Make a Beach Ball Dresden with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star and Me & My Sister (Video Tutorial)


Jenny: Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the
MSQC. And I am so delighted to be here today with Barb and Mary from Me & My Sister. Ok,
enough of this, I’ve got to, whew that feels much better. I couldn’t hang on for long.
We have such an awesome quilt to show you today. And it’s based on this cool double
wide dresden ruler. And Miss Mary over here is the one who’s going to show us how to
do that. Let’s take a look at this quilt behind me first. Isn’t this fun? So this
is what you call the Mary: Beach Ball
Jenny: The Beach Ball quilt made with a double wide dresden ruler. It’s just gorgeous.
And so tell me what we need to make this. Mary: Ok, so you’re using two jelly rolls.
Jenny: Oh Mary: I’m going to use a solid jelly roll
Jenny: Ok Mary: And a print jelly roll.
Jenny: And so this is the new line Frolic. Your lines are always so cute.Just bright
and happy. I love them. Mary: Well thank you.
Jenny: I love them. I’m a fan. I’m having a fangirl moment. Alright, so tell me about
this ruler. Mary: Ok so your traditional dresden ruler
is an 18 degree ruler. Jenny: That’s pretty, that’s kind of a
fat little dresden. Mary: Yes. So and you use 20 wedges and you
put them all together and then do applique a little dot in the middle
Jenny: Sure. Mary: Nope. This is so much easier. We went
double wide. 36 degrees. So now you only need ten of your wedges instead of 20. You’re
going to see that you have no center to put in there. You have a star shape, a secondary
pattern come through. Jenny: Alright, I’m going to let you get
in the middle. Barb: So you’re going to have this in half
the time. Mary: Half the time.
Jenny: Oh ya because you only need ten. That’s so awesome. You scoot over and you get in
the middle over there and I’m going to come around here so I can watch you because we
want Mary: The beach ball here
Jenny: We want camera front and center right here so you can show everything.
Mary: Okie dokey. Well it comes with instructions. It’s all contained within. It shows you
how wide to cut your strips. How big your wedges will be. How big your plate will be.
How big to cut your backgrounds. It’s all contained
Jenny: All the information. Mary: Might have to have your reading glasses
on. Jenny: It is little print.
Barb: But the patterns give you all the tips and tricks.
Jenny: Oh there you go. And this pattern is the beach ball pattern. Alright with a cute
picture of these two girls on the back. You even get that. Alright show us how this works.
Mary: So I’ve taken a solid jelly roll and a print jelly roll and I sewed those together.
Jenny: Ok Mary: Ok now I’m going to, I want the turquoise
to be in the center of mine. Jenny: Alright so like this right here.
Mary: Yes. So I’m going to cut them here and there. If you did it back and forth you’d
have it would be pretty busy. But the turquoise would be on the outside.
Jenny: Oh I see. If you have them all the same direction
Mary: Like this. Down the thing. Ok then you’re going to take your wedge and you’re going
to fold it in half. I’m going to line up those seams right there.
Barb: Right sides together. Mary: Yes. We’re going to give it a finger
press. Then I’m going to sew a quarter of an inch here and a quarter of an inch here.
Jenny: So just like a regular dresden. We’re sewing a quarter of an inch across the top
but this time we add the bottom. Mary: Yes. Ok so if you have the little 18
degree traditional you’d have an itty bitty nothing in your feed dogs. So that’s why
the double wide dresden is so fun. It makes it bigger. Now we can do that with both ends.
Ok then you turn them out. Here’s one that I did. Ok so we sewed the quarter of an inch.
We’re going to turn it out. That little press line we did we’re now going to use
to something stitches on here. And then we’re going to give it a nice good press.
Jenny: Ok let’s move this out of the way so we can see this. So this is the finger
press line. Sew this together. And when you flip it, see when you open it, this is my
favorite thing about dresdens. You know I thought they were hard
Mary: Oh this is the very first one I’ve ever made.
Jenny: Oh is it really. Oh my gosh. Mary: And I couldn’t leave it alone, could
I? Jenny: So then you just sew straight across
the top. We flip it. You know every time I teach this honestly I think grandmas are going
to come out of the ground and slap me because it’s so much easier. They worked hard. They
made cardboard templates. Mary: It’s a possibility, it could happen.
Jenny: It could happen. Alright so then. Mary: I’ve done this with a lot of different
ways. So then you’re going to put them together. And I do them in twos. So line them up. I,
my eye goes to the center because of the secondary star pattern. So I line that up first I’m
going to up my, and I’m going to backstitch and backstitch into a quarter of an inch along
here. And this is what I’m going to turn out with.
Jenny: And you just keep, do you do two, two, two, four, four, four.
Mary: You go the whole way Jenny: Look at that.
Mary: Oh thank you Barbara. That was very good.
Jenny: She’s so helpful, isn’t she. Mary: She’s so helpful. Ok so we’ve gotten
further along. I do them in halves. And I will press from the outside in. For some reason
my iron gets stuck under the edges. Jenny: Oh ok.
Mary: This is just a little easier tip and trick
Jenny: And I’m noticing that your seams are all pressed open.
Mary: I like to. I come from garment construction and I just do that and it lays nice and flat.
Jenny: It is beautiful. Mary: And look how that’s getting so cute.
Now this is what’s kind of fun too. Let me see if I can find my solid piece. These
things center themselves. So whatever you cut your background. And I’ve creased it
one way and creased it the other way. So I’ve got these little lines to go by.
Jenny: So criss cross Mary: I’m going to put this on here. I’m
going to go point to point, seam to seam and this little thing is now centered.
