Elizabeth’s Fabric Focus ~ Sawtooth Star Quilt

on January 26 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 25 Comments

Today we’re pleased to introduce Elizabeth’s Fabric Focus. Each month Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson! will share a new project featuring one of our current fabric collections. Elizabeth was a SMS Board Member last spring, and we can’t get enough of her wonderful way with fabrics.  You can see Elizabeth’s beautiful quilts, bags and other sewn items on her blog.  When you fall in love with her unique designs, you can try out one of her many free tutorials, or you can purchase a PDF pattern in her Etsy shop.  (Sorry, her cookies aren’t for sale.)

This month’s focus is  Annette Tatum’s House collection; Elizabeth has a free PDF download to share so you can create your own Sawtooth Star block (or a whole quilt?!) with House fabrics.


From Elizabeth

Have you seen Annette Tatum’s House collection? It’s filled with beautiful pink, aqua and mocha florals in a wide range of sizes. My favorite is Rosa in blue. I’ve always thought there was something delightfully retro about blue roses and this print, with its delicate vines and mocha leaves, reminds me of some of my grandmother’s dishes from the 1950’s. I’m also a fan of pinks and the range in this collection is wonderful – from soft powder puff pink to bright lipstick.

I wanted to make a quilt to show off these floral prints and ended up using a traditional Sawtooth Star block with a white cotton/linen blend for the background.


Because so many of the House prints have white backgrounds, this resulted in a kind of watercolor effect, with parts of many of the stars blending into the white cotton/linen. To add some contrast, I also used natural linen for some of the stars.


Elizabeth’s Sawtooth Star quilt featuring Annette Tatum’s House collection

If you’ve never made a Sawtooth Star block, I encourage you to give it a try. Even if you’re not going to make a quilt, a single block can make a simple project fabulous. For example, a 6” block and a fun vintage button could be turned into a fancy pincushion. An 8” block could become a potholder and a 12” block would make a great start to a throw pillow.


A peek at the backing.

Download Elizabeth’s free Sawtooth Star Block PDF instructions from Sew,Mama,Sew! to make your own pincushion, potholder, pillow, quilt and more.

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25 Responses to Elizabeth’s Fabric Focus ~ Sawtooth Star Quilt

  1. Dani says:

    Oh sew lovely!

  2. Kelli says:

    I am in love with Elizabeth’s quilt. It reminds me of something I’d see at my grandmother’s house. I am inspired….that’s all I can say! Thanks!

  3. what a lovely quilt. i love the spring colors as well as the pattern. i wish i could get over my fear of quilting. it’s the one craft that i have never attempted. one day this blog will give me the gusto to get past my quilt block.

  4. Baba says:

    How Beautiful! Such talent for quilting! Someday I would like to try this pattern.

  5. Terriaw says:

    What a great way to display these fabrics. I have these, so I might try this out for a table runner. The looks very easy to follow and well written. Thank you!

  6. Shelly says:

    Beautiful fabric!

  7. BethieB says:

    I am so scared silly of any quilt pattern with a star on it, those points terrify me. But this looks so beautiful I want to try! The actual quilting you did is amazing too, the back looks nearly as good as the front. Great inspiration and thanks so much for the post!

  8. SarahB says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  9. Deb says:

    It is very beautiful! I’ve never tried a saw-tooth block either, but the fabric worked up wonderfully. Thank you for the pattern link.

  10. Christine Bolin says:

    What a great tutorial! It makes quilting look easy.

  11. Michelle says:

    Elizabeth’s stuff is just so amazing. I’m really excited about this new monthly post from her, thanks for featuring her! And it’s too bad about the cookies… :0)

  12. Georgia says:

    Such a beautiful quilt! Thankyou so much for the pdf, I will add it to the very long list of quilts that I *must* make some day!. 🙂

  13. Andi says:

    This is beautiful! The colours remind me of one of my great-grandmother’s quilts. Can’t wait to try a block myself. Thanks!

  14. Cathy says:

    This is a beautiful quilt, thanks so much for sharing the pattern & your inspiring work.
    This is a great new addition to Sew, Mama, Sew!

  15. Lorrie says:

    This is so pretty. I love the contrast of the natural linen. It really makes the quilt pop!


  16. Pam says:

    Beautiful fabric made into a beautiful quilt.

  17. Valerie says:

    Now if I could just sit and watch her do the free motion quilting I’d be a pro. Great job!

  18. Carla says:

    Pretty, soft colors.

  19. Margie says:

    Oh its so beautiful I have admired Elizabeth’s work for a long time!

  20. Michele says:

    Fabulous! Thank you!

  21. Rebecca says:

    Wow, how beautiful!

  22. Alice S says:

    This is a great idea. I can’t tell you how many times I see a fabric collection and think, “that is so pretty, but what would I make with it.” You chose a great quilter to write the monthly spot too. I love Oh Fransson! for eye candy and inspiration.

  23. Carrie says:

    So lovely!

  24. Marilyn says:

    What a beautiful quilt! I am going to try it!

  25. Rachel says:

    Oooh, that is simply gorgeous! I have always loved that pattern, and I really like the way it looks with that fabric!

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