Make a “Turn Style” Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star (Video Tutorial)


Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the Missouri
Star Quilt Company. And I have a really fun project for you today and I’m always excited
to show you a new trick or tip. And this quilt has one of those in it. So let’s take a
look at this quilt behind me. Isn’t this a great quilt? This is the block we’re talking
about right here. You can see by the color, where the blocks stand out and it just makes
such a fun quilt. It’s quick and easy to make and I love this fabric. So to make this
quilt what you’re going to need is one packet of ten inch squares of print. And we have
used Flower Market by Jen Allison for Riley Blake Designs. So one package of ten inch
squares of print. One package of ten inch squares of white. Then we’re going to do
this border out here. Now you see our border has some, you know, little half square triangles
because I wanted to finish that pinwheel out in the border. I love when things finish out
into the border. And so you’re going to need a half a yard of background fabric for
that. For your outer border, your outer border you’re going to need a yard and a half.
And we used a nice big six inch border on here. And look at this binding. I just love
when we have a print that actually makes a beautiful binding. The binding is going to
be ¾ of a yard. And for the backing on this we used 45 fabric. You’re going to need
7 ¾ yards if you do that. And we used this nice big floral on here. And I always love
it when we pay attention to the quilting because the quilting patterns are so fun to see how
they look out. Everything we do at Missouri Star is edge to edge but we have lots of different
patterns to choose from. So my inspiration for this quilt came during
Birthday Bash this last year when I saw Barb and Mary’s quilt. I love the way they did
it. I thought it was really fun and I thought what if I did this with a different block.
So I can hardly wait to show you how to do this so let’s get to it. Alright so how
we’re going to make this is we’re going to take a square of color and a square of
background fabric. This is your packet of white, your packet of color and we’re going
to take those and put them right sides together and we’re going to sew a quarter of an inch
right down the sides, just the two sides, not all the way around, just the sides. So
we’re going to go over here and do that. And we’re going to sew this a quarter of
an inch right down the side. Now what I like to do is just flip it around like that. Alright
so now we’ve sewn the sides and we’re ready to cut it. So grab a ruler that goes
corner to corner on your square like this. So remember we’ve only sewn the sides here.
Move this out of the way and make sure you guys can see everything. So we’ve only sewn
the sides, we’re going to lay our ruler corner to corner on here and we’re just
going to make a cut like this. Alright now what you get when you do that, and remember
this works with any size square, is a quarter square triangle. Look at that. So then we’re
going to press it. Let me grab my iron up here. We’re going to press this. We’re
going to set our seam and then we’re going to roll it back so the seam stays on the dark
side. You want to make sure that you do this to both sides so that seam stays hidden. The
other thing it will do is it will make our seams nest when we put them together because
they’re going to go together like this and it’s going to form a giant hourglass. See
how that’s going to go together. So we’re going to lay these on top of each other now
and I’m going to nestle in these seams. And you can feel, did you see me just move
my fingers like that. I’m just, my seam was kind of sitting on top and move it a little
bit, it just rolls in and then we’re going to go ahead and take this over to the sewing
machine. It’s all lined up. We’re going to take this over to the sewing machine. We’re
going to sew a quarter of an inch right down the side. So here we go with this. Making
sure it’s still nested up really nice and tight because that little seams matters. You
know, it’s always good to know the seams that you really want to pay attention to because
sometimes we can just sew along and it doesn’t really matter. It’s not going to make any
difference in the long run but that little middle seam is going to matter. Alright a
quarter of an inch all the way down. We’re going to press this open. Now this seam doesn’t
matter which way you press it because they’re all going to be, they don’t really touch
up to each other. So I just like them to lay the same direction. And so you can see right
here my, I ironed from the top to make sure it’s nice and flat and then this seam all
goes the same way. Alright. So once you get your block finished you’re
going to want to square it to 13. And what I like to do is I just like to make sure that
my middle, you know, this middle stays in the middle. And then I’ll trim it on either
side so that I know that it’s 13. So what I’m going to do here is I’m going to count
over. And I”m actually going to have to start this on a line right here. And I”m
going to count over one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, 11, 12,
13 so I know 13 comes here. I have this little bit, like a half an inch over here. So I kind
of want to make that, you know, just even that up and take the same off of each side.
