Class 3: Sawtooth Star

Are you ready to take a small step out of the traditional quilting box and try something new? If so, this class may be for you. We will take an ordinary sawtooth star quilt block and turn into an extraordinary quilt.
This is accomplished by using a reflective (mirroring) technique and fabric that has bilateral symmetrical images. (See the fabric selection tutorial below.)
The structure of the quilt is very simple. Create four sawtooth stars, using the mirroring technique, and then sew them together. See samples below. The smaller sample is one sawtooth star, the larger is four sawtooth stars.
You will learn how to create templates to select specific areas of your fabric to achieve symmetry and reflection. The process looks complicated, but it isn't. You let the fabric do the work and you get the credit!

Supply ListAndrews

• Sewing machine, in good working order and basic sewing supplies, including neutral- colored thread for piecing, and thin straight pins
• A 1/4” foot for your sewing machine, or you need to know how to accurately sew a 1/4” seam on your sewing machine
• A desk lamp or sewing light to illuminate your work area
• Fabric cutting scissors and scissors for cutting template plastic
• Rotary cutter, 28 mm, and a larger one (45-60 mm). Also, if you have one, an extra rotary 28 or 45 mm cutter with a used blade for cutting template plastic. If you don't have an extra cutter, there is no need to buy another one. Just bring a used blade and switch it out to cut your template plastic.
• Rotary cutting mat: Bring a size that will fit on your table and not extend over it - an 18" x 24" or similar size
• Rotary cutting rulers: the best size rulers for this method are: 2 1/2” x 6”, 6 1/2 “ x 12”, and 8 1/2” x 24 1/2”. If you don’t have the exact sizes listed here, just bring rulers that are close in size. The most helpful size is the 2 1/2” x 6”. Check your local quilt/fabric shop and on the internet.
• Quilter's template sheets: At least 6 sheets of see-through plastic template material with 1/4” or 1/8” grid. I use Visi-GRID Quilter's template sheets (available at,, and other online sources). However, there are other, less expensive brands out there from EZ Quilting and Wrights. Do not purchase rolled plastic template material – it will never lay flat enough for our purpose.
• A tablet of 8 1/2’ x 11” or larger 1/4” or 1/8” gridded (graph) paper. Your graph paper must be the same grid size as your gridded template plastic. If using 1/4” gridded template plastic the use 1/4” graph paper, if using 1/8” template, use 1/8” graph paper.
• A clear 12” plastic ruler
• Extra fine point permanent black marker: Pilot Extra Fine Point or extra fine Sharpie
• A .05 mm mechanical pencil, extra lead, and a good eraser
• A roll of blue painters tape. Look for the lightest blue tape you can find.
Helpful but not necessary
• Rotating cutting matt, 12” - 14” square or round
• Personal-size ironing surface and small iron for ironing at your table
• Kaleidoscope mirror: If you have a Marti Michell folding mirror, bring it. I have two sizes and will bring both to share with all.
Class fee for additional, teacher-supplied materials and handouts: $8.00.
Yardage: This technique requires the use of bilateral or perfect symmetrical fabric. See the fabric selection tutorial below for information on how to identify appropriate fabrics.
Your fabric needs to have at least 8 identical repeats of the same bilateral or perfect symmetrical image (more info in the fabric tutorial). Depending on the repeats in the fabric you pick, you’ll need 1-3 continuous yards of at least 4 different colorful fabrics. Don’t try to work in a color scheme, just pick colors and fabrics that you like. You also need sashing/border fabric options. Bring a 1/2 yard of a few fabrics from your stash or purchase a fabric that will go well with any of your selected symmetrical fabric.
Sawtooth Star Reflections - How to Select Fabric Tutorial
One of the fun parts of making the sawtooth star reflections quilt is fabric shopping! The fabric must have bilaterally symmetrical or perfectly symmetrical designs. Here is a quick tutorial here on how to identify the appropriate fabric, and some fabric sample images. There are lots of fabric choices out there, you just need to know what to look for, so have fund with it!
Basic description:
Bilaterally symmetrical designs are mirrored images - the right and left side of the image mirror each other. Think of a butterfly with open wings. If you draw a line through the center of the butterfly, the right and left side mirror each other.

Please download the printable instructions for further details about bilateral symmerty.

Contact me if you have questions or need clarification: Linda Kramer 513.756.9684.