Chandelier Quilt Tutorial

Jenny Doan

Chandelier Quilt Tutorial

Quilt Size: 60" x 60"

Jenny Doan demonstrates how to make a beautiful diamond Chandelier quilt using 5 inch squares of precut fabric (charm packs). For this project, Jenny used the Love Note fabric collection by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. This quilt pattern was designed by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Get the free pattern and the supplies needed to make this quilt by clicking the link below.


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Hey everybody it’s Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. And today we’re going to use a pattern from Vanessa Garrettson called Chandelier. And once you know how to do this you are going to want to make several of these. 

Let’s take a look at the quilt behind me. Isn’t this gorgeous? This is such a fun pattern. It’s so quick and easy. It’s a pattern by Vanessa Garrettson and she is Lala Boutique. And it’s just, when you see how we make it, it’s just going to blow your socks off. Now this is a free pattern that she offers and it’s available on her blog. And also we will have a link to it on our website. And so you’ll want to go and download that pattern. But this is quick and easy and you’re going to love it. So to make this quilt you’re going to need two charm packs and we have used Love Notes by Lala Boutique for Moda fabrics. Your background fabric, you’re going to need three yards of that. For your border, you’re going to need  1 ¼ yards. Now in the pattern there is no border but I love a border so I added a border. So for the backing, if you make it like the pattern, you’re going to need four yards. If you make it like mine you’re going to need 4 ½. So also you’re going to need some binding. And that’s about ¾ of a yard. And anytime I find a stripe in a line, you guys know I love the stripes. So we used ¾ of a yard for binding of the stripes. 

So let me show you how to make this quilt block because it is super quick and easy and really fun. So we’re going to have 41 blocks and our blocks look like this. I bet that wasn’t what you were expecting because we are going to set those on point. And then they have that cool dangly, chandelier look. So to make this quilt  you’re going to take two squares from the charm pack that are matching, one you’re going to leave whole and the other one we’re going to cut two 2 ½ inch squares from. So I’m going to take my little 2 ½ inch ruler and I’m going to line it up on the edge. And I’m going to cut it this way. And then I’m going to cut it this way. And that will give us two squares. And we will set this aside for another project. Alright, out of your background you’re going to want to cut a 2 ½ inch strip. And then we’re going to sub cut this into two 2 ½ by five inch rectangles and I’m going to cut off my little selvedge edges right here. Just like that. And you’re going to cut that into 2 ½ by five inch rectangles. We’re going to cut two of those. And then we’re going to cut seven inches as well, so 2 ½ by seven. So you need two of those for each block. So this is your whole block here. So those are the fabric cuts that you’re going to need to make each block. 

So the first thing we’re going to do is take our 2 ½ by five inch rectangles and sew them to both sides of our little charm pack square, opposite sides. And we’re going to do a little quarter inch seam  and run right down the side. Alright so line up your presser foot and just give that a go. And then come on the other side and do the same thing. And then what we’re going to do is press these back just like this. And then we’re going to take these two seven inch pieces and we are going to sew a square to each end of these just like this. Ok? And then what we’re going to do is just sew this a quarter inch seam  right here. And we’re going to slide this one in next and just chain piece those. Alright now let’s press those back. So now we’re just going to press these back and we’re going to press to the dark side so that, whenever you use a light background, it’s always good to make that seam run to the darker side of the fabrics so that it hides in there. This one has a little fold so I’m going to press that out. 

Alright so now what we’re going to do is we’re going to take our block and we’re going to put one piece on this way and one piece on this way, just like that. And I’m going to make this line up at my seam. You’re going to match your first seam right here. So whatever side your seam is going make your seam go the other direction. And then you’re just going to sew down the side. And remember to put your squares at opposite corners. I didn’t quite catch that first part so I backstitched into it. And then we’re going to just fold this down the side. And now we’re going to press this open. And just like that our block is done. 

This whole quilt goes together super easy. The trick to this quilt is in the setting. So you’ll have to cut some setting triangles. And let me give you the measurements on those. So you’re going to want to cut a 13 ⅜ inch square. Now the difference between ⅜ and ½ is very small. So if you’re ok with ⅜ that’s great. You know, if you want to move over and do a little bit more and cut it a half because it makes more sense to your brain you’re fine. What you’re going to do when you’re done with that is we are going to cut it diagonally both directions. So we will cut this way and we will cut this way. And that will give us four setting squares. And I have these right here. So here’s my four. And you can see, I’ll put them right back together into a square so you can see how they went. Just like this, let me turn this so it looks like a square to you, there and there. So you can see this was a square. We cut diagonally both directions and that gives us four of our setting triangles. And you’re going to need setting triangles to go all the way down the sides and across the bottom and the top. 

