Learn How to Make a Quilt – Make Quilt Block 8 – Sawtooth Star Block | Fat Quarter Shop


(upbeat music) – Welcome to the ultimate
beginner quilt series, by Fat Quarter Shop. In this series, I’m gonna be showing you how to make a quilt, all the way from the start to the finish. This series is sponsored by Moda Fabrics, and EverSewn sewing machines. I’m gonna be giving you lot’s of tips, and we’re gonna be building
our first quilt together. In this video, we’re gonna
be making block eight, which is our sawtooth star block, and since we have made
flying geese previously, this is gonna be a breeze for you, because we’re just gonna
be making flying geese, adding squares, and turning
it into a beautiful star. Make sure to subscribe
to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of our videos. Let’s get started. So first, we’re gonna
download our free pattern and look at the cutting. From our green, we’re gonna cut one six and a half inch
square, which is our fabric A. From our yellow, we’re gonna cut four three and a half by six
and a half inch rectangles, and that will be fabric B. From our aqua, we will make eight three
and a half inch squares, which is our fabric C, and from our red, we’re gonna make four three and a half
inch squares from our D. So let’s get cutting. So we’re gonna first start
with our green fabric, and we need to cut a six
and a half inch square. So our ruler is already
six and a half inches, so you can just cut one
side, set this aside, and then you’re just gonna rotate. The ruler is already six and a half, so you just put that right
on the edge and trim, and then we’re going to turn that, and line up the line here to
make sure you’re square, trim, and rotate, and you’re gonna have a six and a half inch square, and here, what I like to
do is lighten up the left, and one of the lines at the top, and I’ve got a six and a half inch square. I’m gonna label that with an alpha bitty and put that on our design board, so that is our green fabric. From our yellow fabric, we need to cut four three and a half by six and a half inch squares. So I’m gonna show you a little trick. So we can get four three
and a half inch cuts across the width, ’cause three and a half times four is less than 20 inches, and across the fat corner is 10 inches. So what I’m gonna do here is I’m gonna cut two layers
at a time, to save time. So I’m gonna do a straightening edge, and then I’m gonna rotate my fabrics without moving anything. We’re gonna cut six and a half inches, which is really easy, since the ruler is six
and a half inches wide. Cut. Rotate again. Line up the line on the top. Cut. Rotate, and we’re gonna cut
three and a half inches twice. And again, I’m gonna line
up the left and the top. Cut. And that gives us four rectangles. We’re gonna label that with
our alpha biddies as fabric B. Put that on our design board. So from our aqua, we need eight three and
a half inch squares, so I’m gonna make a straightening cut. And then I’m gonna cut a
three and a half inch strip. Just lining up on the three and a half, cut one more time at
three and a half inches. And now we’re gonna sub-cut
these into eight squares. So I’m gonna cut them one at a time. So I’m going to make a straightening cut. Make sure you get all your selvedge off, and then we’re gonna cut
four times on each strip, at the three and a half inch mark, and again, when you’re cutting, you’re gonna line up the top and the left. And just take your time. So that’s our first square. Second square. Third square. Fourth square, and we can actually get one more. I’m surprised, so we’re gonna
do one more on this strip, and that is gonna give you five, and we need three more. Just set these aside. On this strip, just do
a straightening cut, making sure to get all of my selvedge off, all of the little dots
on the selvedge off. And we just need to cut three more three and a half inch squares. Once, twice. And you always wanna
measure twice, cut once, so you just line it up,
could save this for later, and we have eight three
and a half inch squares. We’re gonna label this as C. From this fabric, we’re gonna cut four three
and a half inch squares. So I’m just gonna pick a
side, do a straightening cut, rotate, I’m gonna cut a three
and a half inch strip first. We’re gonna cut the
same way we did before. We’re gonna try to get four out of this, and see if we get four. One, then I’m really lining up, two. Three. Oops, we were able to get four. That’s awesome, so we don’t
have to make another cut. So these are our four fabric Ds. We put them on our design board, and now we can start assembling. The first step in your pattern
is to make flying geese. Take your fabric C squares and draw a line on the wrong side. Since we’re working with solids, there isn’t a right and wrong side. I’m using a friction pen, it will disappear with heat later, it’s my favorite marking tool, but there are a lot of
marking tools on the market, and you can just find
whatever works best for you. I’m going to draw a line on the wrong side of all
eight of these squares. Now once we have all of these marked, we’re gonna take our fabric-B rectangles, and we’re going to put a
square on the bottom left, and we’re gonna pin. I’m gonna go ahead and pin twice. That way when you get to your
sewing machine, it’s on there. You wanna make sure, when you’re sewing, that you don’t accidentally
