Make a Stack and Flip Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star! (Video Tutorial)

Make a Stack and Flip 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? I mean this is just a great quilt. It’s stunning. It just pops with
color. And yet it’s so, so easy I can hardly wait to show you. So to make this quilt, what
you’re going to need is one roll of 2 ½ strips like this. We’ve used this Spin Basics
Bright from Timeless Treasures. And it’s just beautiful. You’re also going to need
a yard and a half of a background fabric. We used a white and that takes care of your,
your sashing pieces here and a five inch border. You’re going to need five yards for the
backing on this quilt and we just have put a plain back on it. And it just goes together
so quick and easy. So let me show you how to do this because this is really fun. Now
I want to talk for a minute about these rolls. A lot of us buy these rolls. We love them
but not very many of us open them. You just like to stack them up and sit them on our
shelf like this. It just looks so cute. But this is a great project if you want to open
them because it’s really simple. So what you’re going to do is you’re just
going to take your band off. You think you’re home free but you’re not. There’s rubber
band. When you get that off you’re just going to open up this roll and we’re going
to open this whole thing up like this. And for ours we, we just left it just like it
is. Just how it came off, you know, our, our, our roll is how we’re going to sew this
up. And what we’re going to do is we’re going to start with our, with our strips.
And we’re just going to sew them together. So you’re going to pull the first two strips
off and we’re going to sew those together. We’re going to stack them right on top of
each other with the right sides together . And we’re going to sew a quarter of an inch
right down the side. Now you want to make sure your selvedge edges are lined up perfectly.
And we’re just going to go to the sewing machine now and sew a quarter of an inch down
the side. So just set up your thing and this is that
kind of relaxed sewing because you know you just, you get out a little bit. Make sure
your strips are lined up. And then you can just kind of fly down the side. So now what
you’re going to do is you’re going to press these open. We’re going to go to the
ironing board over here and press these open. And we like to always press to the darker
one. And we’re just going to roll that back, just like that. You want to press from the
top. Make sure your seams are completely pressed open. Alright. Then what you’re going to
do is you’re going to stack the next, take the next strip and stack it on there and continue
adding on. And you’re going to go, just keep sewing them on so they go graduated colors
from light to dark. Now I have a whole top over here that I’ve
almost completely finished. And you can see a little bit more about what I’m talking
about. So here we go. So I’ve just been stacking them. We’ve sewn selvedge to selvedge.
Now a lot of times they say when you sew strip sets together to make sure that you sew back
and forth and back and forth. You can do that on this. I didn’t and it worked. But what
I did was I took my red section and sewed those three together, pressed them. Then I
took my orange section and sewed those together and pressed them. And then added that whole
section to the red. So I was kind of doing littlier sections at a time. So maybe that’s
why they didn’t bow and it worked for me. Down here at the bottom here I’m ready to
sew on my next two strips. These are my last two. Now there’s something I have to mention
here. There are only 32 strips in this top. What I did was I pulled out, I took the first
32 and then I saved the last eight for my binding right here. See how I have this binding
out here. And you can see where the colors came together. And I saved them on there.
And to be completely honest I only used seven strips for the binding. I had this much left.
And so really you could put 33 strips on here. And that’s what I would do if I were to
do it again. I had already done that and set it aside. But you could of course can do whatever
you want. So what I’m going to do now is I’m going
to take these two this, this, the purple and the lighter purple. And I’m going to sew
those together and then add them to the bottom of my quilt. So again I’m just going to
do a quarter of an inch right down the side. And you guys are going to have this quarter
of an inch thing down pat. I’m telling you, this is so fun just to sail down the side.
