Over the next month or so I am going to try something a little different for Paper Piecing Monday. I recently found an old book of quilting patterns at a local thrift store and fell in love with the simplicity but complexity of the blocks. I was fascinated how many of the blocks used this simple square block …
So each week I am going to present a 12 x 12 inch classic block, and the pattern to make it…. starting with the Sawtooth Block.
To make this block you will need 9 components all of which are 4 1/2 inches square unfinished…
You can find the paper piecing pattern for the simple square block, which will be using over the next couple of weeks here…WQ Simple square block For the half square triangles you can easily make these traditionally or you can use a paper piecing pattern which you can find here….WQ Half Square triangle
You can also traditionally piece the simple square but I love the accuracy that you get from paper piecing for this. It also allows you to get your fussy cut center just right .
When you have made all your components, lay the block out and then start piecing it together.
You can remove the paper at this stage, particularly if you have traditionally pieced the half square triangle corners. To complete my block I sewed the three blocks together in rows and then sewed those rows together. Easy.
With all the blocks I will be showcasing over the coming weeks, there is so many ways to interpret the pattern. I will be using Lizzy House’s Catnap fabric range for all my blocks, but the patterns work just as well with solids and scrappy colour play as they do with complete fabric lines.
You get different feeling blocks depending on how you choose to place your colours and fabrics….
there really is so many options and so much you can do with just this block….
This is definitely a pattern that I will be revisiting. I already have a plan for a whole quilt just out of Sawtooth blocks.
So see you next week for another traditional block given the paper piecing treatment….
12 thoughts on “Something new for Paper Piecing Monday”
Great block I will have to try it tomorrow quilty hugs
Oooh I really like the last one, how the green star comes shining through. 🙂
These blocks are great! Love the variations you’ve shown!
Hurray for cute fussy cuts! One of these days, I can see you doing your own version of Dear Jane with one of each of all your paper pieced blocks…
This series is a stroke of genius. Your blocks look great, but I do have a soft spot for Lizzy House fabrics.
Shrink that down a bit and you are starting to think like us Dear Jane makers!
How fun – I love this idea! It’s really interesting to see your variations too.
Lovely blocks…. Especially the last one where you highlighted the star. This is great!
It’s amazing the variations you can get from such a simple block, and I love the colours in the last block 🙂
This looks fun – so many interesting looks, just by changing the fabrics too.
Now this is going to be fun 🙂
I like the idea for this series. What a great beginning! Thanks!