I’m so thrilled to have Charlotte Newland leading our first-ever Block of the Month adventure! Charlotte will be teaching a class on this month’s block, the Sawtooth Star, on Monday, 17 August, 6:30pm – 9pm. If you’re following along at home, you can find all of the blog posts about the Star Block of the Month here and we sell kits here. Don’t forget to tag any Instagram posts related to the Star Block of the Month with #starbotm. Take it away, Charlotte!
Welcome back to the Star Block of the Month! It’s another simple summer-friendly block this month, made with squares and flying geese – the sawtooth star.
We will be sewing two 8” blocks (8.5” unfinished), and making them up to 12″ (12.5″ unfinished) with sashing. Both blocks are sashed identically. This diagram gives you the arrangement of colours in the block. As usual, the blank areas are sewn from background fabric:
Cut the following for each block:
First, we will use the no-waste method to make the flying geese. Take your four 2 7/8″ colour 2 squares and draw a diagonal line across each one. Place two of the squares right sides together with the 5.25″ background square, sew a scant 1/4″ from each side of the line, then cut in half as below:
Press the triangle pieces away, then sew another colour 2 square to each of these two pieces, stitching a scant 1/4″ away from the drawn line as usual. Cut each of these in half, press the coloured triangle away from the background piece, and trim each flying goose to 4.5″ x 2.5″:
Lay out your pieces to match the block diagram and sew together:
Repeat with the other set of fabrics to make a pair of blocks, then cut the sashing strips for each block:
Add sashing according to the block layout diagrams (both blocks are sashed in the same way). Attach the 8.5” pieces to the top and bottom of the block first, press, then add the 12.5” strips to the sides.
That’s it for now, see you in September!