Alrighty, now we’ll press this open and we’re going to add it to the bottom of our
strip set. Sometimes it helps when you’re sewing to just do little sections at a time.
And that’s kind of what I felt with this. I just felt like let’s just do little sections
at a time. Alright. So now we’re going to attach this to the bottom of the quilt. And
it’s going to go together just like this. And we’re going to fold this little section
over onto the quilt, match up my little ends right here. Make sure that we’re straight.
And sew again a quarter of an inch. Alrighty. Now the fun begins. Well first we’ve got
to press this. We’re going to come over here and just press it. Now it really doesn’t
matter which way your seams go on the back because, because it’s, we’re not matching
any seams. I knew there was a reason for that. It really doesn’t matter. You want them
flat. You want it to be nice and flat. So if you notice you have a, a little pop ups
sometimes it’s where a seam has kicked up on the back like this right here. So then
you can just flip it over and make sure that these lay nice and flat. Alrighty. So now we get to do some cutting. And this
is the part sometimes that scares people a little bit. You shouldn’t be scared of this
though because this is going to be fun. So we’re going to fold this together and we’re
going to line up our sides right here. I’m going to fold it in half and in half again.
Now you can actually do it all the way one side if you want, a single fold. This works
for me so I’m going to do it but you have to make sure that it is nice and flat and
smooth. So and even. Match up your top. And then we’ve got that nice and even. And we’re
going to make sure we’re even down here. We’re going to bring this up like this.
I like to cut when there’s a little bit less space, area to cover. Now one of the
girls who sews with me, she does not like that so she’s always trying to make it lay
all nice and pretty and do it a little bit at a time. I’m just too speedy for it. But
do what’s comfortable for you. What you’re comfortable with. So what I’m going to do
first here is I’m going to trim off these selvedges. Now I’m making sure that my quilt
is laid up, matched up on my mat. That those things are lined up. I’m going to pull this
out just a little more so I can cut right on the, right on that line. This is, it’s
important to get this cut straight so just, you know just make sure you’re in a good
way there. Alright I’ve trimmed off all my selvedges in one fell swoop. And then what
I’m going to do is I’m going to come over here and, and this one right here, this measurement
right here. This is seven inches and this is six inches. I want you to remember something
really fun. You are the designer of this quilt so you can make this any size you want. So
if you decide you want this narrower, it’s not going to make any difference at all what
size you cut these two. Mine are six and seven. So I’m going to start here with a, with
a six. One, two, three, four, five, six, like this. And I’m going to cut that. And then
I’m going to do a seven right here. And one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. Make
sure we’re lined up here and make that cut. Now this quilt is one of those that it’s
longer than it is wide so I wanted to add some wider sashings in there. So what I did was I took my background fabric
and I cut it into three inch strips for my sashings. That’s these right here. Those
are three inches. And so, again I’m going to take my fabric and I’m going to fold
it up like this. And then I’m just going to come, make sure it’s straight on my mat.
Make sure my edge is straight. It looks pretty good. I’ll clean it up a little, just right,
just a tiny bit right here. I’m a, I’m a big fan of cleaning up that edge. I just
want to make sure it’s right. So then I’m going to come over three and I’m going to
cut. And you’re going to, you won’t need all of them but you’re going to need two
for each side. You’ll have a tiny bit of leftover. So I’m going to cut these out
of here like this. And if I move that you can see the line a little better. Alright
so now what we’re going to do is we’re going to take these two sashing pieces and
we are going to sew them together to make a one long piece. And what I’ve done is,
see where the fold is, my fold is, I choose to call that the right side. There’s no
right or wrong side but I always put my folds together so that I know that I have both of
the same sides of the fabric together. And then I’m, this is not a seam allowance here.
