Make a Wedge Diamond Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star! (Video Tutorial)

Hi, I’m Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt
Company. Today I’ve got a great quilt to show you and it’s made with the other half
of the stack of wedges that I used last time. So, last time we did the pennant quilt, and
this time we’ve got the double diamond. Take a look at this quilt. Isn’t this beautiful?
It’s so amazing how you can use the same shape and come up with so many different ideas.
So, let me tell you what you need to make this quilt. To make this quilt we used a layer cake and
we used Daysail by Bonnie and Camille for Moda–beautiful line of fabric. We also used
a yard and a half of background fabric and about a yard and a quarter for a border and
it’s going to give you a quilt that is 62” by 62”. We just made this square. So you’re
going to need 42 colored wedges to make this quilt and 42 of your background–your solid
wedge. So, let me show you how to do that. So, you’re going to be using this simple
wedge template, which is, I mean, I love this template. The reason we came out with this
template is because most of the templates that are out there, again, sit right in the
middle of the fabric–there’s a lot of waste. But with this template, if you put your wedge
to the edge, just like this, line up the long side of your wedge right on the edge, you’ll
be able to get two cuts out of one layer cake. So, I love that. So, we’re just going to
cut this, right here, and I’m going to watch. Be very careful not to go too far over that
line right here, I mean, over this edge right here, and hang on. There we go, and we have
our wedge cut. And I’m going to move these out of the way and then we’re going, I’m
going to turn this around and then, again, I’m just going to put my wedge to the edge,
right here and make that same cut. So you have to be careful because you barely have
any extra room there and you want to be sure to get two wedges out of there. So now we
have our two sets of wedges. So, let me show you how to put this together.
This is really fun because it goes together in a more round kind of block. So, what we’re
going to do is, we’re going to take, remember you’re going to cut the same number of white
wedges out and I actually did that. Because we’re dealing with yardage, it’s a little
easier. And I just cut out the yardage that’s the width of my wedge. And you cut your ruler,
this way, and then you flip it, this way, and then you flip it, this way, and you’ll
be able to cut a whole long row of them and it makes for just really efficient cutting.
So, I have some already cut here and I’m going to show you how we’re going to put
these together. So, we’re going to take a background color,
which is our white and our colored wedge, and we’re going to lay them right sides
together, exactly the same direction. We’re going to match them up, point to point, like
this, and we’re going to sew, we’re going to sew a quarter of an inch right down the
side. Now we’re going to sew four sets of these, so four, you’re going to need four
colored wedges and four background wedges because what we’re making is a block like
this. So you’re going to need four coloreds and four background. So we’re going to lay
them right sides together and head over to the sewing machine and we can do them one
after another after another, so let’s head over there. Alright, we’re just doing a quarter of an
inch. We’re making sure our edges are lined up. The other thing you want to make sure
is, you want to make sure that your, your solid color is always on the bottom and you’re
always sewing then on the same sides, so I sew my solid color on the bottom and then
I put my colored one on the top and I always sew on the right hand side. If you do some
one direction and some the other, you won’t have this pattern. It will be something else,
but it won’t be that. Alright, so let’s take these over and iron them open. To do that we’re going to lay our dark color
on the top and we’re just going to roll that back. Now you’re going to have four
of these. I have two because I’ve already sewn some together. Alright, hang on a sec.
So we’re going to set and roll. Now, one of the things I want to point out
is that in this layer cake there are several striped patterns. Don’t worry about which
way the stripe goes, it doesn’t make a bit of difference in this pattern. Actually in
most of my patterns, I don’t worry about which way the stripes go, I just go ahead
and use them, and it comes out great. So then you have these two pieces, like this, this
is your piece. We’re going to sew four of those together but we’re going to join them
two and two. So, I have my two pieces here. Again, I’m going to put them right sides
together, matching up all my points. Now, right down here, because you’ve ironed with
your fabric to the dark side, these will nest up very nicely. Here, let me show you this
right here. I’m going to clip those threads. So see how these lay together nicely, like
that? That’s called nesting where the center seam is right with the other seam and you
can feel that with your fingers if they’re lined up and you want them to be. So, we’re
going to go ahead and make sure that’s lined up. You can put a pin in there, if you want,
and we’re just going to sew a quarter of an inch right down the side. Alright, here we go. I like to sew a little
bit and then make sure my seams at the bottom are still tucked in there really nicely. There
we go. And then we’re going to press this open. So you’re going to do this with, with
two sets and then you’re going to do the two other ones, which is going to give you
a circle, like this. I want to be sure you can see this. Now, one of the things I want
to point out on this, this is a really cool tip, is that, right here, you can see that’s
about a quarter of an inch and whenever you have fabric or thread that crosses, let me
get the pen here so I can show you this. So, right here, you can’t, you have a hard time
seeing these stitches because they are white, but I’m going to draw on them, hopefully,
and you can see, right here, see how your stitch line, I’ve drawn right on the stitch
line both directions. Do you see how it crosses right there? As long as you stay on the seam
side of that cross, you will never lose your point. And this works anytime you’re going
to put a point in anything. It works perfectly. You’ll never lose that point. So we’re going to put these right sides
together, like this, and then we’re going to nest our seams here in the middle and this
would be a good time to pin. So we’re going to nest that, put a little pin right there,
make sure they stay lined up, and, again, we’re just going to lay these right on top
of each other and sew a quarter of an inch and when we get to this center part right
here, you want to make sure you do not sew past that criss, where it criss-crosses right
there. You have a seam coming up and a seam coming over, you don’t want to sew past
that because, you know, you just stay on the seam side of that so you don’t lose your
point. So, let’s see if it works. We’re just going to give it a try over here. Alright, I lined those up exactly, make sure
they stay together. Make sure my middles are still together, lined up nicely, make sure
that I’m on this side of my seam of my, where my stitches cross, and then continue
sewing down the other side. We’re almost there. Alright, so now the big reveal! We
get to look and see. I’m going to iron first, press it open, press that seam down there,
roll it back. Ooh, these are points you’re going to want to show off! Alright, so take
a look at that. That looks pretty good. And so this is really fun block because, because
when you think about the different things you can do with this block and the different
looks you’ll get, you know, depending upon what you do, it’s very cool, but it’s
not actually a block. We have to make it a block. So, to do that, what we’re going
to do is, we are going to add corners to our white squares and those corners, let’s see,
are a six-inch block, right here. So, six inches and we’re going to cut them on the
diagonal and that will give us our little half blocks to make our corners. Let me see,
I need a ruler and my rotary cutter. Oh, there it is. So I’m going to stack these. I’m
going to put two of them together because I need four per block and remember this is
a six inch square. Line it up diagonally, corner to corner. And we’re just going to
cut that diagonally and make our half blocks. So then what we’re going to do is, we’re
going to bring our block over here, and we’re going to sew these right here, onto the white
corners, just like that and what that’s going to do is that’s going to square up
our block and gives us a square which enables us to sew them together one after the other. So, let me show you a little trick that I
do when putting these on because I want to make sure that they’re right in the middle.
