Make a “North Star” Quilt with Jenny!

Make a “North Star” Quilt with Jenny!

Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the MSQC.
And I’ve got a fun project for you today. Let’s take a look at this quilt behind me.
Isn’t this great? Such a cool layout. Such a fun block. This is our block right here.
And of course there’s a million ways to lay it out. And let me tell you how to make
this. So to make this quilt what you’re going to need are three different pre cuts.
A 2 ½ inch strip set. And we used every single one. And we’ve used London Fog Batiks by
Island Batiks. You’re going to need a 1 ½ inch strip. So these originally came on
a nice roll. And you’re going to need one of those. And then I used three of this little
pre cut, which is a 2 ½ inch square. And it’s double the size, so you get 84 squares
in here. They’re just little 2 ½ inch squares cut up. And I used three of those. So for
your outer border you’re going to need 1 ¾ yards and it’s a 6 ½ inch border. And
for your backing, look at this. We took one of the prints and used it. And this print
actually comes in 108 wide and we used 2 ½ yards of that. So 2 ½ yards but 108 backing.
So when making this project I literally used one pack of these 2 ½ inch strips. But Island
Batik strips tend to run a little bit longer so if you run out of strips you can cut it
out of your border yardage. We put a little bit extra in there so you could cut some strips
out of there if you need some extra strips to finish up your blocks. So let me show you
how to make this. We’re starting with a 2 ½ inch square of
white and a 2 ½ inch square of color. And I’m going to show you exactly how I did
this. This is how I tend to sew. And what I’m going to do here is I”m just going
to cut a 2 ½ inch square out of my strip like this. And I’m going to put these together
right sides and I’m going to sew corner to corner on this. So that means you can press
the line or draw the line. And I’m just going to lay this across this here and draw
the line. And we’re going to sew right on that line. Not either side, but right on it.
Let me make sure you go corner to corner. And we’re going to sew right on top of that
line. So we’ll come over here and sew that. This is all about bordering and bordering
and bordering. Now sometimes, when you start this sewing, your line, this line, you’re
going to draw your lines for awhile and then you’ll get so used to it you’ll start
just sewing across the block. And when I do that I just want to tell you this because
sometimes this happens. When I do that sometimes my blocks aren’t exactly square. So if you
fold this block you can see which side actually makes the most square block because . sometimes
it’s one side and sometimes the other. See this one leaves a little bit extra here so
I’m going to fold it from this side. And which means I”m going to cut off the side
that I think is a little bit wonky. Alright so there we go. Now we have this block done. Every block gets bordered with an inch and
a half strip. So we’re going to start right here with an inch and a half strip. And I’m
just going to cut off the selvedge right here. And I tend to use my scissors for this kind
of a thing because, I just do. I’m old school. So I’m going to put my strip, I’m going
to sew a strip on here, cut it off and sew a strip on the other side. So we’re bordering
each corner, I mean we’re bordering each little block and we’re bordering on the
color. So the color always touches our background. So I’m going to bring this over here and
sew around it. And we’re going to do several rows of this so this will get to make sense
to you really quick. Oop, I’m a little in too far, hang on. I just veered in right there
so I’m going to start over and make sure my quarter inch, you want to keep your quarter
inch pretty close on this one because your, your blocks will get kind of wonky if you
don’t. Alright, so there’s my block. And I’m going to use my, hopefully you can see
this. I’m going to use my block as the cut mark. So actually you can just lay your ruler
along the edge of the block and cut before you press it open. So I would, you know if
it were me I’d have a little nest right around me with an ironing board and my cutting
mat and everything right there because this is pretty iron, cut intensive. Alright so
now we’ve got, we’re putting our 1 ½ inch strip on the other side. And again I
just use my strip as my cut line. And you can do that with a scissor or with your rotary
