Month 1: All Stars Block Of The Month with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co (Video Tutorial)


Hi everybody, welcome to Missouri Star’s
All Stars Block of the Month. This is month 1 and welcome to my studio. You know my studio
is a family space so I guess you guys are like family now. So come join me at my sewing
machine. This is where I sew. This is how it works. I’ve got my sewing machine set
up here. I make a little nest for myself. Here’s where I iron. This is my little wooden
Walmart ironing tray, you know, that I put at. I put one of these cool pads on right
here. It’s awesome, my iron, my cutting mat. I actually have a half a cutting mat
so you can see I’m a make due kind of girl and I just like to sew. So this is Block 1 of our All Stars Block
of the Month. I’m super excited about this. This is the first Block of the Month I’ve
ever done. I’m super excited about how many of you have joined us on Facebook. That group
is going to be, I’m just really excited about that because you guys are already saying,
where are you from, what level of quilting, how long have you been quilting, what fabrics
are you going to use. I love all of that. That’s just, it’s so positive and so reinforcing.
Anyway, you’re going to get a box like this every month and it will say Month 1 and then
next month it will say Month 2 and so on. And it will have everything that you need
inside to make this block. Now a lot of beginners have asked me, you know, can I make this.
And everything I do is beginner. Remember we’re sewing just a seam like this big.
And we’re cutting a piece at a time and we’re just making one block. So this is
the block for this month right here. So why don’t we take a look, I know it looks hard
but wait, it’s just one seam at a time. It’s really not. So we’re going to take a look inside this
box and see what we have inside here. So this is pretty cool. It’s got a getting started
guide. This guide will really help you as you go through it because it gives a fabric
key for one. And so if you’re buying, you know, if you’re buying the kits all your
fabric is included and it will show you where to do it. But if you’re doing your own fabrics
then you will know which fabrics, like you’ll kind of want to lay yours over there and it
will tell you that this fabric is used in month two and four or whatever, you know.
So you’ll want to watch that. That will help you. These are all the different blocks
we’re going to do. And then, let’s see what’s next, planning ahead. It gives you
information for your backing and your quilting and your binding. Tips for beginners. Tips
on pinning, pressing, trimming, consistency, seam ripper. Where to send in your quilt when
it’s done if you want us to quilt it and then some construction basics. And so we hope
that’s helpful to you in making your quilt. Also you’ll get some fabric to do your block,
a pattern and this pattern keeper. Now I’ve done a lot of Block of the Months in my life
and I probably couldn’t put my hand a whole year’s worth of blocks. You know I used
to do those Kansas City Star blocks out of the newspaper and I bet I don’t have a whole
year of those all together. But with this pattern keeper, when you get your pattern
and you finish that month, you’ll be able to stick your pattern in there and this will
hold all the patterns for the whole year. And what a great way to keep track of this.
Because this is a great quilt. And I hope after you’ve made it once you’ll want
to make it lots of times and in other colors too because I just think it’s really fun.
Alright so now let me get my pattern back out of here so I can actually show you how
to make the block. Alright so here’s what you should have in
your block, you should have a little stack of color like this. You’ve got some background
blocks and you’ve got some colors. And you should have a little strip like this, background
colors and a little strip like this. We’re going to set this strip aside for now. And
you’ll get, you’ll find that there’s little bits of extras in your box and I tend
to just kind of save those up because you never know. Like if you make a mis-cut or
something like that. Now that you will but, you know, it could happen. But one of my favorite
things on quilts is when you see an old quilt. Have you ever seen a piece where there’s
just a piece and there will be like three seams because that lady was trying to make
a piece this big and all she had was tiny scraps. It’s just so cool to see that they
sew those together to make that block. You never notice the seams until you start looking. Alright so let’s talk about this pattern.
First of all it’s going to give you the general directions on how to do it. And then
right here you can see, see make sure you can see this. So you can see this will tell
you exactly which fabric goes where. And that matters as you’re putting it together. I
don’t think it matters if your fabric placement is exactly like ours. I think it matters that,
you know, you have two greens together and two purples together and that sort of thing.
So that gives you some help on that. And then just some general construction basics. It
isn’t much in a pattern for one block because it’s just one block. So in the pattern it’s going to tell you
to cut all your blocks down to three inches and make half square triangles out of them.
