One Direction Quilt Tutorial

Jenny Doan

One Direction Quilt Tutorial

Quilt Size: 82" x 91"
Jenny demonstrates how to make an adorable arrow quilt using 10-inch squares of precut fabric (layer cakes). We used Kaffe Classics "Spot Candy" 10" Squares by Kaffe Fassett for Free Spirit Fabrics in this free quilting tutorial.
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Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the MSQC. And I’ve got a fun project for you today. Let’s take a look at this quilt behind me. Isn’t this fun? This is just such a great happy quilt. And I just can hardly wait to show you how to make this. So to make this quilt what you’re going to need is one packet of ten inch squares. And we’ve used Classic Spot Candy by Kaffe Fassett for Free Spirit Fabrics. It’s just a darling line. Who doesn’t love dots? I love dots. Who doesn’t love dots? You’re going to need some background fabric as well. You’re going to need 5 ¼ yards or 5 ½ yards I mean. And that takes care of all this yardage in here and this first inner border. For your outer border you’re going to need a yard and ¾ and we put a nice six inch border on here. And for your back right here, take a look at that. Of course we put the dots on it. We used the 45 inch fabric or the 45 wide, actually it’s about 40 wide now. And you’re going to need six yards of that with a vertical seam. Two three yard pieces side by side because this makes a pretty big quilt. And the quilt actually measures 82 by 91.

So let me show you how to make this quilt. This is a really fun block. It’s arrows. The first thing you’re going to want to do is you’re going to want to cut some background pieces from your background fabric. And we’re going to cut 2 ½ inch strips and we’re going to cut 5 ½ inch, I mean five inch squares. So 2 ½ inch strips and five inch squares. Out of our 2 ½ inch strips we’re going to cut, and for each block you’re going to need two pieces of, two ten inch pieces. So a ten by 2 ½ inch strip. And I’m going to trim my selvedge off right here and I’m going to just cut one of these. And I’m going to line it up on the edge and I’m going to count over ten. So one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten. Alright so I’m going to make a cut here. And you’re going to want to do this for every one of your blocks.

Alright now what we’re going to do is we’re going to take our ten inch square right here. And we’re going to cut it in half, directly in half. So we have this great five inch ruler which means we can lay it along the edge and it will cut straight through the middle. So we’re just going to lay that here and cut this right in half. Alright so once you get your pieces cut in half, we’re going to work with one piece right here. And we’re going to sew two ten inch strips on either side. So we’re going to lay a strip right here. And this is the body of our arrow. And we’re going to lay a strip here. And we’re going to sew a quarter of an inch on this side and a quarter of an inch on that side. So let’s go over to the sewing machine and do that.

Alright. Now I’m going to line these up here along the edge. And I’m going to sew this down the side. Alright now I’m going to come down the other side and sew the other one on just like this. Alrighty so now we’re going to press this. Let me move this out of the way. We’re going to press this open. And so what I’m going to do is I’m just going to kind of set these seams like this. And then I’m going to roll this back. Just like that. There we go. Nice and flat. Now see right here where I have this little piece that’s kind of hanging over here. I’m just going to trim that off. So I’m just going to make that nice and even. And I can catch these threads. Alright so now let’s do the top part. So this is the top part. This is going to be our point. And because we took two seams on the body of our arrow, this is now 9 ½ wide, I’m sorry nine inches wide. So we have to cut an inch off this piece. Alright so there we go, so one inch off.

And then we’re going to take our five inch squares and we’re going to make a giant flying geese. So what I’m going to do is take these five inch squares and I’m going to crease them like this that we can sew right on the line. And I”m going to do this to both of these squares. And this because, because these are five inch squares and we’re putting it on a nine inch block it’s going to make it very difficult for you to lose your point because it’s going to connect down much further than a quarter of an inch so it’s a real safe easy way to make a point. Alright so what we’re going to do on here right now is we’re going to sew on this line right here. See right here. And then we’re going to come around and sew about umm half an inch, maybe a little less right along side it. And because we want to save that little triangle so we’re going to do that. So sew right on the line and then we’re going to flip this around and come over probably, mine is a little shy of a half an inch but just enough so you can cut in between. Alright now I’m going to cut this right here. And I’m going to put my ruler so it’s right in between there. And then we’re going to go to the ironing board and iron this back. And now we’re ready, oop I don’t want any creases in there, we’re ready to add the corner on other side as well. So here’s this one right here and again you just line it up on the edge and you’re going to sew right on the line. So we’re going to go down here and sew this line and then I’m going to flip around and sew to the outside of that line about a half an inch away. And it doesn’t have to be perfect because we’re going to square those up later. Alright now let’s press this open.

