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Superstar Quilt – free easy sawtooth star flying geese quilt pattern

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This Superstar Quilt will prove that you are a superstar quilter because the super sized stars make it super fast! An easy version of the sawtooth star, I’ll show you a shortcut method to make flying geese pieces that we’ll sew together with simple squares and a few half square triangles (for the quilt edges). Learn how to make this quilt today with my free quilt pattern in the blog post below.

If you love this, check out other sewing ideas on my page of Free Quilt Patterns.

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The finished size of this quilt is a generous 60’’ wide by 80’’ long. It’s not what most quilters would call a twin sized quilt, but I’ve seen plenty of store bought twin quilts that size and smaller. Quilters make bigger quilts than factories! A regular twin mattress is 39’’ x 75’’, so I think this quilt would look amazing on a bed. It’s the perfect size for twin bunkbeds because there isn’t room for quilts to hang down. Or simply as a nice big cuddly throw quilt.


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The quilting cotton fabrics I used were Ruby Star Society Speckled Basics in Strawberry, Turquoise, Citron, and Berry with Kona Snow as my background fabric. I decided to quilt it with free motion feathers and ferns in the sawtooth stars and a ruler quilted crosshatch pattern in the background areas. To keep the white areas bright, I used Warm & White Cotton Batting.

I bet this would make a gorgeous red white and blue patriotic quilt too!

Are you ready to learn my flying geese and half square triangle shortcut methods so you can quickly make the Superstar Quilt? Let’s sew!


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Superstar Free Quilt Pattern

You will need:

  • 1 yard each of pink, fuchsia, turquoise, and citron fabrics (or as desired)

  • 1 3/4 yards background fabric

  • a piece of batting at least 65’’ x 85’’

  • 5 yards of background fabric, or enough to piece together a 65’’ x 85’’ quilt back piece

  • 1/2 yard or more fabric for the binding (if your fabric is less than 44’’ wide, you may need to cut an extra binding strip)

Cutting:

All cutting dimensions are height x width.

From the pink fabric, cut:

  • 4 squares 10 1/2’’ x 10 1/2’’

  • 16 squares 6’’ x 6’’

From the fuchsia fabric, cut:

  • 3 squares 10 1/2’’ x 10 1/2’’

  • 13 squares 6’’ x 6’’

  • 2 squares 5 1/2’’ x 5 1/2’’

  • 1 rectangle 5 1/2’’ x 10 1/2’’

From the turquoise fabric, cut:

  • 3 squares 10 1/2’’ x 10 1/2’’

  • 14 squares 6’’ x 6’’

  • 4 squares 5 1/2’’ x 5 1/2’’

  • 2 rectangles 5 1/2’’ x 10 1/2’’

From the citron fabric, cut:

  • 3 squares 10 1/2’’ x 10 1/2’’

  • 13 squares 6’’ x 6’’

  • 2 squares 5 1/2’’ x 5 1/2’’

  • 1 rectangle 5 1/2’’ x 10 1/2’’

From your background fabric, cut:

  • 13 squares 11 1/4’’ x 11 1/4’’

  • 8 rectangles 5 1/2’’ x 10 1/2’’

  • 4 squares 6’’ x 6’’

  • 4 squares 5 1/2’’ x 5 1/2’’


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Use the Shortcut Method to Make 52 Flying Geese Units

This shortcut method makes 4 flying geese at one time. You’ll repeat the method 4 times for the pink stars, 3 times for the fuchsia stars, 3 times for the turqoise stars, and 3 times for the citron stars. I like to use my walking foot when sewing flying geese this way to prevent my fabrics from slipping.

1. Use a fabric pen or pencil to draw a diagonal line across the back of four printed (not background) 6’’ squares.

Tip: If you like to work in batches, you can draw a diagonal line across the back of all of the printed 6’’ and 5 1/2’’ squares – since you’ll need to anyway.


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2. Place two 6’’ squares on the corners of a 11 1/4’’ background fabric square so that the diagonal lines drawn on the printed squares make a diagonal line across the larger square too.

Right sides of fabric should be together. Pin the smaller squares to the larger square.


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3. Sew along one side of the drawn line a scant 1/4’’ away from the line.


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4. Then sew along the other side of the line, again a scant 1/4’’ away from the line.