cutter and just trim that off. Alright now we’re going to press this open. And now it’s time to add our first layer
of color. So this is the block that we’re working on right here. And so we’ve got
our little 2 ½ inch square in the center, now we’re adding, we’ve added our white
now we’re adding our first row of color. And that’s a 2 ½ strip right here. So I’m
just going to grab one that’s different. Now in the pattern it will tell you exactly
how, what size these need to be cut but of course I just grab the strip and run with
it. So I’m going to put this, the same color on both sides. So I’m going to sew down
on this one right here. Just straight down, keep my quarter of an inch and then before
I press it open I’m going to use that as my, my mark to cut it. And then I’m just
going to finger press. Now honestly when you’re dealing with batiks, it is so, they’re so
easy to finger press. They just lay back so nice. And we’re going to go down this side.
Alright and again we’re going to clip. And press it open. Now what we’re going to do, once we get
around every 2 ½ inch row, we are going to sew a 2 ½ inch square on the corners. So
I’m just going to press my squares real quick like this, or draw the line. Either
one works. And I’m going to put a square on each side so right here. And you always
want to make sure that you’re going from the outside of your strip in and from the
outside in on both ones. Now this one right here, this one didn’t iron very well. My
line, you want your line right in the middle corner to corner. And my line didn’t, I
didn’t take good time with that one. Because your line corner to corner, that’s going
to be your sew line. So again I’m putting this on and then these are going to be cut
this way and sewn that way as well. So we’re going to the machine and sewing on the line.
And then I’m just going to flip this around, make sure it’s still lined up on the corner
and sew on the line. And remember you sew from the inside to the outside or outside
to the in, whatever makes sense to your brain. Alright. Then we’re going to trim these
off. This is one of those quilts when you make it, at least for me, that, that your
whole sewing table gets a mess because you’ve got all the strips piled everywhere and the
pieces and you’re ironing and cutting. Alright so now we have this row. And again we’re just going to add our 1
½ inch strip. So we’re going to go around both sides always adding to the color. And
I’m just going to clip this with my scissor right here. Finger press it up and sew down
the side. Alright we’re going to clip this open just like this. And I’m going to press
it back. Now just like I added the color here and my cornerstones, I”m going to add color
again, white, color again and don’t forget your cornerstones each time. And I’m just
going to go ahead and sew that and I”ll meet you right back here. So now I’m adding my last square and I’m
sewing corner to corner remembering to sew from out to in or vice versa. And then we’re
going to trim off these corners and our block will be done. So here’s our one corner here
and here’s our other one. There we go. Alrighty, so then I’m just going to press these out
to frame up my square, give it nice shot of steam. There we go. And look at that, our
block is done. So this is how you put the blocks together.
Now the way we did this, we laid it out several different ways. This is really a creative
block and fun to see in all different ways. We kind of liked, we even sashed it at one
point. But kind of liked how it all came together in this center right here to make the star
or the box kind of starish thing in the center like this. So like this. So let’s look at
the center of the quilt. So whenever I do a quilt like this that has one center where
it all comes together, I actually lay the center out first. And then I look and I see
that these two come together and these two come together and I lay them up, up. And then
I go out, out this way on all four sides. And then I turn these so they make sense.
So you’re actually sewing these two together and these two together to make all your top,
side, and bottom blocks. These corner blocks are all going the same direction. So you’ll
just want to look at the diagram and follow that to be able to make your quilt. But it makes a great quilt. It’s about 80
by 80. Really fun. Just straight border sewing. And we hope you enjoyed this tutorial from
the MSQC.


