Make an Easy Block and Strip Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star and Rob! (Video Tutorial)


Jenny: Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the
MSQC. And I am delighted to be here today especially
because I get to be here with Rob. Rob: Thanks again for having me. Jenny: You guys all know Rob from Man Sewing. And he’s just so much fun. The level of energy in the studio goes way
up when Rob is here. Rob: We don’t even have the lights on today. We’re having so much fun. Jenny: There we go
Rob: We think we are so bright. Jenny: We are so bright. Anyway, you guys know everything I do is quick
and easy. And Rob assures me he has a project for us
today that is quick and easy. Rob: That’s right. I did my best. Check out the quilt behind me. Jenny: Let’s look at this quilt behind me. That was my line, I think. Rob: I know. Jenny: Let’s look at this quilt behind me. So here we are. So tell us about this. Rob: Certainly. We’ve got just two colors
Jenny: Which I love Rob: Thank you. And I love working in the solids in this as
well. So they’re the Bella Solids from Moda. Jenny: Yah
Rob: And the teal are the ten squares. Jenny: Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the
MSQC. And I am delighted to be here today especially because I get to be here with Rob.
Rob: Thanks again for having me. Jenny: You guys all know Rob from Man Sewing.
And he’s just so much fun. The level of energy in the studio goes way up when Rob
is here. Rob: We don’t even have the lights on today.
We’re having so much fun. Jenny: There we go
Rob: We think we are so bright. Jenny: We are so bright. Anyway, you guys
know everything I do is quick and easy. And Rob assures me he has a project for us today
that is quick and easy. Rob: That’s right. I did my best. Check
out the quilt behind me. Jenny: Let’s look at this quilt behind me.
That was my line, I think. Rob: I know.
Jenny: Let’s look at this quilt behind me. So here we are. So tell us about this.
Rob: Certainly. We’ve got just two colors Jenny: Which I love
Rob: Thank you. And I love working in the solids in this as well. So they’re the Bella
Solids from Moda. Jenny: Yah
Rob: And the teal are the ten squares. And then the, actually the navy strips came from
a 2 ½ inch strip pack. Jenny: You know a lot of people wonder what
to do with these little junior packs. Rob: Right, right.
Jenny: But and I use strips so much that I, you know, I mean, I’m always having them
laying around because I use them for lots of things.
Rob: Yah Jenny: But it’s cool that they come in the
smaller pack, I think. Rob: Yah I was stoked. And smaller is this
we mean junior is 20 pieces in this roll. Jenny: Right.
Rob: But I actually even got the binding out of this.
Jenny: Oh that’s great. Rob: So we got all the parts, the strips
Jenny: Perfect. Rob: And the actual binding out of this
Jenny: So then, so then this is the squares you used
Rob: Yep, ten inch squares. Jenny: And we’ve got our, we’ve got our
pre cut dusk on here Rob: Quilting dust.
Jenny: So these are the squares that we used, and how many
Rob: Yep, about 40 Jenny: Ok
Rob: Yah. Jenny: Perfect
Rob: There’s 35 squares in the quilt behind us. Of course you could make it bigger or
smaller that you need. Jenny: Right.
Rob: We’re also going to need some trim off pieces we’re going to get to in a little
bit to help give a little accent to the binding. Jenny: Awesome. Well show us how to do this.
Rob: Let’s do this. Ok, so the really quick and easy step, and remember I was trying to
do quick and easy because I love the way Jenny does quick and easy. So I need you to have
a bunch of squares. Jenny: Alright. I’ve got them.
Rob: Perfect. Ok Jenny: All cut and ready to go. That’s why
I love pre cuts. Right there. Rob: Now for our roll up here or our little
2 ½ inch strips, what we’re going to need to do is we’re going to need to take these
and we’re going to need to sub cut these down.
Jenny: Ok Rob: So that they’re only ten inches so
that they match the ten inches there, right? Jenny: Perfect. So we don’t have to trim
this or anything Rob: No trimming.
Jenny: Alright this is ready to go, I’m going to put it over here by my sewing machine.
Rob: Now let me show you this trick, I’ve learned that the less I handle these the better
they are for clean cutting. Jenny: Ok
Rob: More accurate, so I’m going to literally, I’ve got four pieces here. And we need ten
inch strips. These should be at least 44 inches long so I can take and lose a half of an inch
here. Jenny: Ok
Rob: So I’m just going to cut the folds out.
Jenny: Alright, perfect. Rob: So we can do that. Watch the fingers.
Ok, so those are done. Now that that is done, I’m going to spin it or if you have a lazy
susan or something like that, even easier. And then I’m just going to come down here
and take my ruler. And I’m going to line this up so my ten inch mark is here, ok?
