Block and Strip Quilt

block & strip

Jenny teams up with guest-host Rob Appell of Man Sewing to teach us how to make the quick and easy Strip and Block Quilt using junior layer cakes (10 inch squares of precut fabric) or 3 yards of 45″ fabric and junior jelly rolls (2.5 inch strips of precut fabric). We used Bella Solids by Moda.

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Jenny: Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the MSQC. And I am delighted to be here today especially because I get to be here with Rob.

Rob: Thanks again for having me.

Jenny: You guys all know Rob from Man Sewing. And he’s just so much fun. The level of energy in the studio goes way up when Rob is here.

Rob: We don’t even have the lights on today. We’re having so much fun.

Jenny: There we go

Rob: We think we are so bright.

Jenny: We are so bright. Anyway, you guys know everything I do is quick and easy. And Rob assures me he has a project for us today that is quick and easy.

Rob: That’s right. I did my best. Check out the quilt behind me.

Jenny: Let’s look at this quilt behind me. That was my line, I think.

Rob: I know.

Jenny: Let’s look at this quilt behind me. So here we are. So tell us about this.

Rob: Certainly. We’ve got just two colors

Jenny: Which I love

Rob: Thank you. And I love working in the solids in this as well. So they’re the Bella Solids from Moda.

Jenny: Yah

Rob: And the teal are the ten squares. And then the, actually the navy strips came from a 2 ½ inch strip pack.

Jenny: You know a lot of people wonder what to do with these little junior packs.

Rob: Right, right.

Jenny: But and I use strips so much that I, you know, I mean, I’m always having them laying around because I use them for lots of things.

Rob: Yah

Jenny: But it’s cool that they come in the smaller pack, I think.

Rob: Yah I was stoked. And smaller is this we mean junior is 20 pieces in this roll.

Jenny: Right.

Rob: But I actually even got the binding out of this.

Jenny: Oh that’s great.

Rob: So we got all the parts, the strips

Jenny: Perfect.

Rob: And the actual binding out of this

Jenny: So then, so then this is the squares you used

Rob: Yep, ten inch squares.

Jenny: And we’ve got our, we’ve got our pre cut dusk on here

Rob: Quilting dust.

Jenny: So these are the squares that we used, and how many

Rob: Yep, about 40

Jenny: Ok

Rob: Yah.

Jenny: Perfect

Rob: There’s 35 squares in the quilt behind us. Of course you could make it bigger or smaller that you need.

Jenny: Right.

Rob: We’re also going to need some trim off pieces we’re going to get to in a little bit to help give a little accent to the binding.

Jenny: Awesome. Well show us how to do this.

Rob: Let’s do this. Ok, so the really quick and easy step, and remember I was trying to do quick and easy because I love the way Jenny does quick and easy. So I need you to have a bunch of squares.

Jenny: Alright. I’ve got them.

Rob: Perfect. Ok

Jenny: All cut and ready to go. That’s why I  love pre cuts. Right there.

Rob: Now for our roll up here or our little 2 ½ inch strips, what we’re going to need to do is we’re going to need to take these and we’re going to need to sub cut these down.

Jenny: Ok

Rob: So that they’re only ten inches so that they match the ten inches there, right?

Jenny: Perfect. So we don’t have to trim this or anything

Rob: No trimming.

Jenny: Alright this is ready to go, I’m going to put it over here by my sewing machine.

Rob: Now let me show you this trick, I’ve learned that the less I handle these the better they are for clean cutting.

Jenny: Ok

Rob: More accurate, so I’m going to literally, I’ve got four pieces here. And we need ten inch strips. These should be at least 44 inches long so I can take and lose a half of an inch here.

Jenny: Ok

Rob: So I’m just going to cut the folds out.

Jenny: Alright, perfect.

Rob: So we can do that. Watch the fingers. Ok, so those are done. Now that that is done, I’m going to spin it or if you have a lazy susan or something like that, even easier. And then I’m just going to come down here and take my ruler. And I’m going to line this up so my ten inch mark is here, ok?

Jenny: Oh!

Rob: Down here I’m going to also looking at, just to make sure it’s as square as possible, is I’m also looking at this line here.

Jenny: Ok

Rob: So I’m square, square. And now I’ve got rectangles.

Jenny: It’s so interesting how, because I would never have done it that way, but it works. It works, it works.

Rob: I’m starting to use the math backwards on my ruler and it can be really cool. But this is one of those things you’re going to measure twice, cut once.

Jenny: Right.

Rob: Because if I was on the wrong side of that line, we’re making a different size quilt.

