Make a Spring Rain 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 today. Let’s take a look at this quilt behind me.
So this is kind of a faux churn dash right here. It’s got this cool sashing that makes
the whole block come together. We’re calling this quilt Spring Rain because it’s just
kind of soft and springy looking with its, with its soft colors. And we just really love
it. So to make this quilt what you’re going to need is one packet of ten inch squares.
And we have used Charlotte by Debra Edwards for Northcott. And it’s just a great line.
You’re also going to need three yards of a background fabric and that’s going to
include your sashings. Now those are all cut into 2 ½ inch strips so you could use a roll
of 2 ½ inch strips as well. You’re also going to need 1 ¼ yards of your contrasting
color. That’s our coral right here, this little pop of color, 1 ¼ yards of that. And
for this outside border you’re going to need 1 ½ yards for that four inch border
out there. Great little quilt. Makes a quilt that is 82 by 94. A good sized quilt. So this quilt is made using half square triangles.
And for this what we are going to do is we are going to do the quick eight. And so we’ve
taken our two ten inch squares. And you’re going to use lights and darks from the same
pack. So go through your pack and separate them in lights and darks. And you can see
I have a light and a dark here. And we’re going to put those right sides together and
we’re going to draw the line from corner to corner. So you can see I’ve got that
on here. We’re going to take our pen and draw the line from corner to corner on both
sides. Then what we’re going to do is we’re going to stitch a quarter of an inch on either
side of this line on both sides. So let’s go to the sewing machine and do that. Alright so what I’m doing here is I’m
just going to put my presser foot along the edge of the line. And I’m going to sew down
this one side, just like this. Make sure your squares stay lined up. When we get to the
end here we’re just going to flip it around and go down the other side with our presser
foot again lined up on that line that we’ve drawn with our pen. And honestly you can use
a pen or a pencil for this. This is going to be the seam line where it’s cut so you’ll
never ever see that. Ok so we’ve done one side now we need to do the other. So we’re
going to come back over here and we’re going to do the same thing where we put our presser
foot down on the line and sew on either side. And there we go to the end. Now we’ll flip
it around. Line up our presser foot and sew down that last side. Alrighty. So now what we’re going to do is we’re
going to take this right here. And it’s a little easier for you to see the lines on
this side. See how it shows up on the dark green with the, where we’ve sewn on either
side of that line. Then what we’re going to do is we are going to cut this diagonally
both directions and horizontally and vertically. So since I have my, my horizontal, I mean
my diagonal lines drawn, I’m going to go ahead and use, and cut this in half horizontally
and vertically first. And so with my ruler here, this is my five inch ruler, it’s going
to lay right along the edge and it should intersect right here in the center. This should
also be at five inches. So we’re going to go ahead and make that cut. We’re going
to take our ruler and we’re going to put it sideways here. Line it up with the edge
of our fabric and come straight down the middle. Without moving our fabric we’re going to
now put our ruler on the diagonal lines like this. And then one more over here. And just
that quick we now have eight half square triangles. So each one of these blocks is going to make
two blocks in the quilt because you use four of these half square triangles in the quilt.
So let’s press these open. So we’re going over here to the ironing board. And I’ve
laid my dark on top. Going to set my seams and roll them back. Alright so we’re just
going to iron these out. These should measure out at four and a half. If you need to square
them, go ahead. But hopefully they’ll be really close. Alright so once you’ve got
these all done, you’re going to separate these. These are going to become two blocks.
And four of them will go in one block and four of them will go in another. So now we need to make some strip sets. And
you can see right here we’ve got a full strip set and then these shorter strip sets.
So we’re going to make two strip sets. Our first one is going to be a 2 ½ inch strip
of our contrasting color and a 2 ½ of our background. We’re going to sew these together.
And you’re going to make six of these, six of these sets. And then each, each little
piece we’re going to cut into 2 ½ inch increments. So we’ve got, we’ve got this
going here. And we’re just going to cut 2 ½ which is going to give us pieces like
this. Alright come on open up. There we go. It’s going to give us little pieces like
this. It’s easier to cut them before you iron them. And that’s just a little tip.
And so then you’re going to iron them open and you’re going to get a whole bunch of
these. As a matter of fact I believe you’re going to get 84. So we want 84 of those. Six
strip sets of those. Now you’re going to take two of your two’s and you’re going
to put a white one in the center and make this big strip set. So, so here’s your twos,
your pop color and your background, your pop color and your background. And we are adding
a strip set right in the middle. Now when you do that, I mean, I mean it’s just going
to go together really easily. Again you’re just putting them right sides together and
you’re sewing a quarter of an inch. And you’re going to do that to each one of these.
And you’re going to have a strip set that has five in it. So now what we’re going
to do is we are also going to cut these into 2 ½ inch strips. So we’re going to go ahead.
