Out of Bounds Quilt – Modern Quilting Project


Hi, I’m Jenny from the MSQC. Take a look at this fun quilt behind me. Isn’t this great? It’s Natalie’s design. She did it with the solid grays and the colors. She loves the modern quilt movement. And I love seeing it. It’s just so fun and pretty. But the fun thing about the pre-cuts is that if you use a different pre-cut, pre-cut with this, it’s going to change the idea of the whole quilt. But it’s still going to be a lot of fun. So let me show you how to make this.


So the first thing you’re going to want to do when you make this quilt is you’re going to want to cut all your half hexis. I have some done here. But I want to show you how to do that. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to take our charm pack square and we’re going to fold it right in half. And I like to finger press that edge of that. We’re going to lay our template, this is our half hexi template, on top of the folded piece. And I like to put, I actually like to put my, the long side toward the fold. And then I just lay that long side right on the fold. And I cut off these edges like this. So there’s one and there’s the other. And then I’m going to open this up like this and you can see that hexagon shape. And I’m going to go ahead and cut it right in half. So I have a pile of these over here that are already done. And you want to do that to your whole charm pack, just go ahead and cut the whole thing. And when you’re done cutting all those, then we’re going to show you how to lay this out. So let me go ahead and cut a couple more of these. I have two stacked together. That can be, you know you just want to be careful and make sure they don’t shift too much. Two is a little bit of danger but we can do it. So again, I’m just going to fold it, put my template on top, slice off these edges, open it up, lay my hexagon ruler in there and cut right on the fold. That’s how quick it is. I mean it just goes really fast.


So now to put the quilt together, what we’re going to need to do is, is get into our jelly roll. I’ve got this one partially opened and we’re just going to lay out these strips. So I’m just going to lay out about six of these. You can see that on the quilt behind me they’re just placed randomly. And the whole quilt, this whole inside part right here, again I don’t know if I said this already, but this whole inside part if just the width of the jelly roll strip. So it makes it real easy to figure it out. So we’re going to lay out six of these strips and you want to keep them right, right nice close together. And you’ll go ahead and lay all your strips out. You’re going to want to do this on a big table or a floor. And you’re going to lay all your strips out because you want to be able to place your hexagons where you want them and, and make sure they have good balance. You know, and they’re, they’re playing well with each other. So here’s six of these. And then I’m going to take some of these hexagons because the main thing you need to know is how to attach these to the strips. How do they get, how do they get into that, hooked together in those strips. So I’m going to take a hexagon and just place it like this. And remember each, each hexagon is going to fit on one of these 2 ½ inch strips. And then we’ll be over here like this. I’ll put one of these over here. This is really, this is really the fun part because you get to look back and you go Oh, I really do like that, that’s really cool. And you can do so many different things with this. And I think I’ll put this one right here. Maybe this way. Here we go, like this maybe. There we go. That will be up on that strip.


Ok so now we need to know how to attach them to the strips. And I’m sure there’s a lot of ways to do this but this is how I do it. And a, and, it, it just works easily for me. Wherever I have one single half hexi, I’m just going to lay that back and I’m going to cut that strip in half right there because I know I just need one single half hexi. I’m going to bring these strips together and I’m going to use my template, right here to cut the angle. So I’m going to lay that right in here and use my template to cut that angle. So then I just want to trim off this little corner again. Just like that. So that gives me the angle to attach to my hexagon. So this one, this one will go on this side, and this one will go on the other side and it will fit in here just like this. And so you just have to go into, over to the sewing machine and stitch these on. And we’ll do that. And you just sew them down. And, and when you attach these, it’s real easy to, you just want to make sure, you want to make sure that you attach them going to right directions. So I always kind of pull it back and look because otherwise it’s going to be like an L shape. And the edges of these hexagons, the ruler isn’t made so that it fits in there perfectly but you can, you know, it kind of hangs over  that, you see that little edge hanging over. So this is what you’re looking for now.


Now when I put this back, this is going to be longer but we don’t care about that because we’re going to trim the whole sides off. So the, the length of the strips on the sides isn’t going to matter because the, the width of them, we’re just going to, we’re just going to trim them all off when we’re finished so we’ll sew them on row to row.


So this next little bunch right here, we have three in a row. And so what I like to do is I like to take these three hexagons and I’m just going to sew that whole row together. The three of these together. Like this. And then one more on this side. Make sure you’ve got your colors going on the right sides. I probably should have pinned that because all I have to do is walk from, take three steps from, from there to here, and I’ve already forgotten. So I’m going to press these down. It doesn’t matter which way you press these because we’re on a, we’re on a giant, I mean it’s just going to be, it’s going to be placed on this big strip. So then again, all I’m going to do is take this strip right here and cut it in half. And then I’m going to bring it out here. And I have to cut my angle. So I’m going to put them together and cut two at a time. Let me scoot these up so you can see this angle and make sure you can get a good view of this angle. So we’re just going to lay them here and cut the angle. And then I have that perfect edge to attach to my, to my center piece, you know wherever I’ve put this . This is going to work the same whether you’re, you know, you’re putting your hexagons over here, you putting one down over here. It’s the same method. So then we just lay out these strips and the benefit of these is that there’s no real, no right and wrong with these so you can turn them, there’s no front and back. So you can turn them so that the angle works. So we’re going to go ahead and sew these strips on here and then one more over on this other side. Make sure I have my angle right. There we go. And we’ll press this out so it lays nice and flat.


