Make a “Happy Trails” 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. I can hardly wait to tell you about it. Take
a look at this quilt behind me. Isn’t this fun? Now if this looks familiar to you at
all it’s because a while back I did a Snail Trail quilt and that’s what this block is
called. And then a gal came to see me and she said, I have this great new way to make
a snail trail. And so this is like the even easy, easy, easier Snail Trail. And every
once in a while we come across something like this and it’s like, I”ve got to show you.
I’ve just got to show you. So thank you to Kathy for bringing this to our attention
because this is a really cool method. So to make this quilt what we used was two packs
of five inch squares. And we used Mrs. Miller’s Apprentice by Pam Buda for Marcus Fabrics.
This background fabric right here, so the sashing and this whole first inner border
is just one yard. Then for your outer border you’re going to need a yard and a quarter
because we put a nice big six inch border on here. The backing, let’s see, we need
3 ½ yards for the backing and it’s just a really cute little back. So let me show
you how to make this because this is super easy and super fun. And I love the idea that
you can use any size square you want to make this block. So we’re using fives but literally
you can use any size. So keep that in mind while we’re doing it. So what we’re going to do is we’re going
to lay out four squares and we’re going to lay out four of our blue squares first.
So one, two. And they don’t have to be matching. They can be scrappy. And I’m going to get
four different ones. So one, two, three, four, right here. No let’s do something else right
there. Sometimes you’ve just got to go with something else. Alright then what we’re
going to do is we’re going to lay four background squares on top of them. Now we have used,
in this packet of Mrs. Miller’s fabric, we have used the lights and the darks in the
pack. So if you want a solid background you can do that. Ours looks real scrappy because
we used the lights and the darks in the pack. Alright so, oop I like them all different.
Let me change this one out. One more here. Oh here’s a good one. Alright so now we
have four blue squares and four background squares. And then what we’re going to do
is we are going to set one aside and not cut that one. Then what we’re going to do with
these other ones is we’re going to take our little 2 ½ ruler and we’re going to
put them corner to corner. And on two sets of them, make sure they’re lined up really
well. On two sets we’re going to just cut them corner to corner. So this one. And I”m
just going to turn it like here so that you can see that I’ve cut it. And this one.
And just one cut. Oops, that guy wants to get away from me. There we go. And then here’s
this one like that. Now this third one right here we’re going to cut twice. So we’re
going to, we’re going to cut it from this corner and this corner. And when you get done
with these, these eight squares you’re going to have two blocks. So this is really cool.
So I’m just going to leave this here so you can see this that I’ve cut these two
this way and these two this way. Now this one that we left whole, what we’re
going to do is we’re going to put this right sides together like this. And we’re going
to sew a quarter of an inch down the side because we’re making a four patch for the
center of our block. So we’re going to sew just on the sides right here. You know what
I’m going to press this so this lays a little bit flatter. It’s got a little bit of a,
little bit of craziness going on there. Alright. So now what I’m going to do is I’m just
going to sew down both sides. Alright so I’m going to sew down both sides. So I’m just
going to cut it and flip the squares around and sew down here. Alright. Now what we’re
going to do with this one is we’re just going to take our ruler and lay it along the
edge because we’re going to cut it right in half. And this is 2 ½ . And we’re going
to press these open like this. One and two just like that. And then we’re going to
lay these right on top of each other. So I’m going to put this one here and this one here.
And I’m putting them opposite colors. So the light to the dark and the dark to the
light just like this. Match up that center seam and we’re going to sew the sides again.
Alright so make sure this is lined up, nested right there in the middle. And then the same
over here. And make sure that snugs right up next to there. Alright now what we’re
going to do is we’re going to cut this again. So again we lay our ruler right on the edge
of our fabric and we’re going to cut it open. And that’s going to give us two four
patches just like that. So let me press these. I didn’t do a very good job of pressing
that. It’s kind of wonky. Let me see. Give it a steam. So now that we’ve got these nice and pressed,
we’re going to come over here and I like to orient them with the light square up in
the top right. And then we’re going to our little cut pile right here and we’re going
to put on two sides like this. So just one square. Let me move this one over here. And
we’re going to put on these two sides. Now I like to just, I generally just eyeball this.
