Make a Summer Camp Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star! (Video Tutorial)

Make a Summer Camp 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. Did I ever tell you that the first quilt I
ever made was a log cabin quilt? And so any take we can do on the log cabin quilt is just
really fun for me. So this is a fun quilt. So let’s take a look at this quilt behind
me. Here’s your block right here. The center of our block is a half square triangle with
a log cabin side. And it just makes a really fun quilt. There’s loads of ways you can
set this as well. So to make this quilt what you’re going to need is one roll of 2 ½
inch strips. And we have used Amy Butler’s Soul Mate line from Free Spirit. Really pretty
line. You’re going to need a yard of background fabric. And we’ve used this white. And out
of that yard you’ll get your half square triangles and the first border. You’re also
going to need ¾ of a yard of a contrasting fabric or a pop fabric. And then you’re
going to need this outer border out here. This is a 5 ½ inch strip and you’re going
to need a yard and a quarter. Oh the back. Look at this cute back fabric. You’re going
to need 3 ¾ yards of this backing fabric right here and this is so cute with these
tiny little arrows. Really fun. Alright let me show you how to make this because this
is fun. First thing we’re going to do is make our
half square triangles. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to take some and cut
some ten inch strips which we’re going to sub cut into ten inch squares. We’re going
to put those with a contrasting fabric. So we’re going to do the same thing, we’re
going to cut up our ten inch squares out of our pop fabric and ten inch squares of our
white. We’re going to line them up. We’re going to draw a line diagonally both directions.
Now I have one here that’s done and, and so right here you can see I have my line drawn
diagonally. And then I’m going to go to the sewing machine and I’m going to sew
a quarter of an inch on either side away from that line. Then we’re going to cut this.
This is the method for making the easy eight. And we’re going to cut this. And we’re
going to cut it four times and that’s going to give us eight half square triangles. And
so I’m going to come right in here. And I’m going to lay my ruler right along the
edge because this is a five inch ruler and we’re dealing with ten inch squares. So
we’re cutting halves this way and then we’re going to take our ruler and do halves this
way like this. And then we’re going to cut right on the lines diagonally this way. So
there’s one cut and then here’s our other cut right here. Line my ruler up on the line
and do this. Then what we need to do is we need to press these open and then square them
up. So let me look at my, my ironing board. Let’s go to the ironing board here. I’m
not looking at it I’m actually walking to it. And we’re going to just iron some of
these open like this. I’m going to lay the dark side on the top and set my seam and roll
it back. And set my seam and roll it back. Now we really do want these to be the same
size so we’re actually going to square them up and I have a little square up ruler right
here I’m using the Block Lock ruler. I love it
because it has that little groove and you always make sure that your words are on the
background. And you’re going to set it on here. And we’re looking for a 4 ½ inch
square. And I don’t know if you can see this but it’s, you’re just, this is the
size they come out when you do it with the easy eight. But we’re just dealing with
tiny little bits right here. And it just, you know, some of them you won’t even have
to square up. But you want to make sure that they’re the same size because you want your
blocks to come out the same size. And this is, whoops, this is going to be the foundation,
the beginning of your block. Alright so let me make sure, let me square one more time
here. Writing to the white. We’re going to lay this on here. And this is a 4 ½ inch
block lock ruler so we’re just going to go along this edge and along this edge. And
see it’s just tiny little bits that we’re going to, that we’re cutting off. Alright now we’re going to open up our strip
set and we’re going to pull some strips from here. Now the pattern is going to tell
you exactly how many pieces to cut and exactly what size to cut them. But when I sew like
this I’m a scrapper so when I sew what I’m going to do is I’m going to grab a strip.
And I’m going to sew it down the side and cut it off with my scissors and go down the
other side. So it’s all, it all works out the same but you, you know, it’s just different