I’m going to sew on the other side of the dots, the little pin holes to make sure I
don’t have any selvedge in here. And I’m going to do that to both of my sets. And you
can actually chain piece those together so it will go really fast. Those little two.
And that’s how I do my borders too, I have my strips and piece them all together. Alright
now let’s trim off these selvedge edges right here because we don’t want all that
bulk in there. And one more over here. There we go. So now what we’re going to do is we are
going to take our piece that’s in the middle, this piece right here. And it’s the one
that’s a little bit smaller. And we are going to put these strips on both sides. So
we’re just going to lay this out right here. See how long this is. And we’re just going
to attach these strips to both sides. And so I’m going to go to the sewing machine
and, oop! You’ve got to cut off your top selvedge too. So here, because you want that
to line up exactly with the top. So we’re going to put this right sides. Make sure that
your seam where you joined them is going the right way. And mine is not. So it’s a good
thing I checked. So we’re going to go here now. I’m going to line this up. And we are
going to sew both of these sides on here and press them open. So I’m lining them up,
making sure I’m at the very top. Alrighty. Now we’ve sewn down both of our sides and
we are ready to trim and press. So the first thing I’m going to do is I’m going to
lay my piece right here like this. And I’m going to take my ruler and I’m going to
trim that off even with the top right there. Just like that. And I already did that on
the other one. You probably saw that in fast motion. And we’re going to go here to the
ironing board and we’re going to press these back. And you can just roll these back if
you want. You can also make sure that your seam goes in or goes out. In or out, mine
is going to go out. Again these seams don’t match up to anything so, so they don’t have
to go a certain way. Really we just want this nice flat top. So once you’ve got your whole
thing all pressed we are ready now to add it into the quilt. Now our quilt is set up to go from red down
and so this center piece here, we want to flip that around. So we’re going to flip
that around. And then we are just going to take our big pieces and we are going to sew
them on to the sides of the quilt. So this is my cut edge right here and that’s going
to go on this edge, the big piece. I have so much to manhandle. And then this small
piece we are also going to sew on here like this. So basically what we’re going to do
is we’re going to lay these pieces on top of each other like this. Sew a quarter of
an inch down the side, open it up like this. We’re going to do the same thing to this
one, making sure that you’ve flipped your middle row so that it’s opposite, sew it
right down the sides. Once you get those two seams done, your top is done. And so then
we’re ready to add the borders. So let’s take a look at these. I put a little
five inch white border out here. I just thought it would make this white kind pop in here.
And that’s your whole top. So remember again we only used 32 strips and our extra last
few strips, last eight I sewed together for the binding. So I sent the quilt off to quilting.
When I got it back I bound it, and I bound it with my leftover strips. Now there’s
a few things I want to talk about on this because this is a really cool project and
I can see so many ideas for it. So don’t feel, don’t feel stuck into using a rainbow
colored roll. And almost all rolls come in color families. So as you sew them together
they kind of graduate in color and it would be kind of really cool to flip that one around.
This Spin Basics also has like a black, white, gray roll and I think that would be gorgeous.
I also think it would be gorgeous with just about any fabric line you could do it with.
So don’t hesitate, you know if you have a roll and you want to try this. It will be
really fun to see. The other thing is, is don’t forget you can change your measurements
on this because all you’re doing is cutting out a piece and then you’re sewing it back
together. And so it just, and you can decide if you want this to be a skinny piece or a
wider piece. You know whatever you want feel free to play with that. I love when we get
those creative juices going. So this is a really fun quilt. I hope you enjoyed it. We’re
calling it the Stack and Flip because we just stacked those pieces on, sewed them together
and we flipped that middle. So we hope you enjoyed the Stack and Flip quilt from the