Jenny: Oh! Rob: Down here I’m going to also looking
at, just to make sure it’s as square as possible, is I’m also looking at this line
here. Jenny: Ok
Rob: So I’m square, square. And now I’ve got rectangles.
Jenny: It’s so interesting how, because I would never have done it that way, but it
works. It works, it works. Rob: I’m starting to use the math backwards
on my ruler and it can be really cool. But this is one of those things you’re going
to measure twice, cut once. Jenny: Right.
Rob: Because if I was on the wrong side of that line, we’re making a different size
quilt. Jenny: Then you’re trimming these.
Rob: That’s right. So you’re going to need at least one of those. Like I said I
used 35 for the layout, with those. And then I’m going to take this and I’m going to
slide it down and do the same. So in the aspirations of quick and easy, making sure it’s as lined
up as possible. Jenny: This is right up there in the top ten.
I think. Rob: Are you thinking so?
Jenny: I’m thinking it is. Rob: I was thinking that the only thing that
would have been any faster was a whole cloth quilt. But then sometimes the quilting that
goes into that is so intricate that the time frame would have been a bit longer.
Jenny: No, no. That wouldn’t be good. Alright so now what are we going to do?
Rob: I would love it if you could show everybody how to chain piece that altogether.
Jenny: Ok Rob: Just one strip on one block, per unit.
Jenny: Alright, does it matter which side? Rob: Ah, yes, put them together right sides.
Jenny: Right sides. Left side or right side? Rob: Oh, actually it’s not going to matter.
Jenny: Ok Rob: Because it doesn’t matter the right
sides because they’re solids and of course you all know that. That’s fun. It doesn’t
matter which side because we’re going to build it into rows and then we’re just going
to flip around the rows. Jenny: And they’re really, really honestly
there is no wrong or right side with these solids.
Rob: There really isn’t. Jenny: You know which I like. So.
Rob: That’s right Jenny: So is it ok if I sew it on this side.
Rob: Yes, please. Jenny: Alright.
Rob: Yep whatever is comfortable for you. Jenny: And every one?
Rob: Yes. Jenny: Alright now we are using white thread
on this sewing machine Rob: Right
Jenny: And probably I would go a little darker if I were making this quilt myself
Rob: Sure Jenny: But this will help because everybody
will be able to see it Rob: They will be able to see the patchwork,
yep. And so, Jenny what we’re going to need is at least ten units all put together. Ok?
Jenny: Alright. Rob: And then what I can do for us is I can
go ahead and iron. And so I have at least ten of those. I’m almost positive for you.
Jenny: And I’m just going to, chain piecing just means you keep adding one on and adding
one on. And I’m just going to keep doing that.
Rob: That’s right. Jenny: Oh gosh. Alrighty.
Rob: Awesome, so what we’re going to do now real quick
Jenny: Two more Rob: I’m going to press these
Jenny: Get working Rob: Chop, chop, chop. But what we also need
is let’s take five of these and reassemble so that you’re going to go block, strip,
block, strip. Jenny: Oh ok
Rob: Ok so we need five more. Now you’re actually creating the rows.
Jenny: So there’s five in each row. Let’s see. One, two, three, you are right. I just
had to count again. I’m sorry. Rob: So you have four in your possession,
here’s five. And we’re going to need to do at least that many twice so we can show
them how to alternate the rows. Jenny: So what I’m doing is I’m making
sure the blue lines up with the green. Rob: Yes, please. Yep
Jenny: Because we don’t want blue to blue. Well we might but that would be a whole other
quilt. Rob: Oh do I hear another tutorial coming
along. Jenny: I don’t know. I don’t know.
Rob: So while Jenny is going to piece that next row together, let me show you all how
I’m going to prep out these little strips. So on the quilt behind us we’ve got the
strips. And they’re over here on the far ends. So you see that I’ve inserted which
was also a 2 ½ inch strip by the ten inch length. And they’re going to be on both
ends of our rows as well. So I’ve stacked a few of those ten inch by ten inch squares.
And then I’m just going to go ahead and set it up so that I’m cutting 2 ½ inches.
And yes even though I spun it, it made no difference. Double checking on 2 ½ inches.
2 ½ inches there. So then what I’m going to do is cut a couple of these. And you can
just take a few of your squares and whittle them all the way down.
Jenny: Hey Rob how do you like that ruler? Rob: I love this ruler.
Jenny: I love that ruler too. Rob: Yep, yep you know when they started playing
with them with the sampling and stuff, they sent it to me as well and at first I was like,
so I always think the bigger the ruler the better because I can make big and small cuts
with a big ruler. But it just fits right and I like the
Jenny: To me, it fits my hand Rob: Yeah, yeah
Jenny: And I like that it fits the pre cuts which is what I do most of, you know.
