Make a Baby Quilt – Part 1 – Fabric Selection & Assembly

Make a Baby Quilt – Part 1 – Fabric Selection & Assembly

Hi, it’s Jenny, from the Missouri Star Quilt
Company. We have a fun project for you today. We’re going to take you from start to finish
through a baby quilt. We’re going to have four segments in this quilting project and
the first one will be putting the top together, the second one will have to do with borders,
the third one will have to do with how we sandwich our quilt together, so that it’s
ready to quilt, and the last one will be on the binding. For those of you who have quilted
before, this is a basic beginning quilt, but it will be good to brush up on your skills
if you want to watch it. So the first thing that we’re going to do
in the first part of this series is we’re going to choose a Charm Pack, and I have chosen
this Chickadee Charm Pack from Robert Kaufmann. It’s an adorable Charm Pack. The front piece
doesn’t do it justice, but I will show you how I lay this together. What I do with a
Charm Pack is, I open it up, and when a designer designs these they generally separate them
into colors, and so that’s what I do when I put them out. This one has pinks, and from
pink to white, yellows, blues, and some greens, and I just separate them into piles. Some
of these are a little bit mixed around. Let me see if we can straighten them out a little
bit. We’ve got a white one over here, and the reason I do this is so that when you lay
them out you get all different colorways, so that it’s a good mix of color. I’m going to try and explain terms and things
that I use. So what we’re going to do, all these fabrics are going to be different, so
we’re going to take them, theres forty squares in here. So, what we want to do is we want
to figure out how many we can get wide and long, and six times seven is forty-two so
that’s actually two squares extra. So, if we go the next smallest, six times six is
thirty, six times five is, ooh, now you get to see all my mathematical skills. We’re
going to try and do close to a six by seven and we’ll see what we end up with. We might
have to add a couple more little pieces, but this’ll give us a good size. So, we’re
going to lay them out six across. We need to get a pink up here. So, one, two, three,
four, five, and six. So, that’s a good mix, we’re just going
to lay these out. Let’s see this white one, we can put a white one over here. We need
a pink on this side, maybe another blue. So, now how I get ready to take it over to the
sewing machine is, I’m going to take these, and I’m going to fold these on top of each
other like this, and I’m going to do it all the way down this row. It’s easy to
get mixed up when doing this, but this is the way I do it so that I’ll remember. Then
what I do is I take the bottom one, and I stack it on the top one like this, and then
I’m going to go over to the sewing machine and I’m going to sew the right edge of all
of these together, and I’m going to chain piece them so they’ll all be hooked together
and we’ll see how you do that. So, follow me over to the sewing machine. OK, so here we are at the machine and to explain
chain piecing, it’s when you sew groups of squares together without cutting them apart.
So, we’re going to start here. These are lined up, we’re going to sit them in here
under our ¼” foot and we are going to sew along, ¼” and then we don’t cut it, we
just fit the next two in, and that is chain piecing. Since we don’t have to back stitch
in quilting, because all of our seams are enclosed in another seam, it just speeds up
the process a little bit. OK, now we’re done with our chain piece and you can see
why it’s called that. It all comes together in a chain, and you really don’t want to
break this up or forget where this is because this is your order, that we picked them up. So, we’re going to go over to the ironing
board now and we’re going to press. OK, so now we have these laid out here on our
ironing board. We grab them two at a time we chain pieced them together, and we’re
just going to press them open, and what you do is you want to set your stitches, and then
you want to open this top piece and just set it on there. We don’t do a lot of wiggling,