Jenny: Then you’re trimming these.

Rob: That’s right. So you’re going to need at least one of those. Like I said I used 35 for the layout, with those. And then I’m going to take this and I’m going to slide it down and do the same. So in the aspirations of quick and easy, making sure it’s as lined up as possible.

Jenny: This is right up there in the top ten. I think.

Rob: Are you thinking so?

Jenny: I’m thinking it is.

Rob: I was thinking that the only thing that would have been any faster was a whole cloth quilt. But then sometimes the quilting that goes into that is so intricate that the time frame would have been a bit longer.

Jenny: No, no. That wouldn’t be good. Alright so now what are we going to do?

Rob: I would love it if you could show everybody how to chain piece that altogether.

Jenny: Ok

Rob: Just one strip on one block, per unit.

Jenny: Alright, does it matter which side?

Rob: Ah, yes, put them together right sides.

Jenny: Right sides. Left side or right side?

Rob: Oh, actually it’s not going to matter.

Jenny: Ok

Rob: Because it doesn’t matter the right sides because they’re solids and of course you all know that. That’s fun. It doesn’t matter which side because we’re going to build it into rows and then we’re just going to flip around the rows.

Jenny: And they’re really, really honestly there is no wrong or right side with these solids.

Rob: There really isn’t.

Jenny: You know which I like. So.

Rob: That’s right

Jenny: So is it ok if I sew it on this side.

Rob: Yes, please.

Jenny: Alright.

Rob: Yep whatever is comfortable for you.

Jenny: And every one?

Rob: Yes.

Jenny: Alright now we are using white thread on this sewing machine

Rob: Right

Jenny: And probably I would go a little darker if I were making this quilt myself

Rob: Sure

Jenny: But this will help because everybody will be able to see it

Rob: They will be able to see the patchwork, yep. And so, Jenny what we’re going to need is at least ten units all put together. Ok?

Jenny:  Alright.

Rob: And then what I can do for us is I can go ahead and iron. And so I have at least ten of those. I’m almost positive for you.

Jenny: And I’m just going to, chain piecing just means you keep adding one on and adding one on. And I’m just going to keep doing that.

Rob: That’s right.

Jenny: Oh gosh. Alrighty.

Rob: Awesome, so what we’re going to do now real quick

Jenny: Two more

Rob: I’m going to press these

Jenny: Get working

Rob: Chop, chop, chop. But what we also need is let’s take five of these and reassemble so that you’re going to go block, strip, block, strip.

Jenny: Oh ok

Rob: Ok so we need five more. Now you’re actually creating the rows.

Jenny: So there’s five in each row. Let’s see. One, two, three, you are right. I just had to count again. I’m sorry.

Rob: So you have four in your possession, here’s five. And we’re going to need to do at least that many twice so we can show them how to alternate the rows.

Jenny: So what I’m doing is I’m making sure the blue lines up with the green.

Rob: Yes, please. Yep

Jenny: Because we don’t want blue to blue. Well we might but that would be a whole other quilt.

Rob: Oh do I hear another tutorial coming along.

Jenny: I don’t know. I don’t know.

Rob: So while Jenny is going to piece that next row together, let me show you all how I’m going to prep out these little strips. So on the quilt behind us we’ve got the strips. And they’re over here on the far ends. So you see that I’ve inserted which was also a 2 ½ inch strip by the ten inch length. And they’re going to be on both ends of our rows as well. So I’ve stacked a few of those ten inch by ten inch squares. And then I’m just going to go ahead and set it up so that I’m cutting 2 ½ inches. And yes even though I spun it, it made no difference. Double checking on 2 ½ inches. 2 ½ inches there. So then what I’m going to do is cut a couple of these. And you can just take a few of your squares and whittle them all the way down.

Jenny: Hey Rob how do you like that ruler?

Rob: I love this ruler.

Jenny: I love that ruler too.

Rob: Yep, yep you know when they started playing with them with the sampling and stuff, they sent it to me as well and at first I was like, so I always think the bigger the ruler the better because I can make big and small cuts with a big ruler. But it just fits right and I like the

Jenny: To me, it fits my hand

Rob: Yeah, yeah

Jenny: And I like that it fits the pre cuts which is what I do most of, you know.

Rob: Yes yes

Jenny: And then also I love that it’s not so full of stuff, you know. There’s not so many lines and numbers and things on here that you

Rob: It is legible.

Jenny: It’s easy for my eyes.

Rob: It’s very legible. Yes.

Jenny: It has to make sense for my eyes.

Rob: Yes, exactly.