Rob: Yes yes Jenny: And then also I love that it’s not
so full of stuff, you know. There’s not so many lines and numbers and things on here
that you Rob: It is legible.
Jenny: It’s easy for my eyes. Rob: It’s very legible. Yes.
Jenny: It has to make sense for my eyes. Rob: Yes, exactly.
Jenny: I’ve got enough going on in my brain to, I don’t need to figure out a ruler.
You know, where to put my eyes on that. Rob: That’s right.
Jenny: But I’m glad. I’m glad you like it.
Rob: Yah, I was pleased with it. I like the fact that we’re doing all of this neat engineering
of our own tools and stuff nowadays. Ok so I’m going to start rolling this out to be
pressing these to the dark side as well, while you’re finishing that up. But I also slid
over to you Jenny: Alright
Rob: Were a couple of those skinny, I’m just going to say teal strips. They’re 2
½ inches by ten Jenny: Ok
Rob: And I’d like you to stick one of those on the teal block, which seems odd, but it
just makes it long enough. And then one on the blue strip at the other end of the rows.
Jenny: Ok, so basically I’m putting one of these on either end.
Rob: Yes, please. Jenny: Even if matches
Rob: Already the same color. Even if it’s matchy, matchy.
Jenny: Alright. Rob: That is the definition of matchy, matchy.
It’s the same fabric. Jenny: Even if it is the same.
Rob: Yep. Jenny: Alrighty. Alright so how many of these
rows do we actually need to make. Let’s count them, one, two, three, four, five, six,
seven. So we’ve got seven. We’ve got, so five, five across right?
Rob: Correct. Jenny: Seven by 35. And how big does this
quilt end up. Rob: It’s about 60 by 65 after it’s all
quilted and everything. Jenny: Ok and that is something to, to note.
You know when you, when you get a quilt quilted, you know since you said that, it does shrink
up a couple of inches Rob: Yah, that’s why you always have a little
extra backing and batting to account for that. Ok I hope that so hopefully. Now let’s trade
ends. Jenny: Ok. So now they’re the same
Rob: Got it, yes. Jenny: But we don’t want that
Rob: We don’t want the same. Jenny: No. So
Rob: What we have to do is trade ends. Jenny: Just flip it over
Rob: Correct. Jenny: And just like that it staggers. I love
that. Rob: Yah, isn’t that fun?
Jenny: I love that. It’s really fun. One of the things I want to talk about on here
is this quilting. Rob: Ok
Jenny: So you know you put this quilt top together. You’ve sewn five rows together.
And since you’ve already added your end pieces you just really sew the rows. There’s
no border. There’s no adding anything extra. Rob: Nope
Jenny: It’s just like that. Rob: Yep.
Jenny: So then Rob actually had this quilted here at Missouri Star.
Rob: I wanted quick and easy Jenny: And this is our, this is our kind of
a bubble pattern. But what I thought was really fun was he did it with the teal. Now one of
the things to notice on quilting is if your, if your, if you want your quilt to be the
star you use an all over thread. If you want the quilting to be the star you use more custom.
You do more custom things. Rob: Oh I like the way you say that. Right,
right. Jenny: Because then it pops up and you can
see it. But what I love about this is that Rob used this teal thread on here because
he wanted the teal to mostly, the thread to mostly hide.
Rob: Yes. Jenny: But the back, look at this back. So
the back is navy Rob: Right
Jenny: Here hold that down a little bit so they can see this.
Rob: Ok, got it, got it. Jenny: And it’s the same pattern but the
thread completely contrasts. And I love that. I love seeing something fun like that with
the thread on the back. So that’s just another idea on how to finish your quilt. Because,
I mean he could have put this teal on the back and it all would have blended. But with
the navy it’s got, it just shows up. Now also on your little binding out here, you
got that out of that same roll. Rob: Yes, yes I did. I just joined the 44
inch long strips together Jenny: Perfect. Perfect.
Rob: And just went around. It was easy. Now one last thing I want to point out on the
quilting too, and I guess as I look through a lot of my quilts, I do this very often.
If I’ve got a very hard line, lots of straight, straight lines, I like to use a curving softer
motif. Jenny: I do the same thing.
Rob: In my design or in the quilting. Jenny: If it’s square or blocky I always
want to kind of want to round it up a little bit.
Rob: Yah. Jenny: I do the same thing.
Rob: It just kind of softens it up a little bit
Jenny: It does Rob: Gosh, you know what, I think we’re
pretty good together. Jenny: We’re pretty good together.
Rob: Awesome. Jenny: Well anyway, you guys this has been
so much fun. And so much fun with you, Rob. Rob: Thanks for having me. I appreciate it.
Jenny: And we, we always love to have Rob here on, on our show. So we hope that you
enjoyed this tutorial on, what are we calling this?
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