ironing. We mostly just do pressing. So, let’s press that seam, and then iron it. Press it,
when you press it that sets the stitches, and actually I’m not exactly sure what that
does I just know that it sets the stitches, and that’s what I’ve been taught! So, there we have all this pressed. So, remember
my blue was at the bottom, in the corner. So, we’re going to snip that and lay it
out, and the next one will come there and we just want to make sure that all of our
colors still blend and that we don’t have colors like two yellows right next to each
other, or two stripes like that. So, we’ll move that, and this is a good stage where
if something doesn’t go right, it’s easy just to move it around and make that change.
So, it looks pretty good though, we have one more here. Alright, that actually looks pretty
good in the mesh of things, and I think what we’ll do is go ahead, and do the chain piecing
on both of these sets as well, and then we’ll start putting rows together. So, we’ll meet
you back here in a few minutes. I’ll do this piecing. OK, so we have all the segments sewn together
in sections of two, and you may notice that they’re in a little different order. I just
moved them around a little bit, so they were aesthetically pleasing to me. There is no
quilt police in quilting! That’s one thing you have to remember, so, you may find a better
way to organize how you sew your strips together and things like that. None of that really
matters, it just matters that you get that ¼” seam, and you get that top together.
So, now we’re going to start doing it in rows. This is how I do it so I’ll take these
two, right here, and I’m going to attach it to here, and then I’m going to attach
this one. So, we’re going to do them in long rows this way. So, let’s go ahead and
do that. OK, so now we’re sewing the edge of this
row together, ¼”, and you’ll notice that these little squares, they’re pinked on
the end, and I generally go from the outside edge. I don’t think it really matters as
long as you’re consistent. So, what we’re going to do now is we are going to, I think
I might have this backwards, we’re going to lay this out and we’re going to sew this
end piece on here, so we have the whole row. And then we are going to press all of our
back seams going in one direction, and I’ll show you why that is important in just a second.
OK now what we’re going to do is we’re going to iron all these seams going one direction.
Some of them you’ll have to coax a little bit. We don’t want to do too much moving,
and the reason we’re doing this is so that when we put our rows together the seams will
nest together. Which means they’ll just fit right in with each other, and I’ll show
you how to do that in a second. OK, so now we’re going to take this one row, and we’re
going to lay it back down on the counter and make sure all the squares still blend, and
we don’t have to many greens or pinks together. So, now you can see that this is all together
it still looks good with the bottom squares. So, we’ll sew another row together, and
then I’ll show you that nesting. Now you can see on this that we’ve ironed the seams
going that direction on this row, and this direction on that row. That is so that when
we put them together, top to bottom, see these little seams on this edge will just nest together,
and that will give you nice sharp points, and so we’ll go ahead and sew this row together,
and nest those seams. Now, if it makes you feel more comfortable you can put a little
pin at each juncture. I would do that if I were on a bigger quilt. These little squares,
I think I can keep them straight. So, let’s go do that. OK, so as we’re sewing along on our row
we’ll fit these quilts. Nesting means laying right close to each other. So that your seams
match up, so that your corners are sharp, and nesting also reduces the bulk of fabric.
See, you have that seam going that way, and that seam going this way. If it was all going
this way all your bulk would be on one side. So, we’re putting it on each side, and we’re
going to sew that together. You can pin it if it makes you feel more comfortable. So,
now we have our rows of two sewn together, and we’re going to attach these together,
and our quilt top will be done.

