Block 1

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Okay guys…it’s go time! This is Block 1 of The Virtual Quilting Bee. This is a Sawtooth Star block with accents in the corners. I don’t know about you, but I love these blocks, they are just so darn adorable:)

This block was hosted by Sherri@A Quilting Life. Go and check out her tutorial for this block and all the details here.

If you are just checking in, we are joining  Amy@Diary of a Quilter  with her Virtual Quilting Bee. She is posting a new block every other week; 16 blocks (that finish 8″) total. We are a little behind, so I am posting a block every week until we catch up or you can go to her blog and wizz on through as fast as you like.

I am using the fabric line, Happy-Go-Lucky by Bonnie and Camille, to construct my blocks. Use whatever fabrics you like and join in anytime!

This block was pretty straight forward, only solid squares and half-square triangles(HST).

HST’s can be tricky, but the method used is one of the easiest.

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With your two squares face to face, draw a line from corner to corner. Then sew 1/4″ away from line on both sides. I used a little tool called “Quilter’s Magic Wand”, it has a line down the middle and is 1/4″ to the edge on both sides. It is great for marking 1/4″ lines. With this I will sew directly on my marked line.

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Once you have sewn your lines, cut directly between them. You can use a rotary cutter or your scissors. Then press open your HST!

 

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If you can make these….you got it made!

Square up and trim those little dog ears(yeah, that’s what they are called) off the corners.  Squaring up means using your ruler to make sure the block, or pieced part of a block, is the correct size. You may have to trim some excess(good thing) or rip and re-sew if too small(bad thing).

If all your HST’s are totally uncool and square,  you are ready to piece your block!

TIP: HST’s can be a little stretchy because of the bias edges, I like to use a little spray starch to keep things in shape. One of my faves is  Mary Ellen’s Best Press, it is clear and non-flaking.

Now get to making your Sassy Sawtooth

 

(Linking in with LinkAFinishFriday@RichardandTanyaQuilts , ThankGoodnesIt’sFinishedFriday , Quilt Story and ShineOnFriday)

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  1. Thanks so much! Great choice of fabrics for your blocks!

  2. Thanks for following my blog on bloglovin! I love your block. Still haven’t tried making a star, yet, but I will soon!

  3. Tiffany says:

    Love the fabrics – the dark blue corners make it pop. Found you via Richard and Tanya quilts finishing friday post. Will be looking around your blog today 😉

  4. Great fabric choices, Paula!

  5. Jennifer says:

    That block looks great, Paula!

  6. Hey, Paula…thanks for the inspiration! I joined with you and today chose my fabric! I’ll get started as soon as it arrives from MSQC! Although, I love ‘happy go lucky’ and your block is sensational, I decided to do something a little different. I chose Multidot by Jackie Shapiro at Windham fabrics! It looks a little wild, but I loved the colors! I plan to add a little more of the swirly blue and their plaid to the layer cake I ordered! I think it will be a quilt that catches my younger daughter’s eye!
    I hope it comes quickly so I can catch up to you on Block 1!

  7. Looking good!!

  8. Found you on Shine on Friday’s! Looking forward to seeing what you’re up to in the future! So, I’ll be following along! love the block!

  9. Very pretty fabrics Paula! And the first one’s on time, yay! Did you enjoy making it? I’ve decided to go a bit scrappy with mine and got it finished by the skin of my teeth today…I’m always sailing close to the wind!

  10. Lovely block and cute fabric! Well done!!!

  11. Sassy…Are you starting a new group on FLICKR or are you just going to add your photos to the set already out there under Virtual Quilt Bee? I joined their group and see almost 400 photos from 245 members!
    There are some beautiful combinations in choice fabrics, but wow…that’s a lot of scrolling!
    That’s why I wondered if you’re making a Group 2 under this virtual…for us late comers! 🙂
    BTW…how many later comers are there? Do you know?
    Thanks!

    • sassyquilter says:

      Debi,
      I am new to flickr, but I have made a group under my page, The Sassy Quilter-Virtual Quilting Bee.
      Let me know if there are any problems. Not sure on the final count, we will see!

  12. Cool block! Thanks for linking up with TGIFF!

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