100 Replies to “Make a Stack and Flip Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star! (Video Tutorial)”

  1. I first heard of Jenny when I was searching for a "Y" seam tutorial. There was Jenny and MSQC with wonderful tutorials. Jenny is so easy to understand and follow. She doesn't know it but, we have become great friends, LOL !

  2. Hi Jenny, I love watching all your tutorials. I have made quite a few of your quilt patterns already and have quite a few more waiting to be made. It was my mother who introduced me to your tutorials and your quilt shop. Now we quilt together which is super fun. I actually had your quilt shop machine quilt my very first quilt a little over a year ago! I loved it so much, I have been using your machine quilting for every quilt I make. You have inspired me to research opening my own quilting business 🙂

  3. Already subscribed, been watching for ages, just love your tutorials. I first came across Jenny on YouTube searching for a quilt tutorial. Now her videos are my first port of call and I look forward to Friday when I watch the latest one every week.

  4. I first heard about Missouri Star through work. I hadn't been a quilter or even a sewer before then. Now I can't seem to find anything else to want to do! This quilt is so beautiful. I've got a blue jelly roll, maybe I finally have a project for it. ?

  5. great idea for a jelly roll, can see it done in florals .. almost look like a colour-wash .. have been subscribed for a long time and cannot even remember the first tutorial I watched .. this my 'go to' youTube when I am stuck .. thanks, Jenny and gang ..

  6. Have been teaching myself to quilt by watching Jenny's videos, so I guess that means Jenny is teaching me to quilt! Just stumbled on msqc videos and have watched them all several times!!

  7. I love watching Jenny's tutorials! I have learned so much. A friend at work first told me about Jenny a couple of years ago. Since then I have made several projects using Jenny's easy to follow directions.

  8. Learned to quilt by watching Jenny's videos! Love getting in on daily deals too! Good service. Just got a gift cert for Block, looking forward to that too! Love MSQC!

  9. I first heard about MSQC from my daughter-in-law, I can't remember the first tutorial but I have ordered a lot for my daughter-in-law and well as myself.

  10. I have enjoyed Jenny's tutorials on Facebook for a long time. The first one I watched was the Log Cabin Quilt from a jellyroll.

  11. This quilt looks like so much fun, & so easy to make. This would be a great quick quilt to give as a gift. This is ANOTHER quilt to add to my "quilts to make list." My list keeps growing.

  12. Love this quilt. I can't remember exactly what the first tutorial I watched but it was either Tavern Blues Civil War quilt or Magic Square Quilt Tutorial. I have since watched all the tutorials and some of them many times. I guess I first saw a posting on Facebook about the tutorials, really can't remember but I'm sure glad I found out about them. I've been subscribed to MSQC tutorials for a long time. Sure would love to win a fat quarter bundle. Hope you reach 400,000 subscribers soon. Thank you Jenny and all your crew for making quilting so much fun!

  13. I've been subscribed for several years and love your tutorials! You taught me how to quilt! I found you online when I was trying to make a special wedding quilt for my son and daughter-in-law but didn't know how to quilt yet! Can always use a new fat quarter bundle now! ? Happy birthday Jenny!

  14. I found out about MSQ by researching online for a quilt pattern. MSQ popped up as one that had the pattern, I found out that not only did you have the pattern but also a great tutorial to show an easy way to create the quilt.I have been a fan since. I have bought many Deals and watch all the tutorials.

  15. Love, Love, Love MSQC!! I learned to quilt by watching Jenny's tutorials! I started quilting about 4 yrs ago. And we share the same BD month and year! 1957 !! Jenny, 60 looks fabulous on you! Happy Birthday!!

  16. One Saturday morning I was riding my exercycle and watching a Fons and Porter quilting show on my local PBS television station. The guest for that show was Jenny Doan. I think the episode demonstrated ways to add variety to jelly roll quilts. Jenny was just so warm and friendly you couldn't help but feel like you knew her. I think I became a fan right then an there. Was so thrilled to see her in person last fall when my husband took me to Hamilton for the 8th birthday celebration of MSQC. We had such a fun time!

  17. Jenny's joy is easily seen and shared in her instructive videos. I'm glad I clicked on that first one that I saw.

  18. A friend shared about the quality of your fabrics and about your tutorials. The first one I watched was on binding. very helpful.

  19. I just finished piecing the strips together and am rewatching so I know what to cut the strips. FORGOT TO LEAVE OUT THE STRIPS FOR THE BINDING! Oh well. Not like I don't have other fabric laying around!

  20. I am yet to do a class but I have watched enough of your videos to see that this is an easy quilt to make. Thank you for the inspiration Jenny!