I take my little triangle and I fold it in half, like this, and right here on this fold,
I’m just going to finger press it and give it a little crease. So, you can see that little
crease, I know that’s the middle of my triangle. I’m going to do the same thing to the piece
I’m putting it on. So, I’m going to lay this over here and make sure it’s folded
in half, put a little crease, and then I’ll just lay this crease into that crease and
stick a pin in there and I’m going to do this on all four corners. So, again, let’s
fold it in half, crease, and then we’ll fold this one in half. You have to kind of match up those seam allowances
to make sure that you get, you get it right in half and then we’re going to take our
little triangles, fold them in half, finger press a little, a little seam line or not
a seam line but, I can’t even think what to call that–just seam. Make a little dent
right there so we can line them up, and then we’re going to go over to the sewing machine
and we are going to sew this down. Stick a little pin in all of these, and we’re ready
to go. So, let’s go to the sewing machine and sew these down. Now, you’ll actually
see, these are kind of sticking off the sides. Just go ahead and start at your quarter of
an inch, sew straight across. We’re going to square them up when we get them done. So, you’ll see that’s kind of sticking
off the side there. I go ahead and line up my edge and we just sew straight across and
I pull these pins out before I get to them and I’ll go to the next one and we’ll
just rotate right around the circle. And one more. This just, this goes together so quick.
It’s just such an easy, fun block, you know, it’s just really gratifying because you
get lots of, lots of fun out of it. Then we’re going to come over here and we are going to
iron this out and I just roll them back, roll them back, and roll them back. Now we have to trim this up and make it square.
So, I like to square up my corners a little bit. Let’s see if this ruler will work for
me. So, I line up my ruler on this side of my square, right here on this side, along
the edge of that wedge and along the edge of this wedge and it enables me to go ahead
and trim up this corner and then we’re just going to do that on all four sides. So, line
it up again with the wedge, make sure it’s lined up at the top with the wedge. Trim and
trim. People ask me a lot about how to square up blocks and you just have to kind of find
a point of reference on your block to do that with. And make sure that you’re not taking
too much out of the middle, and that you’re just, you know, sticking to the edges. On
this one, I can just line it up with the other two wedges. That’s my point of reference.
Makes a nice square block. Here we go, oop, it’s got to come down there. And when you
have a straight edge on either side, that enables you to get that square. Okey doke! So, here is our block. This is what we’re
looking for. This is how the block works in here. See how it goes right in there? And
so you want to lay your blocks out and then all you’re doing is sewing together big
blocks. So, let me get rid of this. And then we’re going to sew these together. And actually
you’re just watching these edges right here and because, again, you’re doing that quarter
of an inch, you’re going to have two seams that cross again and you want to make sure
that you stay on the right side of that. Now, because this block is so large it makes a
real big quilt, real fast. So, let’s head to the sewing machine. I’m just going to
show you how I put one of these together, again, watching to make sure that these edges
here line up. And you want to make sure that you’ve got that lined up to keep your points
all nice and safe. There we go. A little more, and again I’m just, you know, I like to
sew a little bit and make sure I’m still lined up, still lined up. Alright, so let’s press this open. Now,
there you go. So,so this quilt behind me, we’ve sewn three of these together and it
gives us this double diamond. Now, I have a confession to make. So, when I first made
this quilt, I made it by putting my, my square on my corner on the colored block and so,
when I got this quilt all together, I was like, “well that isn’t what I was thinking”.
So what I did on this one was I put my corner square on the white block. If you put your
corner square on the colored block, the color is over here with the white square is in the
middle and you can see that definition and so if you want to change the look of this
up a little bit, you can add a different color out here and you’ll get a secondary block. You can also put your corner square on the
color, you know, just rotate that block one and put your corner square on this color and
it kind of does this dancing pinwheel, triangle thing. So don’t be afraid to try some things
with this. It’s very fun. So we went ahead and sewed our three rows together. We have
three rows, a two and a half inner border and a four inch, four inch? Five inch outer
border, and you’re going to need about a yard and a quarter for that outer border and
it makes a 62” by 62” quilt. So, we hope you have fun with this and try some new things.
Be brave! And we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the Double Diamond Wedge from the Missouri
Star Quilt Company.