  • Lyn Burck says:

    That is such a beautiful pattern. I'll definately try this one. Lots of greetings from Germany

  • Cecilia Nyberg says:

    Absolutely wonderful Jenny! Thank you! I can no wait to do something with that design.

  • bug wilson says:

    I loved this quilt. I was getting a bit lost though because like Brenda Martinez said, u were a bit "rushed" on this one. And some of the camera angles were not as good. Slow it down a wee bit. But know that I love what u do. I save all of ur tutorials

  • Diana Thomas says:


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  • Dawn DeCesare says:

    Love this pattern! I would have baskets or containers to place the scraps in for future projects. Thanks for sharing.😊

  • Peggy S says:

    Blue and batik, it doesn’t get any better than that. This is next on my list to make. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • Angie Detlefsen says:

    This is my kind of pattern!

  • David Hansen says:


  • Ann Coombs says:

    Ann Coombs Scotland
    Definitely will be making this one , Jenny, after I've done about the other dozen or so of yours I have in mind to do! Do so love all your tutorials, wish I was able to visit your shop bu twill content myself with ordering online.

  • AthenaSchroedinger says:

    I just love pattern, and the colors. Will have to add this to my "must make" list. 🙂

  • Chris Rahall says:

    What can I say.  Such a beautiful quilt. You make quilt piecing very easy.  thank you

  • e2cmmm says:


  • Olivia Reese says:

    This is one beautiful quilt. Praying its in the magazine so I can have the printed instructions.

  • Mary Ellen Brennan says:

    WOW! What a beautiful quilt! So many quilts to make, so I better get started!

  • Mrs. Smith says:

    It's beautiful, looks like a giant Hibiscus blossom, love it!

  • Anne Ericsson says:

    Another winner! You never cease to amaze me👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • Manuela Silva says:

    I love it. Can you do a quilt with a dog? Please.

  • Cynthia Stark says:

    Chain piecing for sure. Thank you again for another beautiful quilt.

  • Cynthia Stark says:

    I knew this tutorial seemed different but couldn’t put my finger on it until I read the comments. You did seem to be running on super sonic speed. We all love love love your tutorials though.

  • Enny Kraft says:

    Saw the quilt and clicked on thumbs up before even watching the video.

  • Cynthia Fedak says:

    That is gorgeous! Jenny where do you get your ideas from? Love the color combinations! You make me just want to sew quilts all day long and do nothing else! Thank you!

  • kriss hickman says:

    oh my gosh i love Friday mornings because i get to see the new tutorials.. this one blew me away when i first saw it i so much want to make it with this fabric.. please get some back in soon i absolutely love blue as Jenny does.. once again thank you Jenny for all your hard work and teaching so many of us your skills!

  • Joy Pelland says:

    I love this one. It has that, ripple on water effect.

  • vpiltk says:

    Seriously, you rock! I love this quilt.

  • JoAnn Gilbertson says:

    Just asking I want to make a 10 and a half inch quilt square how many squares do I need I am so new at qulting I love all your quilt you make

  • Michael Logel says:

    This is stunning…..I love quilts like this! Thanks for all you do for the quilting world and I love the simplicity! That's great for our church guild because we have ladies at all skill levels!

  • Mary Schutte says:

    This is a beauty! Thank you so much for your generous weekly videos.

  • catangel70 says:

    looks like the quilt is blooming from the center out – gorgeous!

  • Kathy Boden says:

    Great as always Jenny thank you!

  • Nighat Javaid says:


  • Sherrye Steffens says:

    LOVE❤️ everything about this😀

  • Brigid McCrea says:

    Inspired!  I am inspired!  And for once I am doubly inspired to use batiks!

  • Holly Caron says:

    Love, Love, LOVE the colors!!!!

  • Robin Gustafson says:

    I love this!! Thank you Jenny

  • Teresa Lucero says:

    What a clever quilt, and a twist on a traditional log cabin. I could see this in so many different colorways. A true go-to quilt for any Quilters library of patterns. 😊

  • Helida Alves Franco says:

    Lindo bloco!!!! Linda colcha!!!

  • Kimme Nuckles says:

    Oh my! This one moves to the top of my favorites list!

  • Sewsewn says:

    absolutely love this!!!!!!

  • Cheryl Dunn says:

    Could look 3D with the right colors

  • Lou Ann Andrews says:

    Love blue and white quilts. this is a must make for me. I made the Sticks & Stones quilt in blue and white and everyone loves it.Then I made a red and white Sticks and Stones for my 13 yr. old granddaughter.

  • crochetmumster says:

    Hi Jenny, just saw your Forbes video of 5/22. Have you done a video on the lovely quilt you show on 4:54? People are asking about it. Congratulations on your family business, and thank you for all I have learned watching you over the years.

