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Make a “Spring Twist” Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star (Video Tutorial)


Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the MSQC.
And I’ve got a fun project for you today. Take a look at this quilt behind me. Isn’t
this sweet? This is just a great project. We went through a little bit to get here so
let me tell you about it. I was actually out to dinner with my friend Lynn Hagemeier from
Kansas Troubles and I said to her, I need a really good jelly roll idea. And she said,
well have you done that thing where you put the corners on the things and it makes that
pinwheel. And I’m like, no I haven’t. So this comes to you because of that conversation
with my good friend, Lynn. So to make this quilt what you’re going to need is one roll
of 2 ½ inch strips. And we’ve just used this beautiful roll. It’s Artisan Batiks
Serendipity Three by Lund Studios for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. You’re also going to need
1 ¼ yards of your accent fabric or your pop fabric. And that’s this fabric right here.
And we’ve used it in all the pinwheels and in this first border. For the outer border,
what you’re going to need is also a yard and a quarter. And it makes this nice big
wide six inch border out here. Let me get this string. There we go. Alright. Now we’re
good to go. Anyway, it’s pretty easy to make and it’s a lot of fun. Now one of the
things I want to tell you to start off with is we probably changed this color three times.
You know we’d make a block, we’d look at it. It just didn’t pop. So whatever fabric
you use, make sure that you use a fabric that’s going to stand out and pop because this pinwheel
is the wow factor of the quilt. So let me show you how to do this. What we’re going to do is we’re going
to take 36 strips. You’re going to pick some strips right off of here, 36 of them.
And we’re going to go ahead and open this up and take a look at these strips. So what
you’re going to do with these is they, you’re going to choose 36, then they’re all going
to be cut in 6 ½ inch strips. Now what I kind of did when I made my blocks was I picked
two more prominent colors like this and maybe this. And then I picked a lighter color for
the center like this. So I kind of kept mine in, you know, little groupings that I wanted
to put them together in blocks. But basically you can cut the whole thing and then just,
you know, make it from there and pick and randomly choose them. I just kind of had a
little plan when I started and I thought I’d share that with you. Alright so what we’re
going to do is we’re going to go ahead and cut these all up into 6 ½ inch strips. So
the first thing I want to do is I want to cut my, make sure you can see this, I’ve
got all this stuff all over the place. Let me move this down here. I’m going to cut
my selvedge edges off. And that’s generally about a half an inch, like that. You probably
want to take a look and make sure you’ve got all those little pieces. Now on batiks
there aren’t really selvedge edges that show that much so I don’t worry about it
too much. But if you use regular fabric make sure you check. Alright so then what I’m going to do is
I’m going to cut 6 ½ inches. And with my ruler here, what I like to do is I like to
just lay it on here sideways. And when I get to the 6 ½ line I can just cut those chunks
like this and move that out of the way and then slide my ruler up here. 6 ½ just like
this. And you’re going to cut all 36 of your strips just like that. Ok you also need
to cut your background fabric. There’s my strip. And you’re also going to need to
cut that background fabric. And eventually what want to get to is these 2 ½ inch squares
and so again I just cut 2 ½ inch strips and sub cut those into 2 ½ inch squares and then
we’re ready to go. So normally when we make a quilt like this
we’re going to sew all of our strips together and make strip sets. And this one just doesn’t
work that way. We’ve got to put a little snowball. But our snowball has to go the opposite
direction so it needs to be put on some of these strips. Now for our snowballs we’re
going to cut 2 ½ inch strips, nine of them and sub cut them into 2 ½ inch squares. Now
the cool thing about this block is that all the snowballs get to go on exactly the same
way. So what you’re going to do is you’re just going to select three different strips
from your 6 ½ inch pile. And you’re going to choose one for the middle and then your
snowballs go on the other two. And the snowballs, even though they’re opposite, they go on
the same direction. So I’m going to iron a little line right here. And you can finger
press it or iron it. And we’re just going to match up these little corners and iron
that line. You can also draw the line. It works. And then when you put these on like
this, they’re going to go exactly the same direction so let me show you that because
it’s a little bit of an illusion. So we’re going to put this up like this. So here let
me show you. So this one is going to go this way and this one is going to go this way.
So the main bulk of our snowball is against the seam. So what we’re going to do though
when you turn these you see that they’re exactly the same. So when we go to snowball
ours you’re just going to snowball, you can just chain piece them and go through one
after the other, after the other and do it. And put with these blocks. So let’s take these to the sewing machine.
And what I’m going to do is I’m just going to set these, my little squares, match them
up at the top. And then I’m going to sew right on the line and there we go. And this
one, remember they all go the same direction. Now one of the things you want to watch is
that because all your blocks are going to go the same direction you need to make sure
that you put them together all the same way. Because if you do it backwards they won’t
match up. So these all have to be sewn on exactly the same way. Alright let’s trim
this edge off right here. And just like this. And just like this. Then we’re going to
press those back. There we go. Alright. Now what I want to do, because I already have
some made I want to make sure that they’re going the same direction so I’m going to
put this one on here like this and this one on here like that. So this way our blocks,
see here’s my other blocks that I made to finish this off. They’re going to all match
up. And when you put four of these together like this, watch this. Look how cool. You
just rotate them like you’d rotate a fence rail and then it’s going to form that little
pinwheel right in the center. So it’s a really cool way to do it. So let’s sew these
three together so we can finish up our block. Now remember that this, you know, the most,
the biggest part of your accent fabric goes into the seam. That’s a way I had to remember
it just because the, you know, on the other ones it’s, you know, if it was the opposite
way we could snowball it but it’s not. Alright there’s one side. Now we’re going to attach
that other side to finish our block. Again I’m putting my large part of the fabric
next to the seam. Alrighty. Now let’s press this open. Isn’t this just the cutest little
block? So now let’s see how it works. Look at that.
Fits just perfectly and it makes the pinwheel that we wanted. So how you’re going to put
this quilt together is you’re going to do it in rows. And what you’re going to do
is you’re going to lay one block with your fabric going horizontally, one block vertically,
one block horizontally like this and one block vertically, just like that. And then when
you start adding your second rows in down here, this block you’re going to make sure
that this is horizontal, this one has got to be vertical. It’s going to come together
and it’s going to make that pinwheel just like that. So let’s look at the quilt how
it comes together. So this is just so sweet. It is eight blocks across, all the way across,
nine rows. And what we did was, again just vertical, horizontal, vertical, horizontal.
The fun this is once you get this block done where your pinwheel comes in the center, all
your corners are set up for the next pinwheel, that secondary pinwheel. And it’s just darling.
For the back, I think I forgot to tell you, you’re going to need 4 ½ yards. Isn’t
that a pretty backing? For your binding you’re going to need ¾ of a yard of binding. And
if I ever forget to tell you any of that information it’s always just in the description below.
So we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on our Spring Twist quilt from the MSQC.