You can do that and if you want to do that you feel free to do that because that is how
the pattern is written. And it’s written that way because all you need is one block.
But I’m going to sew it so that at the end of it I actually get four blocks. And so you
can join me in sewing it that way or you can sew it the way of the pattern, whatever you
want to do. So for four blocks, and that’s the way I’m going to do it, and that’s
also the way it shows in the video. And it’s just kind of an easier way to do it for me
but I understand if you only want to make one block then you’ll want to trim all your
little five inch squares down to three inches. So what we’re going to do right now is we’re
going to find our green and our purple. So we have green and purple here. I think it’s
the dark purple. Let me see. Yep it looks like this dark blue or purple. I bet I can,
yes, the embroidery lace. See how this has like a lacy thing on it. So what you’re
going to do is you’re going to have two squares of color like this of each one. So
two squares of green, two squares of blue. You’re going to put a white one with the
green and a white one with the purple like this. And then you’re going to put these
two together. And what we’re going to do is we’re going to sew all the way around
them. So I’m right here at my sewing machine and I’m going to make sure my thread doesn’t
go. And I’m going to just make sure these are lined up real good. And I’m going to
sew down the side. And I’m just going to sew. Oops, my thread broke. I’m just going
to sew a quarter of an inch right down the side and then we’ll just start back over
here. Sew right down the side. And then I’m going to flip it and turn. This actually saves
you from some cutting. And you’ll get everything you need for four blocks instead of one. And
I think it’s pretty cool because you can get like a little tiny table runner or I don’t
know, something else. A little bag, maybe. Alright so I’ve got these three done almost.
Alright. So this makes, every time you do this it makes one quarter of the block. So
the next colors are the pink and the green. So let me find my pink. Oo, this is such a
vibrant pink. Look at that pink. And the green is right here. And so we’re going to do
the same thing. We’re going to do green, green, pink, pink. And then a white square
on each one. A square here and a square here and then these two together. So this is pretty easy sewing. Once you get
the jamming on these sides it’s just, you just can do all these like this. I’m matching
up my colors, making sure they’re going to work right. Alright so we’re still sewing
our colors together. We’ve matched them off the page. I”m up to the reds and the
purples. And here’s a purple and a white. On this last one I’ll go through how I do
that again just to re-remind you. So if you’re wondering, I’m sewing on a Baby Lock Accomplish
and it’s a straight stitch machine and it’s fast. It sews about 1,600 stitches a minute.
But it only straight sews so don’t feel intimidated by what I’m doing because it
is fast. And not everybody has to sew fast. My granddaughter reminded me that she has
a turtle sewer not a rabbit. Ok. She likes to sew slow. Alright for this last three,
remember you’re going to have two colors of orange and two colors of gold. And I lay
them out like this, every time, you saw me I do it every time. And I’m going to put
a white one face down on the orange, a white one, or a background, they’re not white
and they have these cute, look how cute, sandcastles and seahorses. Anyway, on the gold. And then
the orange and gold go together. So they’re going to go one color with a white, another
color with a white and then the two colors together. And I’m going to keep mine in
groups too. So as I’m cutting them and things like that I’m going to keep them all in
groups. That will be really helpful to me as I go along. This is a super easy way to
make an eight point star or what’s called Le Moyne star. I actually, I filmed a tutorial,
it’s not out yet but you’ll see it soon and it’s all these stars. It’s just this
star over and over again. It’s so cute. So you guys will be all ready for that. Alright
you can’t tell that either. So you’re going to learn all the secrets. I have to
share all the secrets. Alright. Alright so now we’re ready to cut these.
We’ve got all our little blocks done. And we’re ready to cut them. And I am just going
to take my little 2 ½ inch ruler right here. And I have two stacked up. Don’t do that
unless you feel really confident, as a matter of fact, I’m not going to do it either.
I’m going to do one at a time. And I’m going to put my ruler on here and cut diagonally
both directions like this. And these then have to be squared to three inches each. So
I have my little trimmer tool here. And if you like the clearly perfect slotted trimmer,
they just have to be squared up to three inches. And so I just lay my stitch line on their
stitch line and trim it. And it won’t be much trimming. It’s very little trimming.
