Sew a one-block sawtooth star quilt with just 3 yards of fabric! This free quilt pattern with a large sawtooth star medallion is perfect for the fall and winter seasons. Three yard quilts are so easy to make because most quilters have 3 yards of fabric in their stash just waiting for the right pattern. Let me show you how to make this beautiful showpiece quilt.
This Single Block Sawtooth Star Quilt Pattern from SewCanShe is a 50″ x 50″ quilt pattern with a 40″ block in the center. This would make a great wall decoration.
There are applied blocks of holly and berries in the corners for a special, festive touch. If you don't want a holiday quilt with holly and berries, you can leave out the applique pieces, use different applique designs, or create 5 1/2 inch machine embroidered blocks for the corners of the quilt.
Also don’t miss these other 3 yard quilt designs:
Or see all my 3 yard quilt patterns!
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How big is a 10 yard quilt?
This particular quilt finishes at 50″ x 50″, which is a small sized quilt. You will have enough fabric to finish the quilt top, border, and a double binding! More fabric is needed for the back of the quilt.
Most 10 yard quilts are quilts or quilts because they don't require a lot of fabric. Many of them (like this one) would also make great holiday wall decor. Since this type of quilt is not very large, you can finish it quickly and give it as a gift or use it in your home. Because of their size, quilts like this are easy to quilt on a home sewing machine.
You may recognize a similar (but larger) holly and berry appliqué design on my Merry Stars quilt. If you love this single block sawtooth star quilt but need something larger, you'll love the Merry Stars quilt pattern.
How to Choose the Right 3 Yards of Fabric for a 3 Yard Quilt
All of my 3 yard quilt patterns make choosing your fabric so easy. First, find a beautiful “target fabric” in your stash or local quilt store. It should be a fabric that really sings to you – or that makes you think of the quilt's intended recipient.
I wanted to make a red and white Christmas quilt without using any holiday fabrics. My main fabric is an older, out of print fabric from Laundry Basket Quilts that I paired with fabrics from Free Spirit (Joel Dewberry) and Moda (Grunge). I love when I can shop from my fabric stash like this!
After choosing your main fabric, choose one lighter coordinating fabric and one darker coordinating fabric. The lighter fabric can be considered a background fabric. It is important that it has a good contrast with the other two fabrics.
If you follow these instructions for choosing your fabrics, you can't go wrong and you probably already have the right yardage in your stash to make a beautiful quilt.
Wouldn’t this quilt pattern make a beautiful quilt at Moda? Good news Great joy collection?
Free One Block Sawtooth Star Three Yard Quilt Pattern
This free quilt pattern includes instructions for the central medallion star and a 5-inch border with applied block corners.
Including the border, this finished quilt measures 50″ x 50″. It's perfect for snuggling up on the couch, hanging on your wall, gifting to a friend, or donating to Value Quilts, Linus Projector another worthy organization.
Let's get creative and sew a beautiful quilt today!
You will need:
- 3 1 meter cuts of fabric (one main fabric, one darker fabric and one lighter fabric)*
- 1/2 meter iron-on adhesive strip (such as HeatnBond Lite Iron-on Adhesive)
- a rotary cutter, an acrylic ruler and a cutting mat
- sewing machine
- thread (I suggest thread to match the lighter fabric)
- ironing board and iron
Tip: Your lighter fabric (Fabric C) should be at least 42” wide. Please measure before starting.
To sew the quilt top into a finished quilt, you will also need:
- 3 1/8 yards of backing fabric (or enough to piece a 55″ x 55″ or larger quilt back)
- a piece of fleece at least 55″ x 55″
Fabric A is your main fabric. From this fabric, cut out:
- 2 squares 10 7/8” x 10 8/8”
- 2 squares 4 3/8” x 4 3/8”
- 4 strips 5 1/2” x 40 1/2” for the border
Fabric B is the darkest fabric. From this fabric, cut out:
- 4 squares 10 7/8” x 10 7/8”
- 4 squares 4 3/8” x 4 3/8”
- 5 strips 2 1/2” x 42” for binding
Fabric C is the lightest fabric. From this fabric, cut out:
- 1 square 21 1/4” x 21 1/4”
- 5 squares 5 1/2” x 5 1/2”
- 1 square 8 1/4” x 8 1/4”
- 4 squares 4″ x 4″
- 4 squares 10 1/2” x 10 1/2”
Use a 1/4” seam allowance and a regular stitch length such as 2 – 2.5.