ways of doing things. So I want to show you right here. You’re always going to piece
to the colored side, ok? So I’m going to lay this on here. I’m going to trim off
my selvedge edge right here. And I’m going to lay this on here and I’m going to sew
this down. Now I know because I know what size this block is that that piece right on
this side is going to be a 4 ½ inch piece. So you’re welcome to cut those if you want.
I’m going to go over here to the sewing machine and I’m just going to sew this down
here right along this edge. And remember we’re always adding to the color. And so then I’m
going to come right here and I’m just going to trim this off. And then I’m going to
fold it back. Now I’m going to add a piece to the other side and it’s going to be a
different color. Make sure I have no selvedge edge right there. And we’re going to add
it to this side. And you saw that I finger pressed that back, right? You can iron it
back or you can finger press it. When I do a block like this I have a little ironing
table that I put right by my sewing machine, right over here, so I don’t even have to
move. I can just iron and sew and iron and sew. Alrighty. Now I’m going to trim this
off. And I’m going to go over and iron this for real because I’m ready to put my next
edges on. So you see what we’ve got going on here?
Now we’re going to add another one on this side. And let’s go for this one, a little
bit lighter. And then we’re going to add another one over here and we’ll go . She
has the most fun, just these fun, vibrant fun colors. And so we’re going to go over
and I’m going to add this piece on. Again you add short piece, long piece, short piece,
long piece. That’s how they go. That’s how you build a log cabin. And that’s how
you build this block. I don’t actually know, I’ve never built a log cabin. I have to
say I would like to live in one. I’ve stayed in one a couple of times. And they’re beautiful.
But, ya no, I haven’t built a log cabin. But I’ve built lots of quilts with the blocks.
Alright, again I’ve just finger pressed this back and I’m going to add this piece
to the side. And you can see I didn’t, I didn’t clip this exactly right so what I’m
going to do is I’m going to make sure that I line it up with my long piece and keep my
piece going straight so that I just sew a quarter of an inch and don’t pull that out
to the edge because I left a little bit there. And I probably shouldn’t have but basically
this is how I sew. And you guys know that. Alright I’m going to trim this off right
here. Alright now we’re going to iron it back and see what our little block looks like.
And this is our block right here. We are done with our first block. And so it goes together really quickly and
fast. And so I want to show you some ways to lay this out. Now the way we’ve got ours
laid out here, what I had to do it lay it out because I’m a little angley challenged,
I have to start in the middle and build out. Because you’re looking for those fun designs
that appear. And so you know you can always do this and start it where you color goes
in the center right here like this. Now if you look at my quilt right here behind you.
My quilt is done with these to the inside like this. So you’re going to put this on
your design wall and you’re going to start with this center section right here. So let’s
look at this right here. . See what, see what’s happening right there. And then you fill in
with your other blocks. So as you put them in this is going to come this way now. See
how this goes. And you’re going to get these corners right here. And it’s going to come
out and going to come out. There will be a diagram for you to follow. But it just makes
it really, really fun to look at because it starts framing up the block. Can you see that?
I mean it’s just really, really cool. Let me move this up here a little bit. And see
if you can see this. And one more over here. And I can’t show you the whole thing on
my, on my table because it’s not big enough. But you can see here, see how you got this
whole center piece right here. And just add them in and this one the blocks come together. You know you’re just going to have to look
at the diagram and follow it or make one up of your own. It’s really a fun quilt to
play with and a fun quilt to make. And let me see what size this is so I can tell you.
It’s 62 by 78. So it just goes together quickly and fun. It’s a log cabin around
a half square triangle so it’s a great little block. We’re calling it Summer Camp because
it’s not an actual log cabin but almost. So we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the
Summer Camp quilt from the MSQC.

