Boho Blooms Quilt Tutorial

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Jenny Doan

Boho Blooms Quilt Tutorial

Quilt Size: 75" x 75"

Jenny Doan demonstrates how to make a beautiful Southwestern quilt inspired by the classic Squash Blossom. This quilt is made with 10 inch squares of precut fabric (layer cakes). For this project, Jenny chose a "Songbook" Layer Cake by Fancy That Design House for Moda Fabrics. Boho Blooms comes together in a flash with quick and easy snowballed corners. Best of all, Jenny uses the scraps to make a cute, pieced border, so this is one project with ZERO WASTE!

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Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. And I have a fun project for you today. Take a look at this quilt behind me. Isn’t this great? It’s a sort of a squashed blossom, blooming kind of Southwest feel to it. And I just love it. I love the fabric. I think it’s gorgeous. Super easy to make and zero waste on this project. So let me show you how to do that. So to make this quilt, you’re going to need one package of ten inch squares and we have used Songbook by Fancy That for Moda designs. For your background, you’re going to need 3 ¼ yards and this includes your inner and middle borders. For your outer border, a nice big six inch border, you’re going to need 1 ¼ yards and for the backing you’re going to need 4 ¾ yards or 2 ½ yards of a 108 wide back. 

So what we’re going to do is start with a layer cake and I’m going to show you how I cut it. Our first cut is our middle section and it’s four inches. And we’re going to lay our ruler on here and cut a four inch piece like this. And then all of our next cuts are going to be two inch pieces. So we’re cutting two and you can stack these up and do several at a time if you want. Two and two. There we go, oop, so I lied there is this waste right here. Just a tiny bit. Alright. So now what we’re going to do is we’re going to take one of these and set it aside. We’re just going to set it over here because you’ll notice, look at this first little border out here. Those are all those little two inch pieces. And these are the pieces we need for our block. So this one right here, we’re going to stack these two strips right here. We’re going to cut a six inch piece off of this. And because they’re ten inches, it’s going to leave us with a six and a four. So I’m going to come right over here and cut six inches like this. Lay my ruler on here, here’s my six inch line. And I’m just going to make one cut like this and this is, these are the pieces that we need to make this block. 

So the first thing we’re going to do is we’re going to have to cut some background squares and we’re going to cut some two inch squares for our corners up here. We’re going to snowball all four of these corners. And we’re going to come over here to the sewing machine and what I’m going to do, you can iron the line, you can fingerpress the line, that’s what I’m going to do, match up my corners, run my nails along that edge. That gives me a sew line. And we’re going to put four of these on the outside corners and snowball these corners like that. And one more. And you can draw the line, you know, whatever you want to do. You can also use your diagonal stitch tape if you want to. That works very well on this because we’re just following right down that center line. So we’re going to put four of these on here.I’m just going to sew straight down this side. Now this is a four inch piece and our corner pieces are two inches so you can actually lay the other one right on there. They don’t overlap. They just lay right together. But you’ll want to push back that other piece as you add this next one. And then we’re going to go down here to the bottom side and do it as well. So just snowball all four corners. It’s so funny, we get so used to terms like snowball. And snowball is like, you know, what does that mean? Snowball. It’s just where you put a square on the corner of the block and it just makes it a little rounder. Alright, I’m going to push this one back and then I can add my other one on there. I don’t think it will catch, but I just want to be safe. You know, I’d rather be safe than pick. Alright, here we go. 

Alright so now what we’re going to do is I’m just going to trim these off real quick like this. And you can do it with your rotary cutter, you can do it with your scissors. I’m a little bit old school so I always have my scissors handy. It doesn’t have to be perfect or straight because we’re going to press these down to the outside like this. Scoot these up here, press these like this. Alright so this is the center. Oop, I have a little pleat here. Make sure you don’t have any pleats or folds because that will change the size of your block. So this is the center of our block. So now we’re going to take our six inch pieces and our four inch pieces and our background cuts that we’re going to make on these, I cut them a little bit bigger because I wanted to be able to trim them down. I wanted to make sure they fit and I wanted to be able to trim them down. So our long pieces, these are six inches and these are five inches. And the five inch pieces are going on our long piece. And basically what you’re going to do is you’re going to lay them right in the corner like this. So choose a corner, lay them like this. And they’re both going to go like this. Now if you want to draw the line corner to corner again, you can. Sometimes it’s a little hard to see on something like this so I can show you how I will do that. I would just take a little pen, my ruler, come corner to corner. You can see the corner of your fabric right here. And the corner up here. And you’re just going to draw this like this, a little line. You can also fold it up like this until it meets that edge. And that will work as a line as well. So either way works, you know, and again because it’s all on the edges, you can use the diagonal seam tape. 

So we’re going to sew two five inch strips to our six inch strip like this. We’ll do both of those. And . then we’ll do our smaller one. And you can always put a pin in there so you don’t have to reset them. Alright so there’s that one. And I know it looks kind of funny with those little ears hanging down but it’s going to work, I promise. Alright so this one right here. And I’m just going to use my diagonal seam tape for this. And then come over here and do this one. And then I’m just going to trim these off. Actually before you trim, do the test. Make sure you did it right. And we’re going to go like this and it should come out to be one straight long piece like that. So always do the test because if you’ve got them on there wrong they’re going to look like an L. Alright so we’ll put that over there to iron. And trim these off. Oop. Put this over there. 

