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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 Quilt Center

1.    Referring to Diagram 8, lay out four assorted Sawtooth Star blocks and one setting square and four setting triangles from the same red or dark red print in three diagonal rows. Sew together pieces in each row; press seams toward setting square and triangles. Join rows. Add four matching red or dark red print corner triangles to make a block unit. Trim block unit to 9" square, leaving a 1⁄4" seam allowance on all edges.

2.    Referring to Assemble Blocks, Step 3, clip seam intersections on block unit. Press block seam allowances toward red or dark red print setting pieces; press clipped intersections open. 

3.    Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make four block units total.

4.    Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out block units, tan print sashing rectangles, and blue print sashing squares in five rows. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward sashing rectangles. Join rows to make quilt center. Press seams toward sashing rows. The quilt center should be 22" square including seam allowances. 

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