  • Marla Summers says:

    wow, beautiful quilt!  Looks almost like a big Maze

  • Kelly Sarnocinski says:

    I have a question I hope someone can help me with. I absolutely love sewing – my mom bought me a basic sewing machine three years ago and I’ve been using ever since making a bunch of different things. I found this channel last year and have loved the idea of making a quilt. Which I did! Yay! It was a small quilt – and I actually used the MSQC tutorial for a baby quilt – and it came out great! The only difficult part because of the size of my machine quilting it was impossible but I did get it done. To make a long story short I want to continue in quilting but I don’t know what a good start quilting machine would be. The only ones that I have seen when I google are in the thousands…is that typical for this style of sewing or are there others that I can look into? Thank you for your help!

  • Jo Bernhardt says:

    Did I miss it? What is the block size? Thanks.

  • KaylenA420 says:

    Sooo inspiring Jenny ,I can't wait each week for the next pattern ,hi from Western Australia.

  • Kate Stone says:

    It would be cute done in rainbow colors. I may have to try that!

  • Ilse Bartlett says:

    Jenny you have done it again, love this quilt. I am hoping this will be in the bi monthly book that I buy from my patchwork shop over here in Australia. i wished I lived closer to you guys. Cheers

  • Lisa Wilde says:

    I love this one

  • Faith Arrowood says:

    That is adorable! I love the how the center comes together like a flower

  • Hilda Valbuena says:


  • Concha Ochoa says:

    You are the best👍💐

  • Karen Mckenzie says:

    Sharon, your story is truly inspirational. I wish you best wishes and good luck for a good recovery. From England. X

  • Erika Silva says:

    Sorry for the English, I had to use the goolgle translator. I'm Brazilian and I love his work, I'm a beginner in patchwork and even though I do not speak English I understand how to build the blocks. You teach very well.

  • Mom Grandma says:

    This is such a cool quilt! Jenny, you and your team are amazing!

  • Diane Johanson says:

    Neat pattern.

  • Beverley Simmons says:

    Now now Jenny that is a gorgeous quilt but you must know me now i won’t be tempting to that one really nothing easy with you girl

  • btiny36 aka Brenda Johnson says:

    Is there not a small inner border in this quilt and also are you saying you need 3 packs of the 2 1/2" square which would be a total of 252 2 1/2" squares?

  • Diane Walker says:

    I love this pattern! Adding it to my "TO DO" list.

  • Lisa jo VonAllmen says:

    I wish you would have shown us some of the other layouts.

  • beatrice lebouc says:

    En France je ne trouve pas c'est lot de tissus comme vous présentez ,c'est dommage car c'est super et très beau résultat Merci

  • colleen linden says:

    Thankyou for sharing this beautiful quilt Jenny. I am definately making this quilt, love it!

  • Patsy Burroughs says:

    Could there be an error on the list of yardage? Or did I miss the yardage for the border"

  • Diane Arthur says:

    Oh my goodness Jenny!!! How awesome is this quilt. Thank you so very much for continuing to inspire my sewing and quilting. Love, love, love it.

  • Jan Tilleraas says:

    How do I get to the City Sidewalk tutorial? Thanks

  • Петровна я says:

    Как всегда. ..просто и красиво !! Джейн ты лучший учитель по пэчворку !!

    Хотя я английского не знаю…но и так все понятно! !!!!!

  • Dee Beaulieu says:

    That just beautiful Jenny🌹

  • Jennifer Evans says:

    Have you ever considered making YouTube playlists by type of precut? Like a Jelly Roll playlist, or layer cake playlist? That way when we get one we can browse the potential MSQC options! 😀

  • Sue Keida says:

    This is a fabulous quilt! I have the perfect fabrics for it. Thanks, Jenny!!!!!

  • Gloria Wojo says:

    I've got to try this one.  Jenny, as you were explaining the "how to" my mind kept thinking "chain piecing, chain piecing."  Would it alter the quilt outcome to chain piece all like-kind sewing pieces before moving onto adding the next piece?  I'd like to see you expand on this tutorial and go a little slower next time and show exactly how you sewed each new row.  I'm a beginner old person and it probably takes me longer to absorb than people who have been quilting for years.  Thank you, Jenny, for helping to make my last few years memorable, not just for me, but for others who have benefited from my new hobby.

  • Linda Jack says:

    I absolutely love this quilt! I think I will be making one. Thank you so much for making things look so easy.