If you want to iron it open you can do that and use any squaring square that you like.
There’s, you know, block lock has a good one. There’s just regular squares that are
great, whatever you want. If I find that, I actually keep a block lock pretty close
or just a square ruler. Because if this doesn’t feel square to me then I have to like, you
know, kind of rearrange it. Alright so I’m going to press these open. And I pressed them
to the, put the dark side on top, set that seam, rolled it back. And these should all
be three inches. Let me see here. These almost match my sweater. Alright so then I’m going
to stack these up and these are part of the orange, yellow group. And then I’m going
to do the same thing to these other ones as well. And I’m actually going to cut both of those
and then trim both of those and so I have that done. What I’m doing is this is a segment.
This is a quarter of my block. And I only need to make this block, I only need one of
these. But you can see out of sewing those I got three of those. So I’m going to be
able to, we’re only going to use one tonight, but you can have a whole stack of these where
you’re going to be able to make them for something else. And I think that’s really
cool. I like when we can figure out how to, you know, get more out of what we’ve got.
Alright let me go ahead and trim these. Alright now I’m going to iron these open. And yes
I switch hands when I’m ironing. It’s whatever shoulder hurts. I switch over to
that one. Alright now let me show you how this is going to work because you’ll be
able to see the whole, you’ll be able to see my vision finally. Alright so we have a stack of these that are
two colors, a stack of these that are orange. Here’s our two colors and here’s our orange.
And then we have, oops here’s an orange. And then we have a stack of the golds. So
to make our quarter, well first we have to take one of these and cut three inches. So
I’m going to cut three inches on this. Let me see here. Nope I can’t use that. It has
a half an inch on it. I get so angley challenged with some of these rulers. So I’m just going
to cut this into a three inch square because you need a corner block for, for every quarter
you need a corner. Now you won’t have enough corners for all four of these. You’ll have
enough corners for one but this is how they go together. So you put your corner up here.
And you put your gold and you put your orange. So they face each other. And then this one
you’re going to turn so that it makes the long star blade like that. So this is how
this goes together. Now if on the picture, let me see on the picture, it goes, wait a
minute. Ok it’s the opposite way on the picture. So just turn it like this. It doesn’t
matter which way you do it, it’s going to work. So if on the picture the gold is on
this side and the orange is on this side. So then you’re going to sew this together
like a four patch, make sure this is still right. And we’ll do this to all four of
our corners. I’m just sewing this one and this one. And then I’m going to sew these
two together. I’m going to open up and make sure they’re in the right spot. And they
are. And this just makes two of our eight point stars, I mean two of the points of the
eight points. So now we’re only down to six points. And all you had to do so far was
just sew around, right? So that’s good. Alright so here’s some, here’s one quarter.
Now I have all these so I could make actually three more stars, so I’m going to set those
aside. I’ll use a different corner for those because I know I only have four corners in
here for this because I don’t think they realized what I was going to do. And you guys
know if I can come up with a thriftier way to teach you, I’m going to do it. So these
are the rest of our corners right here. So I’m going to go ahead and cut this into
three inch squares so I”m ready for them when I get them done. There’s my three.
And save these little scraps because, see how this is a 1 ½ inch, this is a little
bigger than that and you may need a piece of this, you know, like if you make a boo
boo or something. Or you can make extra stars, you know because you have a little extra.
You guys know me, I try not to be a waster and I’m pretty thrifty so. Alright those
are going to go there. Now the next one we’re going to do is our
red and purple.So we should have a red and white, a purple and white and a red and purple.
And we’re going to do the same thing and this time I’m going to live dangerously
and I’m going to stack two together and cut two at once. Oh I kind of even veered
on that one. The important point is that we’re going to square these up so they’re going
to be alright. Hold my ruler down tight. Alright, there we go. Now I’m going to cut this one.
It really doesn’t take any longer to cut them all singly, I just get a little impatient.
Actually I don’t get impatient, I get excited. I’m like a horse to water, you know, I want
to see what’s going to happen next. What are we going to do? Alright so let me trim
these up. Again, oh it’s such a little bit of trimming. I don’t even know if it’s
worth it. I didn’t even really trim that one. This one needs more. You just never know.
