Jenny’s Tents Quilt Tutorial

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The Jenny’s Tents Quilt: Easy Quilting Tutorial with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co. MSQC’s Jenny shows us how to make the Jenny’s Tent Quilt using 5 inch squares of precut fabric (charm packs) and half square triangles made out of 10 inch squares (layer cakes).

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Hi everybody it’s Jenny from the MSQC. And I’ve got a great quilt to show you today. Let’s take a look at this quilt behind me. Isn’t this fun? I think this looks like little tents. And so I’m actually calling it Jenny’s Tents. It’s quick and easy to make and I can’t wait to show you how to do it. I just think it’s great. So to make this quilt, what you’re going to need is one packet of 10 inch squares. And we’ve used the lights and darks in this packet. And we are using Market Road by Cheryl Warwick for Windham. And it’s just really, a really great line. I love it. The other thing you’re going to need is one packet of five inch squares. That’s got to be a contrasting color. We’ve used white. It makes this little peak right here. And, and you’re going to need a packet of those. You’re also going to need a half a yard for this inner border and about a yard for the outer border and you’ll be able to make the quilt.

So let me show you how to make this. This quilt is made from half square triangles. And we’re snowballing one corner of them. To make the half square triangles we’re using that magic eight method. And what we’re going to do is we’re going to take a light and a dark square in our packet, just like this. Put them right sides together and we’re going to draw the line diagonally from here to here and from here to here. We’re then going to sew on either side of that line and that will give us eight half square triangles. So I’m going to come over here and I’m going to lay my presser foot right down, right on the line. And I’m going to sew down one side like this all the way to the end. I’m going to flip it around here and sew down the other side. I don’t even cut my thread. We’re just going to come right down this other side. Keep your presser foot lined up on that, the line you’ve drawn, quarter of an inch on either side and then we’re going to do it the other way as well.

Alright, now what we’re going to do is we’re going to come over here and we’re going to cut this so that it will make eight of them. I like to center up my piece of fabric right here on my mat. It’s a ten inch square so I know I’m going to cut it in half, five inches. So now we just need to cut the other way. Again we’re coming five inches in from the side so line up your ruler and make that cut. Then we’re also cutting on the diagonals, right here. And one more time on this side. This is such a great method. And then you have eight. Then you’re going to take these over to the ironing board and you’re going to iron them. And you want to iron them so that your dark is on the top and your seam allowance goes to the dark side. So we’re just going to iron them just like this. And I have a whole stack of them here that are ironed.

So once you get your little pieces together like this then what we need to do is we need to snowball the dark corner. To, to snowball that we’re going to use two and a half inch squares which we’re going to take from our five inch charm piece. So we’re going to take our five inch square and we are going to come in 2 ½ and just quarter it, we’re just cutting, you know we’re making four of them. You could also do this with a, a jelly roll strip. We just did it with a charm because it was handy and came out with the right number. And so then what we’re going to do is you’re either going to draw the line or iron these so you have a nice sew line. Some of you are probably getting good enough at this that you can eyeball it all the way across there. I’m there some days. I think it depends on the day.

Alright, so now what we’re going to do is we’re going to take our squares and you want to snowball the dark corner. So we’re going to lay this 2 ½ inch square on this dark side, we’re going to sew corner to corner, diagonally right here. And snowball just that corner. Here we go. Alright, now I took a couple of stitches, I’m going to re-line it up and then I can sew right across. So once you, once you start snowballing your corners, you’re just going to, you can sit here with the whole pile and you can just line them up one after another after another. And you can just chain piece them right through here like this. And get a whole bunch done at once. It’s kind of like, that’s kind of how I like to sew. I’m kind of an assembly line sewer and I like to do that. It keeps me from making mistakes. Helps me keep track of where I am. Alright, so we have a little pack of them here done. Take these over and we’ll just cut off these corners. You can use your rotary cutter or you can just trim them like that. And this is, this is your whole block. I mean this really is the whole quilt, this block right here. We’ve made our half square triangles, we’re snowballing the dark corner. And it just gives us this great little block with the little, the little snowballed corner gives it three different colors. And then we’re going to press these open so our little. And I’m actually just rolling them back. So my, I’m not actually pressing my seam to the dark side but that’s alright.
So now your blocks are all together and you’re ready to work on the layout. The layout on this is super easy. And I like to take my two blocks like this, mix them up. You know, make sure you have different, different colors coming together and sew them together in pairs. This is another time that assembly line sewing is so helpful. And it goes together so quickly. So we’re going to sew these together in twos like this. And then we get to lay them out. Now the quilt behind me, we have six sets of twos across the top. And so that’s actually 12 blocks. And it’s 12 by 14 rows. And it’s just as easy as can be. So we’re going to start laying it out like this. You’re going to put one row together. You’re going to sew two, two, two all along here until you hit six. Your next row then comes right up next to it. There’s no sashing or anything so your blocks are just going to go up next to it. You’re going to keep adding them like this until you have this cool layout all done and ready to go. And just a quick easy quilt. So I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on Jenny’s Tents from the MSQC.

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  • Chris Haines

    This is great Jenny, good to see new easy ideas.