  • Toni O Malley says:

    Another winner

  • Debra Kirkwood says:

    when you say 6 1/2 in border is that cut or finished ?

  • Michelle Tothill says:

    I have two months to quilt this summer and with each video I find another one I want to make. But there is not enough time. I think though that this one will bump one of the others off my list I love quilts that have an illusion effect. Great use of precuts for those without a lot of cutting space. I loved your nest comment. I have a couple wooden TV tables that work for my nest, one gets a small cutting mat, the other an ironing surface and my smaller iron.

  • Olive Gobin says:

    Love it! So simple and beautiful.

  • Sue Cone says:

    That is a very interesting block because of the different ways it can be laid out. Thanks

  • Clara Isabel Anaya Lizarazo says:


  • Sharon Corbett says:

    Just gorgeous!!!

  • Carolyn Jones says:


  • Veg123 says:

    I love this pattern and the batik. Does anyone know if Moris Indigo fabrics need to be prewashed? I wash my quilts often and want to keep the white pieces crispy white with no bleeding.

  • Gigi Jordan says:

    Sew happy to see a lefty like me that still uses scissors on the right hand! Love these tutorials!

  • vegwentarian says:

    This is a beautiful quilt and I am definitely going to try it!
    But what kind of sewing machine are you using, with that wonderful extended tray?

  • Dr Michael Elinski says:

    Great demonstration of this very attractive quilt for the guys I’d like to make quilts for in the family. This would be perfect for one of my brothers, who happens to have blue eyes. I love this colorway with the London Fog batik. Thanks for making the video.

  • Dr Michael Elinski says:

    Wish you sold this quilt as a kit because it’s perfect as it is done here!

  • Linda Mattson says:

    Thanks again for another great tutorial. I love this quilt and the colors are great. I am glad to see that I am not the only messy sewer. I have stuff everywhere!

  • LInda Rowe says:

    The tutorial went way to fast

  • Françoise Allemand says:

    Superb! But far too big for me, not because of the work to do but the size ….. I would not know where to put it …..

    Have a good day


  • Judy East says:

    This helped a lot because the pattern does not indicate that the 2 1/2 squares are white.

  • Ann says:

    Looking for a quilt for a wedding gift for my son and his soon to be wife. This is it!! I know I won't do it as fast and hope I can grab all that info. You did get it in there, you just must've been hungry 🙂

  • MaineIndianfeathers says:


  • Debra Hackney says:

    This is such a great pattern. I am going to give it a try. It was very noticeable that you were rushed on this video. You talked so fast and cut and sewed the pieces together so fast. I love your tutorials and you inspire me to make more quilts.

  • cathy vergo says:

    I love this pattern. Is there a pattern for this North Star in a lap size quilt? If so can you please direct me where to get. thank you in advance for any help you might offer

  • Галина Рязанова says:

    Какая красота!!!

  • kathleen hale says:

    Beautiful pattern

  • K Schallert says:

    Sometimes watching you makes me nervous. You don't remind me of someone who is actually enjoying sewing. It's supposed to be relaxing, at least it is for me, but you always seem so rushed. I would love to see you slow down and not feel like you have to hurry up through every video. If you feel like there's not enough time, well, just take more time. You own the company, so you can pretty much take as much time as you need. You remind me too much of myself when I'm cooking for someone….slow down and enjoy this incredible thing you get to do! And I really do appreciate all you do for us little beginner sewers. I've learned so much from you! Thank you!

  • Jody Jones says:

    I keep clicking the links here for the supply list and all it does is bring me back to the video again. Is there a list or not?

  • Sherrie Baker says:

    Finished mine & love it!

  • Edineusa Proença says:

    Maravilhoso.parabens obrigada por ensinar

  • Natha Ellefson says:

    Àqqq day onesies were a

  • Melissa Orona says:

    This is my favorite quilt you've done so far, Jenny. I just ordered the Java Batik Blues jelly roll strips that are on sale at MSQC to make it with for my best friend. So excited to put it together for her! Please never stop making quilting videos. You infect so many lives with your contagious personality and simplicity in quilting design. THANK YOU.

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