Alright now we’re going to attach our arrow point to the body of the arrow. Now this should fit exactly across here and it does. And so we don’t really have to center it up because it goes right on there real nice. And we’re just going to sew a quarter of an inch right across here. Alright now let’s press this open. Whoops my iron leaked a little bit right there. See if we can dry it. There we go. So this is our arrow block.

And let’s take a look at our arrow blocks on here. So we have two rows, two on each side. And we’ve got one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, nine in each row. And I kind of did this as I went along. I wanted to see you know as I’m designing it. I wanted to see how long it’s going to get, how big it’s going to get. I like something that’s a little more rectangular than square. So again you’ll have, you’ll have 42 of these. So you’ll have a lot. So I have four rows nine in each row. I have used 36 of these arrows. So there’s a few left. Now this middle part right here are the pieces we cut off the corners on the top of our arrow. So let me show you. I’ve got these two pieces right here. And because I didn’t measure my, my little, you know, when I came over and sewed a half an inch and I didn’t actually measure that, I’m going to want to square these so that they’re all the same size. And because mine came out different sizes I’m going to want to square these to the biggest size I can get which on mine it worked out to be four inches. So I’m going to come along here and I”m going to scoot my, my little block lock ruler, I love these little rulers. They fit right on that center seam. And I put the words always go on the background for me because I iron to the dark side. And there it’s right on the four so I”m trimming off this little bit right here and then let’s trim this one as well. . I tried trimming them at 4 ½ and mine just weren’t all the same size so it ended up working out better that they were right at four. And I was able to get, all of them could be, could cut, I could trim all of them to the four. But some of them were just a little bit small so. Anyway so then what we’re going to do is we’re going to sew these together like this in the flying V. And we’re going to sew a quarter of an inch on those. And then we’re going to press this open. Now this I’m just going to press straight from that center fold, give it a shot of steam so that it lays nice and flat. I’m not worried about which way the seam goes. And let’s talk a little bit about that layout now.

So I’m going to gather these things up so we can talk about this layout. So I actually did several layouts. This was actually really fun for me because it’s one of those things where you don’t know exactly what’s going to happen until you’re done. And originally I was going to put all arrows all over and stagger them. And I was going to do a sawtooth border around the corner and you know I just had so many different ideas for this. And this is what we ended up with and I really like it because it uses so many of the elements. So here’s our arrows here and we’re going to sew those end to end like this. So two, and I actually sewed mine in columns so I sewed this whole column down here like this. And then this whole column right this here and then sewed the columns together. And then just go right next to each other like this. So we’re sewing these to these and these to these. And then we have this awesome middle row where we have all of our little pieces that we cut off that normally don’t have a place in our quilt. And we’re using them in this and I love that. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to sew two columns of these together and then we’re going to run these other ones that we cut off the sides right up the center. And I actually put these, made my whole rows of these like this long, sewed them all together. And then I put a 2 ½ sashing right along either side. And I love the look that it gives that middle section where it kind of seesaws back and forth and it does that. So you know you’ll have your little 2 ½ inch section I have a, I have a little, a little strip here. You’re going to have one on each side. And then this column will go right next to it and this column will go next to that. So one more thing. When you sew these rows together this middle row is going to be a little bit different length than the other two rows so I just put a little spacer piece in there and put it at the bottom and trimmed it even with my arrow rows when I sewed all of them together. So you can’t even really notice it. And it just looks great and then everything is the right size and you don’t have to do crazy math.

Alright, one more thing with my extra pieces I made some really fun projects. So let me show you these pillows I made because I’m really tickled about them. So this one right here I used one arrow and then I put my flying geese pieces on the side going out like this. Isn’t that cute? So I’ve got three pillows to show you. And they’re just so fun. So this one I had lots of these little flying geese left over and I just put them all on this colorful happy pillow. Isn’t this so happy? I just love it. On the pillows what I did was I just made, put my blocks together, sewed three rows of three, put a little 2 ½ inch white border around it so that it would all blend. And then I just laid it down on a piece of fabric and cut the back fabric exactly the same. Sewed all the way around it on all three sides, all four sides and left a little opening. Then I just stuffed it full of polyfil and just whipped stitched it closed. And I have one more to show you, cutest of all. Let me get these standing up there, there we go. Alright look at this one. We’ve got our arrows going both directions on this and a cute little row right down the middle. So this is just a fun project. It’s a great quilt and some fun extra pillows to throw on the bed after you’re done. And we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the One Direction quilt from the MSQC.

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