  21. Congratulations on 400K+ subscribers, MSQC! I'm proud to say I've been a fan and subscriber for years, you're my inspiration, and why I've become such a professional "professional fabric (and quilting tools) acquisitionist". I've only completely finished 2 quilts since I got 'the bug' in 2012 watching your tutorials (many I've watched again and again). My first one was a Jelly Roll Race 2 — the one with a square of background in between each strip. It really was a good-sized quilt for only using one jelly roll plus a bit of background, 2.5" inner border and a 5" outer border. I used the 'Wallflowers' fabric collection, with the dark grey with flowers as border. I found myself sewing much slower than you, Jenny Doan… and when I told my friend how slow I go, she said "maybe for you, Diana, it's a jelly roll WALK, not RACE. So that's why I named it "Wallflowers Walk". I gifted it to my niece Kristy as a University graduation gift, and she LOVED it. Thanks for all your tutorials, Block magazine, Daily Deals, Quilters Cash, and all your special events. I live vicariously through those lucky enough to join you in person… hopefully one day I'll visit your retreat centre in Hamilton, MO too. All the best to MSQC xoxox Diana from Toronto (originally from Hamilton, Ontario!).

  22. I like this rainbow quilt but then again, I love colors! I've been subscribed to your videos for a number of years. I also am subscribed to your newsletter.

  23. Hi Jenny, your projects r sew easy and I love it, u r sew easy to follow, I have seen some Storm At Sea projects, have u done one if not can u do one for us. thank u.

  24. at our" Norwin quilters" guild, The Missouri Star quilt Company was introduced to us and I have not been able to take my eyes off of all the neat things that Jenny does.

  25. I just made my "Stacks" today , I'm so excited about this and can't wait to finish it. I'm new to quilting so this was a great one to do. Your tutorials have been a fantastic help for me , thank you!!

  26. I have been trying to build this quilt. The bowing wasn't an issue until I did the cut parts across the strips and sewed them to the white strips. It was extremely bowed. After ripping it all out I hesitate to try it again. Help

  27. I love MSQC. I love the tutorials, your daily deals and your large selection of fabric and quilting supplies. I have made so many quilts from the tutorials. if I can't sleep, need help or just "whenever" I grab my phone and watch one. Thank you. Don't stop!!!

  28. Hi Jenny, my daughter wants me to make this quilt and she picked out her fabric, Riley Blakes, Happy Day jelly roll. When I opened it there are two strips of each color. How would you manage that? Maybe sew the matching strips together and put them long ways?? What do you think?

  29. Jenny, you got me into quilting after I saw the Jelly Roll Race tutorial. After the Jelly Roll I went on to do a Zipper Quilt, a log cabin, a 9-patch, and a bear Paw quilt. I tell people it's like a sickness and the only cure is MORE FABRIC!!!

  30. Love this quilt.
    Did a jelly roll quilt for my daughter and her fiance. (Beginning. .2nd ever quilt) and I wish I had seen this before.
    That's okay…I can make this one later

  31. Thanks. I did figure it out and got a little help folding as it was a bit bulky! I love this technique.
    I appreciate your answer. Chris

  32. This is my one of your best tutorials! I found it really helpful that you included instructions for the sashing and binding.

  33. This is a great pattern to use your jelly rolls. I made one and now working on my second one. Christmas presents for my girls!

  34. Hi Jenny and thank you so much for everything ! You’re always enthusiastic and your projects are great! ??

  35. jenny quiero felicitarte x tu tutorías ,eres muy clara y precisa he aprendido mucho contigo soy fiel seguidora y he aprendido un lindo oficio donde desarrollamos nuestra creatividad un abrazo desde Chile. Pto montt

  36. jenny quiero felicitarte x tu tutorías ,eres muy clara y precisa he aprendido mucho contigo soy fiel seguidora y he aprendido un lindo oficio donde desarrollamos nuestra creatividad un abrazo desde Chile. Pto montt

  37. jenny quiero felicitarte x tu tutorías ,eres muy clara y precisa he aprendido mucho contigo soy fiel seguidora y he aprendido un lindo oficio donde desarrollamos nuestra creatividad un abrazo desde Chile. Pto montt

  38. jenny quiero felicitarte x tu tutorías ,eres muy clara y precisa he aprendido mucho contigo soy fiel seguidora y he aprendido un lindo oficio donde desarrollamos nuestra creatividad un abrazo desde Chile. Pto montt

  39. OMGosh!! I just finished this quilt top (for a baby quilt), and I don't know what to do about washing it. Won't the colors run?!!  Please advise!!