100 thoughts on “Make a Summer Camp Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star! (Video Tutorial)

  1. I have scrap half-sq triangle blocks from a previous project. Going to use them and a jelly roll to try this! I'm excited to try a log cabin block 😄 Thank-you!!!

  2. I like it a lot. Especially the beautiful fabric. It looks so hard but it is really easy. I think Im going to try this. With Saturday September 16 being National Jelly Roll Day this would be a perfect quilt to make with the jelly roll purchased for a special pattern when I found it or buying the Soul Mate Roll by Amy Butler.

  3. This is awesome, Jenny! I can't tell you how much I love your videos. Perfect for everyone for a beginner to expert. These videos always get me thinking and inspired

  4. I love this…..Jenny you make everything so easy ….and most of all you just are always so excited to so everyone what you are doing that it's just so much fun ! Every single Friday when I watch these beloved videos of yours, by the time the video is ended I have this HUGE smile on my face…..thinking about the newest quilt and I can't wait to put it on my "To Do List" !!! ( Which by the way is so long now that I will never leave long enough to make all those favorite quilts you have patiently taken the time to show us all !!!
    Many (((HUGS))) to you Jenny !….Thanks so much for ALL you do ! 🙂

  5. What a pretty quilt, Jenny! I've never tried to make a log cabin quilt but I like the twist on it with the half square triangle block and this fabric line really makes it modern. I like the aqua you used in the half square but I think I'm going to try it in red. If I buy the red in yardage will I have to pre-wash it first?

  6. Thank you for taking your time to do these tutorials for us. You probably don't know exactly how much we enjoy them. You've been quilting for a long time but still have such enthusiasm for it.

  7. I've been looking for a pattern to use to do a reds, naturals and blues scrap quilt for my grandson. Perfect!! I can't wait to get started, thanks for another wonderful, easy to do quilt pattern.

  8. Oh Wow! I love this! And it doesn't take much fabric and makes a nice size quilt! Love the fact that it uses two different quilt patterns together (HST and Log cabin) also! Thanks Jenny! I am going to make this one next (x2) for Christmas presents!

  9. Wow that is so nice. I love it! Log Cabin in so fun to make. You make it twice as nice Jenny. Thank You Missouri Star Quilt Co. 😍😘

  10. Would you please estimate the 1/2 square triangles into charm packs? With arthritis in my hands, I avoid as much of the cutting as possible.

  11. I soooo look forward to Friday mornings to see the new tutorial each week! But I have a question. Do you make most of your quits the size of a bed so it can be used, or don't worry about it and make whatever size the quilt turns out? I struggle with just making it to "display" vs useability….

  12. This is a lovely quilt. What a nice & different log cabin block, I can't wait to try with some of my scrap stash. Thanks Jenny. Peace n luv, Jean

  13. This isn't my favorite pattern but I really love the fabric you used. I think I might pick this up in a layer cake to use with one of your other designs.

  14. I love these tutorials. I am new to piecing and quilting. The thing that holds me back is knowing how to adjust fabric amount from a queen size quilt to a lap size quilt. I have not found an easy rule of thumb. I think the twin size quilts and larger just overwhelm me. I am at the baby step stage. Any suggestions?? Thank you in advance.

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  16. I'll say it again… Jenny… you "validate" my quilting style!!!! I'm always afraid to show or tell people how i sew because i break the rules and am happy with "good enough"…. as you say… "finished is better than perfect"…. I think i make about a lap quilt per week,, the the stash is getting used up!!! I'm 70…. this year… don't want to leave it all for my kids to have to find people to give it too…LOL

  17. Thanks so much continuing to make quilting so much fun!  You deserve to win the Main Street Awards and I have voted for you.   I know you won't toot your own horn, but I will.  For those of you who don't know you can vote for MSQC at this link to win the Main Street Awards through Forbes. https://mainstreetawards.forbes.com/voting.php

  18. I love the quilt. You make sewing quilts easy and fun. I look forward to your weekly videos and have learned so much! This is an easy block and I love how you laid it out. Please keep them coming!👍😀

  19. I'm a novice quilter and I LOVE your videos. Even if I don't intend on making a certain quilt pattern, (I like this one) I watch every week because you can learn so much! I've bought a MQSC ruler and templates from a Canadian company; thanks for thinking of us!

  20. I just love to watch your videos. I find that I am looking at quilts with a new eye and breaking down the blocks which I have never been able to do before. I finally had to start keeping a book with all of my pre-cuts listed with notes beside them of which quilt I watching when I ordered them so I can remember what I was going to do with them. If my husband actually saw by stash I would be hard pressed to explain it. 🙂

  21. Love this! Thank you for another video! Right now Im making home is where the haunt is and Thank goodness for your tutorials on it! Im a visual learner and its so nice having the tutorials to go with the patterns!

