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Sawtooth star quilt

by Clare Mansell
sawtooth star quilt

Today I’m sharing a quilt I completed just before Alice was born, but have only just got round to photographing. November is not the best time of year to photograph anything, least of all quilts, so it’s probably not shown in (literally) the best light, but it’s a long time till spring…

I’ve wanted to make a star quilt almost as long as I have been making quilts, but there is one big problem with star quilts which is that there are SO many ways of doing them. I spent hours browsing Flickr and Pinterest seeing patterns and I’d like them for a bit, then I’d see another and like it more. In the end I settled on the Sawtooth Star block and used the tutorial on Sew Mama Sew.

sawtooth star quilt using sew mama sew tutorial

This quilt took rather a long time to finish and meandered a bit from its original purpose. When I started it I intended for it to be a quilt for our bed, but I bought random quantities of fabric without thinking through how much I’d need and by the time I’d made enough blocks to realise I needed more of the fabric, it was sold out everywhere.

That is also only half the story, because I didn’t actually make most of the blocks on this quilt! I farmed them out to my quilt bee last year and then I sat on them for about 12 months because I was short of the material to make up a final green block which I needed.


In the end the way I got round it was to unpick another (spare) block I had made, sew it all together as a square of fabric and then cut it up again in the dimensions I needed for the block.

There are now a few extra seams hidden in one of the green stars, but it got me out of a hole!


The finished result was much smaller than the original superking I had planned, but its found a home in our sitting room where the colours go really well with the red leather sofa. Theo did try to claim it for his own as he has expressly asked for “one quilt for every day of the week” but this is one project he’s not having for his room!


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Catherine Hopkins November 25, 2015 - 7:24 am

I love your choice of colours, it looks perfect in your sitting room and you will see it so much more there than in your bedroom. May I ask a question about the background? Did you buy your staircase from Neville Johnson or do you have a local craftsman? We are just coming to the end of a total house refurb but then there are the banisters, a barley sugar twist DIY kit, the previous owners choice. We want something like you have. If you did not go with the NJ package are you able to pass on the name of your carpenter, or where you got the clear (glass or acrylic?) panels. Thanks, e mail is chopkins2011 (at) gmail (dot) com

Dawn & Bean November 25, 2015 - 1:13 pm

Ooo, looking forward ti seeing the results if the teepee 🙂

Sue Bone November 25, 2015 - 6:55 pm

Congratulations on finishing it.

Donna November 25, 2015 - 9:29 pm

That is so, so gorgeous. I wish I was remotely creative but I am useless at anything like this! x

Louisa November 26, 2015 - 2:48 pm

Your quilt is lovely. It is so fresh and vibrant. My kids have also asked for quilts for their rooms, one for every day of the week would be a stretch though!

Nancy November 26, 2015 - 11:00 pm

I love love love this gorgeous quilt. I showed it to my brother and he would like one – has to be very plain. How bid are the squares? Nancy


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