Make a “Totally Tulips” Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star! (Video Tutorial)


Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the MSQC.
Welcome to spring. Isn’t this gorgeous? This is such a fun quilt. I love these tulips
and it is easy to make. We’re calling this Totally Tulips. I’m going to call it Totally
Tula because this is Tula Pink’s fabric and I just love it. It’s her new line called
Tabby Road and it’s from Free Spirit. And she just does a great job with her fabric.
And it’s just so happy and fun. So to make this quilt what you’re going to need is
one packet of ten inch squares, that’s 42 squares. And we have used Tabby Road by Tula
Pink for Free Spirit. And you can see it’s just a happy line. You’re going to need
some background. You’re going to need 3 ½ yards, that’s going to take care of all
your flowers, your sashings like this, this first inner border. It’s going to take care
of all that. You’re also going to need a quarter of a yard of whatever you choose for
your stems and that’s your little stem block. And, and then your outer border, we’re going
to need 2 ¾ yards for your outer border right here and that’s a six inch border right
there. So we put a nice big border on it. And it makes a great size quilt. It’s 89
by 90 so it’s a big quilt. And really fun to make. So this block is so easy to make. Let me show
you how to do it. The tulip is actually made of two blocks. The top is a four patch with
one snowballed corner. The bottom is half square triangles that we’re going to make
the easy eight method. And so the first thing that you want to do is go through your pack
and pull out 14 blocks that you’re going to save and use for your stems. Then you’re
going to go to your background fabric and you’re going to have to have 14 ten inch
squares from your background fabric to make your leaves. And you’re also going to have
to cut some 2 ½ inch strips for your snowballed corners out of your background. So first of
all what we’re going to do is we’re going to show you the leaves. The leaves we’re going to start with whatever
fabric we choose for our leaf print we are going to put a white ten inch square on top
of it. We’re going to draw a line diagonally both directions. I’ve got one line drawn
there. We’re going to draw the other one right here. Now what we’re going to do is
this is the method of making half square triangles where you get eight out of each, out of each
square. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to sew a quarter of an inch on either
side of this line and a quarter of an inch on either side of this line and, and then
cut them. So first let’s go and let’s go ahead and sew a quarter of an inch on this
right here. And when we get to the end we’re just going to whip it around and, and do the
other side. And we’re going to do this to both lines. Alright so once you get your lines
all sewn we’re going to come over here and we are going to go ahead and cut this into
half square triangles. Let me get my iron heated up over there. I’m going to lay my
ruler, because this is five inches wide and I’m working with a ten inch square, it should
come right to the middle. And I’m going to lay my ruler right on the edge and make
a cut straight horizontally. Then I’m going to cut vertically. And you’ll know if you’re
in the right place because you should be cutting right through that criss cross. Now we’re
also going to cut on our lines so lay your ruler on those lines like this. And on this
side as well. And you might have to stick your tongue out or bite your lip like I do
when I’m cutting. I always end up with a chapped lip down here. Alright now you can
see we’ve got eight of these half square triangles. So we’re going to go press those
open. And I’m going to turn them all so the fabric is up. That is the dark side for
me and we’re just going to lift them and roll them back. Now these blocks should all
be four, 4 ½ inches and so you want to make sure that yours are pretty close to that.
And you may need to square them up a little bit. But 4 ½ inches is what we’re looking
for on these. And generally they come out pretty good. Let me check one right here.
Yep you can’t get much closer than that. Alright so now we make our leaves. To make
our leaves, we want two leaves that are coming out this way. So we are going to lay our blocks
together so that one shoots out that way and one shoots out the other way. And I have to
do this to make sure that mine are going the right direction because I get a little turned
around. You’re going to get two something sets from every square. That’s why you only
need 14 of those. And this is going to make our leaves. So now we’re going to sew these
together this way. Just like this. Again you’re following that quarter of an inch mark. And
I’m just going to chain piece mine one after the other, just like that. Now let’s press
these open. Make sure we’ve got these going the right direction. You know I’m such a
rogue sewer that as I’m sewing a lot of times I’ll get going on something and I’ll
be like, Oh no, they’re all going the same way and then I have to change them. Alright so here’s our two, our two leaves.
We need a stem so out of your quarter of a yard of stem fabric you’re going to cut
a 1 ½ by eight inch piece. That should be the length of your block right there. And
just make sure that it fits. You know whatever it is you’re making make sure that it fits
in the center of your, of your stems. And we’re just going to sew this down to the
sides and sew the two stem units together. And we’ll sew this side and then I’m just
going to kind of finger press this back and add my other leaf to the other side. Line
it up on my quarter of an inch mark and off we go. There’s nothing to really nest or
match up on this so you can just go ahead and once you get your top piece in you should
be all set. And I’m going to press that on the top and then I’m going to come on
the back and press my stems to the inside. I don’t think that really matters but it
will help a little bit with your bulk if you press those to the inside. There we go. Now
I’m a little long on this one so I’m going to trim this up. And if you actually, if you
actually square your squares to 4 ½ you won’t have to do this. I didn’t square mine so
I’m dealing with a little bit of extra. But you’ll want to go ahead and square yours.