So I”m going to lay it like that and then I’ll bring my ruler and we’ll square this
up to 13. And I’m just going to take this little bit off right here and I’m going
to take a little bit off over here like this. And if you’re right handed you’re going
to do this the other direction. Alright, like that. So now we know it’s 13 side to side.
We need to make sure it’s 13 top to bottom. So again it looks like, I’m going to count
off my blocks. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, 11, 12, 13.
And it looks like I have about the same amount on either side. So we’re going to go ahead
and trim those off too. There’s a 13 on that side, make sure it’s still lined up
and a 13 on this side. So now we have this great big block and it lends itself to all
kinds of things. So I decided that I wanted to cut in from
the sides. And because it’s so big I’m going to cut in three inches on all four sides.
So what we’re going to do is we’re going to take this right here and I’m laying my
three inches right along this edge and I’m going to make a cut like this on both sides.
So I’m going to come over here and I’m going to lay it three inches like this and
I”m going to make that same cut. Now this block is so large that it didn’t work on
my rotating mat so I’m just going to rotate these right here to keep safe. So we’re
keeping everything in the same position. We’re just going to put it back together but just
rotate it so I can cut safely. So as you can see this block is too big for my rotating
mat. So I wanted to show you some alternative ways to do this. And basically most quilters
have an 18 by 24 mat and any size mat will work as long as it’s just a little bigger
than your block. And so what we’re going to do is we’re going to lay our block on
here and we’re going to use our ruler and we’re going to come in and we’re going
to cut this three inches from the edge. Now this all remains the same like this. But when
we need to cut this, look at this, our mat is rotating. So don’t be afraid to not touch
your fabric and just rotate the mat. A lot of times we forget that those mats are movable
and we end up moving all of our pieces. And just like that I can turn this and do both
sides. And so this makes it so much easier when you view all mats as a rotating mat.
I mean it is handy to have a rotating mat but don’t feel like you can’t do this
and you can’t cut it if you don’t have one. So we are rotating our mat and you can
obviously tell I am most comfortable and love to cut from this right hand side. So that’s
why even on the side pieces I turned my mat. And as you can see now our block is ready
to go. So now we’ve cut this, you can see we have
all these pieces here like this. So what we’re going to do first is we’re going to turn
our hourglass so that the white matches up to the color and the color matches up to the
white. These corners we’re going to flip right around so it does the same thing. So
it’s white to the color, color to the white. And we’re going to do that on all four sides.
And it basically means that these two are going to go in and these two are also going
to go in, like this. They go into the middle. And you’re just going to turn those. And
this is now your block. So then we’re going to sew this together. And I”m going to do
it in rows. So we’re going to do this little row first. And again remember your color goes
to the white on both sides. So let’s sew that. And we’re going to
lay this on here and sew a quarter of an inch right down the side. There we go and then
this one too. Make sure they’re going to same direction. And then I’m going to put
this back down and I”m going to pick up this middle part and I know that my colored
pieces go against the white. And I say those little things over and over to make sure that
I’m not getting it wrong. You know it’s one of those things where we all get our sewing
machine and we start sewing along and it’s good to have those little mantras that keep
us going. Alright here’s this side. A quarter of an inch right down the side. Alright this
is our middle. So we’ve got our top right here, our middle and now our bottom. And we’re
going to go ahead and sew these on a quarter of an inch. Flip it around and do the other
side. There we go. Alright now we’re ready to sew this block back together. Alright so
now we’re ready to sew the three of these back together. We’re going to sew the top
and the bottom to our middle section. And you’ll notice I haven’t ironed these.
