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Make a “Forget-Me-Not” Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star (Video Tutorial)

Make a “Forget-Me-Not” Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star (Video Tutorial)

Hi everybody. It’s Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt company
and November is Alzheimer’s awareness month. It is the sixth leading cause of death. More than 6 million people are suffering with
Alzheimer’s. Every 65 seconds somebody is diagnosed with
Alzheimer’s. One of every three of our seniors dies with
Alzheimer’s or dementia and Alzheimer’s kills more people than breast and prostate cancer
combined. In addition, there are 16 million people in
our country who are caring for people with Alzheimer’s. We lost my mother-in-law in the year 2000
to Alzheimer’s, so this is something that is near and dear to my heart. A while ago there was a gal who sent me one
of these flowers and this is the flowers that they use in the Walk To End Alzheimer’s, and
it’s called The Promise Garden. They come in different colors and each color
means something. So this yellow right here means I am supporting
or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. There are blue ones and you would have that
if you have Alzheimer’s. Purple means I have lost someone to Alzheimer’s. So that is this right here. This, for me, for my mother-in-law and orange
means I support the cause and I can see a world without Alzheimer’s and how we wish
for that world. So today we’re going to, we have actually
created a template that matches this petal so that you, in turn, can make a quilt in
honor of or for someone you love that is suffering with this terrible disease. So to make this quilt what you’re going to
need are two packs of five inch squares and we have used Amethyst Royale by Wilmington
and we’re also going to need some white. And we chose this white on white patterns
and this is also by Wilmington and it’s a set of 10 inch squares and you’re going to
need another background. And I wanted mine all to be solid. I wanted the background of my squares to be
the same and the petals to come forward. So we got this out of yardage and the yardage
we used was one and a half yards and we cut them into 10 inch squares so that we could
make our half square triangles. You’re also going to need your Clearly Perfect
Slotted Trimmer to square things up. You’re going to need some heat and bond that
I have over here. We’re going to need some border fabric right
out here, we have a nice big six inch border on here and that’s one and three quarter yards
are backing, back here, also in the purple and it is three and three quarter yards. So let me show you how to make this because
this is pretty simple and it’s also really gratifying, one of those really sweet things. So what we’re going to do is, again, I chose
the purple because I lost my mother-in-law to Alzheimer’s and I mean, that’s just something
I want to honor her with. And so this purple right here, this lavender
will allow all the colors in this purple, all the different colors of purple will allow
it to just pop off here. So what we’re going to do first is we’re going
to make our background square. We’re going to put our white square and our
purple square together and we’re going to sew all the way around the outside of this. You’re just going to line them up and sew
a quarter of an inch like this and we’re just going to… Hang on just a minute. We’re just going to sew right down the side,
there we go. I had it set on another stitch so I wanted
to get that off of there. All right, you can come to the corner and
pivot or you can actually sew right off the edge. I made it just right so I pivoted. I never know actually if I’m going to sewing
off or pivoting. There we go. Turn. Sew down. What you’re mostly looking for on this quarter
of an inch is consistency, so try to make this in the same on all four sides. So now what we’re going to do is we are going
to take our square right here and we’re going to grab our 5×15 ruler and we’re going to
lay it diagonally on both corners. And you’ll see right here, I have a little
pleat here, that’s not going to matter, I’m going to cut right through that so that doesn’t
matter. So we’re just going to lay our ruler on here,
cut diagonally both directions and then we’re going to cut the other direction this way,
so we line it up corner to corner again and we cut again. All right, now we need to square these and
I’m going to be using the clearly perfect slotted trimmer right here. And I want my squares to be about six and
a half. Well, I want them to be exactly six and a
half. So I’m going to line my seam line up with
their seam line and hopefully you can see that right here. And then we’re just going to trim off these
little dog ears on the sides right here. And then I’m going to cut up on this side
and down the other. And you could tell, I didn’t even cut anything
on that first side, sometimes they come out so close. So let me cut this one too. I’m going to cut off four of these. So again, we just line up that, their stitch
