Friday, May 1, 2015

Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sawtooth Sampler - Green Block 1 - Sawtooth Star in a Star

It had to happen eventually.  I just couldn't make a Sawtooth Star Sampler without a Sawtooth Star as one of the Sampler blocks.

The smaller 6 inch version of the block will need 2 inch strips for the star points.  Use green strips together with the easy angle ruler to cut 8 triangles for the star points.  
 Use a 2 inch strip of the background fabric together with the companion angle ruler to make the geese bodies.  Go ahead and sew these together, you can use the directions from the Sawtooth star tutorial found here.
In addition to the four star points, you will also need 4 -  2 inch squares of background fabric and one 3.5 inch square of a different green.  I was really tempted to turn this square into another sawtooth star, but I restrained myself.  It would be a great place to showcase a novelty print or even a crumb or string block.
 Some people have been having trouble with the points of the star. It can be tricky to get everything to match up just right.  I have found that sewing with the geese on top is the easiest way to control the seams.  The top seam should cross exactly over the intersection of the two seams that form the tip of the goose block.  See the spot right there where the scissors are pointing?  Three seams all come together right there.  This, together with pressing away from the goose block, should give you lovely points.

 Go ahead and sew the star together as a nine patch.  Always press away from the goose units.
Next, add the larger star points using the Sawtooth Star tutorial found here.  


Scrappy quilter said...

I've already did one only in one of the other colors. I loved how it turned out.

Vicki W said...

Oh, that's a pretty block! Love the fabric you picked for the center.

Delighted Hands said...

Excellent and so green-pretty!

Kate said...

Beautifully done!

Kathy's A Quilter said...

I did make one with a string centre, though I was tempted to make a smaller sawtooth for the centre. But the madness has to stop somewhere!