Reader Comments

  1. I love the way you dress to compliment your project colour.
    This is a great twist on the rail-fence block, TFS.
    I look forward to your weekly tutorial and live shows, they are inspirational and leave me grinning like a Cheshire Cat. 😁😘🐢

  2. I have to make a baby quilt and I think this pattern is perfect. I just have to wait to see if it's a boy or a girl. 💟💙💟💙

  3. Love, love, love this quilt….and so easy. Love traditional patterns, like the fence rail and pinwheels. Thank you so much for all you and your family do. You are loved!!!

  4. Love this quilt. You always seem to have the greatest ideas! Have to make myself not stay up late to be one of the first to watch the tutorial! I will be in Hamilton on May 3, so excited that I have already started making my list of things that I want, need, but I know that will go out the window when I arrive! Hope to meet you at that time. My favorite tutorial instructor.

  5. Great quilt. I was just wondering why you didn’t do them in strip sets when you explained it!!! 😂 The batiks really set it off. I always look forward to seeing what you come up with every week. Thank you so much!

  6. Great video as always. love the pattern very easy and looks like it goes together so very quickly. I think it would be very pretty in a Red White and Blue. Wow…just gave myself a new project. Thanks MSQC.

  7. Great quilt. Seems it could be hard to decide what color to use for the pinwheels, at least for me! Thanks for another great tutorial. I look forward to them every week.

  8. This is a beautiful quilt. I want to make it a bit larger so I will have to do some MATH. Thanks again Jenny for sharing my cup of coffee with me.

  9. I may have missed this, but how large are the borders? Thanks! Love this and have a jelly roll I love, so am ready to get this started!!