Alright then we have our little pieces. And we’re going to do those exactly the same way. So this piece is six inches. This piece is four. And so we’re going to lay these on here and these are going to lay right next to each other just like that. And so what I like to do on these is I’m going to sew up to here and then down to there. So I’m just going to catch that in one fell swoop. And we’ll do this to both pieces of this. Alright line it up right in the corner and then we’re just going to sew straight across. And this one shifted a little bit so I’m just going to keep that right there close by the needle. Lay it back in there and start down this side like this. And then we’ll do the other one as well so I’ll grab two of these longer pieces. And whoops, this one isn’t quite trimmed in half. Let me fix that. Alright, so this one goes on in this corner. We’re sewing diagonally from the bottom corner to the top of the strip. And then I’m just going to turn this and come down the other side. Alright now let’s trim these. And again before we trim, do the test. Yep, that’s right. So then what we’re going to do is trim these off.When I started doing this, I had a couple that came out wrong. That’s why I check it. But then I remembered that when I put this strip across here, these two side strips always hang down. So I get these little thoughts in my head and it reminds me so that I don’t make the mistake too many times. I get all these little mantras going. Alright so now let’s press these out. And what I do on this is you’re just going to start at one end of the strip, put your iron on there and just kind of flatten it out as you go along like this. And one more right here. And then here’s our little last one. 

Alright then when you go to put these together, we’re ready to assemble our block now. And what we’re going to do is we’re going to take our middle piece right here and we’re going to start with our bigger strip. And we’re going to put the smaller part to the middle, so right here. And we’re going to do the same thing on this side like this. And then these ones are going to do the same thing, the smaller part to the middle and a smaller part to the middle here like this. Oops, wait, whew almost did that one backwards. Now you’ll notice because of our strips on the outside, it’s smaller than the middle block. So what I’m going to do is I’m going to sew these two strips together, press them and then we’re going to attach them to the middle and then trim the whole thing. Ok so I’m just going to take these two strips on both sides and they should be about the same length. If they’re not, just make a crease in the middle, you know, find the middle of your block like this. Make a little crease and put that in the center by that and then they’ll line up. Mine match up pretty close and so but all of our seams are different.  And then you just have to remember which side to sew your seam on. So again because I have this sitting here, I’m thinking I might be doing it backwards and I am. So what we want to do is we want to make sure that we’ve got this going the right way and then sew that seam. So I’m just going to take this over here really quick before I forget. Alright, sew down the side. It’s still our regular quarter inch seam. And then this one over here. And let me look to make sure. I’ve got to sew these two together. Sew a little bit, make sure your ends line up. Alright, now let’s press these open and I’m going to cut them apart. So your two pieces should look the same. If they don’t you’re just going to have to do it again. 

So what we’re going to do now is we’re going to put these onto our block. Now you can trim these to ten if you want. I went ahead and just sewed mine on. And what I did was I found my center here like this. And my center of my block like this. And I just matched up my centers and then squared the block at the end. I mean you could do it either way, it’s not going to matter one bit. But we’re going to do it this way because this is how I did it. And we have a piece on this side like this, our centers are lined up. And the reason I changed this so that my outer strips were a little bit longer, that depending on your seam allowance it can come out short. And you don’t want it to be short. And I’d rather just trim it down a little bit than I would have to not have enough fabric on there. So just watch that. If you want to shorten them up and you’re much better at that quarter inch seam  than I am, my quarter inch seam  is so, it’s small. And so I just have to make allowances for that when I’m sewing and the pattern team is writing, we make allowances for that.

Alright so this is how your block will look once you get your little pieces sewn together. This is it. And then we’re going to take a nice ten inch ruler, this block should finish at ten inches. And it will just, you know, match up right here on the sides and then basically we’ll just trim off these edges right here. It will give us a nice straight block. I don’t think there’s anything up there. There we go. And this is your block. So isn’t that cute? And it’s just a cute little bloom. And so what I’ve got here is a few blocks. And what I did when I set them was I put one up and down like this. Let me come down here so you can see this better. One up and down and then one sideways like this. And then one up and down and one sideways. So we’ve got them up and down and sideways and up and down. 

So let’s look at the quilt. Now we have one, two, three, four, five, six, by one, two, three, four, five, six. So six by six. Now there’s 42 pieces in a layer cake and I only used 36 of them and that was because some of them were really light white and I knew they wouldn’t show. And for this block to really have pizzazz, it needs that contrast. Even this one. You can see the difference in these two. You know, this one it just pops. This one is a little more sedate. It works but I wanted to go ahead and just make sure that the fabrics that I used had good contrast. So then I put a small two inch white inner border out here. And then all these leftover pieces right here all of our twos that were leftover, I just sewed together end to end to end like this. And then put them all the way around this. And you can see, you know, like there was a little square that was left here. This one gets cut off short. I didn’t worry about any of that. I just wanted to frame it.Then I added another two inch border out here and then my last was a nice big six inch border. And it just frames the quilt. This fabric is so darling. So the back, we couldn’t help but use this fabric on the back. It’s so pretty. So the quilting pattern we used on this is called Botanical Blossoms. And so it has lots of little fun flowers and floral shapes and it’s just really fun. This makes a great quilt. It’s 75 by 75. It goes together super easy and absolutely no waste. So we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on Boho Blooms from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. 

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