Make a “Fancy Flight” Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star (Video Tutorial)


Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the MSQC.
And I’ve got a fun project for you. Take a look at this quilt behind me. Isn’t this
sweet? This is a great little quilt. The whole reason I made this was because I have a daughter
that has a quilt that is made all out of flying geese. And I wanted to see actually how many
I could make out of one packet of 40 2 ½ inch strips. So this is the size you get.
It’s going to be about 47 by 61. So it’s a great size. And I just, I just really wanted
to see how many it would make. And so that’s why we did this quilt. So the fabric we’ve
used for this is called Rhapsody in Reds by Kaye England for Wilmington. And it’s just
really fun. One of the reasons I chose this roll for this is because I have just about
even numbers of lights and colors. So I wanted to be able to divide that evenly and I think
it just came together so great. You’re going to need some sashing right here. You’re
going to need about ¾ of a yard because these are one inch or 1 ½ inch strips. And then
your outer border out here, this is a six inch border. Now this backing, we used what’s
out here in the border. We used that same fabric on the backing here. I just fell in
love with it. It’s such a cute print. And we used 3 ¼ yards for that. So the first thing you want to do to get started
is you want to separate your roll into lights and darks. And then I paired a light with
a dark like this and I kept them folded in half so that I can cut two at a time. Then
I’m going to get a light square or a light strip over here, just like this. So and actually
this works for this jelly roll because it is, because it has even numbers of lights
and darks. But if you have a packet of strips that’s all colorful and you don’t really
have lights and darks, you’ll actually have to bring in some background fabric because
you want good contrast on these little geese. Alright so what I’ve done is I’ve stacked
them up here and I’m going to cut off my selvedge ends right here. And then I”m going
to use my little 2 ½ inch ruler and I’m going to cut the base of my geese. So it’s
going to be a 4 ½ inch block so I’m going to lay this down here longwise and cut my
4 ½ like this. And this gives me enough body, so two lights and two darks for four geese.
So I need two of the 2 ½ inch squares for each geese so then we’re going to have to
cut four of those. So I”m going to go ahead and cut this one right here. Or two sets is
what I mean and this one right here. And this should give us enough for each piece. So let’s
lay these out and take a look at them. So I have two of the reds and I need two of the
lights like this, here and here. Basically what I’m doing is I’m keeping them together
because I want to switch them up. And so I”m going to cut all my blocks, all of these one
way and all the other. And then I’m just going to switch them up. So I want you to
look at the quilt for this very reason. Now this right here, see this one has the
darks on the outside with the light middle and I did a whole row of those. This next
one has the lights on the outside with the dark middle. And I did a whole row of those.
And I just went across the quilt like that. So let’s make a flying geese so you can
see how to do this because this is really fun. Alright first what I’m going to do
is I’m going to take my 2 ½ by 4 ½ rectangle that makes the body of the geese. And I’m
going to choose two of my 2 ½ inch squares which are going to make the squares we put
on the sides so that it has that flying geese look. I’m going to iron them in half like
this. You can draw the line or iron. I’m just going to iron them in half. So remember
these are 2 ½ and the rectangle is 2 ½ by 4 ½. Alright. Now I accidentally ironed these
going two different directions. You really want to iron it outside in. See I have this
going inside. It’s going to be very difficult to sew that so I’m going to flip this over
and iron it the other way. You always want to sew, if you’re going to iron the line,
you want to sew in the ditch not on top of the mountain. It just doesn’t work as well. Alright so here’s what we’re going to
do. We’re going to lay this on here like this. And I”m going to sew right on this
pressed line and then we’re going to trim that off. So we’re going to sew right on
the line. Make sure your square stays lined up in the corner perfectly. And we’re just
going to sew right, right down the side here. Let me turn this a little bit something faster.
There we go. Now before I do any cutting on my block I want to fold it back and make sure
that it matches up in that corner. So now I’m just going to give this a little press.