have it crooked, because if you have it sewn like this, and then you flip out, you’re not gonna have a 45
degree angle at this side, so pinning is really important, to keep this fabric nice and in-place. And we’re going to go
to the sewing machine, use an open-toe foot, and we’re gonna stitch
directly on that line. Not to the left, not to the right, just directly right on that line, with a 2.0 stitch length. So let’s go to the sewing machine. I’m starting with the leader fabric, and then there’s two ways you can sew, from the rectangle side, or the point. For a beginner, I would always
start on the rectangle side, so that when you start, your
fabric doesn’t crunch up. So I’m gonna sew from this side. And again, you’re making sure that your fabric right here
is at a 45 degree angle, and perfectly lined up. (paper snaps) I’m gonna end with an ender. Cut my pieces, and we are gonna go iron. So now that we have
this part sewn together, we’re going to use a line
on our Creative Grids ruler, and cut a quarter inch
away from your sewn line. It doesn’t have to be
exactly a quarter inch, but if it’s too large, you’re gonna have a
little seam sticking out, so I do try to cut mine
a quarter inch away. And now we are gonna go press these. So now I’m going to just set
my seam on each of these. That gets my seam really nice and flat, and then I’m going to press
toward the blue, the aqua. So I like to finger press,
and then press nice and flat. And then we’re gonna go
back to our design board, and we’re gonna add the other
side to our flying geese. So when you add it, you
want your points to match, and if you ever have a question, you can just flip it over
and make sure it looks right, so that looks right, but if you had it this way,
and you flipped it over, oops, that’s not right, or if you flip it this
way, that’s not right. So as a beginner you can, if you ever have a question on it, you can just kinda flip it, and then you can see if it’s
going the right direction, so again, I’m going to add
these and pin on each side, making sure that these
fabrics are lined up right on the edge, with a 45 degree angle. So again, I can peek, yep, that works. And then when we get
to our sewing machine, we’re just gonna stitch
directly on that line, just like we did before. And we will have four flying geese. So let’s go to our sewing machine. So again, when we’re starting, you can start from this end or this end, but as a beginner, it’s better to start on the long, rectangular side. Stitch directly on that line. And just keep going. And I’m looking at this one, and I can see that I’m not
lined up exactly, right here, so I’m gonna reposition before I start. Cut our pieces apart, and we are gonna go cut and press. So now we’re gonna trim
a quarter inch away from the line we just stitched on, and you could technically
stack them and cut, but I would not recommend
that, as a beginner. I have cut some too close before, so I would just do one at a time. And then we are gonna go press. So we’re gonna press the same way. Set our seams nice and flat. Using a little bit of steam, and then I’m gonna finger press toward the aqua, nice and flat. Press. Nice and flat, use the edge of your iron. And when you’re pressing, you’re kinda moving the iron
from one side to the other, rather than pressing down. So you’ll see that I’m on
one side of my triangle, and then move to the other side. So we’ve got those nice and flat, and we’re gonna bring our design board, and we can go ahead and build our block. We’re gonna put our center, and then we’re going to
put our outside squares. And I’m just following my pattern, and then we’re gonna lay our flying geese, and when you put them in,
your point goes to the center. So that’s an easy way to
remember, point in the center. Point in the center,
and point in the center. And so to make this really easy, we’re gonna work on chain-piecing, so we’re gonna stitch all
the way down this line first. So I’m going to put my
fabric’s right sides together, on all three. And then I’m going to pin. And when I’m pinning, I’m gonna make sure these 45 degree are exactly lined up, and I’m gonna chain-piece
these all together. And I’m gonna make sure
they’re all pin-sides, and on this one I’m gonna
put a pin in the center. And this makes it nice and easy. You just go straight
to your sewing machine, and we’re just gonna stitch
with a quarter inch seam, all the way down. So we’ve changed our foot
to a quarter inch foot, and we’re gonna stitch all
the way down without stopping. Do a couple stitches in between. And our last one. We’re gonna cut this apart, but before we go to the ironing board, I’m gonna look and see
if this point is correct, and it looks like I chopped a little bit of it off, stitching, and I don’t like that, so I’m gonna fix it, and I’m gonna show you how you can fix it. You’re gonna take a sharp seam-ripper. You can look at it on the side, and we’re going to just
pull some stitches out, from here to here. So to do that I’m gonna, one one side, cut a few of the stitches on one side, all the way, just every couple stitches, turn it over, and you can put
your seam-ripper on one side, and the other side, and you should be able to