How to Sew the Large Sawtooth Star Quilt Block
Cut the squares into half squares and quarter squares.
1. Cut all 4 3/8″ fabric squares A and B in half diagonally once to form small half-square triangles.
2. Cut all 10 7/8″ fabric squares A and B in half diagonally once to form large half-square triangles.
3. Cut 8 1/4″ fabric square C in half diagonally twice to form small quarter triangle squares.
4. Cut fabric square C 21 1/4″ in half diagonally twice to form large quarter triangle squares.
Make 4 small units of flying geese and 4 large units of flying geese.
1. Sew two small half square triangle pieces of fabric B to one small quarter square triangle piece of fabric C as shown to create small 4″ x 7 1/2″ flying geese units. Cut the corners of the dog ears.
Repeat to create 4 small units of flying geese.
2. Sew two large half-square triangle pieces of fabric B to one large quarter-square triangle piece of fabric C, as shown, to create one large unit of flying geese. Cut the corners of the dog ears.
Repeat to create 4 large flying geese units measuring 10 1/2″ x 20 1/2″.
3. Sew two 4″ squares of fabric C to the side edges of a small 4″ x 7 1/2″ flying geese unit.
Repeat to make 2 pieces.
4. Sew two 10 1/2″ squares of Fabric C to the side edges of a large 10 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ Flying Geese unit.
Repeat to make 2 pieces.
Build the medallion block from the center outwards
1. Draw a horizontal center line on one of the 1 1/2″ fabric squares C. This is easy to do by folding the square in half and lightly pressing the fold with your iron.
2. Sew a small half-square triangle from fabric A to one side of the square, using the center line you marked to help you center the triangle on the square.
3. Then sew another small half-square triangle in fabric A to the other side of the square. Press the points of the triangle outwards. Use a ruler and rotary cutter to help you cut the dog ear triangles along the top and bottom edges.
4. Sew two more small half-square triangles from fabric A to the top and bottom edges of the square. If you want, you can mark the center of the square in the opposite direction to help you sew these pieced triangles correctly as well.
Press the block and cut off the dog's ears.
5. Sew the two remaining small flying geese units to the side edges of the center piece. Press.
6. Sew the two strips made of small flying geese and 4-inch squares to the top and bottom edges of the center piece. Press.
7. Sew a large half-square triangle from fabric A to one side of the center piece.
8. Then sew another large half-square triangle from fabric A to the other side of the center piece. Press the points of the triangle outwards. Use a ruler and rotary cutter to help you cut the dog ear triangles along the top and bottom edges.
9. Sew two more large half-square triangles from fabric A to the top and bottom edges of the center piece.
Press the block and cut off the dog's ears.
10. Sew the two remaining large flying geese units to the side edges of the center piece. Press.
11. Sew the two strips made of large flying geese and 10 1/2″ squares to the top and bottom edges of the center piece. Press.
Make 2 holly and berry applique blocks for the quilt corners
1. Print Holly & Berries Applique designs at 100%, do not enlarge or reduce the PDF image.
2. Trace the shapes onto the paper side of the HeatnBond Lite or other brand of hot-melt adhesive. Trace each shape 4 times. Label each shape with the letter indicated to help you keep the pieces organized.
3. Separate the “berry” shapes and the “holly” shapes. Fuse the berries onto the wrong side of a piece of fabric A. Fuse the leaves onto the wrong side of a piece of fabric B.
4. Cut out all the shapes along the drawn lines. Remove the paper backings and fuse one of each shape to each of the remaining 5 1/2″ Fabric C squares as shown.
- It's okay for the shapes to overlap a little – let the berries be on top.
- Keep the applied shapes about 1/2″ from the edges of the squares.
- You can now sew around the applique shapes or do this step while quilting.
Make 4 applique blocks.
5. Sew around the appliqué shapes using a straight stitch or another stitch on your sewing machine. I used a small “blanket stitch” machine.
Finishing the Three Yard One Block Sawtooth Star Quilt Pattern
1. Cut or piece together a piece of quilt backing fabric 55″ x 55″ or larger and form a quilt sandwich with the backing, batting and top.
2. Brush with iron-on fleece, pins or brush with spray.
3. Quilt as desired. Straight line quilting or crosshatch quilting with your walking foot would be quick and easy.
4. Cut 5 binding strips and bind using your preferred method. This is my favorite quilt binding method.
As always, I love seeing the quilts you make with my free sewing patterns. Please post a photo on Instagram and tag me @sewcanshe so I can take a look!
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