So for your corner triangles you’re going to cut a 6 ⅞ inch square which is pretty close to seven again. I’m not a big fan of the 8th and so I generally tend to just go a smidge bigger. And that square is going to look like this and you’re just going to cut that once and that’s going to make the size for the setting squares. So once you get your blocks done, then it’s time to talk about the layout. Now these are all set in diagonal rows and so they go like this. So right here, diagonal rows. You can actually sew them together just like this. You’re going to sew one to one. Make sure you put opposite corners together. You don’t want to put them so the colors line up. You want to do color to white, color to white. And you’re going to sew your rows together like this. This middle row is nine. There’s nine in this one. Then we have seven, five, three and one. And you’re going to make two of each of those other rows. And you just can get those all sewn together first. And then when you’re ready, I laid this out on my board because I’m a little angley challenged and so it makes sense to me to do that because they’re going to go, you’re going to turn all your rows this way so they are on point. So your long row, your long middle row, the nine, with nine squares in it, that’s going to have your corner squares on it caps top and bottom like this. So let me pull this over here so you can see top and bottom. And so that will be your, of course there will be nine there. You’ll have your top and bottom cap squares. As you go to put your next rows in, they’re going to come in like this. And this, of course, will be turned so that it is, and I have a lot of these same ones which I wouldn’t have. So like this. And then you’re going to use your other big setting squares for those corners. 

So across the top they’re going to go in like this and it’s going to make that straight edge. These are all just turned a little bit. Let me get these this way. And then this is going to go in across here. . It will go in across here, it will go in across here. Now when you come down the side of your setting squares, these top ones are all going to go in like this with your rows this way. But the side ones are going to come in like this. So let me show you how I sew these on. So on the top and the bottom ones, especially if you cut them just a smidge bigger this matters. You’re going to want to find the middle. And you’re going to want to find the middle of your block too. And you’re just going to want to match those up. And so I finger press a little line. And I have a little line here and I’m going to lay that on there. And it should hang over about a quarter of an inch on either side which mine does. So we’ll sew a quarter of an inch down the side on that, like this. And then we’ll press this back. And then you’ll actually sew all the rest of your blocks onto that and sew a little cap on the other end. 

When you’re ready to do the setting triangles those are going to go on like this. And so they’re going to go in here like this. And this actually goes on top of this row here. So you’re going to pull this over like this. And you’re going to line it up on the corner and let your excess hang off this end over here. And so we’re just going to sew this down. And if you lay this out on a board it will make sense to you because you will pick up all those pieces. Actually what I did was I picked up these two pieces, put it back on the board and looked at it and then continued to sew because it’s so easy for me to get turned around on these kind of angle things. Alright so then you’re going to iron this back and then this is going to go in here like this. 

So it’s super easy to figure out once, you know, if you lay that out and see it on a board. Then I just added this big six inch border out here. And this gorgeous little striped binding, you know, I love a striped binding. This is our backing here. And I love when they do, this is a cheater panel. It’s a tiny cheater panel. So it’s got these little quilting stars on it and I love when they use quilting stars or blocks in a fabric print. I just think that’s really fun. And we’ve used Just Roses as our stitch pattern on this. And it’s just a beautiful stitch pattern, kind of an all-over stitch pattern. But honestly once I made one of these I loved making it so much that look at this, I made one out of Christmas fabric. And look how fun this is. Natalie, can you come help me hold this up? So this is super fun in Christmas. And honestly this is one of Vanessa’s most popular patterns. And I just think it came out so cute and of course we used a little dot background on this. And this is a Hustle and Bustle line by Basic Gray, also from Moda. 

Natalie: And you used the Grunge on the back.

Jenny: I did use Grunge on the back. And you can see I used a Tree and Star pattern.

Natalie: Pine Tree meandering

Jenny: Pine Tree Meander maybe. Anyway, this is a great pattern for you. You’re going to love it. Thank you so much to Vanessa for sharing it with us and letting us use it. And I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the Chandelier quilt from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. 

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