Starry Night Block 4 | Cat’s Tooth

Block 4 Cat's Tooth in the Starry Night Quilt Sampler designed by The Sewing Loft

Hi, I’m Heather from The Sewing Loft. Normally, you can find me stitching up a storm and sharing easy tips to help improve your everyday sewing but today, I’m excited to kick off our new Block of the Month series.

To get started you will need a few basic sewing supplies and materials. To make it easy, I have created a printable download that you can get here. These additional tools will be helpful in creating your quilt. standard sewing machine iron/ironing board rotary cuter, quilting ruler and self healing mat are helpful *Note the white fabric is mixed in throughout the quilt blocks and also used as the borders & sashing. Backing fabric is not included on the supply list. The Starry Night Quilt finishes 45″ x 54″. The first block we are creating is called a 9 patch. Not only is the 9 patch quilt block a very basic block but it can help your build your skills in so many ways. It allows you to practice your stitching lines, seam alignment and nesting. This is one of those blocks you want to master! In the Starry Night Quilt, we are taking the standard 9 patch a step further by mixing things up with an extra color stripe in each section. Let’s take a look.

Once a month, I’ll be stopping by to share a new block and a few sewing tips with you. At the end, we’ll put them altogether and create this lap size quilt. I’m excited to watch your blocks come together as we stitch along.

Starry Night Sampler Quilt Layout

Today, we are kicking off block 4 the Cat’s Tooth of the Starry Night Quilt Sampler but for those of you just joining us, don’t worry, you can catch up here with the material list and first block. Remember, you can join in at any point during the sew along.

Our block today will measure 12″ finished, let’s take a look and get started.

Block 4 Cat's Tooth in the Starry Night Quilt Sampler designed by The Sewing Loft

 

The Cat’s Tooth block is designed to help you become comfortable with half square triangles (also called HST’s) without worrying about matching every point.

Cutting Instructions for Cat’s Tooth block:

Sky Polka Dot

  • Cut 1 square 8 1/2″ (a)

Indigo Polka Dot

  • Cut 1 square 3″ (h)
  • Cut 1 squares 3″ (e) sub cut into 2 HST’s
  • Cut 3  squares 2 1/2″ (c)

Mint Net

  • Cut 1 square 3 1/2″ (g) sub cut into 2 HST’s
  • Cut 1 square 3″ (e) sub cut into 2 HST’s

Solid White

  • Cut 2 rectangles 8 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ (b)
  • Cut 2 rectangles 6″ x 2 1/2″ (d)
  • Cut 1 rectangle 5 1/4″ x 2″ (f)

Click here to download printable instructions. 

Sewing Assembly for Cat’s Tooth block: 

  1. Attach 8 1/2″ solid white rectangle (b) to center square (a); press set aside. Stitch 2 1/2″ squares (c) to 8 1/2″ rectangle (b); press and set aside.Cat's Tooth Sewing 1
  2. Join center unit to 6″ solid white rectangle (d); press. Join center unit with completed side rail; press and set aside.Block 4 Cat's Tooth of the Starry Night Sampler designed by The Sewing Loft
  3. Join 6″ solid white rectangle (d) to 2 1/2″ square (c); press and join to center unit. Open and press again. It will look oddly shaped but we will be fixing that in a later step; set aside.Block 4 Cat's Tooth of the Starry Night Sampler designed by The Sewing Loft
  4. Join sub cut HST’s (g) to 3″ square (h); press and trim. **Be very careful not to stretch the bias edges. Block 4 Cat's Tooth of the Starry Night Sampler designed by The Sewing Loft
  5. Position sub cut HST’s (e) together like a banner with a 1/4″ overhang on each side. Stitch; press and trim. Repeat in the opposite direction to create two like drawing.  Repeat the process to your center band (f) to make one long strip. Don’t forget that overhang. Block 4 Cat's Tooth of the Starry Night Sampler designed by The Sewing Loft
    Block 4 Cat's Tooth of the Starry Night Sampler designed by The Sewing Loft
  6. Trim band to a clean 2″ wide; join to corner unit and press.
  7. Block 4 Cat's Tooth of the Starry Night Sampler designed by The Sewing LoftJoin the corner unit together with the center unit to create a 12″ finished block (12 1/2″ including outer seam allowance). **Quick tip- Match corner points to keep seams aligned. Block 4 Cat's Tooth of the Starry Night Sampler designed by The Sewing Loft

Remember, you will need 1 finished Cat’s Tooth block to complete the Starry Night Quilt Sampler.

Be sure to check out my extra tips for this month’s block here. They are sure to help those feeling unsure about sewing and pressing on bias.

Well, that’s it for now. Don’t forget that I’ll be back in June with a next block in the Starry Night Quilt Block of the Month series. In the meantime, be sure to come find me on social media and share a few pictures of your finished block using #StarryNightQuilt as a tag, I want to see how your blocks are coming along!

Be sure to share a few pictures of your block and tag me along because at the end, you’ll have a cozy lap size quilt to snuggle under and watch tv or read your favorite book.

7 thoughts on “Starry Night Block 4 | Cat’s Tooth”

  1. Pamela Powers says:

    I don’t understand how (G) can be a hst when it doesn’t have another color or block to go behind it. It’s my understanding that a hst you put 2 right sides together and mark the middle with 1/4 sewing line on each side . What do you do with (g)

    1. Hello Pamela,
      (G) was only sub cut into a HST and not sewn together to create one. After comment 5. you will see a full diagram for positioning and sewing the units together for one long unit. Be sure to watch the 1/4″ overhang when aligning your pieces. This will ensure the correct finished size.
      Can’t wait to see your finished block!
      ~Heather

  2. Laura says:

    There is too much guesswork in this block. And as far as I can tell, (f) is the wrong length. Would you consider giving better directions or paper piecing the upper left corner. This is a very interesting-looking block, but I cannot get it right.

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      Hi, Heather the quilt designer will get back to you with an answer.

    2. Hello Laura, I am so happy to hear that you like the block and am happy to help. Since I am not sure what type of issue you are experiencing I will need a few more details. Is it possible for you to email me directly? [email protected]

      If so, please let me know what sort of troubles you are having. Is your piece too short, too long or are you just having an issue lining it all up? Either way, I want to help!
      ~Heather

  3. Mary Coluccio says:

    Hi heather. I am an art quilter first, now trying to learn the basic block making. So far, I was doing ok with understanding the directions, until I got to this cat’s tooth corner. I cut the corner pieces twice and still cannot get these pieces to work. Please see if the cutting directions are incorrect, or advise me on what else I can do. I see that others are also having problems. I am doing the project in modern solids and am having so much fun. Many thanks

  4. Desi says:

    I agree, there is a lot of guess work in this block. What I am ending up with is just not working.

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