Make a Stars & Pinwheels Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star! (Video Tutorial)

Make a Stars & Pinwheels Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star! (Video Tutorial)


Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the MSQC.
And I’ve got a great project for you today. Let’s take a look at this quilt behind me.
Isn’t this fun? Of course I love stars. And we’ve got our stars on here but the
fun part comes in, what happens in the corner of our star block makes this pinwheel. So
let me show you how to do this. So to make this quilt what you’re going to need is
one packet of ten inch squares. And we have used Sycamore by Jan Paddock for Moda. I love
Jan’s fabric. It’s always so warm and cozy. Love it. I love her too. She lives pretty
close to us here and she’s just a great gal. Alright so you’re going to need one
packet of ten inch squares. You’re going to need some background fabric, 5 ½ yards
and that takes care of all of this background fabric. And our outer border is two yards
and that’s a nice big six inch border because we wanted to show off that beautiful leaf
print. I mean it’s just, just such a fun, fun thing. Alright let me show you how to
do this. There’s a little bit of cutting involved. So we’re going to take our ten inch square
and we’re going to cut it. I’m going to show you how to do that. So this is the block
we’re talking about right here. Right here. And so we need some star legs and we need
some of these geese that are in the corners out of every block. So this is how we’re
going to do it. We’re going to take our ruler and we’re going to cut two strips
of 2 ½ inch wide. Two strips that are 2 ½ inch wide right here, one and two.. And then
we’re going to sub cut those into 2 ½ inch squares because we need eight 2 ½ inch squares
to make our star points. So I’m just going to lay these together. I’m going to grab
my little 2 ½ inch ruler. And I’m just going to cut. So there’s two and then four,
six, six and eight. So there’s ours. They’re all stacked double so you can see that there’s
actually eight there. Then out of the leftover piece we’re going to cut our center square
which is going to be 4 ½. And we’re going to lay our ruler on here and just cut that
out like so I’m just going to cut kind of straight across, move this and then cut this
over. And that gives us a 4 ½ inch center square. And then we’re going to cut two
2 ½ by 4 ½ inch blocks so I’m going to cut two strips here like this, one and two
right here. And then I’m just going to cut a little half an inch off the end of these.
So that they’re 4 ½ because they all need to be 4 ½ So here we go, just like this.
There’s my little two inch piece. So that’s pretty good. I mean this is pretty good waste
for a, for a layer cake. I mean not very much there. So you want to just stack those up in, in,
in, keep them together. Keep your star legs together for sure. Your centers and your bar
blocks. Alright now we need to cut some background fabric. And we need some 2 ½ inch squares.
When we make our outer geese for the corners they have 2 ½ inch squares and there’s
eight of those. And then you need 12 of these 4 ½ by 2 ½ inch blocks. So you’re going
to cut, cut your selvedge off first. Oop, open your rotary blade. All things are important,
right? Then we’re going to cut some 4 ½ inch blocks and you’re going to need 12
of those for each block. And then you’re also going to need eight, two, four, six,
eight of the 2 ½ inch squares. So that’s for each block. So let me just cut one more
set here. Alright so we’re going to talk about making the star block first. And what we’re going to do for that is we’re
going to take a center square. And we want our star legs to be different so I’m actually
going to use another square I have over here. Here it is. And then we’re talking about
our star legs. And I have some legs done but I’m going to go ahead and show a couple,
how to do a couple of these. So let me get these apart. There we go. So we’re going
to take our 4 ½ by 2 ½ inch rectangle and we’re going to put two 2 ½ inch squares
on each corner. Sew diagonally corner to corner. So you want to draw the line or iron the line.
You can finger press it like this. And it gives you a little line. So we’re going
to sew one, trim that off, iron it back and then sew the other side. So let’s go ahead
and do that to a couple of them here. So we’re just going to lay our presser foot, sew from
the corner to the corner. And I’m just going to, you can chain piece these. So we’re
just going to slide another one in. There we go. Now let’s trim these off. And
I like to just go ahead and. I’m going to go ahead and clip my thread. And I like to
just lay my ruler in here a little bit and trim that outside edge off. That outside corner.
And then we’re going to go to the iron and iron these back. Excuse me. I’ve got a little
frog in my throat. Not literally. There really isn’t a frog but, you know. Sometimes when
you say something it’s just like oh, what does that mean. No, no frogs here. Alright
here we go. So now these are ironed back we’re going to add the other square to the other
side. And that’s going to make us a flying geese unit for our star legs. And so again
we’re going to put these on and we’re going to sew from the middle out. Alright.There