line on my stitch line and trim up and across. I love how little waste there is. One more here, line it up. Sometimes you can line it up on these so that
it goes all the way to one side and you really only have to trim one side. But if they’re off at all, I just do both
sides. All right, and here is this right here and
cut my little dog ear and come up this side, down this side. All right, so now what we’re going to do is
we’re going to press to the dark side. So I’m going to lay these all dark side up
right here. Now we’re going to iron these and I’m just
going to set all my scenes at once and then I’m just going to open these up and iron back
and my darker side is going to be… My seam is going to be pressed to the darker
side. You want to make sure there’s no [inaudible
00:06:23] folds in these because that really matters. Okay, so once you get your half square triangles
made, then what we’re going to do is work on the petals. Now, on my quilt right here, you can see I
have these four petals and they’re the same and that’s because this particular line of
fabric has two of each. You can make them scrappy, whatever you want
to do. So I pulled out four fabrics that are the
same to make my thing. Now, on the other little flower there are
five and I did four just because I liked how they sat on there. I think you could do five if you kind of push
them together and overlap them. But what I was interested in is what happened
when I got these four petals on here like this? So I centered them on my block and it just
framed up that little pinwheel center of the block and I just love that part. So I’ll show you a little bit more about that
in a minute. But to do my petals what I did was I put my
fabric right here onto the heat and bond. And you have to be really careful to do this,
you can actually rough cut out a petal and put it on if you want. This was a little bit faster and I just kind
of wanted to do it this way. What I did was I just carefully put my iron
on here like this and I just kind of watch it so it goes right to the edge but not onto
the sticky, you do not want it to go on the sticky. And so then I need to put one more on here
and I’m going to do that down here on this bottom part right here because it’s closer
for me and make sure this is out of the way underneath. Just like this. Careful, careful. So you can ahead of time cut these into five
inch squares and go ahead and cut yours. But I’m just showing you how I did it and
I kind of tend to do things, you know, sometimes like I’ll do it and then I’m like, “It would
have been smarter to do it this way,” but this is just how it worked for me. So for right now, I’m just going to cut these
up here. Make sure these are out of the way. We wouldn’t want to make that booboo. We got these. And you can cut these with scissors, whatever
you want to do. Let me get this cut in between here. All right. So now what I wanted to do is there’s several
things you can do next to make petal, there’s always more than one way to do things and
my way isn’t always the easiest way, but it sometimes it makes sense in my brain. So you can’t actually stack these up and trace
around this and just go ahead and cut them out all at once. But you know, I like to live a little dangerous
so you can rotary cut around this petal just fine too. So I’ve actually got all four of my layers
stacked up here and I’m just coming around this side, I’m going to flip this because
you never want to cut towards yourself. So then we’re just going to come down this
side like this, and then we’ve got our four pieces done right here. And those are our petals. So now what we’re going to do is we’re going
to attach these to our square and we’re going to iron them on. So you just want to fold this over and peel
this back like this. And what I did was I actually eyeballed it. I looked it to make sure I had about a quarter
of an inch on both sides right here. And then I just lined it up, make sure my
centers was lined up, and then I pressed it with my iron. And you want to leave at least a quarter of
an inch when you line it up because you got your seam. Don’t forget you’ve got your seam right there. So now before I put this together, I went
ahead and stitched all the way around it with whatever applique stitch you want, whether
it’s a blanket stitch or a little zigzag or you want to do straight stitch around it and
you can actually stitch it up. So a big part of this project is blanket stitching
around this petal and I thought I’d show you that close up and personal. First you’re going to pick the stitch you
used and I chose a blanket stitch and on my machine it’s number 24 and it’s one of those
that comes down and over, and down and over. Just like that. And my stitch length is just the normal machine
setting on it, it’s two and a half and two and a half. What I’m going to do is I’m going to lift
up my needle and I’m going to slide this under and I’m going to start right here on this
edge. You want to know where your needle is going
