Make a Windmill 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. It’s using the simple wedge ruler. And let’s
take a look at this quilt behind me. Isn’t this fun? I love the look of this. I love
this background. This is really fun. You know I tend to use the same colors in my background
all the time. And it’s fun to use something different. So to make this quilt what you’re
going to need is one roll of 2 ½ inch strips. And we’ve used Elizabeth Hartman’s Reef
for Robert Kaufman. And then you’re going to need this background fabric right here.
Four yards of this. And we’ve used the Essex Linen Oyster Metallic. And it’s just so
fun to use something different in your background. For the outer border, this is a 6 ½ inch
border. And you’re going to need a yard and a quarter for that border. So let me show
you how to make this because this is really fun. So you’re going to open your roll. And you’re
going to select two strips and you’re going to sew those together. You’re then going
to take your background fabric and you’re going to cut a 5 ½ inch strip off your background
fabric. And you’re going to sew it to your two strips. So I’ve done this already for
you. So here is my two 2 ½ inch strips sewn to a 5 ½ inch strip of background fabric.
We just did a straight quarter of an inch seam on all of those. And just ironed them
so they were nice and flat. Then you’re going to grab your simple wedge ruler. And
you’re going to lay it on here. And I’m going to turn this so I can start this way.
This is for my left hand. And we’re going to start right like this. And I’m going
to line this ruler up with the bottom edge of my strip set and I’m going to come over
as far as I can. You’re going to need eight of these cuts from each strip set. So let
me show you how we do this. We’re going to go here and then we’re going to go here.
Now this is a great time to use a rotating mat if you can’t switch hands like I just
did. And you’re going to stack these up in two piles because one pile, this is going
to be the big side and the next pile the strips are going to be big. And that’s the one
I’m doing right now. Again lay it down, line it up on the edge and make sure your,
your, your template is right along that bottom. Alright so see the two different ones right
there? And you’re just going to keep going along and cutting them. And you’re going
to get, have four of each, four of each kind. There we go, hang on, hang on, I’ve got
to get everything lined up. There we are. And you should just be able to cut side to
side to side. Well I have some of these already cut. So let me show you how I sew them together.
Alright, set this over here. Here’s some that I have that are already
cut. And I’m going to sew these two together right here. Now you want to make sure when
you sew them together that like one of these is always on the bottom and one is always
on the top otherwise these will come out together. And you don’t want that. You want them opposite
like this. And so you just want to make sure. What we’re making when we sew these together
we’re making halves. And so what I’m going to do is I’m going to take these two and
I’m going to lay them right on top of each other and match up, just match them up and
sew a quarter of an inch down the side. So let’s go to the sewing machine and sew a
quarter of an inch. There we go. And we’re going to trim these threads and then I’m
just going to press it back like that. You know what’s fun about this metallic is you
can iron on it. You can wash it. It’s just awesome. Alright so now it’s time to put
these two together. And so I’m going to lay these together like this. And I already
have the other half going over here so I want to make sure these are going to match up.
And they will, ok. So I just wanted to make sure that I got that because if I had to put
it on the other side it would be better to know now. It’s better to check than to rip,
right? Alright, here we go. We’re sewing a quarter of an inch and we’re going to
sew this half together. Alright, nest those in. And then we’re going to press this open.
This is one of those that looks like you worked so hard but it really comes together fairly
quickly. Alright now what we’re going to do is we’re
going to take this one and we’re going to lay them right sides together like this and
sew that a quarter of an inch. And on this one right here with this center seam, you
want to make sure one seam is going one direction and one the other. Mine are actually going
the same direction. So I’m just going to fold one of mine the other way and then I’ll
iron it down when I get done. I’ll go back to the iron and press that the way I want
it to go. Alright so line them up again. This is nice because it just lines up right on
the edge. You’re not matching any of these inner seams at all. And then this center seam
you want to match. So make sure one seam is going one direction, one the other. There
we go. And then make sure these stay together just like that. There we go. Alright. Now
we’re going to press this open. And that center seam did pretty good. Alright let me
get this like this. You just want to make sure this is nice and flat. Alright now we’ve got to do the squares
on the corners. And for our corners we’re going to use six inch strips. You’re going
to need four of those for your whole quilt. And so I have a piece of mine in here and
I’m just going to make sure this is nice and straight. And I’m going to cut a six
inch strip right here. Make sure I’m straight on my mat and straight on my ruler. And we’re
cutting a six inch strip. And then we’re going to cut this into six inch squares. So
let’s go ahead and trim off our selvedge edge right here. And then we’re going to
come in and we’re going to cut six inches. Alright. Now we’re going to do that to all
four of those strips and then we’re going to go ahead and we’re going to cut these
diagonally corner to corner like this. And then is going to make our corner blocks right
here. So what you want to make sure when you put these on is half of them the block is
going to go to the same fabric. And the other half the block is going to go to the color.
And that’s what makes them. Let’s look at the quilt behind me. So you can see right
here, see these corners? These corners are on the fabric. The next corners are on the
background. So just make sure half of your blocks, half and half. You know so that you
get that movement in there. Alright let me show you how we put these on.
So I’m going to attach these to the color. And I’m just going to lay them on right
sides like this. And I’m going to sew four all the way around a quarter of an inch . And
they’re going to stick out a little bit and that’s ok because we’re going to square
up our blocks when we’re done. So I’m just going to run this on here. And then I’m
going to turn it. I’ll clip my thread just for you guys. And then I’m going to turn
it onto the next fabric. Oh I have a bit of a selvedge edge on that one. I didn’t realize
it was in so far. Center that up on there. Make sure, make sure it hangs off even amounts.
I’m not sure how to say that exactly. But you want to make sure that you have, you don’t
want a wonky corner is what I’m trying to say. Just make sure that when you’re putting
these corners on that they’re centered as good as you can. I mean just you know give
it a look. Make sure that it’s sticking out even parts on either side of that block.
And I’m just going to press these back right now. And this is a, this makes it easy to
trim up because we’ve got, we’ve got nice straight edges in between. So see how they’re
a little over. They’re supposed to be like that. We’re going to use our middle piece
here as our line and we’re going to trim it straight down to the corner like that.
And up here, square it and off. There we go. Now we’re going to turn this and do the
same thing on all four sides. Turn again. That way if they’re not perfectly centered
you’re still probably ok. You just want to make sure you’re pretty close. And one
more side. There’s that one and off we go. Alright. So this is your block. Isn’t this cool?
And when you’re ready to put them together you’re going to put them together, you’re
going to have another one that’s made. And you see how this comes together. You’re
matching up your background but we’ve got a corner on a color and a corner on the background.
And it just makes them have a turning motion. So you’re just going to sew them together
just like that. And let’s see here. You’ve got one, two, three, four, in the top row
and you’ve got one, two, three, four, five, going down. And, and that’s going to make
a quilt that’s 76 by 92. So it’s a pretty good sized quilt. Now I want to show you a couple of things.
This is one I did out of practice fabric right here. Isn’t that fun. I just, sometimes
it’s fun to see them in other fabrics. And this is it in a solid. And that is just a
completely different look. It’s so much fun. Really a fun block to make. We hope you
enjoyed this tutorial on the Windmill quilt from the MSQC.