And I’m going to lift it up and I”m going to cut off this edge right here, making sure
this guy doesn’t get caught in there. Just like that. Now I”m going to add the square
to the other side. And I”m going to line it up in the corner. And we’re going to
sew right across this way just like we did on the other side. So you want your fabrics
to cross in the center. That’s part of getting a good point. Let me feel right here. There
we go, straight across, a good seam. And again I’m going to fold this back to make sure
it lines up with my corner. See how clean that is? It’s, it keeps the square. That’s
what we want. So I’ll actually trim that off and then press it back. Alright. Now this
is what, this is what our flying geese looks like. Now this is a really big part. People have
been talking a lot on line about how do we not lose this point. This is the beak of our
geese right here. And how do we not lose that point? So let’s take a closer look at that.
So this is the first part of making sure you have a perfect point is that quarter of an
inch overlap. Now on the back when you turn this over, oh this is darker fabric. Let me
show you on a light one. It’s a lot better. So see right here, how our gray thread, how
it criss crosses right there? You see that cross? As long as when you sew your seam you
get on this side or seam side, any place this side of that point, you’re going to keep
your point. So let me show you how these go together. So I’m going to sew this one on
here because it’s got the light background and I’m making a column of all lights. And
so what I’m going to do is I”m going to set these together like this. And so you lay
your point side right here to the body side of this one right here. And you just lay it
on there like that. Now what we’re going to do is we’re going to sew a quarter of
an inch right along here and just catch it the other side of where these threads cross.
The threads crossing is the key. So let’s go ahead and sew a quarter of an inch right
there. See watch that. There we go. Alright. Now let’s look at where I sewed that. So
actually my quarter of an inch looks a little bit scant but I’m right on that side of
the point so when we open this up, look at that. You’ve got your perfect point. Here
let me iron this for you. I’m going to set my seam and iron this back. So this is the
point we’re talking about right here. And that is pretty dang perfect. That’s good.
So just remember wherever your threads cross you want to go to the seam side of that. Now
truth be told, I have sewn my seam just a little bit like this so I could catch that
point because when it quilts it’s all going to be fine. But, you know, do what you feel
comfortable with. But whenever you have two threads that cross, that’s what you want
to watch for if you want to keep your points. So now that we’ve mastered the point we’re
ready to start assembling our quilt. And we’re going to start putting these in long rows
together one after the other. And so let’s just sew a couple of these on here. And I
have this one right here and this has, I’m matching it up with my light body and my dark
squares on the top. And so again I”m just going to lay this on here like this. I”m
going to flip this over so that I can, I make sure that I don’t cut off my point. And
we just sew straight across. And then we’re going to press it open, and see how we did
on that point because we were watching. Alright look at that, that’s a pretty good point
right there. So what we’re going to do now is we’re going to assemble these into columns.
There are seven columns on this quilt and there’s 24 in each column. And once you
get your column done you’re going to add your sashing. Now our sashing is a 1 ½ inch
strip right here and I’m going to trim off my selvedges on this. And I”m going to show
you the trick of putting on sashing and this works for borders too so that you can, you
can put it on without your borders or your sashing getting rumply at all. The trick for
this is once you get your whole column done, you’re going to lay your blocks down next
to the feed dogs right here. And you’re going to lay your sashing on top. Always put
your sashing on top. And then it won’t, it won’t wave, it won’t ruffle up. Because
your feed dogs which are the little things down here on the bottom of your machine that
move the material through. They move more material than the top. So if you have your,
if you have your little sashing on the bottom it’s going to move more fabric through and
then it’s going to end up with a little bit of a wave in it. So I keep kind of a,
not a pull, but a nice firm hold on my sashing and I just sew down the side like this. And
of course your column will be much longer than mine. And I”m just going to take this
over here and we’re going to press it so that you can see what we did here. So set
your seam and then roll it back and then your sashing, look at that, it will lay nice and
flat like that. And then you’re just going to do the same thing. Even when you add this
next column to it, you’re going to flip this over. And you’ll probably start from
the other end. I would start from this end and sew this way because I like the bulk of
my quilt to be on the outside of my foot to make sure that the sashing stays on top. That’s
why we do that, my sashing needs to always be on the top. If we put this side over like
this and sew it down and this is on the bottom, that side is going to be ruffly. So we want
to make sure that we don’t do it. Then you’re going to add your 6 ½ inch
or your six inch borders out here. And it just makes a great little quilt. Now the cool
thing about pre cuts is that if you want this bigger, you’re just going to use two rolls
and it’s going to get bigger and bigger very quickly. So we hope you enjoyed this
tutorial on Fancy Flight from the MSQC.