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5. Cut along the drawn line to make two pieces. Press the points away from the background fabric.


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6. Pin another 6’’ square to one of the pieces as seen above – right sides together. Sew on either side of the line a scant 1/4’’ away from the line.


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7. Cut along the drawn line and press the points outward.


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8. Trim each flying geese unti to 5 1/2’’ x 10 1/2’’. Specialty rulers are great for triming flying geese. My favorite are the Bloc Loc flying geese rulers because they are great for not slipping, but finding this large one that cuts finished 5’’x10’’ flying geese was really hard! The Wing Clipper ruler is also very good and includes this size goose.

Use this shortcut method to sew:

  • 16 pink flying geese

  • 12 fuchsia flying geese

  • 12 turquoise flying geese

  • 12 citron flying geese

We will still need a few more, but the shortcut method will make too many so we’ll use the traditional method.

Note: you will have some printed fabric squares leftover. Those are for making half square triangles (HST’s).


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Use the Traditional Method to Make 4 Flying Geese Units

Draw diagonal lines across the back of all of the printed 5 1/2’’ squares, if you haven’t done that yet.

1. Place one 5 1/2’’ square on one side of a 5 1/2’’ x 10 1/2’’ rectangle (right sides together) so that the drawn line runs from one corner to the center of the rectangle on the opposite edge.


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2. This time sew on top of the line instead of a scant 1/4’’ away.


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Fun tip: If you want to make some extra half square triangles for a different project instead of having scrap triangles, sew another line 1/2’’ past the first one.


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3. Cut away the extra fabric (or the extra HST if you sewed the extra line), cutting 1/4’’ past stitching on the drawn line. Open the point and press flat.


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4. Repeat to sew another 5 1/2’’ square to the opposite side of the 5 1/2’’ x 10 1/2’’ rectangle and cut away the extra. Open the point and press flat.

A flying geese unit sewn with the traditional method probably doesn’t need trimming, but I always check anyway.

Use this shortcut method to sew:

  • 1 fuchsia flying geese unit

  • 2 turquoise flying geese

  • 1 citron flying geese unit


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Use the HST Shortcut Method to Make 8 Half Square Triangle Units

Draw diagonal lines across the back of the remaining printed 6’’ squares, if you haven’t done that yet.

1. Place one 6’’ printed fabric square right sides together with a background fabric 6’’ square (right sides together) and pin.

2. Sew along both sides of the drawn line a scant 1/4’’ away from the line.


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3. Cut the square piece in half diagonally on the line. Trim each half square triangle to 5 1/2’’ square. Again, I love my Bloc Loc ruler for this because it doesn’t slip.

Use this method to make:

  • 2 fuchsia HST’s

  • 4 turquoise HST’s

  • 2 citron HST’s


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Sew the Quilt Top Together

1. Arrange your flying geese units and half square triangles together with your 10 1/2’’ printed fabric squares, 5 1/2’’ x 10 1/2’’ background fabric rectangles, and 5 1/2’’ background fabric squares into 11 rows as seen above.

6 rows will be made of pieces that are 5 1/2’’ tall. The remaining 5 rows are made of pieces that are 10 1/2’’ tall. Rotate the pieces as needed to achieve the design.

2. Sew the 11 rows with a 1/4’’ seam allowance. Press. The sawtooth stars will come together as you sew the rows together!


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3. Sew the rows together to finish the quilt top.


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FINISHING THE SUPERSTAR SAWTOOTH STAR QUILT

1. Cut the backing fabric in half and sew it together to make a piece big enough for the back of the quilt (at least 65’’ x 85’’).

2. Sandwich the quilt top, batting, and backing together and baste. My favorite basting methods to hold my quilt sandwich layers together are fusible batting or pin basting.

3. Quilt the quilt top as desired.

4. Cut 7-8 strips of binding 2 1/2’’ x width-of-fabric (or as desired) and sew them together using diagonal seams. I was able to bind my quilt with just 7 binding strips sewn together, but if your fabric isn’t as wide as mine, you may need 8 strips. Bind the quilt using your preferred method. See how I bind my quilts by machine here.

Happy Quiltmaking!

By the way, I teach these shortcut piecing methods in my Choose Joy! Block of the Month Program. It’s a great way to build quiltmaking skills and learn how to make 10 different classic quilt blocks!

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