September 2019 Block of the Month: Sawtooth Quilt Block

2019 Sept BOM Afternoon Picnic Sawtooth Star

September 2019 Block of the Month: Sawtooth Quilt Block

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2019 Sept BOM Afternoon Picnic Sawtooth Star

2019 Block of the Month—September: “Sawtooth Star” Quilt Block

In January, Team Nancy Zieman introduced the first of 12 blocks in the New! Summer Picnic 2019 FREE! Block of the Month Series. Find the January through August Quilt Block Tutorials under Popular Blog Posts: 2019 Block of the Month. Join the New! Summer Picnic 2019 Block of the Month Series, anytime, by viewing the supply listing in the January 5th NZP Blog Posting.

Each month, we’re featuring one quilt block design. The quilt blocks are created using Nancy Zieman’s NEW! Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack* from Riley Blake Designs (*18″ x 22″ fabric rectangles) plus background, sashing, border, and binding fabrics. Follow along as we demonstrate how to create the September “Sawtooth Star” Quilt Block (below).

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2019 Sept BOM Afternoon Picnic Sawtooth Star

Keep your fabric choices sorted using this handy Fabric Planner diagram. Download the planner HERE. Make notes or pin swatches to remind you of the fabric placements.

2019 Block of the Month Afternoon Picnic September PDF


Choose the Fabrics

For the New! Summer Picnic 2019 FREE! Block of the Month Series, “Sawtooth Star” September Quilt Block, select the following fabrics from your Nancy Zieman’s NEW! Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack from Riley Blake Designs and a Nancy Zieman’s No-Hassle Triangle Gauge by Clover.


Afternoon Picnic Cream Main, Afternoon Picnic Red Gingham and Afternoon Picnic Cream Tonal

September “Sawtooth Star” Block

Instructions: (Each block is a 12″ finished square. Finished quilt measures approximately 44-1/2″ x 57-1/2″)

Cut Fabric for Block


Construct The Units

All seam allowances are scant 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.

The step-by-step photos illustrate construction of the block.

Half-Square Triangles (HSTs)

Create eight half-square triangle blocks.

  • Align 3-7/8″ squares cut from Afternoon Picnic Red Gingham, and Afternoon Picnic Cream Tonal right sides together.


  • Mark blocks using a No-Hassle Triangles Gauge and an erasable gel pen.
  • Use a No-Hassle Triangles Gauge. The left side of the gauge is designated to create 1/2-square triangle blocks. Depress button on sliding portion of the gauge and move to size of the desired 1/2-square triangle.

No Hassle Triangle Gauge


  • Stack two squares, right sides together. Place No-Hassle Triangles Gauge on block set, corner to corner. Match corner marks of gauge with corner of block sets. Mark fabric through center of gauge with an erasable gel pen.


Stitch Blocks

  • Align presser foot along one side of center mark, stitch.
  • Kiss the next block set to the stitched block and chain stitch from one block to the other.


  • Rotate block, stitch along other side of center mark.


  • Cut blocks apart along center markings with a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat.
  • Press seams to darker fabric.

Assemble Blocks

  • Layout block following diagram. Rotate squares as necessary.

Join Squares

  • Place half-square triangle sets, right sides together, in pairs.
  • Chain stitch from one square set to the next. Clip threads between. Press seams open or to one side.


  • Place corner squares onto center set, right sides together, in pairs. Chain stitch from one square set to the next. Clip threads between sets. Press seams open or to one side. Creating top and bottom rows.
  • Place middle sets onto center square, right sides together, stitch. Press seams open or to one side. Place square sets, right sides together, to form rows. Press seams open or to one side.


  • Stitch rows together to create complete block. Press seams open or to one side.

2019 Sept BOM Afternoon Picnic Sawtooth Star

Nancy Zieman’s No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks book shows how to create 12 additional quilt blocks. For best results, use the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge.

How to make 1/2-square triangles by Nancy Zieman


Watch No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks (Part One and Part Two) on The Best of Sewing With Nancy online.


Watch Sewing With Nancy online at Nancy Zieman dot com


The Best of Sewing With Nancy TV Show hosted by Nancy Zieman



Nancys Giveaway 5 1312For a chance to win Nancy Zieman’s New! Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack please leave a comment below.

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Giveaway Winner 5 131The randomly selected winner of a No-Hassle Triangles Gauge from Clover from the September 14 Blog post is, Jennifer Fried


Her comment is: My next project will be making seatbelt buffers for your neck. These are easy to make and protect your neck from the sharp edge of the seatbelt. I am making them for family and friends for Christmas. Love to sew ! The Old sew n sew.


