Little Miss Sawtooth Quilt Blocks!
Sawtooth Quilt Blocks for my next Quilt Along, what fabric will I use and how will I pick my fabrics? I am sharing my experience with you about using my first ever fat quarter bundle of fabrics! It is very exciting! Read on to hear how my experience has turned out!
6 Tips for Fabric Choices
#1 Choose a focal fabric and other fabrics to go with it
#2 Pick 1 or 2 medium prints and several smaller ones
#3 Choose a minimum of 2 – 3 low volume fabrics that are lighter
#4 Pick 2-3 fabrics that are batiks or tonals in colours that go with your colours
#5 Try to choose fabrics in different values and hues
#6 Choose a curated fabric bundle with all of these fabrics
Get a FREE printable Fabric Choice Tips Cheatsheet here!
When I choose fabric for a quilt, I have always chosen a focal fabric and then the rest of my fabrics based on the colours in the first fabric.
The first quilt I ever, made my mom took me to the fabric store, with the pattern and we chose the fabrics together. I remember her talking about choosing fabrics, with colours that connected to another fabric with the same colour or similar. This was a powerful lesson in colour as it is part of the language in a quilt as well as the shapes in the pattern. I have always remembered that shopping trip!
However for this quilt, I decided to use a fat quarter bundle of 18 fabrics. This bundle had been gifted to me earlier this year, when I participated in a quilt along that was hosted by Melanie at Southern Charm Quilts!
And by the way, you can get the pattern for the Little Miss Sawtooth Quilt, when you click the link.
The fat quarter bundle is “Hedge Rose” by Penny Rose Fabrics designed by Kelly Panacci.
Tip 1 Sawtooth quilt block fabric choices
Looking at the bundle, I took out all the low volume quarters to use as background fabrics and set them aside.
Then I noticed there were medium and dark prints and also prints with red roses! I made separate piles for medium and dark fabrics
Most of the fabrics were fairly busy, but I wanted to create the blocks with contrast, accenting the roses (because I love roses) and I wanted to use as many fabrics as I could from the collection. I also wanted variety in the blocks.
Don’t forget you can get a Printable Fabric Choice Tip Sheet Here!
Tip 2 Prep work for cutting the Sawtooth quilt blocks
Press each fat quarter and starch it. I did not use starch until about 6 months ago, but it makes everything so much easier, I am hooked now!
Starching your fabrics before you cut and piece makes them easier to piece and most of all it prevents them from stretching especially when don’t want them to. It is really useful for HST blocks since they are sewn and cut on the bias. If you have never starched your fabric you have to try it!
Here is a homemade spray starch recipe that works awesome!
I also wrote the cutting measurements for the Flying Geese blocks on an index card and kept it on my cutting table. These pieces are the same for all the blocks.
Tip 3 Cutting Your Fabrics
I printed out the PDF instructions for each block. I used it as a guide for cutting the pieces. As I read each block’s instructions, I chose my fabrics including the fabric for the Flying Geese blocks and background. I chose to do scrappy background instead of using all one fabric.
Then I cut all the pieces for that block and assembled them with the instruction sheet. As I did this I stacked the sheets with their pieces on a tray by my sewing machine. All ready for stitching!
I worked through choosing and cutting the fabrics one block at a time until they were all cut.
I found this system kept it all organized and it worked for me. In this quilt the pieces are all different for each block, since it is a sampler, with the exception of the Flying Geese units which are the same for every block!
I cut the pieces for the blocks over a 3 day weekend. I believe the quilt along is going to be paced at about a block a week. So each week you can print your instructions, cut your pieces and stitch it up! And you don’t have to do it all in one day.
Tip 4 Piecing the Sawtooth Quilt Blocks
Once the pieces were all cut, I paced myself. I stitched up one block a day for 15 days till they were completed. For the quilt along, I think two patterns every second week will be sent to you, so one block a week.
Of note, it is important to use an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance. Also press seams in opposite directions or press them open.
I found for piecing of the inner block, when I pressed the seams open and then used a little water mist and pressed again it was almost as if I had starched them again and it helped to make them flat!
If you are reading this and have never made a sawtooth quilt block, check my tutorial for this block here!
Tip 5 Putting your blocks together
When I added the Flying Geese, pressing in opposite directions and nesting the seams helped to line up the corners.
All of the blocks in this pattern have a different centre block! This is one characteristic that makes it very unique! As I look at the inner blocks for every block, I chose to accent or fussy cut the large roses in this fabric collection to create my sawtooth quilt blocks.
My blocks are busy, but they will be offset by the large 4 patch blocks of low volume in this pattern. I am very excited to lay it all out and see what the finished quilt is going to look like, one of my favourite parts of making a quilt!
***PRO TIP FOR LITTLE MISS SAWTOOTH QUILT
Or any quilt, if you are new to quilting, using a fat quarter bundle for the fabrics is definitely an easy way to have curated fabrics!
Click Here to get a Printable Fabric Choice Tips Sheet!
I have been quilting for many years and this was my very first time to use a fat quarter bundle!
Personally, I like to curate my own fabrics! this is one of my favourite parts of the quilting process! And I love seeing what the finished quilt will look like, too!