Make a “Bud Bouquet” 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. Isn’t this great? Now these blocks are made normally but by turning them on point
like this. It gives it a whole different look. Something, adding these big corners, it’s
a great way to make a smaller quilt much larger very fast. And I can’t wait to show you
how to do this. So to make this quilt you’re going to need two packs of five inch squares
and we have used Stiletto by Basic Grey for Moda. You’re going to need some background
fabric. That takes care of all these sashings right here. That’s ¾ of a yard. And you’re
going to need two yards for your big outer setting triangles. And it’s just really
fun to put together. So the block we’re talking about is this
one right here. And you can see what it looks like when we make it. It’s just a nine patch
and then we’re going to set it on point. So in this quilt we’re using the lights
and the darks in the charm pack. And I would suggest going through and separating those
out, making two piles so that you have two things to draw from because everything is
going to be a light and a dark in these blocks. So the first thing we want to do is make our
half square triangles and we’re going to put our light square with our dark square.
You can see I’ve got them right here on top of each other. And we’re going to draw
the line corner to corner. So I’m going to flip this over to the light so I can see
it better. Put my ruler on here and draw my line and I’m going to sew a quarter of an
inch on either side of the line and we’re going to sew a quarter of an inch on both
sides of that line, away from that center line. And so we’ll come over here to the
sewing machine and we’re just going to line up our presser foot along the edge. Now my
presser foot has a quarter of an inch on it and so you’re just going to sew from that
middle like this. Because these are five inch squares when we cut this and open them up,
they should end up about 4 ½ because we’re taking a quarter of an inch on each side.
Alright so now what we’re going to do is we’re going to cut this open like this,
just cut right on the line. And then I’m going to square these to 4 ½ so I’m using
my clearly perfect slotted trimmer. I’m matching my line with their line and they
are really close. So it looks like I only need to trim this side and that should be
4 ½ exactly. And the same as this. So I”m matching my line with their line, my stitch
line with their stitch line. Holding it, cutting this side. So you’re going to square these
all up to 4 ½ and you’re going to need six for each block. Now we’re going to press
these open and we’re going to press so that the dark is on top. We set our seam and roll
it back. And you’re just going to make a pile of these, again because you need six
for each block. We also need some straight squares. So you
can see in this block right here we have one, two, three, actually it looks better like
this. One, two, three, so two dark squares and a light square. And we’re going to want
to cut those to 4 ½. We’re going to want to trim them up because our half square triangles
are now 4 ½ and we want to be sure they’re the same size. So basically you’re just
going to lay your ruler along the edge and cut a half an inch off two sides and I have
already trimmed this one down. So then we put it together like a nine patch. So let
me show you how this goes together. Now I”m going to start with this bottom row right
here. And I’m going to start with a dark square and then I have my half square triangle
that comes the light to the dark and then this one, I’m going to use a different one.
And then this one is going to come this way. So this makes the first part of the bottom
row. And the other two rows I have sewn together so this is the second row right here like
this and then this is the top row like this. And what you end up with here are your squares
boom, boom, boom. Now that’s what you’re looking for. And so we’re going to sew this
row together so we can finish this block. So I’m going to lay this on here like this
and we are going to sew a quarter of an inch along this edge. Just make sure they line
up real good. And then this one goes this way. This whole square goes over here on this
side so I’m going to flip this over and sew it on this side. We’re going to press
it and then we’re going to assemble this block. Alright. So now this is going to go together. And you
can see how it’s forming this little bud right here. And it’s just really cute. Alright
I’m going to sew these two together. Make sure that my seams match up. Make sure my
edges are aligned and sew down. Again I’m just going to sew straight across here. I’m
nesting these seams. Whoop. I’m going to open this up and we’re going to put the
top piece on here like this and fold that on there, make sure it’s right. And I think,
wait, whew! I almost made a tragic error. It should look like a cupping bud like this.
And so this one goes on this side. And you want to check that. Make sure you do the first
one right. Then I would suggest that you leave that one right here so that when you’re
sewing your other blocks together, it’s right there for you to look at and you won’t
get, you won’t get all out of sync. Because there’s nothing worse than finishing your
blocks and putting your quilt together just to see that one square that’s wrong. Now
I have a rule about that. If I make a mistake and it bothers me three times, I change it.
If it doesn’t, if I can’t find it, if I have to search for it, I let it go. Alright.
So here’s our block. And basically when you put this quilt together you’re going
to put it together straight like this. It’s the big corner squares that turn it. So what we’re going to do is we’re going
to have blocks that line up like this and we’re going to put sashings in between them.