Jenny: I’ve got enough going on in my brain to, I don’t need to figure out a ruler. You know, where to put my eyes on that.

Rob: That’s right.

Jenny: But I’m glad. I’m glad you like it.

Rob: Yah, I was pleased with it. I like the fact that we’re doing all of this neat engineering of our own tools and stuff nowadays. Ok so I’m going to start rolling this out to be pressing these to the dark side as well, while you’re finishing that up. But I also slid over to you

Jenny: Alright

Rob: Were a couple of those skinny, I’m just going to say teal strips. They’re 2 ½ inches by ten

Jenny: Ok

Rob: And I’d like you to stick one of those on the teal block, which seems odd, but it just makes it long enough. And then one on the blue strip at the other end of the rows.

Jenny: Ok, so basically I’m putting one of these on either end.

Rob: Yes, please.

Jenny: Even if matches

Rob: Already the same color. Even if it’s matchy, matchy.

Jenny: Alright.

Rob: That is the definition of matchy, matchy. It’s the same fabric.

Jenny: Even if it is the same.

Rob: Yep.

Jenny: Alrighty. Alright so how many of these rows do we actually need to make. Let’s count them, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. So we’ve got seven. We’ve got, so five, five across right?

Rob: Correct.

Jenny: Seven by 35. And how big does this quilt end up.

Rob: It’s about 60 by 65 after it’s all quilted and everything.

Jenny: Ok and that is something to, to note. You know when you, when you get a quilt quilted, you know since you said that, it does shrink up a couple of inches

Rob: Yah, that’s why you always have a little extra backing and batting to account for that. Ok I hope that so hopefully. Now let’s trade ends.

Jenny: Ok. So now they’re the same

Rob: Got it, yes.

Jenny: But we don’t want that

Rob: We don’t want the same.

Jenny: No. So

Rob: What we have to do is trade ends.

Jenny: Just flip it over

Rob: Correct.

Jenny: And just like that it staggers. I love that.

Rob: Yah, isn’t that fun?

Jenny: I love that. It’s really fun. One of the things I want to talk about on here is this quilting.

Rob: Ok

Jenny: So you know you put this quilt top together. You’ve sewn five rows together. And since you’ve already added your end pieces you just really sew the rows. There’s no border. There’s no adding anything extra.

Rob: Nope

Jenny: It’s just like that.

Rob: Yep.

Jenny: So then Rob actually had this quilted here at Missouri Star.

Rob: I wanted quick and easy

Jenny: And this is our, this is our kind of a bubble pattern. But what I thought was really fun was he did it with the teal. Now one of the things to notice on quilting is if your, if your, if you want your quilt to be the star you use an all over thread. If you want the quilting to be the star you use more custom. You do more custom things.

Rob: Oh I like the way you say that. Right, right.

Jenny: Because then it pops up and you can see it. But what I love about this is that Rob used this teal thread on here because he wanted the teal to mostly, the thread to mostly hide.

Rob: Yes.

Jenny: But the back, look at this back. So the back is navy

Rob: Right

Jenny: Here hold that down a little bit so they can see this.

Rob: Ok, got it, got it.

Jenny: And it’s the same pattern but the thread completely contrasts. And I love that. I love seeing something fun like that with the thread on the back. So that’s just another idea on how to finish your quilt. Because, I mean he could have put this teal on the back and it all would have blended. But with the navy it’s got, it just shows up. Now also on your little binding out here, you got that out of that same roll.

Rob: Yes, yes I did. I just joined the 44 inch long strips together

Jenny: Perfect. Perfect.

Rob: And just went around. It was easy. Now one last thing I want to point out on the quilting too, and I guess as I look through a lot of my quilts, I do this very often. If I’ve got a very hard line, lots of straight, straight lines, I like to use a curving softer motif.

Jenny: I do the same thing.

Rob: In my design or in the quilting.

Jenny: If it’s square or blocky I always want to kind of want to round it up a little bit.

Rob: Yah.

Jenny: I do the same thing.

Rob: It just kind of softens it up a little bit

Jenny: It does

Rob: Gosh, you know what, I think we’re pretty good together.

Jenny: We’re pretty good together.

Rob: Awesome.

Jenny: Well anyway, you guys this has been so much fun. And so much fun with you, Rob.

Rob: Thanks for having me. I appreciate it.

Jenny: And we, we always love to have Rob here on, on our show. So we hope that you enjoyed this tutorial on, what are we calling this?

Rob: The Block and Strip Quilt

Jenny: The Block and Strip. We hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the Block and Strip Quilt from the MSQC.

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