Hi, it’s Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. I’ve got a really awesome tutorial for you today. This is made with a Layer Cake and it’s called “Pick A Bunch” and it’s just fun flowers and I used it on this new block I’m going to show you. How adorable is this? I mean it’s just beautiful. It’s scrappy, and it’s quick, and I’m going to show you just how to do that. So, the first thing you need to find is a Layer Cake that you love! That you want to use all the pieces in, and this is that “Pick A Bunch” and I decided that since, you know how fast Christmas is coming, that I’d go ahead and try it with this “Ready, Set, Snow!” It’s a new line by Me and My Sister. Their first Christmas line, so that’s kind of fun!
Now let me show you how to make this block. First, what you’re going to do is your going to take your Layer Cake and you’re going to cut it in a 3 1/2″ piece and a 6 1/2″ piece, and you’re going to cut the whole thing. I’ve already started cutting this so, let me go ahead and finish some more, because it’s big pieces you can cut them pretty easily on a, with four or five under there. So, you’re going to cut 3 1/2″ and that’s what we have here. I kind of like to line up my edges so that I know exactly where I’m cutting here. So, I’m going to go one, two, three, and a half. Then we’re just going to cut those and I kind of like to try and keep them in order.
So I will keep this stack with this. Let me just lay these together, and then this one with this. I’m going to keep them underneath because that’s the way they came out of the pile. Then I’ve got another row here, and you saw I just kind of raked my fingers across it. When you lay it down sometimes you know it’ll all lay at an angle like that and if you kind of rake your fingers across it, it’ll go right back together. So again we’re going to cut it at 3 1/2″. So you have one side 3 1/2″, and one side 6 1/2″. There we go, and I’m going to stick this on the bottom and this one on the bottom. So, now what we’re going to do is we’re going to sit down next to the sewing machine, and what I’m going to do is, I’m going to take my big piece like this, and I’m going to flop my little piece over like this.
So that it’s, so that the bottoms first, and then I’m just going to start sewing these together like this. So that I’m sewing two different pieces to the same one, but it makes it easy cause I’ve just flipped it over and I’m going to take that one. OK, so let me show you that one more time. We have our Layer Cake right together. This is how it originally was. Just like this, and I’m going to use this part to sew and what I’m going to do is I’m going to flip this over so that I’m going to take now from the bottom of the pile so that you, so that these are all going to be mixed up. We’re just going to mix them all up. Now if you get one and it’s two blues together or something like that. Just mix them up. You want your colors to be different you want to have a good mish-mash of contrast.
So let’s go ahead and sew a few of these together and I’ll show you what happens. How we do this amazing block. All right so we come over here, and I’m going to sew at 1/4″ straight down. And you can, the other fun thing that’s, or quick thing about this, the other thing that’s really quick about this is that you can just chain piece them, so you just grab the next one, see, oh they stick together, and then I grab my next dot and I’m going to put that on here. Line them up, you’ll notice I’m not pinning, because I’m just lining and sticking it under there and then I reach down here and just make sure they’re lined up because we’re sewing small enough areas that we really don’t have to pin too much.
Now just for the fun let’s sew one more. So, now you can see I’m putting this red with this blue. I’m just going to sew straight down 1/4″, and actually the 1/4″ isn’t crucial on this, and I’ll show you why. So, then we’re going to go ahead and clip these apart, and then I’m going to bring them over here to my ironing board, and I’m just going to press these open. So here’s my iron and I’m just going to press like this. I’m just going to lift up that piece and press back and then here is the fun part where it turns into a block. What we’re going to do now is we are going to lay our piece on here.
OK, it’s still a 10″ block so half of that is going to be 5″, and so we’ll go ahead and put that on there, and cut it. Then we’re going to do that with the other ones as well, and you’ll want to sew all of yours together before you start cutting. Just because that’s the best way to do it so you get a good mish-mash of colors, that’s a technical sewing term there, Mish-Mash. (Laughter) Alright, so now, when you go to put this block together, I’m going to do the same thing, I’m going to stack my two blocks together like this, and then I’m going to flip one of these over. So, I’m taking one from the bottom to the top, and then I’m just going to sew these together. I’m going to sew them together, so that I have one small part at the top, and one small part at the bottom. That’s your block right there.
So, again, what you’re going to want to do is, you’re going to want to have a stack, have your two stacks, flip one over. Take from the bottom to the top. If they don’t match well, just go ahead and sift through them and find the one that you do, that you like, and then you’re going to put these together like this. So, let’s go ahead and put a few of these together, and make sure that you’re not putting them together like this, you’re putting them together this way. So, we have a small piece at either end of the block, the small strip. And we can chain piece these through again because, we’ve sewn them all, we’ve cut them all, and now we’re going to chain piece them all, and here’s the next one. Make sure these are lined up really nice.
There we go, then I’m going to clip these apart, and I’m going to press them open. There we go, and I’m just going to set that seam, and lift and press, and set that seam, and lift and press. Now what you’re going to do with this is, you’re going to take these and one is going to be sideways like this, and one is going to be up and down like this. But you want to use enough things so that, maybe I can do it this way, where it won’t match together. There we go. So, this is your whole quilt, is just one sideways like this, then up and down, then sideways like that, and up and down. That’s how you put the whole thing together.
Let me show you again on this quilt that we’ve finished so you can see how the block lays out. Here’s your block right here. See, it’s got one this way, tall, and then you put the next one long. It just makes a darling scrappy look. Let me show you one more color combination right over here. We don’t have any of this fabric left but it is beautiful. It’s called “Night and Day”, and it’s a black white and red, and it’s the same pattern. Where you sew your little, you cut it in a 3 1/2″ and a 6 1/2″ cut them in half put them together. Isn’t that adorable? That is just really, really neat. Well I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial on a new block to make, with your Layer Cake from the Missouri Star Quilt Company