Oh I just remembered something, my grandson Isaac films for me and he hates it when I
do this. I just, he just told me that and I forgot and he’s sitting right there and
he’s squinching up, you know. Sorry Isaac, that’s how I slide my things over. Better
huh? Better. The crew is all laughing. Alright let’s see here. And see then I’ll have
this whole quadrant done and I will be able to put the whole side together, I mean another
quadrant. Not a whole side but another quadrant. And a quadrant is a fourth for those of you
who don’t know. And this is two together and I better not do that. That’s perfect.
Perfect. I got a perfect. That doesn’t happen very often. I’m usually like, finished is
better than perfect. Well this one was perfect. Alright let’s see here. Oh that one is perfect
too. I got four perfects on this one. Holy moley. I am on a roll. Oop here’s the one,
here’s the one. This is the keep me humble block right here. There we go. Alrighty. Now
I’m going to press these open and I’m going to keep them in little piles. And I’ll
do that right here on my ironing board. So as I’m doing the purple ones I’ll keep
the purple together. I”ll try to get all the purples. And one more. And here’s the
red and whites. We’ll keep those together in a little stack because what I generally
do when I make these kind of blocks, I stack the whole stack of them and I sew all four
at once. I’m just going to sew one of each for you guys. But you know then, that you
can go back and sew a few more blocks. And I honestly think you could use just about
anything for your cornerstone. Excuse me I have a little tickle in my throat. Can one
of you guys hand me my drink? So when I told you I have a little nest, it’s true. I have
a little nest. I have a little drink right here. I have my little scissors. I have everything
I need so I just don’t really have to move from this chair. It’s a good thing and it’s
a not so good thing. We need to get up and move. Alright, so now we’re going to put this
out. And I’m going to look at this one. And the purple is on the top and the red is
on the bottom. So these are going to go over here. I’m going to take one of those. I’m
going to take one of these and my purple is going to go this way. That pile can go over
there now. My red is going to go, nope, yep, that way. And then here’s my corner right
here. And now I can put this one together. And so I’ll sew my purple to the three inch
corner square and then this one. And then I’ll sew these two together, matching up
the middle. There isn’t a ton to match on this square either which kind of makes it
really cool, I think. I mean there are ways you can do these like with, oh I don’t know,
a rhombus shape or something but this is so much easier. Alright so this is the purple
and the red. And that looks pretty good as well so what I’m going to do now is I’m
going to attach these like this and I will have the bottom half of my star done. See
how easy that was. Now I’m going to, right here, I’m going to roll this seam over so
that it, you know, so that I don’t have the seams on both sides because I want less
bulk there. And see right here where it’s already caught in this seam, now watch this
trick. I’m just going to take this and I’m just going to clip this so it will lay over
because nobody looks inside your quilt. Nobody looks inside there. And it’s better to have
a nice flat edge on there than worry about that. Now you can press your seams open. For
those of you who want to do that, you just do that. Alright we are halfway there. Look
at that. Halfway there. Alright, our next group is pink and green.
And I might just go ahead and cut all of these. Get wild here and we’ll just cut them all,
iron them all and sew them all. How about that? We’re cutting corner to corner. So
a lot of times, sometimes when you go around these corners, you’ll get like a little,
it will buckle a little bit right in that corner. It won’t matter, you’re cutting
right through that. Alright there’s that one and this one. And I’m just going to
go ahead and cut the other one as well. Now you see me really sewing. Really sewing at
the sewing machine and I’ve got my lip is going and my tongue is going. I’ve got all
the facial expressions. I have a daughter, her lip was always chapped down here because
she always had that tongue on her lip when she was doing things. That would be Hillary.
Don’t tell her I told you. Alright I’m keeping these in little piles though so I
can keep them together so I don’t have to go hunting for my pairs. Alright, almost done
here. Now we’re just going to trim these up and little bit. Again, on this little trimmer,
now if you wanted to, I probably should show you like on the block lock. So the block lock
or a square, when you want to square things up and you have a square ruler, if you don’t
have one of these, let me just show you how to do it. So this is a block lock. And it
has a little shaved edge under here that you actually put on the seam. And you’re just
going to line it up right here and make sure that your, it will kind of lock into that
seam and so then you’re just trimming this little edge right here. And remember that
all of our brains are different so we all think differently and we all learn differently.
