Quilting enthusiasts, gather 'round because we have an exciting project to share with you today! Jenny Doan from the Missouri Star Quilt Company has brought us a delightful tutorial that combines the timeless elegance of friendship stars with a touch of fanciness. In this tutorial, we'll be learning how to create a stunning quilt that Jenny affectionately calls "Fancy Friends." By adding extra outside blocks to the classic friendship star design, Jenny turns this project into a masterpiece that's not only visually appealing but also incredibly simple to make.
The Fabric and Materials:
For this project, Jenny uses the exquisite "Floralicious" fabric line designed by Lila Tueller for Riley Blake. The fabric's intricate patterns and vibrant colors serve as the perfect backdrop for creating a quilt that exudes charm and sophistication. To get started, gather the following materials:
- One roll of two and a half inch strips from the chosen fabric line.
- Accent fabric (approximately two and three-quarter yards).
- Background fabric (about four and a half yards).
- Outer border fabric (one and a half yards).
- Quilt backing fabric (eight and a half yards or two and three-quarter yards of 108-inch wide fabric).
- Binding fabric (three-quarters of a yard).
- Basic quilting tools and sewing machine.
Creating the Friendship Star:
Jenny takes us through the step-by-step process of creating the heart of the "Fancy Friends" quilt - the friendship star block. She starts by cutting two and a half inch by four and a half inch strips from the chosen fabric. These strips are sewn onto the friendship star blocks in a carefully planned arrangement. Jenny guides us through the sewing process, emphasizing the importance of sewing from specific directions to achieve the desired angles and effects.
Watch the Tutorial:
For a detailed visual guide to creating the "Fancy Friends" quilt, watch Jenny Doan's tutorial below:
Join the Quilting Adventure:
If you're inspired to create your own "Fancy Friends" quilt, gather your fabric, follow Jenny's instructions, and embark on a quilting adventure that combines classic elements with modern flair. With the "Fancy Friends" quilt, you'll not only enhance your quilting skills but also have a beautiful work of art to cherish for years to come.