we go and one more. And you need four of these for your stars because you want legs on all
four sides of your center square. And let me trim that one off. And we’re going to
press those open. Alright. So you need four of these for your star. Now we’re going to turn these into blocks.
So what we’re going to do is we’re going to take our 4 ½ by 2 ½ inch background blocks.
And we are going to sew this onto the bottom of our flying geese units. And we’re going
to go ahead and do a couple of those right here. There we go. And one more. You know
as I got to making these I realized that whenever I sew the bottom strip on I’m always sewing
it, I’m sewing the background to the background. So that’s a good thing to remember because
we’re going to make another set of flying geese and the background is going to go on
the other side. But if you’re always sewing the background to the background it will help
you remember. Alright. So let me show you how this is coming together now. So here’s our center and here’s our legs.
And our legs are going to go on all four sides like this. And so this is your star block.
This is what you get. Now these corner blocks we fill in with another flying geese block.
It’s just made the opposite way. So let me show you how to do that. You’re going
to take your 4 ½ by 2 ½ inch rectangles that you cut off your ten inch square. And
you’re going to take your background fabric and we’re going to make a flying geese out
of that. So again we’re just going to fold our corners like this and sew them from the
center out, oop let’s go this way like this. And once you get that one sewn on you’re
going to add this one. So this is how this flying geese block looks, like this. Then
what you’re going to do is you’re going to add your little background piece that is
4 ½ by 2 ½ to the top of that. And that is going to go over in this corner right there. So let’s take some of these blocks. Let’s
move our star block. And let’s take some of these and let’s put them in the corner.
So this one, they’re going to rotate around. So that means they’re just going to fly
in a circle around our quilt. So this one they all have to point. Oh, you know just
think of them going in a circle. Their little noses are going in a circle. And they’re
going to come around like this. Oop, wait, this way, circle Jenny, circle. So then we’re
going to go ahead and we’re going to sew these three rows together and that makes our
block. So don’t get them mixed up, you know make sure you stay with the, that they’re
going to right direction. And you can pin if you need to. I’m just going to stitch
this down. This is the top row. And then I’ve left this sitting on my sewing table in the
direction it goes. So I’m just going to pull that over here and sew that down right
here. Now I’m going to sew the other two rows together and I’ll meet you right back
here. So now I have all my rows sewn and I’m ready
to sew them together to make my whole block. And just remember to press your top and bottom
seams out like this. And your middle seam in and everything will nest perfectly. So
once you get those sewn together you’re going to have a block that looks just like
this. Now the fun happens in this block as we put the blocks together. So let me show
you what happens here. So here is this. We’ve put them together just like this. And you
can see that half of the pinwheel starting. And I’m going to go ahead and add another
row down here so you can see. Look at that pinwheel that just forms by putting our blocks
together. So up here we’ve got one, two, three, four, five, stars across and one, two,
three, four, five, six, stars down. So 30 star blocks. And then it makes all this edge.
Now this is actually, the top edge ends like this. Look at. Well let me show you here if
I can find it. Figure out how to get it on here. Oh here we go, like this. So I wanted
these pinwheels to finish out in the border. So what I actually did was I took the rest
of these blocks and sewed them together to make a border. So now I’ve got, you know
I’ve got my border here. I’ve got the rest of my geese blocks like this. And they’re
going to be turned like this. And then you put a solid block in between and two more
geese blocks and a solid block. You just fit them in as you go around. And it finishes
those pinwheels and gives you a whole other look that’s all finished and complete. I
love it when we take things kind of out into the border. And so it just comes together
so so fun. So one of the really fun things about this
quilt is the backing. So normally you’d need about 7 ½ yards of backing for this
because you’d sew three rows of three to get your back big enough. But I used fleece
on the back. So let me show you this. Look at this fleece. Now one thing that’s really
fun about fleece is when you quilt it it shows the design. So look at that leaf quilting.
That leaf motif you can see our quilting so clearly. The other fun thing is that it’s
super warm. But better than that is it’s 60 inches wide. So you’re only going to
need five yards of that fleece to make a nice big backing. And you’ll probably have a
little piece leftover to make some pillow covers or something that are so cuddly and
soft. So we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the Stars and Pinwheels quilt from the
MSQC.