And so if that is easier for you to trim, makes more sense to you to trim than that
because I have sewers, one of them likes this tool, the other one likes the block lock.
And Natalie likes the block lock and I like this one. So we’re just, you know it’s
just whatever works best for you. But I’ll do the block lock again in just a second right
here. Let me iron this one open and so you can see. These are all being squared to three
inches again. I hope I remembered to tell you that. So here’s three inches and you
can see right here that this side isn’t exactly square, it isn’t exactly lined up.
So I’m actually going to flip this around and see if it’s more square on this side.
And it is. So this side is more square. So then I’m just going to trim this edge off
right here. We’re at three inches and see it’s very little trimming. Very little.
But it just works. So do what works best for your brain because at the end of the day they’re
all going to come out the same. We just have to do what works for us because sometimes
you’ll use a tool and you have to just work so hard to function with this tool. And when
you get a tool that makes sense in your brain, your whole body will relax and you’ll just
be like, oh I can just sew. You know it’s interesting how that, what that does for you.
Now also we’re only making one block but if you were here sewing but don’t forget
you have to like roll your shoulders and keep your shoulders loose because we can get really
tight when we’re sewing and that is not good for us. That one is perfect which means
I’m going to have another perfect one in a minute maybe if I’m lucky. Oop, there
we go. Alright, let me see here. That one is pretty close to perfect. Alright then this
little bit right here. Perfect. Perfect. Maybe they’ll all be perfect. Wouldn’t that
be lovely? Not perfect. Don’t hold your breath, don’t hold your breath. I don’t
actually know what you have to do to get a perfect one. I think it’s just the cutting
and the trimming. It’s just, it is what it is, right? Oh sorry Isaac, I forgot again.
I really do have this automatic movement when I sew. So I haven’t really gotten to do a fun tutorial
like this where we like actually spend the whole time making the block. And I think this
is really fun. I hope you guys like it. I hope it doesn’t feel too tedious for you
because for me it’s like I’m having a sew day with my friends. And I really like
that feeling. Next time I’m going to have Misty in here and have her trimming and ironing
for me. That will help it go faster. Oop, hang on, line up my seam line with their seam
line. And this is the side that’s off there a little bit. Yep good. And then, please if
you have suggestions on, like if you felt like I didn’t cover something that you need
to know about. Those questions will really help me be a better teacher so then by like
month 11 I’m going to be amazing, right? Because I’ll know all the, oh, they gave
me my water but I forgot to drink it. You can lead a horse to water you know. Alright
there’s my pinks. There’s my greens or one of them. Yes I licked my finger. Now on
these put your dark fabric on top and then you just have to lift it up and roll it back.
So on my purple and green I’m choosing the purple to be the dark and so that is the one
that goes on top and then I’m just rolling them back. And that seam will all be going
in the right direction. So there’s one set. Here is my pink and green. One, two, three,
oop, four and then we have our green and whites. Green and white and green and white right
here, one more. Alright. I finished this last square and we are ready to put these two together.
So again, what we’re going to do, let me just throw these in my little trash down here. We are going to put our purple, wait let me
look and make sure I’ve got the color right. Green at the top. And then the rest of these
go for one of my other four blocks. Our green is going to go up here. And the rest of these
go over here and these are going to go right there. This will go here and a corner. And
then what I’m going to do is I’m actually going to lay my pink block right on top of
that. So I’m going, wait I can’t because it’s turned in the picture. Do any of you
guys do that? Like I literally I’m like when if you come at the fridge this way. You
know, it’s like, that’s part of that angley challenged thing. So actually I’m not going
to set those. I’ll do them completely separate so my pink and green is going to be at the
bottom like this because I want to do it just like the picture. If I wasn’t worried about
the picture I would just lay them all out and put them up. So we’re going to do this
way. Here’s my pink and green that I’ve used. Here’s my pinks that I’ve used.
