Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Sawtooth Star

I was trying to see what sort of quilt tops I could create by changing the colors in a Sawtooth Star. My first few attempts were better suited to quilt borders. So I decided to go with the flow and see what sort borders I could create by changing colors.

For more borders go to My Posts by Subject in the sidebar on the right and click on Borders.


  1. Pieced borders are fun - and what a great selection you created from just one block! For my latest quilt, I didn't even use binding or a border... maybe I should have but wanted to finish it like a poster...

  2. Elsie

    Not every quilt needs a border. And not every border needs to be fancy, sometimes a plain border will do.

    However, there are times when a border makes a tremendous difference to a quilt. I think it's important to give a the border as much consideration as the rest of the quilt.

  3. What possibilities you have here! I like them all!

  4. Terry

    My problem is I now have borders but no quilts to go with them.

  5. Amazing how many variations there are just by changing colors! I wouldn't even recognize some of those patterns as Sawtooth Squares!

  6. Jen

    It is amazing what changing colors can do.

    However, there is a deep philosophical question that needs answering. Is it a Sawtooth Star if it doesn't look like a Sawtooth Star? At what point does it stop being a Sawtooth Star and become something else?

    I don't know the answer. But I do know that some traditional blocks are color variations of each other. Change the colors on Spool and it becomes Calico Puzzle. Change the colors on Shoo Fly and it becomes a Snowball variation.

    I prefer to think of all the variations above as Sawtooth Star; it saves me the trouble of trying to think up new names.