100 thoughts on “Make a Stars & Pinwheels Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star! (Video Tutorial)

  1. Another winner! Love this Jenny! Just wondering if you are in the process of making Christmas quilts and other Christmas projects for us to watch? I love those and I am in Christmas mode now! Thanks.

  2. I love this quilt. You are a genius Jenny. Love how the pinwheels go into the border. I will never get all the quilts made that I want to, but at least you have given me so many ideas for wonderful easy to make quilts.

  3. muy buenas gracias por esos trabajos q haces tan bonitos ,no entiendo ingles pero bueno mas o menos me entero .aaaaaaaaaaaaaa soy de España ,Andalucia ,Huelva y os sigo des des un pueblo costero llamado Punta Umbria

  4. I love this quilt. I like a more traditional looking quilt so the stars and pinwheels make a nice quilt. I also love the way you figured out how just some squares and geese make this fun pattern. Gale

  5. Jenny, Thank you for an awesome tutorial.. I really enjoyed it.. just like every week.. Is that a Zipper foot you use?  I may try sewing with that..

  6. I LOVE this video SOOO much!! How anyone could give it a down thumbs is just beyond me! what a wonderful easy idea…thanks again Jenny Hugs from Brisbane Australia (those thumbs down should EXPLAIN what it is they dislike..sour grapes!) <3 <3 <3

  7. Great fabric and clever design! I have a technique question: could you skip a step in making the star legs mini-block by sewing the legs squares to a larger square of background fabric instead of a rectangle and then another rectangle that come out to the size of a square anyway? Or would that mess with the tips of the points?

  8. Sew pretty! I'd love to see it with bright colors for a baby – quick question. When you're making your flying geese (star legs) and then adding the strip of background (4.5 x 2.5) can you just cut a square and add your corner pieces to the square instead of a rectangle? Just thought it might save a step…

  9. This is really cute, I am definitely going to make this! I didn't catch how big the block is – I'd like to incorporate it as a row or two in another quilt I have already started.

  10. Shortcut: Cut 4-1/2" squares of the background fabric and snowball two corners to make the flying geese star points instead of cutting and then sewing together two 2-1/2" strips.

  11. Wall quilt appears to show points on the 'legs' of the star, but in the video it appear the 'legs' do not come to a point.  How do you get the star 'legs' to come to a point?  Thanks,

  12. Sajnos, ezekhez a gyönyörű patchwork munkák közé főzös videókat is beraknak.Köszönöm a munkák részletes tanítását. Sokat tanultam a videókból. Üdv.Éva

  13. Love this tutorial. Quilt is beautiful. Not sure how to add the pinwheel borders. Hopefully this is explained in the pattern. Also, would a layer cake be enough for two baby sized quilts? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Like everyone else, my list of quilts I want to make is continually growing, but this one is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks!

  14. Sweet quilt. Get a bit more fabric for the the two borders and you'd be able to make 3 baby quilts of 9 blocks each and still have a few blocks left over!

  15. Love it! Such a fun easy quilt block!!! Can't wait to try it! Can I request that you show us how to make a card trick block? Having trouble with it! Would love MSQC tutorial on it!

  16. Thanks Jenny! I purchased and set aside some layer cakes I knew my little darlings would love. This is it! This is just the perfect pattern to use for them. They call them, auntie Debbie Quilts or Grandma Debbie Quilts. Thx again, you are so fun to quilt with. 😊

  17. I use fleece on the back of all my lap quilts. The quilting on the back looks so cool, and here in Minnesota, the extra warmth is welcoming! Thanks for another great tutorial!!

  18. Oh I LOVE this pattern! My most prized possession is the quilt my great-grandmother and grandmother pieced and I had hand quilted. My family is from Hamilton and Breckenridge, MO, so very close to the MSQC. Family last names are Fuller and Townsend. Townsend family owned property by Lick Fork Creek and maintain Lick Fork Cemetery. I am into genealogy as well as learning to quilt.

  19. I love this block but I can't abide the wast of snow balling all of those corners. I think this would be a perfect candidate for using the 4 at a time no waste flying geese method. 4 print geese and 4 background geese! might have to switch to a fat quarter bundle instead of layer cake to do it that way though. Such a great block, the quilt looks great.

  20. Love this design! Because you used 10" blocks, is your border pieced? Or did you buy yardage from the same line? Thanks!

  21. Cute, clever quilt. I love it! I like your bracelet with the numbers. ….is it just decorative representing a tape measure? Or is it like a counter one could use for knitting etc.?

  22. Hi Jolly Jenny, This quilt is so warm looking, you are the BEST, one question Did you wash the fleece first?
    Thank you see you next Friday.

  23. Thank you for this great idea. Could you make the pinwheels out of a 4 1/2 block instead of 2 – 2 1/2 X 4 1/2 rectangles?

  24. I love this one! Just a general question, when you use fleece for the backing do you usually add batting too, or does just the fleece have enough loft and is it warm enough?

