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Twinkle, Twinkle

Little 3"-square Sawtooth Star blocks shine on a patriotic table topper. Learn how to make them using a traditional piecing method. Or, if you prefer, use the foundation-piecing pattern.


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Assemble Blocks

1.    Referring to Diagram 5, lay out four Flying Geese No. 1 units, four cream print No. 1—1-1⁄4" squares, and one cream print No. 1—2" square in three rows.

2.    Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward squares in each row. Join rows to make a Sawtooth Star block A. The block should be 3-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

3.    To reduce bulk, clip through both layers of seam allowances up to seam lines 1⁄4" on each side of seam intersections (clips will be 1⁄2" apart). Press Flying Geese seam allowances toward cream print No. 1 squares. Press clipped intersections open to create a tiny Four-Patch on the block’s wrong side (Diagram 6). 

4.    Repeat steps 1–3 to make seven total of Sawtooth Star block A.

5.    Using Flying Geese No. 2 units and cream print No. 2—1-1⁄4" and 2" squares, repeat steps 1–3 to make nine total of Sawtooth Star block B (Diagram 7).