Make a “Josh’s Star” Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star and Josh Doan! (Video Tutorial)


Jenny: Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the
MSQC. And I am here today with a special guest. This is my youngest son, Josh.
Josh: How’s it going? Jenny: So this is so much fun for us. I get
to tell a story about him which we mothers like to do. One day Josh was on a date, exciting
time for us moms as well. And he stopped by the retreat center and he thought he would
see if this girl was interested at all in sewing. And so they decided to try and come
up with a new quilt pattern. And they actually did. And I actually like it so we are here
to tutorial that today for you. Josh actually brought in his quilt. Josh, why don’t show
them your quilt? Josh: Ya
Jenny: So, so tell me about that, Josh. Josh: Well we had some leftover fabric and
decided that we were going to try to make, put this together.
Jenny: It’s so cool, isn’t it? I love this little kind of star motif that it does
in here. I love that it was separated by the sashing. Just, it’s just really fun. And
so when I saw it, I was like, ya I really like that. So this is ours right here that
we’re going to show you. And we are using, to make this quilt what you’re going to
need is one packet of ten inch squares. And we are using Maker’s Home by Natalie Barnes
for Windham. And I mean it’s just a great line. It’s really bright and happy. And
you’re going to need some sashing. And we used a yard for the sashing. And that takes
care of the inner border. And that outer border right there, here Josh, the Vanna Man. It’s
a six inch border and we used a yard and a quarter for that. Josh could you show them
the back, please? Josh: Yes absolutely.
Jenny: It’s so nice to have a helper, isn’t it? This is a really darling back. I even
love the quilting pattern. I hope you can see that. We did it in dragonflies and it’s
just really cute. Josh: Oh that’s really cool.
Jenny: Isn’t that fun? So you’re going to need about 4 ½ yards for that back. This
is going to make a quilt that is 73 by 73. So let’s show them how to do it, shall we?
Josh: We shall. Jenny: Alright. So because this line had a
lot of color and a lot of black and white, we decided that if we swapped every other
block out with one where the star was the color and one where the star was black and
white that it might show up better. So if you look back here on the quilt you can see
we’ve got color here and the star is black and white. The next one the background is
black and white and the star is color. So this is one of those that you need a little
contrast for. So we’re actually going to each make one of those blocks and show you
how to do that. Jenny: So to make the block what you’re
going to want to do is you’re going to want to grab two background squares. And we have
these two right here. And we’re going to put them right sides together. You just stop
me if I do anything wrong, ok? Josh: Alright.
Jenny: He’s pretty good at this. I know people are always asking me if my sons sew.
And they do. They all sew. So we put them right sides together like this and we’re
going to sew just down the sides. So do you want to sew or do you want me to that.
Josh: I’ll let you sew. I’ll do the ironing. Jenny: Ok, alright. Sounds like a plan. So
we’re going to sew a quarter of an inch right down the side here on both sides of
this square. There’s one side and I’m going to bring it around to the other side
and sew a quarter of an inch again. And now what we’re going to do is cut these in half.
So let’s go ahead and lay our ruler on this edge. And we’re going to cut this right
in half. And then you go ahead and press that open.
Josh: I’ll go ahead and iron this down. Jenny: Perfect. Look at how good. He set the
seam and now he’s rolling it back. They’re so well trained.
Josh: Momma taught me to press to the dark side.
Jenny: That’s right, that’s right. Josh: Here you go.
Jenny: You have a little fold here though, you don’t want that. That will change the
size of your block so make sure, make sure when you’re ironing guys, make sure you
don’t have any of those little pleats or folds in there. Now for the other block, the
colored block, we’re going to take again two ten inch squares and do the same thing.
Again just sew on the sides. So I’m going to do that right here. And I’m just going
to start and then I’m going to re-line this up. Make sure that they’re nice and straight
on the edges. And then we’re going to turn this around and do the same thing to the other
side. There we go. And a quarter of an inch right down the side. Alrighty. And again we’re
just going to cut this one in half like this. And Josh, will you do the honors?
Josh: I will. Jenny: Alright. The next thing you’re going
to need for this block is you’re going to need your dresden template right here. The
dresden template. And I’m going to put these so that the pieces are opposite of each other
but both right sides up. And I’m going to wait until Josh is done ironing because we’re
going to add those other two. Because you can actually, if you have a good, sharp blade
you can cut four or eight layers pretty easily. Josh: There you go.