  40. I'm making this with the Sugar Plum favorites jelly roll. New grand daughter on the way! I'm not using the strips with trees…using those for a wall hanging.

  41. I appreciate all of the wonderful tutorials. They are very well done and Jenny is super. My wish would be to have the quilt sizes listed in king/queen/double/twin/etc so I know. This is not just a wish for Jenny, even years ago when I was playing with quilting, I had the same questions/issues. How do I convert a pattern into a king size to fit my bed? I don't want to make wall hangings or quilts for other sizes. I realize you can make your borders wider, add another block to the sides, etc., but it would be great to see this addressed in the videos. Thanks again!

  42. I’ve finished the top, but now need to wash it (it’s a baby blanket). What’s better for color fastness – salt it vinegar? thanks!!!

  43. Wish you would have a camera over head to look down on your hands as you were sewing so that we can actually see what you're doing instead of from looking straight on we can't really see for those of us who are beginners and would like to know

  44. Love your videos! We have a king-size bed, so, when I make this one, I think I will either make two and join them into one … or … cut the strips all the way across and add sashes between to make it equal on all sides. You have so many wonderful ideas and ways to do your quilts, it often turns our "light-bulbs on" and makes us think of even more ideas. You are a great lady, teacher and instructor.

  45. Hi Jenny! Thank you for these tutorials! I have learned so much watching them 🙂 One question – do you starch your fabric before you start working on them?

  46. How does this work with a roll that has 2 or 3 pieces of the same fabric? Do I need a roll where every one is a different color? Or maybe I need 2 rolls? Hard to find fabric lines that put 40-42 different patterns in a collection anymore.

  47. I have watched this many times previously. I don't think I am alone in wanting to see other tutorials. Cutting yardage would be helpful as in what you were just doing.
    Also backing with options – using larger cuts and sewing pieces together – pretty please!

  48. Just discovered Jenny – love her tutorials. I’m a beginner quilter here in UK having just retired and I’m inspired! Loving this strip quilt. Thank you.

  49. You are sew right, I have a very hard time opening those beautiful rolls of fabric! I have opened 2 so far out of around 20! lol Thank you yet again Sew Wizard Jenny! lol

  50. Love this quilt. Wish you had showed the back of this quilt. Wanted to see what type fabric you used for the back. You make things look so easy. Thanks for sharing! ???❤️???

  51. I have moda ombre strips with metallic dots I think would look beautiful with this pattern! Thx Jenny!

  52. Love how Jenny's sweater color always complements or matches the color of the quilt behind her!  Very clever!     Great tutorials…. always inspiring!

  53. Love this quilt, but I’m confused on the 5” border. So after all of the colored strips are sewn and the sashing, I would add 5” border to both sides and the top and bottom of the quilt too? Thanks for any help you can provide!

  54. I live your videos. You explain everything so wonderfully and in such a positive way. Looking forward to this quilt. Ty

  55. Jenny this would make a great quilt as you go tutorial!!! I love this simple quilt. You are an inspiration ♥️thank you thank you!

  56. One question: How do you sew these long strips without having them distort? I sew them and they start bowing or waving. Very discouraging.

  57. Going to use this to make a baby quilt in shades of purple. Can't wait to see what it will look like. Thanks

  58. Hello, love your tutorials!! I noticed when you use Jelly Rolls or Stacks they are not prewashed, how does that effect the finished quilt after washing.

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