Jenny: That is awesome. And the other cool thing that I noticed about this is that you
didn’t like spend hours hand stitching this down.
Mary: Oh no, oh no. Jenny: Which I, which, so cool
Mary: So what I did was something a purple thang. You ever have one of those?
Jenny: Oh ya. You betcha. We have a purple thang.
Mary: If you can’t find it you need to buy another one because it’s just you’ll never
find it at home in all your junk. So just get another one. And it pokes the corners
out really nice. Jenny: Sure. Perfectly.
Mary: Then go through with the applique glue stick. Oh I’ve got some threads there. And
I just tap the applique glue on there and hold it all down. And then I get the edge
with my sewing machine. I think everybody got one. I think you’re supposed to hem
your pants or topstitch with it. You know Jenny: Oh the one has the little guide, ok
ok. Mary: Ya that one.
Jenny: Now I’ve got you. Mary: That one we don’t know what it’s
for but we have it. Jenny: This is really nice but I’m not sure
what I’m supposed to do with it. Ya the little edge.
Mary: And it goes right along Jenny: And that keeps it perfect. I was actually
just thinking you were like really perfect. Mary: See this one is perfect.
Jenny: But you had the edge guide. Mary: I’m going to throw that at you, Barb.
See how this is, see it’s all closed off. There’s no raw edges. I’ve done some stitching
on this side. It’s just nice. It turns out Jenny: I love it. It’s so adorable.
Mary: So here’s what it looks like when it’s finished.
Jenny: And that’s so quick because it’s ten and you’re just stitching over the top.
Mary: That’s right. Jenny: So how many of these do you have up
there? One, two, three, four, five, by five. Mary: 25
Jenny: Well of course you know, you wrote the pattern. I had to count. 25. I’m glad
we came to Mary: Stomp, stomp
Jenny: Tap it Trigger. Stop it Mary: I did this one and I mixed them all
up. Jenny: Ok, oh so
Mary: It’s a little busy. Jenny: So this one is done with a solid and
the same solid. And this one is done with two strip sets which is really fun too
Mary: A print. Something fun Jenny: What, could you like put something
in here? Mary: You could
Jenny: You could Mary: Before you do that, stick something
behind there. I’ve used, actually a little charm and stuck it back there.
Jenny: That is so awesome. Barb: A little charm square fits really nice
in there. Mary: So that’s that one. Do you want to
see what else we can do? Jenny: I do. I actually do.
Mary: Do you want to see this one? What’s fun on it is it’s just not, you can do lots
of things on it. I’ve got it all kind of scooched up here.
Jenny: You know that’s something, actually one of my hard things about doing a tutorial
is that I see a million different things this could do.
Mary: Oh ya Jenny: And, and so, so let’s, this is, this
doesn’t even look like the same thing. I mean this is gorgeous.
Mary: I chose a 4 ½ inch strip and I cut Jenny: Which is this.
Mary: And out of all three, yes your two jelly rolls equal that. And when I cut a strip I
started at the edge of the ruler here. For my turquoise I started at the half inch. And
at the blue I started at the inch. And look how that manipulation of the ruler makes that
star bigger. Jenny: Because the hole is bigger under there.
I mean you’ve still got the same things. Mary: It’s just moved along, made your little
wedges a little fatter and spread them apart. Jenny: Oh my gosh. That is so cool.
Mary: So it’s kind of fun. And there’s so many things you can do with it.
Jenny: Such a quick, we have a few things to show you, don’t we. Over here.
Mary: Yes, yes yes. Jenny: So this is really fun because this
is on the top of a present. But that’s just half.
Mary: That’s half of the dresden. Barb: And a simple pieced block with that.
Jenny: Wait let me open it up. It’s even cuter long.
Mary: Fun with a birthday cake on it or cupcakes and just
Jenny: Oh gosh, absolutely adorable. Mary: So it would be fun.
Jenny: And then this one again, just like the different sizes there, you’ve used different
sizes here. Barb: This is Mary’s favorite.
Mary: This is my favorite. This is a boxy rectangle
Jenny: Alright let’s get a whole one up here
Mary: It uses three different sizes on the ruler. All starting up against the one inch.
Jenny: This is like dresden on steroids, really. Mary: Really it is. I’ve never seen one
before. I thought it was kind of art deco at first.
Barb: This is Jenny: Well and I do love the little star.
Mary: The little star Barb: Well this is actually the first one
that Mary made Jenny: Ya
Mary: I didn’t want to start on a round one.
Barb: And she showed it to me about a year before we finally completed the quilt and
I said, Mary this is so weird. No one’s ever going to buy it. So she’ll never let
me live that down Jenny: Ya I have to say, I have to say I want
one of these rulers so Mary: This has 45 of our lines of fabric in
it. Barb: Different lines.
Jenny: How cool is that. Oh interesting. Ya so it’s all scrappy. That is actually one
of the things Mary: Really good scraps
Jenny: That is actually one of the things I love about your fabric is all the lines
go from year to year. It just Mary: You don’t want your purple and your
turquoise to look alike. You want it to be a little different.
Jenny: I love that Mary: But the ruler is an eight inch so, so
any size, a layer cake, a charm square Barb: A jelly roll
Mary: You can do all kinds of things with it. You can do just about anything with fat
quarters so Jenny: That’s awesome.
Mary: So it’s kind of Jenny: Well I pretty much think you guys are
geniuses Barb: Well thank you
Mary: Ya Barb, thank you Jenny: Well thank you so much for joining
us. Thank you so much for joining us today. Barb: Oh thank you.
Jenny: It’s been so much fun. We hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the Beach Ball quilt
from Me & My Sister and MSQC. See ya later. Mary: Thanks
Barb: Bye bye.