In the market for a new quilt project? We’ve got just the thing for you! Our stunning beginner-friendly Desert Trails quilt by Lou Orth is the perfect project to practise Half-square Triangles and have a little fun with fabric placement!


Lou made her version with Carrie Shryock’s Desert Horses collection for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics, the ideal mix of large and small-scale prints to give your quilt irresistible movement. Pair with a plain white background fabric to make your prized fabrics pop.

With a simple combo of squares and easy Half-square Triangles, Desert Trails is suitable for beginner quilters wanting to learn the craft. You’ll even learn how to make a traditional Sawtooth Star block – make it look modern or keep it classic, depending on your choice of fabrics. Replicate our quilt right down to the tiny details or mix and match fabrics from your stash to put your own spin on the design.

Use a mix of large and small-scale prints to give your quilt movement

The comfortable 40in square finished size is both easy to work with while sewing, and can be used as a baby quilt, lap quilt, wall hanging or more. Download this pattern from Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine below and try your hand at making your very own Desert Trails quilt.

Sawtooth star quilt pattern

You will need

  • Six (6) print fat quarters (A–F)
  • Background fabric: 1½yds
  • Backing fabric: 1¼yds
  • Binding fabric: ½yd
  • Batting: 48in square

Finished size

40in square

Fabrics used

All print fabrics are from the Desert Horses collection by Carrie Shryock for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics.

Download the Desert Trails quilt pattern here

Sawtooth Star Quilt Pattern (PDF)


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Sawtooth star patchwork quilt


Lou OrthQuilt designer

Fabric addict Lou loves playing with colours and is constantly coming up with dreamy new quilt designs. The Oxfordshire-based designer’s work is featured regularly in Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine while her Instagram feed is a filled with inspiring modern patchwork in contemporary fabrics and colours.

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