Sawtooth Star Baby Quilt
The Desert Star Quilt is designed to showcase many fabrics and comes
together quickly, as it is made with larger sized blocks. You could also use
the same techniques shown to make a larger quilt with this versatile
pattern. Since it is made of half-square triangle quilt blocks, a basic
building block in quilting, it’s perfect for a beginner!
BEFORE YOU START
Finished Quilt measures 40” by 40”.
Quilt Blocks measure at 10” square when finished in the quilt.
This project uses a 1/4″ seam allowance.
The quilt is assembled using 12 half-square-triangle (HST) blocks and 4 solid squares. A half-square-triangle block is simply a square that is constructed from two different triangles of fabric that appear to cut the square block in half on the diagonal. There are several ways to create these blocks, but today we are going to share with you our favorite method.
- Sewing Machine
- ⅓ yard of eight coordinating fabrics
- ⅓ yard of white solid fabric
- 1 ¼ yards for quilt backing
- 1 ¼ yards of quilt batting (45” by 45”)
- ½ yard for quilt binding
Using a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat, cut:
– 4 solid white
fabric blocks cut to 10.5” by 10.5” square
– 8 solid white fabric blocks cut to
11.25” by 11.25” square
– 2 blocks each of 8 different coordinating
fabrics cut to 11.25” by 11.25” square
Place two squares of the
same size fabric directly on top of each other with right sides
together. Using a marking tool (or pencil) mark from one top corner
diagonally across the square and down to the opposite bottom corner of your
Using that line as a guide, sew along each side of that line
using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Using your scissors cut down the center line. This will create two
Open one of your newly created blocks
and press your seam over towards your darker fabric.
To construct this quilt you will need to take 8 of the coordinating
fabrics squares that measure 11.25″ by 11.25” and 8 of the solid white
squares that are 11.25” by 11.25” and make the 8 HST blocks that will make
up the outer HST of the quilt. You will have a leftover HST block for
another project. Trim each of these HST blocks to 10.5” square.
inner HST triangles will need to be made of the 8 coordinating fabrics made
into HST quilt blocks, following the chart below. For example, the orange
fabric and the dark navy fabric will be placed right sides together to form
the half-orange and half-navy HST Quilt block. Repeat for all 4 of the
middle HST blocks that make up the four center blocks of the quilt.
After creating the 4 middle HST triangle blocks, trim them down to 10.5”
Assemble the Quilt Top:
Lay out the quilt as shown in the diagram below, using the HST quilt blocks
and the four white 10.5” squares in the four outer corners.
Row #1: Take the first white block and place it on top of the
1st fabric (navy blue) HST block and stitch them together with a ¼” seam
allowance. Then repeat with the 2nd fabric (hot pink) and white HST quilt
block and the last white quilt square. Then stitch those two quilt sections
together to complete row #1.
Row #2: Take the 3rd fabric (orange) and
white HST triangle and place it on top of the (1st fabric and 3rd fabric)
HST and stitch them together with a ¼” seam allowance. Then take the (2nd
fabric and 4th fabric) HST and stitch it to the 4th fabric (green) and white
HST. Then stitch those two quilt sections together to complete row #2.
Row #3: Take the 5th fabric (yellow) and white HST triangle and place it
on top of the 5th fabric (yellow) and 6th fabric (light blue) HST and stitch
them together with a ¼” seam allowance. Then take the 7th fabric (red) and
8th (grey) fabric HST block and stitch it to the 8th fabric (grey) and white
HST. Then stitch those two quilt sections together to complete row #3.
Row #4: Take the third white block and place it on top of the 6th fabric
(light blue) HST block and stitch them together with a ¼” seam allowance.
Then repeat with the 7th fabric (red) and white HST quilt block and the last
white quilt square. Then stitch those two quilt sections together to
complete row #4.
Next, prepare your quilt backing and baste your
quilt with your preferred quilt basting method. You are now ready to quilt
your three quilt layers together. After you have quilted your quilt, it is
time to add your quilt binding. If you need a tutorial for doing that head
Project design by Elizabeth Evans and liZ Evans of Simple Simon - Courtesy of Olfa®