Stars and Stitches Quilt Tutorial

Jenny Doan

Stars and Stitches Quilt Tutorial

Quilt Size: 55" x 55"
Jenny Demonstrates how to make a delightful Stars and Stitches quilt inspired by her favorite antique crazy quilt. This easy block is made using the Creative Grids Crazier Eights Template and 10 inch squares of precut fabric (layer cakes). For this project, Jenny chose Kona Cotton - Paintbox Basics Ten Squares by Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman.
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Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the MSQC. And I’ve got a really fun, sort of sentimental project for you today. I have a quilt that hangs in my studio that was made in 1894 and it’s a crazy quilt. And it is one of my very most favorite quilts because I love looking at all those stitches and all the work that goes into it. So we tried to replicate that using Creative Grids Crazier Eight template. And I’ll show you how to do that but let’s take a look at this quilt behind me. Isn’t this fun? So what I did was I put, this is the block you’re making right here. But I put four of them together and then I used all of my fancy stitches on my sewing machine to create the look of an old quilt. Of course you don’t have to do that. There’s a zillion ways and things to do with this block. But that’s what I did because I so love that quilt that hangs in my studio. So to make this quilt what you’re going to need is one packet of ten inch squares. And we have used these Kona Cotton Paint Box by Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman. And this is a really vibrant line. This top, this top fabric doesn’t do justice to really how vibrant this line is. You’re going to need a little sashing for ours and that’s for this border and the sashing strips that are in between. You’re going to need a yard and we used black. Our binding is a half yard of the same black. Your backing on here is just a solid that we used and you’re going to need 3 ½ yards of whatever you choose to put on the back. So it’s pretty fun to make this and it’s pretty interesting when somebody comes up with a template that makes things easy.

So why I was intrigued by this was because the template fits on a layer cake which you know I’m all about the layer cakes. And so I’m going to pull out some pieces here. And I believe, let’s see, on this template there are one, two, three, four, five, pieces. So I’m going to pull our five different squares of fabric that will kind of look good together and kind of be mixed up. And you know we’ll just get some different pieces in here. Let’s see here, I’ll get a darker green and a yellowy. Now obviously you can put anything you want in here. I’ve kind of destroyed that poor layer cake. But I like to do it with five different pieces and I’m going to stack them. So I’m going to make, nope that’s just one. So I’m going to stack them on top of each other and make sure they’re lined up pretty good. Now these templates make, at the end of the day, they’re going to make an eight inch block so you have a little bit of wiggle room. But when we start, here’s how we’re going to lay them out. And the reason I’m doing five is because you want to mix them all up. This will make a whole block.

And so we’re going to put these together. And let me look to make sure I’ve got these on here right. It’s good to have the directions to follow. So here’s your A over here, oop this way, A. And you can see we’ve got these little corners going in the corners.And here’s C in this corner and here’s our B block right here. So this is how this is going to look. Now it would be very handy to have a rotating cutting mat so I”m going to go get mine. Alright so I’ve got my rotating mat here. I’m all set up. And to make things easier, what I’m going to do is I’m going to actually take my ruler and I”m going to cut these two pieces apart. So I”m just going to cut right down here just like this like right between these two. And just move them apart. And I’ve cut quite a few of these so you know I’ve like figured out the easiest way for me to do it. Alright so now what I’m going to do is I’m going to line this piece up right here and I’m going to make my one cut here, trim off my little end right here, trim up this edge over here. And then I’m going to stack all these pieces right up here and keep them in the same order. So here’s my D piece right here and I think I can move this piece. So one these pieces you’ll see some of them you can move it right into the cut and then you only have to cut three sides. Alright. So we’re going to cut over here. And I’m going to trim up this side right here and trim over here. Now if your blade isn’t very sharp, five is going to be hard for you to get to. So if you don’t want to cut five what you want to do is you just want to cut a couple at a time and then what you’re going to do is just make stacks of these. So they’ll go all in the same order but you’re just going to make stacks of them because they sew together just like they’re put together. Alright so now I’m cutting this little one right here. This is going to go up here in the corner. Now this one is going to come here. And let me cut this, move this one out of the way, cut off this little edge right here. This mat, this rotating mat is so handy for this kind of stuff. Now I’m cutting five because I want to show you the whole block. But you can, but you can really cut however many you want. Don’t feel like you’re stuck into doing what I’m doing. Just make sure you’re comfortable doing what you’re doing and.

