Make a “Daisy Chain” Quilt with Jenny!


Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the MSQC.
And I’ve got a fun project for you today. As quilters we have the opportunity to make
a lot of baby quilts. And I actually really enjoy them. They’re projects that get done
pretty quickly. And that’s one of the reasons we came up with our Baby Block issue where
we took tutorials that were already out there and then just tweaked them a little bit. And
I thought some of them warranted a new tutorial so that’s what we’re going to do today.
The quilt in the baby block is called Daisy Chain and it looks like this right here. This
is the one that’s in Baby Block. And, and it’s based on an old tutorials that we did
called Falling Charms, really cute tutorial, real easy. We took the charm and bordered
it on two sides with a solid. Well we’ve done just the opposite with this one. And
let’s take a look at it. So here’s our charm. It’s, now the background is in the
middle and it’s bordered to two sides with the same strip of fabric. So for this quilt
we used Emma’s Garden right here. And it’s by Debbie Bevis for Maywood Studios. And it’s
just a great line. And you’re going to need about 18 of those strips. We used a yard and
a half of background. And from the background we cut our five inch squares and our 2 ½
inch pieces for the sashing that forms the sashing and the border. Now I would probably
use five inch charm squares for those pieces. And that would, and if you do that it will
cut down your yardage considerably. So let me show you how to do this because it’s
real quick and easy. You’re going to take your five inch square
right here. And we are going to sew fabric to two sides of it. Now the first cut is going
to be five inches. And we know that. And the second cut is going to be seven. And in the
pattern it gives you all the directions to cut those up. But when I like to do it I sew
it this way. So I put my squares on here. And I’m going to sew down. And then I’m
going to cut my fabric right there. And that’s kind of how I do it but you, you can, feel
free to cut up all the pieces if you want to. It’s just not how I do it. But they
want to make it easy. You know one of the things that’s fun for quilters is that we
all have different brains and we all do things differently and so, so it’s whatever works
best for you. Some people like to get all their cutting done ahead of time. I like to
do this and cut mine and then press it open. And I’m going to press to the dark side.
So I’m just going to, and when I say press to the dark side some body the other day asked
me, what does that mean. And I’m like, it means that the seam of your fabric, that darker
fabric is going to hide under the fabric. And it’s not going to be pressed to the
white fabric where it could show through. Alright so now what we’re going to do is
we’re going to take this same piece and we’re going to run this other piece down
the side right here. Let me show you this, like this. Just run it right down the side
a quarter of an inch. And make sure my seam is laying down underneath there, going the
right direction. And then I’m just going to trim this off right here. Now again if
you want to cut your pieces, this piece is five right here, five inches. The same as
the charm. And this side piece right here is seven inches. So that’s the size you’re
going to cut. I just kind of sew mine on, you know, strip one after the other. Kind
of chain piecing. You do have to make sure your squares are the same size. Alright now what we’re going to do is we’re
going to put these together in a block. So we’re going to make four of these and put
them together in a block. Here’s our block right here. And when we put this together
we’re going to put two, two squares in like this. Just want to make sure you guys can
see this. Two squares in, and then like this. Two squares in and two squares out. So just
like this. Alright? So that’s going to go together as a four patch. And I’m thinking
right now that I want to swap my purple over here. I want my colors a little bit different.
Nope, let’s do purple up here. Oop, two whites in, two squares in. You know I have
those mantras. I get angley challenged. Two squares in, two squares out. So now I’ve
got green, green, purple, purple and that suits me a little better. So we’ll sew those
together. Alrighty. Now there are no seams to line up. There are no seams to line up
on those sides so we can just sew them down. And then when we put these two blocks together
the only seam that lines up is that center seam. And you want to make sure that one is
pretty good. Alright now I’m just going to put these two together since I’m hoping
they’re right and they are. So again I’m just going to put this together like this,
line up that edge. Start sewing. Make sure my center, my seams are nesting so one seam
goes one way, one goes the other. And I can just put my finger on that seam and sew until
I get there. Alright now let’s press this open. And let me move these over here a little
bit. Oh that center is so nice and clean. It looks good. Good job, Jenny. Sometimes
we have to tell ourselves that don’t we. You did so good on that. Alright here’s our block. Now let’s look
at how these go together on the quilt behind me. I’ve got some more here to show you.
And so what we’re doing here is we have our blocks. And when a square comes up here,
the next one points to it. And so we match them top to bottom. But we’re going to put
a sashing strip right in between them. So let me show you how that’s going to work.
I’ve got some, I’ve got blocks here. And I’ve got some little squares. Now when you
put a sashing strip in between your rows, the one thing you want to watch for is that
your sashing strip should be the same length as your rows. So we’re going to have this
piece right here. Let me just pile these up over here so you can see. So this strip should
be exactly the same length. And see how this one is actually a little bit, a little bit
long. I would actually cut that to match. Make sure that your strips match the side
of your block. You’re going to sew that down. And you’re going to sew your rows
together. Now again we’re going to put these together
so that, we don’t want that one. We want this one. So that our two bordered blocks
come together like this. And then the two white blocks will come together out here like
this because what we’re making is this secondary block right here. So see how this happens,
the secondary block. Let me move my chair. There we go. This secondary block right here,
so see how that comes together. That’s the look we’re going for and it appears a couple
of times in the quilt. And, and so then we just put these together so the colors are
together, sashing strip. And then when you have your rows together you’re going to
put a sashing strip in between them. And that’s a long piece that measures the same as your
blocks with a 2 ½ inch corner square. So it’s going to look like this. And you’re
going to lay that in here just like this. See how that’s going to happen. So it goes
together really quick, really easily. And, let me move these up here so make sure you
can see them. There we go. So again right over here there will be a sash on this edge.
You’re going to start it with a sash and end it with a sash. And then these secondary
rows right here are going to be your sashing row that in turn become your border row. So
it goes together really quickly and really easily. So we hope you enjoyed this tutorial
on the Daisy Chain quilt from the MSQC.