Week 15, we are just cruizing along! This week's block has a lot of pieces but you will find it goes together very easily. We will be strip piecing our Four Patch units and making some Flying Geese to make the Frayed Sawtooth Star.
You will be making the Flying Geese slightly oversized so you trim them down to the exact size.
You will need 4 colors and a background
Fabric A - Color 1
Fabric B - Color 2
Fabric C - Color 3
Fabric D - Color 4
Fabric E - Background
Fabric A: Cut 1 - 2" x 8 1/4" Strip
Fabric A: Cut 2 - 2" x 4 1/4" Strip
Fabric B: Cut 1 - 2" x 8 1/4" Strip
Fabric B: Cut 2 - 2" x 4 1/4" Strips
Fabric C: Cut 4 - 4" squares
Fabric D: Cut 1 - 3 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Fabric D: Cut 2 - 2" x 3 1/2"
Fabric E: Cut 2 - 2" x 8 1/4" Strips
Fabric E: Cut 1 - 7 1/2" Square
Four Patch units:
Group the Fabric A and B 2" x 8 1/4" strips with a Fabric E 2" x 8 1/4" strip as shown.
Sew these two sets together and press toward the Fabric A and B strips.
This pictures shows Fabric A and E. Repeat the same for Fabric B and E.
Cut these strip sets into 4 - 2" segments as shown.
You will make 2 Four Patch units from each of the above segments.
Matching the center seam, sew these Four Patch units together. If you want less fabric bulk in your seam, you can use the method of 'twisting your seam' we learned in a previous month. To do this you will take out a couple stitches in the seam, see below.
Then you will press your seam in opposite directions.
Next take a Fabric A and B 2" x 4 1/4" strips and sew them together. Press toward the darker fabric.
Cut this into 2 - 2" segments.
Flip one segment around and matching the center seam, sew these into a Four Patch.
You should have 5 Four Patch units as shown.
Center of Block:
Sew the remaining Fabric A and B 2" x 4 1/4" on either side of the Fabric D 3 1/2" x 4 1/4" as shown.
Press toward Fabric D.
Cut this into 2 - 2" segments.
Sew the Fabric D 2" x 3 1/2" to either side of the Fabric A/B Four Patch. Make sure that you position the Four Patch so that Fabric A is in the top left and bottom right as shown.
Sew together and press toward Fabric D.
Layout the center block as shown ensuring that the Fabric A and B squares create an X.
Sew together and press away from the center Four Patch.
We have done this method in previous weeks. You will start by using a Quarter inch marking tool (like the Magic Wand shown) to mark the sew lines on the wrong side of the 4 Fabric C squares.
Lay the Fabric E 7 1/2" square right side up and lay 2 of the marked Fabric C squares right side down as shown.
Sew on the drawn lines. Then cut apart down the middle of the sew lines as shown.
Press toward Fabric C.
Lay a Fabric C square, right side down on the above unit as shown. Sew on the drawn lines.
Cut apart. Press toward Fabric C.
Repeat for the remaining Fabric C square. You will have 4 slightly oversized Flying Geese.
Trim these Flying Geese to 3 1/2" x 6 1/2". I recommend using the Wing Clipper I ruler that I have mentioned before. We have them in the store if you need one.
Now we just need to lay out all the units we have made to put this block together. As you lay the units out, make sure you are getting the X design from the Fabric A and B squares.
Sew these units together in rows as shown. Press toward the corner Four Patch units and the Center Square.
Sew the rows together and press these final seams open for less fabric bulk.
You did it! I know it was a lot of steps but you now have a Frayed Sawtooth Star. Great job!
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