Hi I’m Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Take a look at this fun little quilt behind me. Isn’t this great? This looks like stained glass to me. It’s just so pretty and cute. To make this quilt I used this “Cotton Shades” by Riley Blake. It’s a small little roll up and it’s just, you know its two and a half in strips cut the width of the fabric and there are fifteen pieces only. So fifteen strips will make a quilt this size. If you want to make it bigger and I think it would look gorgeous bigger, I also think it would look like in Civil War fabric or something like that.
But anyway, I’m going to show you how to do this. I took my jelly roll strips and I cut them into five inch segments. So here’s five inch segments right here that I’ve already cut and then we dog ear the corners of these. Now the only thing to remember on the dog ears is that you’re going to have one set, the white set going one direction and the colored set going the other. So as soon as you cut your pieces, you want to divide that jelly roll in half. Cause half of them are going to get a white corner and half of them are going to get a grey corner. So that’s what we have to make sure.
So what I’m going to do is I’m going to take these little two and half inch squares, that’s an important thing to remember about, anytime you’re going to dog ear a corner you use a square that is the same width as the strip so these are two and half inch strips, two and half inch square. Now you can draw the line, but we like to just iron ours in half diagonally. It gives us a sew line. It’s a little bit quicker and I’m going to do a couple of those in white. And you just want to remember that whatever way you do the white ones, you want the grey ones to be exactly opposite.
So I’m going to set mine on here and what I do is I’ll sew one set first that I leave those out as a pattern, otherwise I’ll have them going all kind of catawampus crazy ways and if you do them so they’re opposite they’re always going to come together in this cute little hour glass right there. So that’s what we’re looking for. So we’re going to take these and I’m going to lay them right here. Make sure they match right up on the, that they’re going the same direction and then I’m going to take these over to the sewing machine and I’m going to sew right on that line. So let’s do that.
Here we go. On the line and I will do all my white ones at a time. So I’ve got, I’ve got several here to do and I want to do them, cause that way I know I don’t have to, I don’t have to switch directions. I don’t have to change. I just have to sew them one at a time and they’re all going to go the same direction and then I’ll change colors and go the other way.
There we go and now I’m going to do some grey ones. So let me dog ear a couple of these. Again we’re folding them diagonally pressing. Give us a sew line. You can see I’ll show you my, there’s my little sew line and I’m going to cut a couple of these pieces and I’m going to come to the grey now and I’m going to lay them going this way. So I make sure that they’re all going the same direction. I’m a little angely challenged that way. I have and, but I’d rather, much rather sew these then, then rip so or check on them a couple of times than rip.
Woop let me get that out of there. Take these white ones off of here for a minute and my needle jumped so it, it kind of missed its spot so I’m going to, we don’t want that we want a nice straight line. Now I’m just going to slide this under here. Make sure my needles in the right spot and sew on the line. Now I’m going to put the next one in and make sure it’s going the same direction. You want to match that up pretty good. I’ll give you a nice square top if you do. Alright, there we go.
There we are and again before I trim these I’m going to open them up and make sure they’re opposites. Make sure they’re going the right direction. So these two are going this way and these two are going that way so we are good, haha, we did that just perfect. Alright, now I’m going to trim these off right here. You can rotary cut these off or you can scissor cut ‘em. I’m going old school scissor cuttin’ my, my edges. Make sure you cut off the right side, it’d be tragic if you cut off the wrong side and then I like to press them one more time.
So now I’m going to just take these over to the ironing machine right here and we’re just going to press these back, like that and press these white ones the other way. Then I put them in a nice pile so that I can just sit and sew them together two at a time. So here’s my grey ones, my little grey pile and here’s my little white pile and then I’ll take these over to the sewing machine just like this and put them together two at a time. This is the block we’re looking to make. A block that has this, this “V” in it right here.
And, so we’re going to bring these over here and I’m just going to lay them right sides together and let me just mix this around a little bit so I have, I don’t want blue-blue and we put them together. We’re going to put them together like this so that the “V” comes together and so we’ll lay those right sides together. I like to start at the bottom. I’m not sure why, haha, there’s nothing technical about that. We’re just going to start and then I kind of lift it up to make sure those two seams are together and just sew that down. I want my “V” to match up and I’m going to put these together and I’m just going to sew up several of these at a time. Alright, here are my last two and make sure they’re all lined up so pretty. So pretty.
Now we’re going to clip these apart and iron them open. We got us a nice little chain. That’s called chain piecing when you sew from piece to piece and we’re going to iron those open right here. And you do want to iron to the dark side or to, or, or you can decide on this side which side you want to iron to as well. So either way will work, but if you have it so it’s always going one way or the other it’ll nest up when those two come together. When they come together to meet.
Alright, now when you get all this part done you’re going to have a stack of these, these, these and the whites should all be on the same side. Every single one of them. The grey should be on the other and then the fun is in the layout. So what we’re going to do now is we’re going to lay these out and we’re going to start with one “V” at the top and the next one at the bottom. And the next one at the top and the next one at the bottom and we’re just going to do them opposites. Then when we put the next row on we’ll do this one at the bottom and this one at the top. Just like this and see how those blocks are forming. And that’s just how you lay them out so every time these come together, you’ll get this hour glass look here. So as we add the next row on these will hour glass and every other row stagger.
So let’s take a look at that on here. So here we have if we go along here you’ll see, this is up, this down, up, down, up, down and then here these come together and up here this is going to come together and it’s going to work just like that. Goes together so cute. So easy and gives you this really fun look. So we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the “Stained Glass Quilt.” From the Missouri Star Quilt Company.