Now I just need one green right here and a corner. And see we had just enough for the
corners for our block. So that’s the only thing we’re missing for making all those
four other ones but at all those half square triangles that are already done. Like a little
present. Alright so now I’m going to sew my purple
and green. One side, just lay these together. There’s not really anything to match so
sew down the side. Then I’m going to do this one right after it, chain piecing. And
if I were doing all of mine, I would just stack them up like this and I would do them
all at once. So that’s, I’m a rote sewer. Alright, now I’m going to take these apart
because they’re two separate blocks, open them up, make sure that they are going the
right way and they are. And so I’m going to sew this down right here. And then I’m
going to sew these right here. And they are still going the right way. You make them all
the same way and then you just rotate them when you put them together. So like one block
isn’t, I mean they’re all oriented the same direction, is what I’m trying to say.
And then these two are top and bottom, I mean top with the pink on that side. I’m just
going to live wild. I’m going to go ahead and sew these together without even ironing
them. I know, right? Craziness. Match up that center seam right there. One seam going one
way, one seam going the other. Alright let me iron this. Oops. I should have some pressing
spray or something so that it looked just absolutely amazing. Alright, look at that.
We’re ready to put those two halves together. They’re going to go together this way. We’re
going to make sure our seams are nesting so we may have to do a little bit of alternative
pressing to make sure that these line up so we don’t have all our bulk on one side or
the other. And this one is going to go the other way. And then we are ready to open ours
up. And our first block. Look at this. It’s so cool. I love these happy colors. This is
just happy. That’s about as happy as you can get. Alright. Now we’ve got to put a
little strip on the side. So orient your block how it’s supposed to
be. And then we’re adding a 1 ½ inch sashing strip to the top right here. So this is a
1 ½ by a 10 ½. So I’m going to trim off the selvedge. And I’m actually going to
cut it to length. Now I wouldn’t normally do that. I would normally just sew it on.
But because this is a block that fits into other blocks we want it to be exactly the
right measurement. And so, like if my block was a little big, a little bit big, you know,
like if my seam allowances were a little small, this 10 ½ inch strip is going to give me
a guiding line so that I know, you know, I know where to stop. So let me make sure it’s
10 ½. 1 ½ by 10 ½. So it’s already cut 1 ½ for you and I’m just going to cut it
off right there at 10 ½ . And this again is going to go on the top right here. And
so I’m going to put this on here. And mine is just a hair big. So let me tell you the
secret to do with that because my quarter inch seam do tend to be a little bit narrow.
So I’m going to pin this at the start right here. I know, I’m using a pin. Hang on,
using a pin right here. There’s a pin. And then what I’m going to do is I’m just
watch this strip so that it, I’m putting my block on the bottom because the block is
bigger than the strip on the top. And these feed dogs will take in just a little bit of
extra fabric and it will ease that in there. And so I’m just going to start, take that
pin out. And I’m just going to kind of keep a hold of this strip. And let the feed dogs
pull the bottom block through. And I just have a little bit of tension on this strip
right here. And so I make it fit to the end. So when your block is just a little bit bigger
you can make that work and then it comes out perfect. So I just realized that I sewed my strip to
the wrong side. Now I don’t think it’s going to matter. You know, if this thing is
turned and over here. I don’t think it’s going to matter but I want you to sew it to
the right side. So I’m going to take this one and again I have a little pin in here
and then I’m just going to have a firm grip on my piece of fabric. So the side that I’m
sewing it to is this pink and green, not this pink and green. I just, you know, I just mixed
up. But I want to make sure that, you know, that if it bothers you that you have a chance
to change that and give this a nice little firm grip. And then this should be right.
Let me look to make sure. Whew, it is. So then your block is all done. Alright so let me, let me see this right here.
And it should be perfect. It’s going to go right here like this. And you did it. We
did our first block. And you can even make some extras because of the way we sewed it.
Again if you want to follow the pattern, you’re going to cut all those squares into three
inch squares and make your little half square triangles that way. So we hope you enjoyed
this first block. You’ll have to let me know in the comments and questions, if you
enjoyed this format, if you like how we’re spending some time together making this block.
If I can do anything else to help you to make it easier, make you understand what I’m
talking about more, you know, whatever you want just let me know in those comments and
questions. And hope you enjoyed this and we’ll see you next month for block 2.