


The line was designed by Terri Conrad and
all of the fabrics have a beautiful vintage feel!
Pretty florals, damasks, and geometric prints in 
different shades of pink, mint, and golden yellows, 
with little accents of green, black, and white.
So pretty!


I designed a fun flower block to go with the line.
I'm calling this pattern, Flower Farm!


The flower blocks feature sweet pinwheels and the sashing
creates a fun secondary pattern!  I'd say this is
a beginner-friendly pattern!


It comes with instructions for 5 different sizes:
baby, throw, twin, queen, and king.


The quilting on my quilt is called Garden Trellis by Karlee Porter Designs.
Jen Ostler quilted it for me and I think it turned out so pretty!


I bound it in one of my favorite prints from the line.
It's called Flora Black and it's a small floral print
that has all of the colors from the line!

Flower Farm is fat eighth/fat quarter friendly!
The PDF pattern is available in my Etsy shop HERE.
The Paper pattern is available in my Etsy shop HERE.


A big thanks to Poppie Cotton for inviting me to be a part of the
Bloom True fabric tour!  I seriously love this line
and can see many more Bloom True projects in my future!

Garden of Quilts

Friday, June 10, 2022

 Hey friends!
I've been meaning to tell you that I will be teaching and presenting
at the Garden of Quilts this year!  I'm so excited!

If you haven't heard of the Garden of Quilts, it's a 4-day event for quilters at the
beautiful Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, UT.






It's a stunning venue!  
I've been to the Garden of Quilts once; 
there are quilts hung all around the 50 acres, plus tons of classes, vendors, and lectures!


Dates: September 14th - 17th, 2022.

I will be teaching 3 classes:

PINEAPPLE BLOCK
FOUNDATION PAPER PIECING 
Friday 2-5 p.m.
Sign up HERE.

STASH HASH
Saturday 9 a.m. - Noon
Sign up HERE.

UNITED
Saturday 2-5 p.m.
Sign up HERE.
Click on the link above each photo for details and prices for each class.

I also get to present all the quilts from my new book, Quilt the Rainbow!
(All lectures, trunk shows, and demos are included 
in the Garden of Quilts admission price.)


I'll be talking about how to create beautiful quilts 
with these 10 scrap/stash-friendly projects!  I can't wait to tell you 
all about the book and for you to see the quilts in person!

There are so many other awesome fabric and quilt designers that will
be presenting and teaching too.  It's sure to be an unforgettable few days so grab your 
friends or family and treat yourselves to a wonderful quilty weekend!
I can't wait to meet you!

Click HERE for all the details.

Another Boxy Quilt

Thursday, June 2, 2022

 I started this quilt on March 9th, 2022 and just finished
it yesterday, June 1st, 2022.  I somehow even talked my husband into going 
into the hills by our house yesterday to help me get some photos.


This is my second Boxy quilt.  It's such a quick, easy pattern to make!
The first one I made was in really bright fabrics so I wanted
to see what a softer version would look like.  
Click HERE to see the original version.


Plus I had these two Dover charm packs (by Brenda Riddle Designs for Moda)
in my stash that I thought would be perfect for this pattern!
The pattern calls for charm packs  + solids but instead of using
solids this time, I pulled a bunch of coordinating print fabrics from
my stash to make it extra scrappy!


The blocks are fun to make and very beginner-friendly.
Someone even suggested using a fussy cut fabric in the center
of the blocks and I think that would be a wonderful touch!


This pattern would be perfect in any colorway!
It comes with instructions for twin, queen, and king-size quilts.


The edge-to-edge quilting panto is called Moulin Rouge
and my friend Jen Ostler (@drycreekquilter on Instagram) quilted 
it for me.  I actually let her surprise me with the design
because I couldn't decide between that and another more
geometric design.  I think this turned out beautiful!


I had all of the fabric in my stash except for the binding fabric
(which is the aqua floral from the Dover line).
The background fabric is a cream linen fabric and the
backing is a cream and black plaid woven fabric that
I had in my stash for years!!  Glad I finally found a use for it!


If you want to snag a copy of Boxy, visit my Etsy shop
HERE.  I have paper and PDF patterns available.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Quilt the Rainbow Book

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

 Good morning friends!
My new book, Quilt the Rainbow is hitting stores TODAY
so I wanted to take a few minutes, here on the blog, to tell you all about it!


THE INSPIRATION

One day, back in October of 2020, I was looking at my pretty little stacks of fabric 
organized in rainbow order and thought to myself, wouldn't it be nice if there were patterns 
to help me whittle down each color of my stash?  (If you've been following along with me 
for a while you know that I LOVE using my stash and I love scrap quilts.  
I honestly don't like having a huge stash; I'm constantly trying to use up what I have!)  
I thought I should create those patterns and knew they all needed to be together in one place
so the idea for my second book was born.

I reached out to my publishing company, Martingale, to see what they
thought about the concept and surprisingly they said they hadn't really done
one like that before!  I'm so glad they were game for the idea and even liked
my idea for the title, Quilt the Rainbow.





THE CONTENTS

In the book, I included 10 stash-friendly patterns; one in red, pink, orange,
yellow, green, aqua, blue, purple, black, and one multi-color quilt!  Of couse every
quilt would be cute in any color way!  Most of them would be very easy to adapt
to a smaller or larger size, too!

I also share alot of fun tidbits including the meaning/symbolism of each color, 
how to cut and store fabric for scrap quilts, how to choose fabrics for beautiful, cohesive 
scrap quilts, how to make scrappy quilt backs, how to make scrappy bindings, 
how to spiderweb piece, all the quilt-making basics you need to know, 
and some of my favorite time-saving notions.  It's chock-full of 
useful information and inspiring photography!
I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!

THE PROJECTS

Sew Delightful (red)

Scrapology (pink)


Blossoms & Buds (orange)

Crowning Glory (yellow)

Box Elder Trail (green)

Seaside (aqua)

Patchwork Plaid (blue)

Glimmer of Light (purple)

Tile Revival (black)

Star Studded (multi-color)

I hope you are envisioning some of those patterns in
your own favorite color ways!  
[All images above are courtesy of Martingale Publishing.]


FUN TIMES ARE COMING

I have a Quilt the Rainbow book tour starting
July 1st, 2022. I've invited 10 friends to make their own versions
of the projets in the book so I hope you'll follow along on Instagram
in July and August.  I'll do a final roundup post at the end
(here on the blog, in case you're not on Instagram).

I will also be hosting a quilt-along for the aqua quilt (Seaside)
in September.  I have my fabrics all picked out (I'm really into these earthy colors 
right now!)  Stay tuned for more details!


I'm so anxious to remake a lot of the quilts in different color ways.
So if you are interested in whittling down your fabric stash and quilting 
the rainbow with me, grab your own copy of the book and let's get started!


WHERE TO BUY

You can purchase Quilt the Rainbow at the:

Or I would LOVE for you to ask your local quilt shop to carry it!

If you are a quilt shop and would like to order
Quilt the Rainbow at wholesale prices, visit Martingale.com HERE or 
Checker Distributors HERE.  Please shoot me an email with your website listing link 
and I will add you to the list!


I hope you will love Quilt the Rainbow as much as much as I do!
It really was a project from the heart.