to come down so it comes down right next to that fabric. And so what I’m going to do is I’m going to
sew straight across here like this and keep my stitches as close to I can. Now, normally what I would do is I would use
purple thread that doesn’t show, I’m using gray thread. See, you can hopefully see this a little better
and I just slow way down when I get to those corners and come around the side. Now, you can make this stitch go in further
or out further, however you want. And I like to just sew along this edge and
once you’ve done this a little time you can get pretty quick at it. I kind of just use one hand to do all my turning
and my steering. If I’m smart, what I’ll do is put my glasses
on so I can really see this, I find myself struggling a little bit. So make sure you take time to do those things
if you need to. But you can see on this how this is stitching
ever so carefully. We’re coming down here
to the home stretch. I didn’t start right on the very edge of this
so I’m going to go ahead and flip this and take a few stitches on the other side. And we’re done. And then hopefully you have a locking stitch
so that you can just go ahead and finish that up. So again, I just want to go over a few tips
on this one. You’ll want to practice and sew this on a
scrap piece of fabric to make sure it’s the width and the length that you want it because
all of this is adjustable. You’ll want to make sure that you’re using
the thread color that blends, unless you want to outline like this and then that works. You want to make sure that you can see well,
you’ve got your good glasses on. And when you get going, go nice and slow and
it will just… You know, don’t rush through this until you
get comfortable with it, then it’ll just make this nice little petal that’s sewn on and
you’ll be able to sew all four of these together, and I hope this helps you with your machine
applique. I have some that are done over here so you
can see it. So these are done and they’re all stitched
on like this. And then what we’re going to do now is we
are going to put four of these together to make a pinwheel. Now, this is important because you want your
pinwheels to match. You want them to go the same direction. And so as we put these together, you want
to make sure that you have white to color, white to color, all the seams hitting toward
the center like this. Now you can see on this one I have, I have
two and two different pieces to show you, so really it’s however you want to do it. Whatever works for you. What we’re going to do now is we’re going
to lay these on top of here like this and this one on top of here like this. We’re going to sew a quarter of an inch down
the side and we’re going to leave this connecting thread right in the middle of the two of them. So we’ll go right over here and we’re going
to sew a quarter of an inch right down the side. I’m going to leave this on here, this is chain
piecing, and attach this one, slide this one in right under the needle, still keeping my
quarter of an inch. And then these are now attached by a thread
and it should keep them in line so that we have it all going the right direction, and
we do. So we’ll fold that on top of that and then
we’re going to sew a quarter of an inch down the side. Now, what you want to match on this one when
you’re coming down the side is that middle point. So we’re going to come down here and we’re
going to make sure that one seam is going one direction and one seam is going the other. Feel that with your fingers, make sure that
there’s no room in between. Sew to that and over it. And then come down this side. All right, now we’re going to open this up
and we did really good. Look how good that looks. All right, let’s press this open. Now you want to make sure you have a nice
flat block. All right, so here’s our block and look how
pretty that is. Now, you’ll notice right here in the middle,
these aren’t all perfect. I didn’t get them exactly perfect because
I was eyeballing them but it looks great, I think. And let me show you how we put this together. So we’re going to go to this quilt back here
and we’re going to look at, let me move this chair. We’re going to look at these one, two, three,
four. We actually have 20 blocks on this quilt. And so one, two, three, four, five, 4×5. And we just put them together like this, one
row, so we make the whole block, put the row together. Now the only thing you have to worry about
what you’re going to match up is where these two blocks come together right here. And so again, just like we centered this one,
you’re going to want to center these. You’re going to want to lay them on top of
each other, make sure you have one seam going one way and one seam going the other way. And your quilt will come together just really
smoothly and really easily. So many of us are affected by Alzheimer’s. And we hope that you use this template or
the free PDF to make quilts to donate or auction. Can you imagine the impact we could have to
bring awareness to this cause if we all banded together? So on that note, I want to dedicate this video
to my mother-in-law, Irene Doan.

