Hi, it’s Jenny, from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. We’ve got a fun idea for you today using the Honey Bun. The Honey Bun is a 1 ½” strip, of an entire line of fabric, all wrapped into one cute little Honey Bun.
So what you’re going to do is you’re going to open up that Honey Bun and you’re going to match some strip sets together for this. What we’re going to do, we’re going to use this Easy Circle Cut Ruler. We love this ruler, it makes just the best circles ever! We’ve got the wonderful cutter that goes with it. Let me see if I’ve got one here, here it is in it’s package so you can see what it looks like. It’s available here at the Missouri Star Quilt Company, and what we’re going to do is we are going to make an adorable circle square quilt.
So, what we’re going to do is we’re going to take some of these Honey Bun strips, and we’re going to sew them together. If you sew ten of them together, you can get four 10” blocks. Because the strip, remember is 40” long, and so, if you sew ten of these together, four times ten, forty. So, we’re
going to sew these together in strips of, I probably did them in strips of four, and let me show you just how I did that.
So, you lay the two together and you sew and ¼” line. Just along so your strips together, then you press it open, and then you’re going to sew two
sets of two together, and press it open, and then you’ll just keep adding to that. You know, you’ll sew another set of four, and you want to make sure that you get your colors intermixed up so you don’t have any right on each other, and you’re going to sew ten strips together. You’ll cut them in 10” blocks.
So, now we’ve made this wonderful 10” blocks of Honey Bun strips right here, and we’re going to cut it with the Circle Cut. So, we fold it in half, just nicely in half. We grab our Circle Cut ruler and remember that right here on the line it says fabric fold line, and there’s a dark line right there, and what
we’re going to put these on is a 10” layer cake block. So for this project you’re going to need a Honey Bun, and a Layer Cake Block that’s a solid. We love that Moda makes these solids.
So, we’re going to lay this ruler on here, and we are going to cut this out on
the 6” line, and you just want to make sure you’re pretty even here, because what we’re going to do is we’re going to make two blocks out of this one. Now this circle cutter makes it so, it’s just so easy to work with. It has this little space right here that fits in the groove. So, you just push that little blade down there, and you’re just going to make sure your fingers are out of the way. We don’t want to lose any fingers, and we’re just going to roll this down like this, and it does one little cut around and hopefully we cut all the
way through it. Well almost, here we go. Let me cut these little, wherever we have a seam we probably need to press a little bit harder, so that we make sure that we’ve got a nice round circle. I guess I just didn’t press quite hard enough, one more little snag. I’d worry about this, but I know this happens to you at home as well.
So, now what we’re going to do is we’re going to lay this circle right here on this square. When I go to center them up what I’ll do is I’ll take my square and I’ll fold it and just finger crease a little line, and then I’ll fold it again, so that you can see the center of my block, and I’ll be able to center it up on there. So, you can do the same thing with your little circle. Where you
fold it and you can kind of match that up on the center of there. So, you know that that’s pretty well in the center. Isn’t that adorable? Now there are several ways.
Well actually let me start here, what we’re going to do with this then is we are going to use this outside one as the next block, and so when we put these together, I mean it’s just going to look so cute! It’s going to look opposites. There are several ways to finish these. You can sew around the outside edge about ¼” in and do a raw edge appliqué. Which is very, very cute. Or you can just sew this down using a blanket stitch, or a zig-zag, something that will attach it down and it won’t leave quite a raw edge on it. The other thing you could do if you were really industrious is you could actually do a kind of needle turned appliqué on this. Where you fold it under and you do that, but for this project I think I’m just going to, I’ll probably do a finish stitch around here. Blanket stitch, or something like that, because I like it a little more finished.
So, now that we’ve got these on here, let’s head over to the sewing machine. I’ll show you how I stitch them on and we’ll sew these two together. I’m not going to put the whole quilt together. I’ve got a million projects I’m working on right now, because it is that season that we’re all working on a lot of projects, but I’ll show you how we sew these together, and sew these blocks so that you can kind of see it come together in a big quilt. It’s just adorable. So join me at the machine.
So, we’re here at the sewing machine, and I am going to use a blanket stitch, and I want to check to make sure it’s the right width that I want it and how it’s going to look, so, I just grab a little piece of scrap fabric and sew the stitch on there a little bit, and you can see this is what a blanket stitch looks like here. It’s got that, you know, where it goes up and grabs that fabric and I like this one, you can see that I lengthened it a little bit.
So now we’re going to do that on this round piece in the middle of this quilt. Now it’s probably a good idea to pin this on here. So, that it doesn’t move around too much. There we go, and we’re just going to go ahead and start. You want your blanket stitch to be on the edge of the fabric, and you’ll see this as it comes out from under the presser foot, how it’s going to look. OK, so I’m just going to finish this up and I’m going to sew this one and the other block and then we’ll join back together and see what we’ve got.
So as you can see, these where so cute that I couldn’t resist, I went ahead and made another set. So, now we have four together. This’ll allow you to see a little more what a quilt will be like. This is the little stitch I used right here. It’s a little blanket stitch around there and it just looks so cute together. So we’re going to go to the sewing machine and we’re going to sew these two together right here, and then we’ll sew the bottom two together, and then we’ll sew the two rows together. So, join me over at the sewing machine.
Alright, so here we are at the sewing machine, we’re going to sew ¼”. Sew our seam together, at this point it’s all three blocks, because it’s the stripped block, and the two solids. So, you can see we’ve sewn these together. We’ll take our pins out because they’re all held down now, and then what we’re going to do is we’re going to sew the next two together. This is kind of fun because of the strips on this we can decide if we want them to be straight, you know and match that, or if we want to turn them, and go a different direction. What are we thinking here? I think we’ll do it straight. I’m not
feeling that wild today. So, we’ll go ahead and sew this down. So much of what you do sewing wise, really does depend on how you feel. So, I just don’t feel that wild. I know you’re surprised and shocked! (Laughter)
Alright, so now we’ve got these. So let’s go ahead and sew these together, and we’ll make a square. The first four patch of our big quilt. This’ll probably end up a table topper though. We can take some more of that
Honey Bun and strip it and make a cute little piano key border for it. This is really a versatile pattern. Really fun! Now you check to make sure those middle seams are lined up. Especially when you do a table topper or a four patch, you want to make sure that that middle where they come together is really lined up well. So this, you can easily feel these have nested. So, they’ve laid together very nicely, and then we’ll go over to the ironing board and press them out and see how they look.
Alright, so we’re pressing these down. It helps if your pins are out, so that you don’t run into a pin. See that matches up real nicely there in the center. I’ve got some threads to trim then we’re going to head over to the cutting table. Now you can see how cute this would be. This is darling just like this. I mean it’d be so cute on a little table topper on this. Put a little piano key border or a solid border around it. The other thing that I want to remind you of is that the
Circle Cut stuff will work really with a Charm Pack and a Layer Cake as well. You just check with your circle so that you have a little bit of extra. You put the circle on one block, and the outside on the other block, and you can do that with a Charm Pack. This would be a darling little girls quilt. You can finish it with a blanket stitch, you can finish it raw edge. It’s just a very versatile block.
We just love this Circle Cut Ruler. This is a great little ruler and we hope you enjoy this tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.