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  • Lorna
    September 21, 2019

    Thank you for offering this giveaway

  • Joyce
    September 21, 2019

    Pretty patterns in the Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack!
    I would love to make something with these.

  • Nancy Lewis
    September 21, 2019

    Beautiful fabric!! I would love to make a quilt with exactly those colors!!

  • Sharon
    September 21, 2019

    It would be such fun to win this fabric.

  • Peggy Saia
    September 21, 2019

    Thanks for the lesson on quilt

  • dee
    September 21, 2019

    thanks for a easy quilt block. So much better to finish quickly

  • Mary
    September 21, 2019

    I am looking forward to trying this block.

  • Denise Wichman
    September 21, 2019

    Looking forward to giving the Sawtooth Block a go. Thanks for the pattern.

  • Margaret Scott
    September 21, 2019

    Would love to have the fat quarter bundle.

  • Lillian Klaeger
    September 21, 2019

    What a nice block and looks so easy. Love the fabric bundle, too.

  • Marcia
    September 21, 2019

    I love this block, and I have the tool to make it easier. The fabric is beautiful, thank you for the opportunity to win.

  • Susan Spiers
    September 21, 2019

    A wonderful block! Thank you for a great giveaway, Susan

  • Gina M
    September 21, 2019

    Better late than never! I am starting the sampler a bit late, but the website with all the past month’s blocks is GREAT!
    Thanks! *Love* the ginghams for the “Afternoon Picnic” theme… (miss Nancy, but your company is going a wonderful job continuing her legacy)

  • Bonnye
    September 21, 2019

    I love the block and the fabric.

  • Marylou Wahl
    September 21, 2019

    Love the block-star patterns are my very favorite and just love the fabric-Riley Blake has such beautiful lines of fabric! Thanks for a chance to win!!

  • Bev Bolduc Aldridge
    September 21, 2019

    Afternoon Picnic fabric is wonderful. I am using it to make the Afternoon Picnic Quilt and added some to other quilt projects that it is enhanseing the looks of. I could always use more to finish this quilt, or wish my quilt store carried these fabrics. So far this quilt is fantastic even with my crooked or iff the mark sewing. Thank you team Nancy Zieman.

  • Pat
    September 21, 2019

    Beautiful fabrics and such very clear instructions and illustrations on how to assemble the blocks. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Diana Weston
    September 21, 2019

    I love stars, and this is one of my favorites. Plus, the fabrics are so pretty, just love them!! Planning to make a quilt for my granddaughter’s future graduation from high school – this would be perfect!!

  • Beverly Smith
    September 21, 2019

    Fat quarter would be great for a little girl quilt.

  • Dorothy
    September 21, 2019

    Pretty and easy square!! Need to finish two quilts I have started!!! And make a baby quilt!!! I’m so excited, I’m going to be a Grandma for the first time!!!

  • Florence Dupuis
    September 21, 2019

    I would love to win this. If the great niece that is expecting tells me it is a girl I will use this to make a quilt for the little one.

  • Hannah W
    September 21, 2019

    A classic block. Thanks for the clear instructions, as always

  • MoeWest
    September 21, 2019

    Your fabric choices make a pretty block! I’ll have to be careful to get the gingham lined up well. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Shirley Clark
    September 21, 2019

    I love this pattern, and the bright fabrics make it just perfect!

  • Janet
    September 21, 2019

    Saw this quilt block today. Love a mystery… Can’t wait to make it.

  • Janet
    September 21, 2019

    Thanks for the easy instructions for this quilt square. Looks like fune.
    Recently, I was going through some old family patterns my mother had. I found lot of old patterns, quilts included, cut from old newspaper. It made me wonder what they would think of all the short cuts and gadgets we have today to help us make quilts. We are so lucky.

  • Beverly Starner
    September 21, 2019

    I so look forward to opening emails from Nancy’s. I still have a Farmhouse Floral strip roll in my stash that I plan to use one day soon for something really special. I love that Nancy lives on through her work.

  • Lorraine Alves
    September 21, 2019

    The fabrics are beautiful and the directions for making the block are excellent.

  • Dawn Shaarda
    September 21, 2019

    I love the fabric! What a pretty quilt it would make!

  • Linda Janovitz
    September 21, 2019

    This fabric is so very beautiful. I already know the quilt I would make if I were to win it. I usually work from my stash but this is special fabric!