You can iron them if you want to. It makes it nice and flat. I’m just going to go ahead
and sew these and then iron all at once. And I”m lining up this first seam. I’m nesting
it so I make, my bottom seam is going to go out and my top seam is going to come toward
me. And I sew down there and then I’m just going to line them up on the edge. And then
right here I”m going to nest this again. And you want to make sure that you nest as
you go along because there is bias in this because we’ve cut it both directions and
so it can get a little stretchy. And so you just want to be a little more careful. It’s
not a reason not to do it, you just want to be a little more careful. Alright now we’re
going to flip this around and put it on the other side. You want to make sure this is
going the right direction. And it looks good. So we’re going to go ahead and start this
side. Again, begin, stop and nest up those seams, make sure they fit snug right together.
And we’re going to sew down the side here. Alright now we’re ready to press. And so we’re going to go over here and just
iron this back. I always like to iron from the top. Make sure that there’s no seams
or creases that changes the size of our block. Then I flip it over to make sure everything
is laying nice. And see these little seams, you know, I’ve got one folded here and just
straighten those out. Give it a shot of steam. Straighten this one. This guy wants to be
obstinate. He’s probably a teenager. There we go. Alright. So then we have this block
and we’re ready to set it into the quilt. So what I want to do is I want to show you
how this is going to go. So see how this one right here is like this. And this next one
right here is turned. So then we turn this like this. So what we’re going to do when
we put them together is that’s exactly what we’re going to do. We’re going to lay
these right next to each other. And I’ve got some made over here. And what we’re
going to do is we are going to lay these just like this and make a row. And let me look
at, oop see you’ll know you’ve got it wrong if you have two colors next to each
other because you want the white next to each other. So you want to rotate that. Now what’s
going to happen, here let me move stuff right here. What’s going to happen over here,
when these blocks come together is we’re going to get a little pinwheel.. I”m going
to put my block in over here like this and then I put this black one in over here. And
do you see what happens, it forms a pinwheel when they come together. These blocks are
always opposite and we’ve got them turned. This one is, you know, there’s things you
want to look for, the color and the white go together, the pinwheel forms in the middle.
So let’s take a look at the quilt. Right here we’ve got one, two, three, four, five,
six, across, six blocks down. We used 36 blocks because I wanted to come in here and do this
outer border. Now this outer border out here is basically
the same as this piece right here. And so you’re going to cut a three inch strip of
fabric, you know, for your borders and you’re going to put your little half square triangles
on either end. And that’s how you finish up that border. You’re going to make this
piece right here. So when I did the little half square triangles to make sure they fit
because these happen naturally but the ones for the border you have to make. They are
three inch half square triangles. So basically what I did was I cut my layer cake in fourths
and put two together like a white and a color, sewed all the way around them and cut them
both directions to make half square triangles like we do. We often do this with the big
ten inch squares, but like I always say you can use any square to do this. If you use
a five inch charm, you’re going to cut it both directions like this and you’re going
to get four. So once you get them cut we’re going to iron them. We’re going to come
over here and press them open. And then because all the other half square triangles in the
quilt are three inches, because we cut three inches from the side, you want to square these
to three inches. And you can use any method you like. You can use the clearly perfect
slotted trimmer, you can use the block lock, you can use a regular square, whatever you
want. They just need to be three inches. And then our strip that we cut is going to be
three inches wide by seven inches long and it has the two half square triangles on either
end. So once you get your piece together and you’re ready to put it in the border you
can see right here, our little half square triangles are seven inch by three inch piece
of background fabric and our other little half square triangle, this is how it fits
in there. To make a pinwheel, every other one you’ve got to flip like this. So you
put one straight like this and then the next one you flip like this and you’re going
to sew them together and it’s going to go all the way around the whole quilt. And it
just makes it so cute. I love when a quilt finishes out into the border. I just really
love that look. This makes a quilt that is 85 by 85 so it’s a great size quilt, a fun
easy project and we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the Turn Style quilt from the
Missouri Star Quilt Company..