Make a “Bow Tie Crisscross” Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star (Video Tutorial)


Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the Missouri
Star Quilt Company. And I’ve got a fun project for you today. Take a look at this quilt behind
me. I always think it’s fun when a designer designs a line and it’s graded in color
from light to dark. So I decided to play with that in my layout and in my blocks. So the
fabric we used to make this quilt is called Urban Farmhouse Gatherings. And it’s by
Primitive Gatherings for Moda. And you’re going to need three charm packs of that. And
so you can see right in the pack, they’re graded in color. You’re going to need some
background five inch squares, two packs, that’s 42 squares in a pack so 84 squares. Five inch
squares of background fabric and then you want to get some more of that background fabric
in yardage because you’re going to use your inner border and your sashing strips are all
going to be from that same background. And you’re going to need a yard for that. For
your outer border you’re going to need a yard and a half. And this is a big six inch
border out here. And also you can cut your cornerstones out of those which are 2 ½ inch
squares. And so your background, your, I mean your backing is going to be 4 ½ yards and
we used this gray backing on here. Isn’t that pretty? This is one of my favorite quilt
patterns. It’s called sticky buns. And it’s just a circular one. And any time I have anything
real blocky, I like to use something that has curves in it for the quilting because
I just think it adds to it. So let me show you how to make this. Basically this block is a bowtie block. And
it’s a four patch like this with a little snowballed corner in the corner. And we’ve
put four of these together to form our big block. So what we’re going to do is we’re
going to pick two colors of our grays. Now you’ll notice on my quilt, I kept the darks
together, the mediums together and the lights together. I just wanted to see that graded
color move but obviously that has to do with whatever pack you pick. Yours may be 30’s
and completely scrappy. This is going to make a darling quilt no matter what you use. Alright
so now we’ve got two of our five inch squares right here, the color. And two that are white,
our background color. And so when you take these we’re going to need to put a little
2 ½ inch square in the corner. Now to get that 2 ½ inch square what I did was, let
me scoot these over. I took one of these squares like this, and I took my little 2 ½ inch
ruler and I just cut this block in half twice, like this. Now this will make enough little
corners for two blocks. So we’ll take two of these blocks and we’re going to add them
to our two squares here, like this. So we’re going to snowball those on there. And what
you want to do on these is you want to draw the line or you want to iron the line. I’m
going to press the line like this. And that’s going to give me a little bit of a line to
sew on. And I’m just going to do that right on the edge of my block like this. Line it
up right on the corner and sew right on the line. And we’re going to do that to our
background squares. Alright so here’s our little 2 ½ inch square
on the corner of our background square and we’re sewing on the line, we’re just going
to. Now with this one I’m just going to slide this one under and keep going. There
we go. Alright. You’re going to clip your threads. And we like to test them to make
sure that we did a good job and got these right. So what I do is I fold these back and
make sure the block stays square and it keeps that same square corner right there. And then
once I know that they’re good, I can trim them off like this. You can use a rotary cutter
or your scissors. Then we’re going to press these nice and flat, nice and flat. And then
we basically just put this block together like a four patch. So now we’ve got these
little snowballed corners right here and then we put two of our solid ones in just like
this. And can you see that that takes the shape of a bowtie. This is a really old block
and it’s just fun to play with. So what I’m going to do is I’m going to fold this
over here like that, this one over here like this. Line them up and I”m going to take
these to the sewing machine and I’m going to sew a quarter of an inch right down the
side of this one and. And then I”m going to add this one underneath. And I left them
in the same direction so they, they look different going under the needle but I’m hoping that
when I open them up they’ll fit right together as a four patch and I won’t even have to
trim that little thread. That’s what we call chain piecing and so let’s look and
see if it worked. And it did. It’s going to be perfect. So now I can just fold these
over. And I’ll start stitching, take a few little anchoring stitches, make sure my squares
stay lined up. There we go. Now I”m going to check and make sure my middle, one seam
is going one way, one seam is going the other. Then I”m going to line up the rest of my
block and sew straight across. Now you’re just going to do this to all your blocks and
I’m going to press this open right now. I have my little stitch caught right there.
Press it nice and flat. And then it takes four of these to make our
big block. So let me move these out of the way and I have some sewn right here. So we’re
going to put them together so that all of our darks come to the middle like this. See
how that forms that nice big block. Isn’t that great? So what we’re going to do now
is I’m going to fold this over again. And it’s just like sewing a big four patch.
And so we’ll take this top piece, line up our corners and sew down the side. We’re
going to want to make sure that our little, where our colors come together, because they’re
so stark, you know they’re a dark blocks and white blocks, you want to make sure that
those line up. So start with your edges lined up. Line up your quarter of an inch and I’m
going to sew down the side here. And I’m going to stop right here and make sure that
my blocks, that I can feel nothing in between. It’s just lined up, snugged up so nice.
And then on this side right here come down. Now we’ll do the same thing on this one
and we haven’t moved the direction it’s in. And so again we line them up carefully.
Sew our quarter of an inch and make sure that these pieces here are, our seams, you’re
going to want your seams to go opposite directions. I’ve got those two seams are running in
different directions and we can just sew down that side. Now because this is just like a
giant four patch, we’re just going to be able to open these up and check them to make
sure they come together perfectly and they do. Fold it in half and sew down this whole
nice big block. So now we’re just going to sew down the side of this fabric right
here, making sure our seams are lined up opposite sides. You want your seams to go opposite
directions and nest them right together. Come down here. I love it when you have blocks
where you can line them up on, at every little seam because it keeps our blocks really straight.
And that’s a great thing for a sewer like me who’s, I”m not a real careful sewer
and so it just helps me keep everything lined up really nice. Alright now we should have
this nice big block. Let’s take a look at it. How does that look? Let’s see. Looks
good. We’re lined up pretty good on all our seams. We’re going to press it. Now
remember that this kind of a pattern is based on a square. So if you want to make it with
even bigger squares or smaller squares this is still going to work. And it’s just the
cutest little pattern, whether it’s big squares or small. I’ve got a seam going
right here that is trying to go both directions so I’m going to turn this over and iron
it flat. So that it lays nice and flat. Alright. Now here’s our block right here. Here’s how it fits in the quilt right here.
Squares in the corner. What you’re going to do now is the sides of the square you’re
going to cut a sashing that is exactly the same size. All your sashings are going to
be that size. You’re going to cut one for every block. There’s three in a row. And
you’re going to sew your row together. So we’ve got a square, a sashing, I mean a
block, a sashing and a block. Then you’re going to put in this sashing row right here.
Your block should be square. It should be right about 18 inches. But in between these
pieces you’re going to put a 2 ½ inch square that you’ve cut a strip off your border
and cut them into 2 ½ inch squares. And you’re going to put sashing, square, sashing, square.
And this middle row will go in and then you’ll sew your next big row of blocks together.
So it goes together quickly and easily. It makes a quilt that is 73 by 73 so it’s a
great little size. This would be a great little picnic quilt, lap quilt, anything like that.
And we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the Bow Tie Criss Cross from the Missouri Star
Quilt Company.