So now we’re going to put this back together with this green one. And let me give him a press too. Shot of steam. Give him a shot of steam. And then we’re going to make sure, so then we know this is what we’re matching up, these two greens right here. So let me put these so we can show you right here. So this is what we’re matching up and we’re going to lay these right side together, just like this. We’re going to look at our edges and make sure they nest. These are good nesters. And so they’ll nest right together. And I’ll stick a little pin in there. And I’ll stick a little pin over on this side. Because these are the ones that I really want to, to line up. We want to make sure they line up, every lid has a pot. So then we’re going to put our strip out here and you’ll notice right here. You’ll notice this strip is quite a bit longer than the other one. But that doesn’t matter because we’re just going to cut off those sides and make it even. So we’re going to go ahead and just stitch this strip together so I can show you how that goes. And make sure they stay lined up.


So now we’re just about to the end of this strip. There we go, just a little bit more. Sew right off the end there. And we’re going to press this open. I just want to show you how to put a few of these together so that you’re comfortable in designing your own quilt. Whether it be modern or regular, we want you to be comfortable in making sure you know how these are going to go together. This is just such a fun way to do it. Natalie comes up with some really amazing ideas. Ok, so here we are with these right here. And let me scoot these down a little bit so you can see this a little better. So you can see how that strip set went together. And we’re going to do the same with this. We’re going to sew these, these three together. We’ll cut our strip in the middle, attach it to either end. And you do that row upon row upon row upon row. So I’ll do some of that and meet you right back here.


So I’ve gone ahead and sewn four of these rows together. And I just made sure over here that I, I, oh my, there’s a lot of threads down there. I am pretty thready. But just to show you, I, I just matched these up as I come along. You know, so that it makes, you know, so they line up really nice. The other thing I like, is I like all my seams kind of to be ironed in one direction. And since it doesn’t really matter what direction I iron these. I kind of press them all going one direction. And that’s just, that’s just for me. So then the next strip that we’re going to add on here, it has this, it has the pink and the blue but it has this gray space in the middle and so what we need for that is another hexagon but we want it to match the background. So we’re just going to take one of our strips from our jelly roll and we’re going to cut a hexagon right out of that. And we’ll sew it together just exactly the same way that we sewed these other rows but we add the gray in and it gives it that continuity. It will make it look like a floating space in there. So again, right here we’re going to go ahead and sew these three together and cut our strip, and add it, add them to the outside edges of this. So let me sew these three together. One more. Try to get less threads on there. I’m terrible with my threads. So let me just show you this too real quickly right here. I just want to show you how these line up. So it’s not perfectly, the, the way the template is made, they don’t line up exactly perfect, like this isn’t going to line up on that edge. You’re going to have a little bit sticking out on this side and a little bit sticking out on that side. But they just go together so easily. They’re just quick and easy but I wanted to show you how, a lot of times with templates, you know they, they line up differently. And I wanted to make sure you guys knew what I was doing. So here’s this little piece, here’s our three pieces. I’m going to press it. Ah! and close my rotary cutter. I get in big trouble for leaving my rotary cutter open. And then again, I take my strip and I’m just going to cut it right here at the fold. And then I’ll put these together and cut my ends, make my angle. There we go. And we’re going to sew this one on here. Like this. Make sure that you lay them out so you’ve got them going in the right direction. Better to check than to rip. Alright so there’s that one. And then we need one on the other side right here. I’m going to press those edges. And we’re going to go ahead and add this one to our strip. So you can see, just like over here, where it has empty space and it just kind of looks like its floating there. That’s actually one little template of the gray cutout so that it gives it that floating look.


So once you get these together, you’re just going to line them up and sew it on exactly the same way as you did the others. And then you’re going to add your, your, your next pieces of gray, however many you want until the next cluster appears. And then you’ll go ahead and sew those clusters onto those strips. So we put, you know, a larger one up here. We put one here. We have a little tiny one over here. And we have a, you know, kind of a medium sized one over here on the bottom. I hope you can see that. But it’s just random. It’s totally left up to you. Lets you use your imagination and have a little fun making your own design. So we hope you enjoyed this tutorial from the MSQC.


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  • Michelle

    Could you share how the boarder is made?