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Thread: easy fool-proof sawtooth star

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    Super Member paintmejudy's Avatar
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    easy fool-proof sawtooth star

    I always have trouble getting a sawtooth block with its flying geese pieces to come out a perfect 12-1/2" block. These geese make me nuts!!! So I cheat. The center is cut the standard 6-1/2" square for finished 6" center. The sawtooth points are cut at 3-1/2" squares as normally done. But I cut my corner and pieces for the flying geese bigger. To make a 12-1/2" square, the normal directions say to cut these pieces at 3-1/2" squares for the corner pieces, and 6-1/2" x 3-1/2" for the flying geese pieces.

    I cut these pieces at least 1/4" wider, usually 1/2" wider to make sure I have plenty of room. You can see in the top block how uneven the edges are. But when you press it and center the square on the block, you get a perfect block with the correct 1/4" seam allowance.

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    ​Nice job!

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    Thanks for the tip. I will try this next time.

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    thanks for the tip never made one but I will now......thanks

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    Good tip. I'm going to be trying it out, you have inspired me to try flying geese again.

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    Good way to do it for those who wrestle with it....

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    Looks like a great idea. Thanks for sharing!
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    Thanks for sharing..Good tutorial..

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    Looks great

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    Thank you
    I like your block
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