Make the Jenny’s Tents Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star! (Video Tutorial)


Hi everybody it’s Jenny from the MSQC. And
I’ve got a great quilt to show you today. Let’s take a look at this quilt behind me.
Isn’t this fun? I think this looks like little tents. And so I’m actually calling
it Jenny’s Tents. It’s quick and easy to make and I can’t wait to show you how
to do it. I just think it’s great. So to make this quilt, what you’re going to need
is one packet of 10 inch squares. And we’ve used the lights and darks in this packet.
And we are using Market Road by Cheryl Warwick for Windham. And it’s just really, a really
great line. I love it. The other thing you’re going to need is one packet of five inch squares.
That’s got to be a contrasting color. We’ve used white. It makes this little peak right
here. And, and you’re going to need a packet of those. You’re also going to need a half
a yard for this inner border and about a yard for the outer border and you’ll be able
to make the quilt. So let me show you how to make this. This
quilt is made from half square triangles. And we’re snowballing one corner of them.
To make the half square triangles we’re using that magic eight method. And what we’re
going to do is we’re going to take a light and a dark square in our packet, just like
this. Put them right sides together and we’re going to draw the line diagonally from here
to here and from here to here. We’re then going to sew on either side of that line and
that will give us eight half square triangles. So I’m going to come over here and I’m
going to lay my presser foot right down, right on the line. And I’m going to sew down one
side like this all the way to the end. I’m going to flip it around here and sew down
the other side. I don’t even cut my thread. We’re just going to come right down this
other side. Keep your presser foot lined up on that, the line you’ve drawn, quarter
of an inch on either side and then we’re going to do it the other way as well. Alright, now what we’re going to do is we’re
going to come over here and we’re going to cut this so that it will make eight of
them. I like to center up my piece of fabric right here on my mat. It’s a ten inch square
so I know I’m going to cut it in half, five inches. So now we just need to cut the other
way. Again we’re coming five inches in from the side so line up your ruler and make that
cut. Then we’re also cutting on the diagonals, right here. And one more time on this side.
This is such a great method. And then you have eight. Then you’re going to take these
over to the ironing board and you’re going to iron them. And you want to iron them so
that your dark is on the top and your seam allowance goes to the dark side. So we’re
just going to iron them just like this. And I have a whole stack of them here that are
ironed. So once you get your little pieces together
like this then what we need to do is we need to snowball the dark corner. To, to snowball
that we’re going to use two and a half inch squares which we’re going to take from our
five inch charm piece. So we’re going to take our five inch square and we are going
to come in 2 ½ and just quarter it, we’re just cutting, you know we’re making four
of them. You could also do this with a, a jelly roll strip. We just did it with a charm
because it was handy and came out with the right number. And so then what we’re going
to do is you’re either going to draw the line or iron these so you have a nice sew
line. Some of you are probably getting good enough at this that you can eyeball it all
the way across there. I’m there some days. I think it depends on the day. Alright, so now what we’re going to do is
we’re going to take our squares and you want to snowball the dark corner. So we’re
going to lay this 2 ½ inch square on this dark side, we’re going to sew corner to
corner, diagonally right here. And snowball just that corner. Here we go. Alright, now
I took a couple of stitches, I’m going to re-line it up and then I can sew right across.
So once you, once you start snowballling your corners, you’re just going to, you can sit
here with the whole pile and you can just line them up one after another after another.
And you can just chain piece them right through here like this. And get a whole bunch done
at once. It’s kind of like, that’s kind of how I like to sew. I’m kind of an assembly
line sewer and I like to do that. It keeps me from making mistakes. Helps me keep track
of where I am. Alright, so we have a little pack of them here done. Take these over and
we’ll just cut off these corners. You can use your rotary cutter or you can just trim
them like that. And this is, this is your whole block. I mean this really is the whole
quilt, this block right here. We’ve made our half square triangles, we’re snowballing
the dark corner. And it just gives us this great little block with the little, the little
snowballed corner gives it three different colors. And then we’re going to press these
open so our little. And I’m actually just rolling them back. So my, I’m not actually
pressing my seam to the dark side but that’s alright. So now your blocks are all together and you’re
ready to work on the layout. The layout on this is super easy. And I like to take my
two blocks like this, mix them up. You know, make sure you have different, different colors
coming together and sew them together in pairs. This is another time that assembly line sewing
is so helpful. And it goes together so quickly. So we’re going to sew these together in
twos like this. And then we get to lay them out. Now the quilt behind me, we have six
sets of twos across the top. And so that’s actually 12 blocks. And it’s 12 by 14 rows.
And it’s just as easy as can be. So we’re going to start laying it out like this. You’re
going to put one row together. You’re going to sew two, two, two all along here until
you hit six. Your next row then comes right up next to it. There’s no sashing or anything
so your blocks are just going to go up next to it. You’re going to keep adding them
like this until you have this cool layout all done and ready to go. And just a quick
easy quilt. So I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on Jenny’s Tents from the MSQC.