  10. Very cute! I bet that you and Lynne also talked about our upcoming retreat in Bennington. I’m so excited about it!

  11. This is my favorite tutorial you have done in awhile Jenny! Please know I love just watching your tutorials and I watch them numerous times. I always learn something from you! Thank you!

  12. If you sewing that triangle in a sandwiched seam instead of a diagonal/cut method you'd get a pinwheel that was 3d instead of flat.

    🙂 yes more waste, but at least it's in the quilt not the scrap basket.

  13. Jenny, this quilt is amazing. And you were thorough in your presentation. I love it when you're excited about the block. And when you tell us about your city. What is the shop that your friend is at? When you do this, I want to visit your city because I feel like I know the people and places.

  14. Do you think that this would work using the Sunny Side Up jelly roll and I just received in the mail today from you?

  15. Wish Jenny would tell us how big each unfinished block is so we can upsize it for larger quilts. Obviously these are gonna be 6" finished.

  16. I would love for you to show the ones that you did prior to the purple that didn't pop. It would help your viewers to understand that aren't experienced.

  17. Love the fabrics, easy to make, looks very impressive. Thanks for the tutorial, Jenny! I think when I make mine, I will change the blocks which are on the perimeter of the quilt to not have the accent fabric corners. I might snowball the 4 outer corner blocks only, but I won't have any half-pinwheels along the inner border. I think that will make the design look more 'finished'. But this is definitely one to add to my "Must make" list of quilts!
    ~Diana from Toronto

  18. I love this! It’s funny, tho. I’m making the 2 for 1 pinwheel quilt pattern at the moment. I’ve just got this thing for pinwheels.

  19. Just last week, I made a rail fence quilt for my new granddaughter due in May. I wish I had seen this before hand. I love this. Oh, well. I’ll make another version when she gets bigger! Lol

  20. Beautiful. I saw one recently that was 16-2" squares sewn together like a 9 patch and then snowballed with 4" triangles. It was also gorgeous. Any ideas on it's name?

  21. Love the colors. They’re happy colors. I wonder what it would look like using Kaffe fabrics. Hmm! You make your tutorials fun and easy. Thank you😊😊

  22. This is such a fun one! Up next I have some very busy fabrics for a memory quilt and a black pinwheel will be perfect. Thanks for the fun design!

  23. Hi Jenny, I have been watching all your Tutorials for years, and have done most of them! Thanks for the wonderful ideas. I am Mónica from La Paz, Bolivia 🇧🇴

  24. For the snowball corners, could you a mini charm pack and match the color witht the inner border? Cannot wait until May the 3 when I will be in Hamilton!!! Hope to meet you there!!!

  25. One more question. I noticed that one of your strips seemed to have a seam in the middle of it. Is that correct? Always wondered if that would be a problem in the quilting process.

  26. Vejo todos os seus tutoriais! Lindo demais sua arte em tecidos! Qdo puder irei te visitar! abraço

  27. I have almost finished a baby quilt made by this pattern,except I put in the center of each single strip, the same and it makes a weaved diamond plus the pop pinwheel. I love it and others did too. Simple block. I love quick and easy quilt patterns. While I am working, the time is very little to make a lot of quilts. It is my therapy. Thanks Jenny for all of your ,you tube channels. You are so sweet. That is why I like to show others what I have learned from you. I can’t believe that am really into,quilting since , 2008.

  28. Hi can you help me urgently. No matter what I do I can not get this to work. 2.5 in strips. Snowball 2.5 in, and when I sew them it doesn't matter if I fold or draw the line, it doesn't work. Not sure what is wrong. So frustrating, and wasting so much fabric.

  29. Hi, can you please tell me what type of fabrics you use, because I am making this with cotton (I believe) it just purchased for quilting (would it make a difference) and if I don't press the pieces before it all goes together, is works, other wise it seems to stretch it.

  30. Hi Jenny.I really like all your designs.I have a idea for you.Take your 10 square and make a circle from plate or lid cut into 4 pieces. Lay the 1/4 circle in all 4 corners of another 10 square and sew with blanket stitch or another you like.That makes your block and sew all blocks together.

  31. Great tutorial! I have been sewing for years, but just started quilting. I appreciate your clear and easy directions. If anyone does this in ted,white and blue please show me a picture.

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