  25. Would it be possible to cut 4 1/2" squares out of background and printed fabric and then make the geese on the one side, that way you would not have to add the 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 piece. It would be less cutting and sewing.

  26. This will be great for a Quilt of Valor! I'll just have to make it a little smaller. One question that I haven't ever heard asked or answered is that when you are cutting with the larger yellow ruler, do you place the little marks on the ruler on the outside, center, or inside of the fabric when lining up?

  27. I do love this quilt. The fabric is so warm. Would be great for the fall. I think of all of the quilts as a throw size because of the size of my machine. Haven't purchased a bigger throat yet. I may start quilting as you go. Checking all possibilities. Keep posting these great tutorials!

  28. I saw a quotes use a rubber mallet to flatten the center where 20 points came together. Is there a way to eliminate the bulk while sewing all of the points together without having to beat it with a mallet? Thx

  29. Ohh i love this fabric and the design is so beautiful. I do have a question about sewing machine feet is there a reason you used that particular foot? Is that the foot i should be using for piecing my quilts. I have a baby lock currently with the foot it came with. It is new i got it a few months ago. And i have my quilt blocks all cut and ready to sew.

  30. What a beautiful quilt pattern … and an excellent use of a layer cake. The only thing I would do differently is make the "start point" units from 4.5"x4.5" squares of background fabric rather than two 2.5"x4.5" rectangles (since we're not using jelly rolls of background fabric). Just four less seams per block… saving time (and thread!). Thank you MSQC for another lovely tutorial! ~Diana from Toronto

  31. I absolutely love how this pattern came out. The fabric is pretty as well! My son-in-law loves star quilts so this may be the one I do for my daughter and son-in-law! Great video. Thanks for sharing!!

  32. Great tutorial Jenny! I have been watching your videos for years. I love your spunk and personality while showing us how to make your blocks. I am looking forward to your next video. Now I understand how to make stars and pinwheels more easily.

  33. I know it probably seems pretty simple to most people, but a tutorial on how to sew yardage together for backing would really help me. Is there any way that could be one of the weekly tutorial?

  34. Jenny, Ваша работа хороша,но музыка на заставке шикарная.

  35. I'm making this one, Jenny! (well, kind of). I was cleaning out a storage room and found a layer cake that I had forgotten about and had to work with it immediately. I cut each square out just like this pattern… only, I cut all 42! I should have taken better notes when watching! soooo… mine will be 6 x 7… how did I handle the secondary pattern since I didn't have enough flying geese for it anymore? I took another, coordinating color (slightly brighter) and made all of my edge geese the same all the way through. I hope it turns out as lovely as yours!

  36. This is one of the most beautiful quilts I have ever seen. I aspire to sew one as lovely as this some day. Thank you, Jenny and Missouri Star, for your fantastic videos.

  37. Yeah!!  I made this quilt. It came out beautiful to my surprise because I was making it for the fabric I didn't know what to do with. Batiks elements, that had half of the layer cake with really dark greens and it reminded me of camouflage material. I decided to make a guy quilt with it and added some dark blue plaid etc. He absolutely loved it. Thanks so much for this one!!!

  38. Love this quilt! Just a quick question. When you use fleece or minky for the backing, do you still put the batting in the middle? Also, a friend of mine has a quilt she inherited that she loves and has repaired many times. She said it does not have batting in the middle. It is only 2 layers of fabric. We’re quilts made this way? Her family is from New York State, and she was wondering if this might have been a summer weight quilt. I told her that you would probably know the answer. Thanks for your help with these two questions.

  39. I've been binge watching your videos, and love how you take a complex design and change it up and simplify it so nicely. I just finished watching this one, and had a question for you. On the background fabric, you cut two strips of 2 1/2" x 4 1/2", and make your 'flying geese' unit out of one, and then sew the plain strip to the end of that. Wouldn't it be easier and faster to just take a square, instead of two rectangles, and sew the small squares on to the one side of the background fabric instead of having to sew on an extension to the background fabric? The size of the squarish block would need to be adjusted slightly, but it should work, right? Or am I not thinking this through? If it does indeed work, then it would shorten the process a little. Keep up the great work!!!

  40. I’m confused! You need 4 – 2 1/2×4 1/2 rectangles to make your corner FG but you only cut 2 rectangles from your 10 inch square.

  41. I love watching your videos Jenny. You make quilting look so easy. I actually made your Two Step pattern and it turned out so nice. Can you please tell me which Baby Lock sewing mschine model you use in your video? Thanks from Canada.
    Happy 10th birthday MSQ Co.

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