Jenny: Perfect. So we’re going to put the green at the top on this one and the green
at the bottom. This is actually really personal preference. You’ll want to try a few, you
know, and see what’s going on. But it’s pretty much personal preference. Then what
we’re going to do, let me make sure these are lined up pretty good. Alright, there we
go. Then what we’re going to do is we are going to lay our dresden blade right along
the edge, our template I mean. Our dresden template right along the edge like this. Alright?
So then we’re just going to go ahead and hold that down and we’re going to cut right
across here, just like this. And you’re going to do that to your whole pack. For this
quilt you’ll put the lights together and then you’ll put the colors together and
you’ll do this to the whole pack. Now what we want to do is we want to sew black and
white ones to the colored strip or to the colored blocks. And we want to sew colored
blocks to the black and whites. And they should be opposite because we laid them opposite.
So I’m going to go to the sewing machine and just chain piece these through. If you’ll
get those ready, lay them on top of there. Josh: Ya.
Jenny: Oh here I want to show you one more thing before we get going. So right here when
you lay this on here you’re just going to want to match this up as close as you can.
So there might be a little bit of overhang on either side. But just get it as close as
you can. And then we’re just going to sew a quarter of an inch right down the side.
Now when I’m done with these Josh, if you’ll pull them and iron them. I’ll just keep
sewing and you can iron. Josh: Ya. Sorry about that.
Jenny: There we go. And there is the last one. You want to make sure that you do sew
the curved edge in. So that, because if you sew it so the curve goes the other way. You’ll
know right away if it’s wrong, believe me. Alright I have two, another set of blocks
over here that’s already done. And as soon as Josh gets done ironing these, I’ll show
you how they go together. Josh: There.
Jenny: So the trick to this, which I thought was really cool, because Josh actually explained
this to me, is that something we’re also taking a seam this way. So you block should
be square. Josh: Ya
Jenny: It should be Josh: Should be.
Jenny: It should be square. Alright so what we’re going to do here is we’re going
to take the ones with the background square and they’ll make one pile and the ones with
the colored square will make another pile. And these are two separate blocks now. We’ll
get two blocks. So I’m going to take this right here. And you leave your fat part to
the middle. And we’re going to turn this right here so it makes a star. I want you
to be able to see this. Just like this. And then this part is going to go here. And this
part is going to go here. How cool is that. It just makes that cool star instantly. I
love it. Josh: Ya
Jenny: I love how it comes together. . Then you’re going to sew it together like a four
patch. So you’re just going to lay these two on top of each other, sew down. These
two on top of each other like this and sew down. And we’ll do that real quick so we
can make this block. And well I’ll stop talking for a second so I can sew. And one
more. Now the lines on the sides where your, where your blocks come together, those aren’t
going to match up. So don’t worry about that.
Josh: Here I’ll iron that for you. Jenny: Alright. Then you’re just going to
sew these together in the middle. It’s going to sew together like a four patch. And you’re
going to get a block that looks just like this. So Josh while you’re ironing, come
back with me to the quilt and let’s look at the quilt for a minute. So we have three
blocks across here. Three big blocks. These make like an 18 inch block. So it’s a really
good size block. And we have three across and three down. And it makes a beautiful,
beautiful block. It’s fun to see the alternating colors. I want to show you, I did a couple
in another colorway too. Oh that’s pretty, Josh. Isn’t that fun?
Josh: That looks awesome. Jenny: Yep. So these right here, I wanted
to do it with a solid to see what happened if I just took a plain solid. And look how
cool these come out. Josh: Oh that’s really cool.
Jenny: Aren’t they fun? Yes sometimes it’s fun to see, you know, just what else, what
else, you know another idea. So this was the colored background with the white star. And
it just looks really fun. So I’m just really tickled that you came up with that.
Josh: Ya it’s pretty exciting. Jenny: It was fun. He’s not still dating
the girl. That’s alright. But it was a fun night. And got to learn a fun new pattern.
And we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on Josh’s Star from the MSQC. Josh: Hey mom, will you show me the pattern
again back here, what we’re going to be doing?
Jenny: Ya sure. Josh: Alright perfect.
Jenny: So, what did you do? Josh: Nothing.
Jenny: What are you doing to me? Josh: I was just patting your back. Don’t
worry about it. You’re good. You’re good. Jenny: Are you sure?
Josh: So how are we doing this? Jenny: He’s doing something. He’s doing
something. Josh: Nothing happened. You’re good. You’re
good. We’re just going to stand here like this. Alright.