T-Block Tutorial with Jenny Doan

Intersection or T-Block Quilt: Easy Quilting Tutorial with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co. Jenny teaches us how to make a quick and easy quilt using 2 1/2 inch strips of precut fabric (jelly rolls) and 10 inch squares of precut fabric (layer cakes).

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Video Transcript (Downloadable PDF Here):

Hi! I am Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. I’ve got a really fun project for you today.

Let’s take a look at this quilt behind me. Isn’t this great? It’s so fun. I love how the blocks offset,

and this is the block you are making right here. I call it the T Block because it looks like a T, but

it’s super super easy and I can’t wait to show you how to do it.

So, to make this quilt, what you are going to need is one packet of 10 inch squares. You are

going to need 42 of them in a packet. Be sure to check the number and, don’t be fooled,

sometimes they wrap those 10 inch squares, you know, in like this­­ all wrapped up. And it’s so

cute, but they are still just 10 inch squares, so make sure and check those labels. We’ve used

Bumble by Tula Pink for Free Spirit (such a cute line). I just I love it! I Just love how it came

together.

For our middle piece here we used a packet of 2 1⁄2 inch strips and we used the gray and you‘re

going to use… oh, you’re probably going to use… I don’t know. About 33 strips, but it comes out

to about, to about 2 1⁄2 yards. If you want to cut your own yardage and cut your own strips, but I

just used a packet of 2 1⁄2 strips that were gray and it worked perfectly.

So, let me show you how to make this block. So, the first thing we are going to do is, we are

going to open up our precut and we are going to get out our little 10 inch squares and we’ve got

them here. And what we are going to do is, we are going to take our square, just like this, and

we’re going to cut off 4 inches. Let me move these out of the way to make sure you can see

everything. So we are going to cut off 4 inches here, just like this, and then you have these 2

pieces. You have a 6 inch piece now and a 4 inch piece. You want to put those in two separate

piles. And so, I have mine laid out over here.

Then, you’re going to need your pieces for your strip in between because this is what we are

looking at. We’re looking at putting a strip right here in between the two blocks and then one

across the top. So, the first strip, it goes right in between the blocks. It’s going to be 10 inches,

so let’s cut a 10 inch piece off of here. And you can actually stack these up and, you know, cut

quite a few, quite a few at a time of these. Let me count here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 right

here. Always better to count then to cut the wrong size. So, this is the piece now that is going to

go in between our two blocks.

So, when you are ready to sew your block up, you want to take, you want to mix up your colors.

So I am going to take a 6 inch piece of this color and a 4 inch piece of this one and we are going

to put them like this and we are going to sew this gray strip right down center, just like that.

So I am going to start with the 4 inch side and put it on top of the gray and sew that right down.

So let’s head over here. I am ahead of you today. I am already at the sewing machine, but we

are going to head over here to the sewing machine and sew a quarter of an inch right down the

side, and then we are going to iron this back. You can actually sew both sides on but, you know,

it makes it a little bit neater. Now, I have pressed this so that this seam line is now on the gray

side and what that is going to do is, it’s going to kind of raise that up a little bit and we are going

to sew this big 6 inch piece here on the other side, quarter of an inch all the way down.

Alright, let’s make sure this is even; line those up nice and perfectly. Alright, then if you actually

sew a perfect quarter of an inch, if you sew a perfect quarter of an inch, your next cut is going to

be an 11 1⁄2, but you want to measure yours to make sure that that’s what size it is. So then

you’re going to go ahead and, we are going to go ahead and measure this, and go ahead and

cut it and it should be 11 1⁄2. But, you know what? If you have a wider seam allowance or a more

narrow one, you just want to make sure they are all the same. It’s consistency that’s important,

not perfection. So we are going to count again: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 1⁄2, just like

that. And then we are going to put our T on the top, make the top of our T is what I meant to

say. We are going to put our next strip on the top right here and we are going to put it right face

down.

Now, when you do this, it’s important that your 6 inch block is always on your left­hand side and

then we are just going to sew that piece on to the top, like this. If you make sure your…when

you put this top piece on, your 6 inch piece is always on that left hand side. Then, it will make

the pattern that you see in the quilt hanging behind me and it just comes out really, really fun the

way it lays together. Alright, so now we are going to press this back and this is the block you are

looking for right here. It’s this one right here and it’s just super easy.

Let me show you how this whole quilt goes together because you’re going to love this. So, right

here we have a row. And you can see here is your T block right here, right here, and this whole

row stays the same direction like this, just all the way down. The next row, you are going to put

them together so they flip upside­down like this, and that is what makes this stair­steppy thing

happen, which is so cool.

So for the layout on this quilt you are going to have 42 blocks. So you are going to have 6

blocks across by 7 blocks down. And, remember, you are going to put one block up, one whole

row that way, and then the next block upside­down going up. And so, it just goes together really

quickly and really easy. When I…the yardage that I gave you­­ the gray, 2 1⁄2 inch strip yardage,

that is going to take care of all your strips plus this first border. Your second border is a 5 inch

border, and we used a yard and a half for that. So, it’s super easy to put together and super

fast. This is also one of those blocks that is really great to use if you have bigger fabric that you

don’t want to cut small because sometimes we have that fabric that just lends itself to a bigger

pattern. And I want to show you something that I did.

So, not all fabric comes in precuts, you know, and so I have some of this Spiderman fabric. It’s

so fun. This is one of those projects that (I want to spread it out here so you can see all this) this

is one of those projects where sometimes you can only buy yardage. So, I bought a whole

bunch of half a yard pieces of Spiderman fabric because there are several little boys in my

family who happen to love Spiderman and I just went ahead and did the same T block. You can

see here’s your T and the Spiderman ones. And I just put them together and put it out and it

made it really fun because these are bigger cuts, you know; we are not talking tiny little pieces

where you are trying to see Spiderman. So, if you have some fabric that is bigger that you would

love to use, this is great for any of this novelty kind of fabric, or fabric that has a bigger pattern in

it that you don’t want to lose.

So we hoped you enjoyed this tutorial today on the T Block from the Missouri Star Quilt

Company.

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  • Eva

    Can you share the color of the strips.

  • Sandy McRobb

    Jenny whats the finish size of the quilt. Also how would you down size it for a baby quilt? Thanks love your tutorials.

  • Barbara

    I collect antique samplers. Love to see the beautiful handwork these young ancestors of ours did. Barbara

  • Stevan Silva

    How many blocks did you make for the Spider-Man quilt? It looks like you used 6-7 different patterns. I have an adult son who loves spider-man and I would love to make him a throw. There are also two young friends that wouldn’t mind a superhero quilt as well.

  • Linda64

    Does anyone know the finished size of this quilt? I know it’s 6 blocks across and 7 blocks down..?

    • Linda64

      Found it! It’s approx 76″ x 90″

  • Mamie

    Love the tutorials because I can see exactly what you are describing. Are the instructions written for those of us who have to go back to review each step?

  • Betty hall

    Hi, can use 21/2 Strips to make a wedding Ring Quilt

  • Kathy Craddock

    Is there a pattern for this quilt? I would love to make this but I would feel more comfortable with a pattern.

  • Rebecca Watson

    How much fabric do you need for backing and binding please?