Monday, March 2, 2009

Autumn Cabins: Sawtooth Star Four Patch

12" Finished block

These instructions are for ONE block. You will need FOUR of these blocks to complete this quilt. This will allow you to test one, then if you choose go back and cut for the rest.

***NOTE*** For this block in particular, I am giving instructions on piecing a 6" (6 1/2" unfinished) sawtooth star block. What is needed for the Autumn Cabins quilt, are FOUR blocks, consisting of FOUR 6" sawtooth star units. In total, you will have SIXTEEN 6" sawtooth star blocks, that will be sewn together into four blocks, to be added to the quilt. It will be useful, to read through these instructions before you begin cutting.

From creams/background:
- cut 4 squares 2 x 2
- cut 4 rectangles 2 x 3 1/2

From Darks (red, orange, deep brown, deep purple, olive green, deep blue):
- cut 1 square 3 1/2 x 3 1/2
- cut 8 squares 2 x 2

Piecing the Block:
To make the sawtooth star block you will need to create four flying geese units. To make a flying geese unit, lay right sides together, one 2 x 2 square cut from darks, onto the left side of one 2 x 3 1/2 rectangle cut from creams/background fabric. Draw a line from corner to corner diagonally on the wrong side of the dark square to use as your sewing guide. Sew, press, and trim seam to 1/4".

Repeat for the opposite side of the rectangle, with another 2 x 2 square cut from darks. Double check before sewing that the line you drew from corner to corner as a sewing guide is going in the correct direction, otherwise you will not end up with a goose!

Repeat these steps three more times, to create a total of FOUR flying geese units.

Next, sew one 2 x 2 square cut from cream/background fabric to both ends of two of your flying geese units.

Sew the remaining two flying geese units to the top and bottom of your 3 1/2" square cut from darks. Sew the flying geese units with 2" squares on each end, to the left and right side of your 3 1/2 square/geese to finish the star block.

Remember, you need four 6 1/2" unfinished sawtooth star blocks to make one of the center blocks of the Autumn Cabins quilt.


holly said...

Beautiful blocks as always. I love the colors you used. It is right up my alley.

*karendianne. said...

Great block inspiration.

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