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  6. Really your work is appreciable , I am going to start my first baby quilt ,need some help from you .From where I can order these fabric patches ?

  7. Loving this tutorial so much, gonna start it right now! Been looking for a baby quilt pattern, thanks so much. This is great, very straightforward. 🙂

  8. love your baby quilt tutorials, Jenny, and am planning to make my first baby with the Minkee fabric packs. How do you determine how much yardage you need for the back and what type of quilt do you lay in the middle? Thanks!

  9. Jenny I am having terrible trouble "quilting" a baby quilt; something about the tension. Sometimes I have eye lashes on top and then, on the bottom of the quilt. What is wrong. Thanks, Nilda

  10. Hi Jenny love these tutorials i am a beginner quilter when pressing do you use steam or not and when do you know to use steam or not

  11. Thank you for this fabulous video! I started my very first quilt kinda on a whim. When I got to the ironing of the longer strips, I was lost as to which direction to iron the seems. Your video was the only one that showed how and why to iron them they way you do. I'm going to watch more of you videos!!

  12. I have started quilting again after 10 yrs and Jenny, you are a big part of that. I am 61yrs old and sewing/quilting use to be a passion of mine. Your videos got me excited again! I have made 3 of the self binding baby quilts and just started a queen size. Thanks for the great instructions! Lori

  13. Wow your video has inspired me!! I am 21 years old and just got myself a sewing machine. I told everyone my goal was to make a quilt no one supported me. After watching your video I'm going to attempt it. I'm so very excited I can't wait to see what I can make. Thank you for your help in making my little goal/dream possible. Shaleena from Ontario Canada

  14. I am considering doing this quilt tutorial.  However I would like to see a list of all the materials I need and know finished quilt.  I know I need one charm pack, fabric for borders, binding and backing?  How much of the other fabrics? What size batting?  If you could please let me know it would be great!

  15. I started this quilt using one of the charm packs ordered from your website. I measured my seams at a 1/4" but they don't line up with the next row. 🙁 I guess that I will take it apart and try again. Maybe I will take the time to use a marking pencil and pins since I am a very new beginner. Loving your tutorials though. 😀

  16. i am about to retire and have been watching your tutorials for many months .dont have the time at the moment to start quilting but am champing a the bit to try. im also going to be a great granmother for the first time in june, do you have any tutorials about recovering a moses basket every little helps.cant waite for more tutorials.

  17. Jenny I would so like to say a Very Big Thank You for all of your efforts in demonstrating how to make these quilts This all very new to me and I have played them over again to get it all correct. I just would so love to be able to pop in and say Thank you to you myself xxxxxxxx

  18. Fantastic!  All you talented people on You Tube inspire me!  You are also saving many of us lots of money.  The classes offered in San Antonio are often very pricey and not what you expected.  So thank you!

  19. Hi  Jenny   I would like to know how put a trip around the world quilt  together I am very hard to under stand  the last part  of putting it together …I know how to do a little of this ..  I am just learning how to do quilts   help please

  20. No doubt this is a great tutorial, but it would be better if the caption didn't hide the work, It's very difficult for me to see what she is doing. Thank you

  21. Would doing this by hand be ok? I do not know how to sew with a machine ( nor do I own one…). And if it is ok, when I do the " chain piecing" ( I think that's what it's called) should I knot it before I move on to the next piece? I am just a beginner! Thanks!

  22. Jenny, I love your videos!  

    I would suggest taking a picture with your cellphone when you have the pieces first laid out in the order you want.  That way when you start your chain stitching you have a reference to the order you set you them out.  

  23. Thanks so much Jenny! I've made a quilt for my first baby 3 years ago but now that that I have a second baby coming in 3 months I decided I want to make another one but totally forgot the steps! I didn't have to look anywhere else – the 4 videos are so helpful – thanks so much again and I can't wait to start! 🙂

  24. This is the first quilt I am making. Wish you would of mention how the size of the material block you are using. I thought they were 5×5 but they look bigger.

  25. Love your tutorials! Beginning quilter who always needs refreshers! Wondering if you pre-wash the charm packs or other quilting materials? 

  26. Loved everything about this tutorial.  Maybe I've watched too many not-quite-prepared-for action, but the pacing, preparedness, and thoroughness are great!

  27. Hello I am Loving your easy to follow directions as this is my first time. So Thank You for that!! Do you also show how to hand stitch them together?? Thank You in advance for your time.

  28. If you want a larger quilt, supplementing with a Bella Moda Solids charm pack works great! My favorite color is Porcelain, a white that matches almost anything. One patterned charm pack plus one solids charm pack gives you ~80 squares to play with.

  29. Really helpful video thanks. I don't understand what you mean at 7 minutes about the squares being 'pinked'? Can anyone help? Cheers

  30. I love all your tutorials, Jenni.  I've made loads of baby quilts and this really helped me with quite a few things.  I really appreciate all you do.  Thank you.

  31. Watching Jenny's 4 part video on You-Tube, Make a Baby Quilt; so glad to find out she is a leftie, I am too. I was cutting scraps last night and felt I was having difficulties managing my rotary cutter and ruler while cutting, watching her videos I hope will help me overcome this.

  32. My mom used to sew at night while my Dad and my siblings and I were in bed. It used to irritate me to no end, but now I equate the sound of a sewing machine with bedtime, safety, family and parental love.