Just like this. And you’re going to do three rows of three. So block, sashing, block, sashing,
block. That’s how that’s going to go together, three rows of three. You’re then going to
put in your, these pieces through the middle. Now this is going to be a little big confusing
because this block is already turned on the side but I want you to imagine if this was
the top of the quilt and it was turned straight. This piece would just go straight through
and these are your rows of sashing. So you have three blocks, block, sashing, block,
sashing, block. And you put it together just square, just straight square. And then we
have to cut those setting triangles. Now this is a really easy way to do those. So let me
show you how I did it. For these corners it’s going to be a 33 inch square block. And that
seems a little daunting. And I have one done but I want to show you how to cut it. So let
me get rid of some of this stuff. So this is the piece we’re chasing right
here. This is the triangle. It’s a setting triangle. And anytime you put anything on
point, you’re going to use a setting triangle. So it’s going to fit on the side right here
like this. And you’re going to put one on this side and that side. And then you’re
going to add your two other sides. Now I want to take you through this carefully because
this is a big triangle and sometimes big pieces can feel overwhelming to us. But basically
we’re starting with a square. So we’re going to have a 33 inch of fabric. And this
is our fabric, still folded at the seam. And we’re going to go ahead, I like to cut mine
in half. I mean fold mine in half like this so it makes it easier for me to cut. I’m
only cutting this distance. In order to get a straight square though you have to make
sure that you’re lined up, I”m like just this side of the selvedge edge and I just
make sure that it’s the same all of the way across. So we’re going to go ahead and
cut this 33 inches which means I’m going to come over here to the beginning. Let me
take this little table off right here. And, so here’s my edge right here. And I”m
going to cut 33. So I’m right here on the zero. You just want to make sure that your
fabric is still folded exactly the same in half on both sides. And then I’m going to
shave up this edge and will just be a little shave so that I have a nice clean edge like
this. And then I’m going to come over here to the 33 and cut that one as well. So right
here, trim this up. Now I’m going to fold it the other way so I can make sure it’s
a square. I’m going to have to cut these selvedges off of here to make a square because
I want it 33 inches both directions. So now we’re folding it in half this way and we’re
matching these pieces up right here. So keep it straight, match it along the top. We’re
going to cut this edge right here because fabric is wider than it is tall, or taller
than it is wide, however you look at it. Alright so now this right here, what I’m doing is
I’m cutting off the selvedge edge of this and I’m just cutting right along here, up
to there. So there’s my selvedge. Now I’m again going to come over and cut at 33 because
we want this to be a square. We want it to be matched up. Keep our folds together. Let
me make sure this is lined up nice and straight. It’s really good to have a nice big cutting
table to do this on. Let me make sure this is nice and straight here. And we’re coming
over here to 33. It’s good to take that extra minute to make sure, you know they say
measure twice, cut once. Alright here we are at 33 and I am going to cut up here like this. Now what we’re going to do now is we have
to cut on the diagonal on this, this way. That’s a little difficult to do and a little
difficult to have a ruler that long. So what we’re going to do is I’m going to fold
this in half and I’m going to press a line. So here it is in half and I’m just going
to make sure that my edges line up. And I’m just going to start pressing this line right
here, making sure that we’re good and come all the way along this edge. Oop, let me look
at this piece right here, it’s a little over. Make sure I’m still lined up, no creases
in there, just like this. Now we give you a little bit extra to work with so don’t
be too scared of this. Alright so then what we’re going to do is we’re going to take
this, we have this pressed nice and flat and we want to make sure that we’re to the point
here. We’ve got to uncover our tools. I’ve got so much stuff under here. Alright, make
sure this works. And what I’m going to do is I’m going to fold this middle point now
down here to the middle. I’m going to keep it right here. You want to make sure that
you have, this point is going to mark your halfway mark. So what I’m going to do now
is I’m going to take my ruler and I’m going to cut straight up here from this point.
So right here and make sure this is lined up straight so you get a good straight cut.
I’m going to take it up here to this edge. So we’re lined up nice and straight. And
I’m going to take this point and we’re going to cut just like this. Now when I fold
this in half it makes it easy to make that cut rather than, you know, you’re not way
out here trying to cut. So now you have your corner triangle here that’s going to fit
on the quilt. So because these setting squares right here,
these corner triangles are so large it might have been a little difficult for you to tell
what I was doing. So I want to show you on a smaller square because the method is exactly
the same but it’s probably easier to see. So you start with a square. My square is ten
by ten. Your square for this is going to be 33 by 33. You want to make sure it’s a square.
You want to fold it in half corner to corner and you want to press a line. So we’re going
to go here to the iron and press a line. Now an easy way to do this is to fold it again
in half and press that second line. Make sure it stays in a square. Mine’s a little bit
over. There we go. Now it’s all lined up. Now the benefit of this is when you open this
back up right here like this, you’re going to fold this down. Now it seems kind of silly
to do it on a ten inch square. But when you’re dealing with a 33 inch square, this is what’s
going to work. So you line this up on the line, you fold this middle down. You make
sure that this crease that you put in here lines up, that you’re all set. And then
you can go ahead and cut straight across there on that line like this. And just make a cut
and then when you open these up, this gives you your setting triangle right here. This
gives you your corner that’s going to go around that block. I hope this helped you. And so it’s going to go right here. And
so once you get your blocks sashed with their little cornerstone and a little border all
the way around it, you’re going to put on one side and the opposite side. Then you’re
going to attach the two opposite sides. And you can see they come together here. There’s
a little bit of an overlap and it just comes together so cool. Now this is a cool technique
because you can actually do this to any block, even a small block. You know even if you wanted
to make this one, you know and put your triangles out here, you know, that’s how you set a
block on point is by adding those setting triangles on either side. So it’s a fun
new technique. It’s an easy block to do. It makes this little things stand up and look
like a little bouquet so we’re calling it Bud Bouquet. Has this cute little bud look.
I love how the straight squares come down and end on the little cornerstone. Just a
fun new technique, fun way to do things. And we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the Bud
Bouquet from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.