And you want to square them first before you put the stem in. Alright so this is our stem
block. This is what we’re looking for for our stem block and now we get to make our
flower. So out of all the other pieces, 28 pieces
in your, in your packet you’re going to cut those into fourths. So I’m going to
set this over here. And we’re going to cut these into fourths. And again with this ruler
because it’s five inches wide I can just lay it on the edge. And do both sides. And
I hope you can see how cute this is with that little kitty on there, it’s just adorable.
So you’re going to mix these up now. You’re going to have a whole bunch cut. I’ve got
a stack over here. And what we’re going to do with these is we’re going to design
our flower which means I’m going to choose four different, different packs, I mean four
different five inch squares and we’re going to put them together. I want all of mine to
be different like this. And then we’re going to go to our background fabric again. We’re
going to cut a 2 ½ inch strip like this. I knew I had one there somewhere. And then
we’re going to cut it into 2 ½ inch squares. So once we get our strip cut we’re going
to sub cut that. You’re going to get 16 squares out of every strip. And I’m just
going to go ahead and cut this into 2 ½ like this. You need four of these for each block
and there’s 28 flowers total. So I’m just going to cut a few of those. Alright once you know which four you want
to make for your flower like this we’re going to snowball a corner on them. Now it
doesn’t matter if you’re just putting together four random blocks which corner you
snowball but if you want to make sure your kitty is standing upright, that matters. Because
our two, what we’re going to do is we’re going to finger press these and then we’re
going to sew a snowball corner. Now the two top ones you want your snowball corner to
be facing the middle, ok like this. And your two outer ones, your two bottom ones we want
that snowball to face the outside. So if you’re worried about anything being directional then
you need to make sure that you lay it out and make sure those are going in the right
places. If you’re just sewing prints together you can just snowball one corner and then
place them in two in and two out. So let’s go ahead and snowball our corners here. And
this is just easy what we’ve done is we’ve taken our little 2 ½ inch square and we are
going to sew right straight on that line. We’ve pressed a line diagonally. You can
press it, you can draw it, whatever you’d like. And we’re just going to sew these
one after the other after the other. There we are, alright. So now what we’re going to do is we’re
going to clip these apart and clip off our corner. You can do that with your scissors
or you can do it with a rotary cutter. I’m just going to use my scissors because that’s
what I have in my hand from clipping them apart. And then we’re going to press those
back. And these I’m just rolling back. So once you get your snowballed corners all pressed
down you can lay them any way you want them. It’s just that your two top ones have to
face in like this. And you can see we’ve only snowballed one corner so anyway we want
to turn these, you know any placement in the four patch that you want to use them will
work. But we want to remember the two top ones go in and the two bottom ones go out.
Just like that. Now we’re going to sew this together as a four patch. And so I’m just
going to sew on this line. The top ones, remember your snowballs are going to meet in the middle.
And your bottom one your snowballs are to the outside. And that makes our little tulip.
Then what we’re going to do is we’re going to sew these right together so that it, again
it’s a four patch. So make sure your snowballs are at the top and at the bottom. Put them
right sides together . You’ll want those middle seams to nest. That means one seam
goes one way and one seam goes the other. And you can feel that with your fingers as
you’re going along. What I do is I take a few stitches to start and then I nest my
seam in there and I can make sure I feel it with my fingers to make sure that there’s
no opening in there. And if you need to pin that you can. And then we’re going to press
it open. And that is going to make our little tulip top right here. There’s our little
flower. Then we’re going to add it to the stem section. The stem section should match up nicely with
the top. And you want the middle of your middle seam right here to match up with your stem.
So just kind of line that up. I do it pretty visually. And then we’re just going to sew
this down a quarter of an inch. Sew it across. And I want my seams to lay in so I make sure
those are going the right direction. And we’re almost there. So isn’t this just as cute
as can be? Isn’t that so cute? So now you’re ready to set your quilt together.
And we’ve used some sashing strips on here. They’re 2 ½. They’re going to be the
width of your block. Now I want, let’s go look at the quilt really fast so that I can
show you how we did this. So every other row starts with a sash. No sash, sash, no sash,
sash, no sash, sash. Just like that. And you’re going to build it in long columns like this.
So you’re going to sew tulip, sash, tulip, sash, tulip, sash. Half of your rows are going
to be like this. The other half are going to have no sash at the top but of course they’ll
end up with a sash at the bottom. So as you start putting them together just remember
you want them to off set like that. And you’ll put them together in long rows. And you will
get rows like this so that you can see them. They’re just a little off set. And you’ll
have one long 2 ½ inch strip that you sash between your rows of tulips. So once you get
your row of tulips done you’re going to put a sashing row in there. So once you get your columns made you’re
going to end up with four tulips in every column and seven rows across. And then you’re
going to add that little 2 ½ inch inner border out here. And you’re going to add your big
beefy outer border which is a 5 ½ inch border. It makes a great edge border, frames it all
in. Again, the quilt is 89 by 90 so it’s a great size quilt. So we sure hope you’re
enjoying springtime and that you enjoy this springtime tutorial on Totally Tulips from
the MSQC.