  22. Speaking of summer camp, will MSQC be carrying the new Girl Scout themed line by Riley Blake?! I wanted to make a "Jenny's Tents" quilt with it, but now I really like this pattern also!

  23. like this one. It looks more complicated than it is. Must remember to start with triangle and build with logs to create block. Great way to get a colourful cloth! Thanks Jenny… you always simplify things. Other tuturials would have suggested foundation papers. Obviously this is not necessary seeing you do it

  24. What is the name of the 16-patch quilt with chevrons that is behind you at the end of the video. I searched your videos and was unable to find it… Is there a video for this one?

  25. Working on the last few squares. This is a fast fun quilt. Thanks for the tutorial. Ps. Have you used the HST ruler yet?

    . It's fabulous.

  26. I'm very happy with this tutorial and will be using it as I just ordered my materials for the Summer Camp Quilt. Thank you for all your help.

  27. Lovely quilt… I always enjoy your tutorial… I have a request … would be possible you can show how to make Twisted Log Cabin block, please.. Regards from Melbourne, Ausralia

  28. I may be barking up the wrong tree( something my mom used to say) I have a question or a problem. I don't have a quilting machine, can't afford one. I have a brother $120 version from Walmart. Disabled and limited budget . I am a beginning quilter. I've watched many many many videos on how to put a quilt together. My family thinks you by the way, they all now have quilts :-). My problem is that I cannot figure out how to quilt the quilt. I tie them now, and it takes forever because of my hands. I am sure people quilt it on Home machines long before all the fancy accessories and machines came around. But so far I've been unable to find a video that teaches me that. How to quilt on a home sewing machine that does not have a deep pocket, an extended tray or any of the other bells and whistles. I know a lot of people read your comments common I'm hoping someone can give me some suggestions.

  29. Thank you, Jenny, for making quilting so much fun! And especially, thank you for not being perfect! It gives all of us permission to play and not be perfect ourselves!

  30. What happens if I flip the HST and sew to the white so the color is primary instead of the white? I would like to have the color in the center square (turned the second way shown in the tutorial ). That wouldn't make a difference would it??

  31. love this block , and yeah , i know how you sew . that is why i love your videos . you are so real . you're a wonderful teacher . I'm much older than you and you have taught me many things . thank you very much . someday i hope to visit your store . i live in indiana , a little south east of indianapolis . it would be a good day trip for my daughter and me . till then , I'll be watching your tutorials.

  32. Hi Jenny just love your tutorial, but i just want to ask what is the differents between inches and centimeters sorry about the spelling thanks.

  33. Oi Jenny! meu nome é Sonia Chamon moro no Brasil na Capital Federal, assisto muito seus vídeos e adoro suas aula descomplicadas faces de entender, apesar de não falar seu idioma consigo entender muito bem suas explicações, a m,inha dificuldade é q aqui no Brasil em particular na capital não encontramos suas réguas que são barbaras, gostaria de adquiri-las e caderno de blocos,
    vc me enviaria? um abraço de mais uma admiradora.

  34. I really like this pattern. I just finished 2 quilt tops with your disappearing 9 patch and they turned out just great. Thanks Jenny

  35. Summer quilt – im having issues with my corners.. some are matching and others dont. Not sure what to do? Can i get some help pls. Thanks

  36. Jenny I love your videos and I have learned so much. However, you say to set the seams and you maybe set on out of 20 and then you keep saying it and not doing it. Absolutely cracks me up!!! Have a great day.

  37. Looks so cute. I love that line! I have bought a couple pre-cuts in soul mate, i am wishing I bought more of that line. That color palette just speaks to my soul, haha "soul mate".(that was an unintentional pun) As well, as the prints. If I ever see that line again in the future, I will not hesitate to buy it. Thanx for the video.

  38. Thank you Jenny for all yr explainations and tutorials that make me so inspired and sometimes difficult for me to sleep. Just cannot resist them all. Wish you all the best and have a beautiful and great life ahead. I am from Malaysia!

  39. Love this quilt. You say "you're going to need 3 3/4 yards of fabric for the backing" BUT the instructions say 4 3/4. Can you clarify. Thanks

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