pull these stitches right out. So they came right out. And just get all the little stitches off. And then we’re going to just re-pin, and we’re gonna start stitching from the side where you can see the seam. Cover the previous stitches, I’m just gonna pull this down a tad. And just keep stitching. And when I was stitching, I could see the point right in there, so I stitched a little bit up, so now I have a nice point. So you can see that I chain-pieced all of these together, so
they’re still together. I’m going to move to my ironing board. We’re gonna be pressing
toward the squares, but first I’m gonna set the seam. And then I’ll press to
the red squares first. So you can see I’m moving the iron from before the seam to after the seam. If you put your iron flat on there, it might give you a duck-plate. Now, this one I’m gonna
finger press toward the green. And there we go. Now we’re gonna put this
back on our design board. So we’re gonna put this
back on our design board. I’m gonna go ahead and
clip my seams, right here, and I’m gonna put these, the last row, right sides together. And we’re gonna pin, and then sew the very last seam, to put the rose together. And we’re gonna go stitch down, just like we just did. So I’m just gonna pull
straight from my design board. Keep stitching, and this time, the seam is on top, so you can watch it. It needs to be moved over a little bit, but you can watch as you
get your needle right there, to see if you meet the seam. So right to that seam, keep going. And then I’m gonna check that seam again, and this time it lined
up, so we can go press. So we have all our
pieces chained together, and we are gonna again,
press toward the squares. Set your seam. Finger press. Finger press toward the green. And you can see on the back that our seams are going to nest, because the seams go opposing directions. And that’s what seam-nesting means, so we’re gonna put this
back on our design board, and I’m gonna leave the stitches in place. You don’t have to clip them apart. Now we’re going to put the top row down, we’re going to put this
seam where it nests. And we’re gonna pin right
in that intersection. We’re gonna make sure this seam nests. You can feel it lock in place. Pin. Pin at each inner-sections. Pin at each end, the left and the right, making sure they’re at a 45 degree, and then we’re gonna pin
once, in the center here. We’ll flip this around. Do the same thing on the other side, and since there’s plenty
of space between them, you can do these at the same time, at the sewing machine, to save time. If your seams were closer, you wouldn’t be able to do that, but they’re plenty far apart. So again, get those seams nested, and you can just really feel it lock. So you can really see that seam nest. And then we’re gonna go sew, and when we’re sewing, we can sew with the
flying geese points on top so that when you’re sewing to them, you can see that you
stitch right to that point. So we’re just gonna stitch
with the quarter inch seam. Pull it out when you get there, but when you get to this point, you can see the point right there, you’re gonna stitch right to it. I’m gonna go ahead and do the other side, and then we’ll check our points. So again, you’re gonna
sew right to that point. And then we’re gonna check
all of our intersections. So we’re gonna make sure
this point lines up, this one and this one, and this one, and we just make sure they line up. This one’s a tad off, so I might fix that. To fix that, do the same thing, you just
pull your stitches out. And that’s probably why
my seams didn’t match, because something happened over here, where my fabrics got a little thicker, or somehow didn’t lie flat. So I’m gonna get that flat. I’m gonna finger press that again, put a pin in, and we’re
gonna stitch right over. I’m gonna actually start
right on that intersection, stitch over previous
stitches a couple times. Make sure it looks good, and then go back the other direction, sewing over previous stitches. And now we can go press. So now we’re gonna set our seam. We’re gonna press toward the outside, and here you just wanna make
sure, when you’re pressing, you don’t press over here on accident, so you’re just gonna go right down. Do the other side. And your seams can be a little hot, so don’t burn yourself. And now we’re gonna just trim the little slivers off the edge. So now I’m just gonna take my ruler, and I like to clean up the edges of my blocks, when I’m finished. You don’t have to do this. I just personally like to do this, just to get the little slivers off, and you wanna make sure you’re
not going into your seam, so you wouldn’t cut here, because if you cut here, you would be cutting into
your quarter-inch seam. So we’re not doing that, I’m just really getting the edges off. Or the threads off, I would say. So you’re just cutting a tiny bit off. You don’t have to do this step. I just personally like to do this. And once we’re done, I’m gonna look and see
what my block measures, and it measures 12 and 3/8. So it doesn’t measure
exactly 12 and a half, it’s 12 and 3/8, and that’s okay. My blocks never come out
exactly 12 and a half. They’re all, because I’m
using the same seam allowance, they’re all gonna come
out about 12 and a half, and that’s totally fine. Even if it’s 12 and a quarter, it’ll be fine when you get to finishing. I hope you’ve enjoyed
making the sawtooth block. Join me next week for block nine, and if you’ve missed any
of the previous videos, check out our description box. See you next week.