Alright, so here’s our last piece. And let me go ahead and rebuild these for you on this mat where you can see them. So we’ve got all our pieces in here like this. Alright. Alright so now what we want to do is we want to start sewing together. And obviously we don’t want to start with the same pieces. So I”m just going to rotate one of these pieces. And I’m going to take these two top pieces right here. And you see from now on there set to go together in another color. And when I did this what I did was I chain piece all the bottoms and then all the tops. So I’m just going to grab these two stacks and we’ll sew them right together just as they come off the stack because I’ve mixed them up. So anyway I’m going to sew these together later because I want to show you these blocks and I’ve got three going here. And so we’re going to start with these two up here. And again I’m just going to, this one I’m just going to pull from the bottom and put over here with my top piece. And because you’re sewing several different pieces of the top and of the bottom, all your squares are going to be scrappy. Let me just sew a couple of these. And this is fun to chain piece because you really do finish them really quick. One more here. Oop not that guy. And then we’ll put those over there. Oop I put my top over here. Sorry guys. Alright here we go. You can see I’m not being too picky about my color matching or I’m not too worried about it at all. Now on these last three they get one more piece. So I”m going to clip those off, clip these apart. And then I’m going to open these up and sew my one more little side piece to them. And I”m just going to make sure it’s different from the other two colors. Let me find, this purple will go nice. I also love how well these things line up with each other. They line up very nicely. Alright now as soon as I’m finished with this seam I’m going to press all of these open because we’re ready to put the two halves of our blocks together. But we want them to lay real nice. So we’ll clip these open. And I’m going to press these right here. And I’m just going to make two piles. So I”m going to have the bottom half pile right here. Where’s my third? Here we go. And then this is my top half right here. And I”m just going to press so the seams all go the same direction. Alright.

So now when you look at these you can see we just want to make sure we have different fabrics. And so I’m going to take this guy right here and put him with this yellow. See how that’s going to go together. We’re going to sew that center seam. And we want to make sure that all of these are different colors so this is perfect because there’s no other colors in here. We’ll sew that seam across there. Now this one, it has the same green and so I would actually leave that one and wait until I had another side to put with it so that it matched a little bit differently so that it wasn’t the same color. I’m kind of particular about the colors. I didn’t want them to line up right with each other. So we’ll finish up these two so you can see how it worked. And one more here. Alrighty, so then we’ve got this cute little crazy block right here. Let me press it open. And then I’m going to press this one open. And you can see our little crazy block right here. Here’s two of them.

And so there’s so many things that these can do. The way we set ours, this is the first one I made and so the way I set it was how my brain thought it. And I right away saw these little diamond pieces right here and put those together as a star. So what I did, I have a couple of blocks right here. And I just put them together like this as a star. And you can maybe see what I mean because of the star, these things right here form a little star. So here’s that one and this one. So my quilt goes together four blocks like this that you make like a big four patch. So you have a block like this and you see that star in the center. So let’s take a look at the quilt. Can you see the star? This is what I’m talking about right here. So there’s a little star where it comes together in the center. Obviously you don’t have to set them like that. Don’t be afraid to play with this and try some different things. And don’t be really afraid to try all your different stitches.

Now when you plug in your stitch thing, you plug in those numbers and a stitch comes up, don’t be afraid to grab a scrap of fabric and lengthen it or widen it or see what it looks like, you know if you change it up a little bit. You have all those options on your sewing machine. If you’re going to have a machine with stitches, you’re going to have options to change up that stitch. And a lot of these, like I wanted them a little wider to really cover that whole seam. Or I wanted, maybe the design was really tiny and I wanted to see it big. So don’t be afraid if you decide to do the stitches on your quilt because obviously this is going to make a really great, fun quilt just like this without the stitches. But if you decide to do the stitches then don’t be afraid to play with those and just mix them up and have fun with this because this is kind of a lost art. You know it used to be in the old days when the women stitched on a quilt it meant they had a little more extra time, you know, because they made quilts to keep people warm. But if they put fancy stitches on there they were a little better off than somebody else because they had time on their hands to make things pretty. So I just love the idea of the crazy quilts. I love this block. I love how simple it makes it. And I hope you enjoyed this tutorial from the MSQC.

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