  • DebbieW
    September 21, 2019

    Moved into our new home last week, still unpacking, when I get my sewing machine set up, would be lovely to make a table runner w/ these gorgeous fabrics. BTW, never want to see another packing box again.

  • Dixie
    September 21, 2019

    Thanks for the easy quilt block. Would love to have the quilt fabric bundle.

  • Kathryn Englebretsen
    September 21, 2019

    I love the summery colors of this collection. It would be great to add this bundle to my collection.

  • Florence
    September 21, 2019

    The Sawtooth Star is a great block and Nancy’s Afternoon Picnic fabrics add cheer and charm to it. I would enjoy receiving this sweet bundle of fabrics.

  • beth d.
    September 21, 2019

    I will make the saw tooth star one day. Your lessons are perfect.

  • Linda
    September 22, 2019

    The sawtooth star is one of my favorites – the Afternoon Picnic fabrics are perfect for this quilt.

  • Carolyn T
    September 22, 2019

    The Afternoon Picnic fabrics make my heart sing each month Team NZ posts another quilt block design!

  • Suzy C
    September 22, 2019

    What great color combinations for the Sawtooth Star pattern. Always a pleasure to receive new ideas from Nancy’s collection.

  • Judy Horras
    September 22, 2019

    Love this block and tips to make it.

    Really love florals and gingham. As a little girl growing up on a farm I lived in them and brings back good memories.

    I’ll be expecting to be notified when I win!

  • Barbara O'Brien
    September 22, 2019

    LOVE this block! And the picnic quilt fabric

  • Bonnie
    September 22, 2019

    Star blocks are my favorite and the Sawtooth Star block looks great with the lovely Afternoon Picnic fabric. Thanks for sharing the easy tutorial.

  • Barb K
    September 22, 2019

    That Afternoon Picnic fabric bundle is so great–Thanks for the patterns and a chance at winning the fabric to make them!!

  • Marilyn D.
    September 22, 2019

    Nancy’s instructions make it so easy to create a project. Love these blocks and material together. Thanks to Nancy’s team for continuing to make her work available to us.

  • Hazel Davidson
    September 22, 2019

    The Sawtooth Star has always been a favorite block. Would enjoy the opportunity to work with this fabric bundle.

  • Gail
    September 23, 2019

    These are beautiful colors. Thank you for the giveaway.

  • Susan
    September 23, 2019

    The Sawtooth Star is such a pretty classic quilt block and coupled with the charming Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack provides an adorable vintage look.

  • L Watson
    September 23, 2019

    What wonderful instructions and the fabric
    is lovely!

  • Susan
    September 23, 2019

    The Sawtooth Star is a pretty classic quilt block design and coupled with the charming Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack fabric creates a beautiful vintage look.

  • Lee Ann Wagner
    September 23, 2019

    I love these fabrics and I love the technique. So simple and so pretty!

  • Donna Fecteau
    September 24, 2019

    Beautiful design made even lovelier by this fabric bundle. Once again Nancy’s sewing techniques and explanations breaks it all done and makes it seem so easy to do.

  • Julie Kill
    September 24, 2019

    I think the afternoon Picnic Fat quarters would make a great fabric for the Farm Girl Quilt pattern from Nancy’s notions! I would like to try it!

  • Stephanie
    September 24, 2019

    I love this BOM! I’d never watched Nancy when her show was on air, but fell in love with her projects and recently attended the 2019 Great Wisconsin Quilt Show in Madison. I’ll be following her BOMs every year from now on!

  • Kaynella
    October 5, 2019

    I wish you would correct the instructions BEFORE I had cut the squares and they’re the wrong sizes! Page 3 said cut 4 red ginghams 3 1/2” and 4 cream tonal 3 7/8”. Page 4 then says put the 3 7/8” squares together! So, now I wasted fabric cutting 3 1/2” squares when they should all be 3 7/8”! Seems like everyone of her instructions have errors in them!

  • Helen Glover
    October 6, 2019

    Apparently all those people talking about what a fun block and easy instructions are not even making this quilt! They are just commenting to win the fat quarters bundle. I purchased all the fabric at once to make this quilt and and there is no extra of that cream tonal fat quarter. The instructions are incorrect!! This should not happen on this board!! You will need (4) 3 7/8″ squares of the afternoon picnic cream tonal in addition to the 3 1/2″ squares. Thank goodness I had already purchased the 4 yard piece of the cream tonal for the finishing. I guess I won’t be able to do the finish since I will have to cut some 3 7/8″ squares from it now to make the half-square triangles for this block. This is really inexcusable!! They need to apologize to us and even send us new fat quarter of that piece of fabric.

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