Make a Cutting Corners Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star! (Video Tutorial)


Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the MSQC.
And I’ve got such a fun project for you today. Let’s take a look at this quilt behind
me. Isn’t this fun? It’s a gorgeous quilt. Basically we’re talking about here is a
half square triangle but we’ve made it with a strip set. So that makes it really, really
fun. So to make this quilt what you’re going
to use is 40 2 ½ inch strips. And we have used Sevilla Blues by Andrea Komninos for
Benertex. And it’s just a really fun line. You can see all those blues and greens. I
mean just a gorgeous line. Then you’re going to need background fabric. And we used about
three yards or you can buy a packet of ten inch squares. That will also work, of whatever
color you choose. We chose white. And I just can hardly wait to show you how to make this
because it’s really fun. So basically we are going to sew a strip set together. Five
strips, just like this. And, but there’s a trick to doing that because when you go
to sew strips, if you sew them one after the other after the other, they can actually bow.
And I don’t know why they do this. This is like a universal mystery. Nobody really
knows why they do that. But the way to get around that is you’re going to sew two together
like this. And you’re going to put your right sides together, just like this and sew
down it this way. When you go to add your third strip, you’re going to add it going
to other direction. So let’s go to the sewing machine and do that so you can see that a
little better. So we’re just going to sail along this edge
right here, a quarter of an inch. We’ve got our two strips lined up. So once you get
to the end of your two strips that you’ve sewn together, you’re going to keep ahold
of this end that you just ended on, and you’re going to add your next strip to the side and
you’re going to sew. And it will be going the other direction. So it will be, now you’ve
sewn this way, now you’re coming back up the other way. And you’re going to sew those
just a quarter of an inch. And you’re going to keep going this way going back and forth
until you have sewn five strips together. So now that you’ve got your five strips
together, just like this, we need to cut them into squares. Now this should be, ideally,
ten inches. Let’s check and see if it is. It is very close to ten. So let’s go ahead.
We’re going to cut this off, cut off our selvedges. Make sure it stays lined up. Trim
that off. And we’re going to come in ten and make a cut. And do that to our whole strip
set. So once you get your squares cut, you’ll have a little leftover piece and who knows
what we’re going to do with that. But then you’re going to deal with these squares
right here. So let’s take one of these. Let’s just
move all these down here. And we’re going to make sure that we’re ten inches. So I’m
putting it on my mat here to measure it up. Make sure. We’re a hair over. So I’m just
going to kind of clean up those edges. Just barely, little tiny bits, clean them up. And
then what we’re going to do is we are going to take this square and pair it with a ten
inch background square. So here’s our ten inch background square. We’re going to lay
those right sides together. Now what we’re going to do is what you’ve seen me do a
ton of times. We are going to sew all the way around the outside edge. So let’s go to the sewing machine and do
that. Now it doesn’t really matter which direction your stripes run. You just going
to put that ten inch square on top and we are going to sew down, around the whole thing.
Once you get your block sewn all the way around a quarter of an inch on all four sides. And
you want to make sure, you actually really want to look at that quarter of an inch because
that’s what’s going to mean that your blocks come out the same size. Then what we’re
going to do is we are going to cut this diagonally both directions. This is one of the reasons
I love this ruler is because it just goes right, it will, allows me to cut them diagonally
both directions. This is one of my favorites. So we’re going to cut that. And we’re
going to come over this way, make a diagonal cut both directions. And then we’ve got
these blocks right here. Are these not so cool. Alright let’s press these back. We’ll
go over here to the ironing board. And I’m going to set my seams. And then I’m just
going to turn them over so my dark stripy side is to the top because we want that seam
allowance on the darker side of the fabric. So we’re pressing to the dark side. And
we’re just going to do that to all of these. And you see very quickly when we start looking
at these blocks, they’re running different directions which I just think is so much fun. Alright so here we have these right here.
And you see, see how, see how the stripes on this one run this way and on this one they
run this way. You don’t really notice that at all in the quilt behind you, do you? It
just gives, it just gives it that mixed up fun scrappy look. And we don’t notice it.
So we’re not paying attention to that, we’re not worrying about it at all. What we’re
doing with these is we are going to set these, just line them up, just like this. So our,
our white is always going to be on the bottom left. And when we put our rows together, that’s
how they’re going to go, just like this. Let me get it down here so you can make sure
you can see this really good. There we go. So they’re always going to point up just
like these, see how these point up to the top. Really, really fun. And then you’re
just going to sew your twos and twos together like this. And then you’re going to start
sewing your rows together. And pretty soon you’re going to have a quilt that is finished.
This makes a quilt that is 60 by 72. But I just want you to remember, this is a half
square triangle. So any of the things I have done with any of the half square triangles
you can do with this block. And there are a ton of things you can do with this block. So on this quilt we’ve got ten blocks, 12
rows. So ten blocks in each row. You’re going to do that 12 times. And it just makes
a great quilt. Again it’s 60 by 72. We’re calling it Cutting Corners because you actually
cut from corner to corner. So we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the Cutting Corners
quilt from the MSQC.