We’re going to line this up really nice here. And we’re going to trim off all these
selvedges so we don’t have any uneven fabric here. So we’re just going to trim that off.
That gets us a nice clean starting edge. And we’re going to come in 2 ½ like this and
we’re going to make our cuts. So let me show you how this is going to go
together because this is a really fun quilt to put together. You see the block happening
really fast. Alright I’ve got some 2 ½ inch pieces here and a couple of these strips.
So we’re going to take this block right here. Our four half square triangles and we
are going to put them so our dark color goes toward the middle. Now that’s personal preference.
You know you can do whatever you want with that. And then these are going to get a strip
sewn in between. Well actually let’s do it on the side here. Let’s do these on the
side. And then this one piece is going to go straight across like that. So that’s
how the finished block is going to look. And it just comes together really cute. So let’s
go over to the sewing machine and let’s sew these pieces to these pieces. And then
we’ll add that center block so you can see how the whole thing comes together. Alright so what I’ve got here, again I’ve
got my two pieces and I’m putting my pieces together so that the color comes to the bottom
part of these half square triangles. That might be a little confusing. But I’m going
to put my color on the bottom part, on the dark part of the half square triangle and
then we’re just going to sew a quarter of an inch down the side. And then when you add
the other piece you want to watch and make sure it’s going exactly the same direction.
So, so they line up and they should mirror each other. And you’ll notice I didn’t
have to trim my blocks. You want to make sure yours are 4 ½. It will make it a lot easier
for you. Alright so now we’re going to line this up the same way. Make sure our color
goes toward the center and then sew these on either side. And add the other side here.
Alright I always lay them out before just to make sure because I get it turned around
so easy. You’ve got to make sure it’s right. We’d rather check than pick, right?
We don’t want to have to pick those out. Alright so now we have our top and bottom
strip here like this. And we’re going to add our center piece right here. And so I’m
going to lay this on here. And the only thing you want to match up is right here where it
comes together in the center. You want to make sure that these blocks smack right up
next to each other and line up nice and snug so that you have a nice tight seam in there.
And, and it just stays right on. So we’re going to go ahead. I’m lining this up on
the edge, sewing a quarter of an inch down the side. And I’m watching, I’m getting
ready for my center seams so I can feel with my fingers that there’s no space in between.
And I go from one side to the other. And just hold onto that. And then I’m ready to sew
on the other side of that block. Now make sure that all your darks are going to the
center like this. That makes the block. I have, I can’t even tell you how many times
I’ve put those on backwards and gone, Oh I should have looked at that. But oh well.
Alright we’re going to make these snug up and fit up here. You are welcome to pin these
together and get them all lined up so that yours match perfectly and you can start and
just sew down. I’m not much of a pinner. I just like to get it together and do it.
So now we’re going to look and check. And mine is together pretty good. So let’s take this over to the ironing board
and press it nice and flat. I like to press from the top and make sure that all my, all
of my seams are flat, no tucks in there. And then I’m going to flip that over and I can
make the seams go the way that I want to. Now on a block like this it is possible that
you could get a seam that is twisted. You know it goes one way at the top and another
way at the bottom. If that happens to you, don’t die over it. Just clip it. Let it
lay down. I mean we’re not, nobody’s going to look inside and see this quilt. So just
clip it and let it lay down. And it will be fine. Just don’t clip clear through all
the threads or then you’ll have a whole nother set of problems. Alright so this is
how we make our block. And here’s our nice little block right here. I mean it just comes
together so cute. And you can see this is how it fits in the quilt right here. And then
we just have to do the sashings. So the sashings are made from the same fabrics
of our background fabric. And you’re going to cut those the length of your block and
you’re going to put a sash in between every square. So I have some squares here already
done. And again you’re just going to put those together like that with the sash in
between every square this way. And that’s going to be your row. So here’s your row
right up here. There are six blocks in a row. Everyone has a little sash, ok? So then it’s
time to put your, it’s time to put your long sashing row on in between there. And
that one you’re going to make by taking the same size sashing piece but adding your
little 2 ½ inch squares to it. And it’s going to lay in here just like this. And that
you’re going to do your whole middle of your quilt. You’re also going to do it for
your first border. See up here on the top where it’s just this same sashing strip
and a cornerstone, and a sashing strip and a cornerstone. And that’s how it all goes
together. You’re going to border the whole thing that way. Then you’re going to add
your last 4 ½ inch border. And you’re just going to get a great quilt that looks like
this. Now this is one of those quilts that when
you use different colors the difference is going to be striking. Some of these colors
don’t have a whole lot of contrast to them. And you can see on the ones that have that
great contrast, it just like pops off of there. So it will be fun to see all the different
things that you guys do with this quilt and all the different color choices. So we hope
you enjoyed this tutorial on the Spring Rain quilt from the MSQC