32 comments on “Make a “Forget-Me-Not” Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star (Video Tutorial)

  1. This is so worth being up at 4am (U.K.) for. This is also very close to my heart. Thanks so much Jenny and Co. ❤️❤️

  2. Alzheimer’s is my biggest fear as I approach my 60s. Thank you for this beautiful quilt to bring awareness to this disease! ❤️

  3. Just started to watch this video and had to stop and grab a tissue. My Grandpa passed away a few years ago and had the beginning of Alzheimers. And my dog, Dakota, had the dog version of it. I lost her last December. Love this quilt idea.

  4. Well this is making me cry. I will
    Have to make one in memory of my fear father in law. Who passed away fro Alzheimers. It is such a tragic disease.

  5. This quilt will be my sister’s gift for Christmas she has Alzheimer’s and her favorite color was always lavender and purple. Thank you so much.

  6. Oh this is lovely. I've recently been diagnosed with dementia and feel so much fear sometimes.. It's comforting to know that people care. I am taking Namenda now and am in HOPES I can keep quilting for a long time! Friends, I have quite a stash to use up!😅

  7. If you wanted another awareness. November is national Adoption Awareness, white is the color for that(from alot of reserch itnis most often said), and May is national Foster Care awareness, that color being a light blue. Both of these are very dear to my heart because I was in foster care and fortunately Adopted. I came from a high risk case where I was not expected to have survived just a month or 2 after I had been taken out, if God had not sent the police to get my sisters and I when they did. I was also on the low expectancy end of ever getting adopted, probably would have been sent back if not For God and the hard work of my Mom. (Who God had always intended, I believe, to get me in the first place). So Foster, evan Adopt if you can, you can save and change lives!

  8. Wish I could give this a heart instead of just a thumbs up. Alzheimer's is such a tragic disease, for the afflicted and their loved ones. I'm so sorry for your family's loss. God bless. I'm thinking I'll make a wall hanging size with a dear friend's mother's name embroidered on. Thank you so much for this and all you do.

  9. I can’t express how I felt eatching this tutorial. I cried the entire time. I lost my grandmother on christmas eve almost 3 years ago and my grandfather last august, near his birthday. Both to alzheimers and I made a painting to honor their memories but this quilt will deffinetly be a project I’ll do.

  10. Lovely video Jenny. Your Mother-in-law must have been a wonderful woman to have inspired so much love in you. My Mother was also named Irene…it's a beautiful name for beautiful & inspiring women.

    My belated condolences to you & your family, & all who loved her.

  11. Jenny, Thank you so very much for this tutorial! It’s a beautiful quilt and i may make this one for myself as I have a dear friend with the disease now. It’s so hard to see our loved ones suffer from this awful disease. Thank you again!

  12. Check out Dr. Joel Wallach on YouTube and he tells you what Alzheimer's is cause from. Do not eat margin or oils or Crisco or deep fried foods, they all cause the desease. Jenny keep up the good videos I live for new ones.

  13. I love this quilt. I lost my grandmother to Alzheimer's and currently have an aunt that is suffering from this horrible disease. This is a great way to pay tribute to them. Thank you so much for this design Jenny!!!

  14. Have you thought about the fusible interfacing that you can sew on to your peddle, slit a hole it the back and turn it inside out and Iron in place?

  15. What a beautiful tribute Jenny. My husband lost his mother to Alzheimer's. She started showing signs in her 50's. She spent 16 years in a nursing home after having spent several years in an assisted living facility. I saw her just before she passed. I wouldn't wish this horrid disease on my worst enemy. My sincere condolences to your family. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Love this tutorial, Jenny! My dad had Alzheimer and I lost him 4 years ago. I‘ll certainly make a Quilt like this. I thought the pdf would include also a template?

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