  33. hi love your videos on sewing brilliant I'm learning but I trying to get the name of the thing your daughter used to keep fabric together while sewing.. Pamela

  34. I am a begiiner quilter and so glad my friend introduced me to your website and videos! THANK YOU, now I won't be afraid to sew anymore!😂

  35. Hi can you please explain the method to me when you sew it by hand and what exactly you need for it. I don't know how it came to mind but I really want to make a quilt for my bedroom something beautiful I have a rough idea of what to do but I am getting confused on how to make it thicker so the quilt is much thicker

    Thank you so much

  36. I LOVE your website!!  The tutorials are great.  I'll be back later this morning!!  This is what I needed to get started on a project.  I love the precut packs too.  That really does take alot of work out of a quilt.  Thanks!  kj 🙂

  37. This is my favorite video from MSQC as its what started me on my quilting journey. I wanted to make a quilt for my 1st grand baby so I used this video and it turned out perfect. Now I'm an addict to quilting!

  38. Jenny, I love this video, it's easy and quick project, and also looks great, I've made one for my frend's daughter. Thanks!

  39. Thank you for these videos! i love how you take the time to explain little details like nesting to beginners! =)

  40. I'm new to this..Trying to make my granddaughter a 62x70in many Charm Packs would I need? She is wanting a Rag Quilt need help on how many packs I need..Thank You

  41. I just learned about your channel from Darlene Michaud's YouTube site. I don't even know how to sew but would love to learn and learn how to quilt!! You have such nice way of teaching!

  42. best quilt video! I made my son a quilt from his onesies for his 1st birthday so I had extra steps in the beginning but loved the end result, now working on a onesie quilt for my god daughter's 1st birthday!

  43. I love the quilt hanging behind you.  What is that design called and is there a pattern on your web sight I can watch?

  44. totally new to quilting. I want to use my own fabric, you are using a "charm pack" ?? Can you tell me the size of the square I would cut

  45. Jenny I made my first quilt by watching this 4 part baby quilt. Thank you it help so much and I like that you get to the point and move on. You are best!

  46. ok so im trying to make a super small one for my doll would this still work for it if i got em to the right size?

  47. People asking the size of the squares, she has 6 squares per row. When she measured the squares, they measured 28in. Take into account your 1/4 inch seam allowance. 28 divided by 6 is 4.6 inches per square, plus 1/4 seam allowance, squares are 5×5 inches

  48. Jenny, thank you so much for making these videos. You explain everything so clearly. I have followed your instructions and have made a gorgeous quilt which I would not have even attempted without watching you first. You have really inspired me to have a go at more quilting projects. Your great teaching is appreciated in England. Thanks.

  49. What sewing machine would anyone recomend for fake fur and quilt making? 🙂

    I plan on making costumes using fake fur so a sewing machine thats good for beguiners would be really helpful!

  50. I’m sure you will explain later but I’m going to ask anyways lol. After finishing the top, what prevents the pieces from coming apart and breaking seams besides the actually quilting on the finished quilt? I know that’s pretty much seals the deal, but won’t tons of washing break apart seams in small places where a stitch isn’t if you are free motion quilting? And when sewing in the ditches for the last step after it’s all done, how do you ensure you’re actually sealing the seams to prevent broken seams?

  51. I wish you would have a item list: pattern? How much fabric is needed for this, etc. Like 1 charm pack, backing 48" or 1.5 yards, binding XX yards, Small border, large border…

  52. Could you please tell me what the name of the quilt is that Jenny is sitting in front of at the sewing machine? Is there a tutorial for it? Thank you.. learning to quilt, thanks to Jenny!! ❤️

  53. Very interesting on how to make a quilt. I sure hope you wash the quilt before you give it away. It's disgusting how you keep licking your fingers and putting your saliva on something that someone else will cuddle up to.

  54. I sewed my squares together lengthwise, will that make a difference? Also when machine quilting, what thread is best to use? Thanks

  55. I really interested in sewing although l am not good at it. I ve got an old machine from my mom and still confused what should project l try first. Make some dresses or bags. Finally l think quilt will be my first project. Thank u Jenny for sharing.

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