It’s about, you know, I don’t know, a quarter of an inch sticking off each side.
But if you want to make sure it’s perfect you just fold it in half and make a little
crease right here. We’re going to do that on both of these. And then this is going to
go on the side. And you want to make sure that your, your background color is matching
up with your background color. It’s in the top left. So we’re going to line this up
on here and we’re going to sew one to both sides. And I”m going to do this to both
of our, both of our squares. Alright now we’re going to flip it around and add that same
square to the other side right here. And I’m going to notch my middle again. There we go.
And one more. Alright. Alright now we’re going to press these open. This comes together
so easy you guys. And I love that you can use any size square. That’s such a fun thought
to me. Alright so now what we’re going to do is
we’re going to take these and we’re going to put our blue ones on either side like this.
And you see what’s happening here? So I’m going to just work on one square from here
on out but know that for every one that, for every time that you cut these squares you’re
going to get two blocks. So I’m putting this on this side. Alright now I’m going
to flip this around and add one to the other side. We’re going to press this open. Let
me grab this long thread there. There we go. Alright, and now we’re going to go to our
bigger squares. And again we’re going to add our light. We keep our light to the top
right corner, put our light squares on first like this. And I’m just going to go ahead
and press this little center place in here and a little center place here. We’re going
to add this to either side. And one more on the other side. We’re going to iron it.
And this is actually one of those blocks where I have a little ironing board that sits right
along the side of my sewing machine and I make a little nest for myself because you’re
ironing, sewing, ironing, sewing and you just want that to happen all together. Alright
so this one is going to go on this side. And then this dark one will also go on the other
side. Alright I’m going to go ahead and make a little crease on this to make sure
that I line it up in the middle. There we go. Alright now we’re going to press this.
And just like that your little block is done. And just like that you get this cute little
block. Look at that. Isn’t that cute? So just a recap on that second block, you’re
starting with your lights, you know your light corner up in the corner and you put those
sides on. We’re going to turn it. We’re going to add these lights or these darks to
the side. Once those get on, again always keep, I always like to keep my light in the
top right corner and then your lights go on there like this. And then your darks go here
like this. And so out of the two blocks, out of the squares that we cut you get two blocks.
And I love that idea. I just love how that goes together. It’s so quick and easy. And
let me show you how this fits into the quilt. Because we set them a little differently,
we set them so that all the light squares come into the center. So here’s how that
works. This is going to go in here like this. And then we sashed them. So the key on the
sashing is what size is your block. What size square did you begin with. So ours is, let’s
see. So we’re going to cut our little sashing strip at 8 ½. And, and then we’re going
to put a sashing strip in between each block. So let me cut one at 8 ½. Just let me count
this now. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight and a half. And again I use the
sashing, I use some strips from yardage for my sashing, your background yardage. So that’s
going to go here in between. And it’s going to go in between every block. So I have some
more blocks over here like this. Oop, there you go. Color down. And then, then when we’re
ready to add our second row, again your, your sashing strip is going to be the same size,
8 ½ and then your little square which we also cut these out of leftover charms, is
going to go in the middle there. And then you just keep sashing along. So let’s look at the quilt. So we’ve got
our row here. Our four blocks with a sashing in between each one. Then we took the same
size sashing, it’s the same size as your block, and put a cornerstone. Sashing, cornerstone,
sashing, cornerstone. The reason I like the cornerstones is because it’s way easier
to line up when you have a seam to measure to. And so it just makes a darling little
quilt. It makes it really fast. This quilt measures 53 by 63 so it’s a great little
size. But can you imagine how easy it is to just make this so much bigger. You just, you
know, add more quilts. We only used two packs of charms. So that’s really fun to me. So I didn’t want to call this Snail Trail
because we already have one called Snail Trail so guess what, I’m calling it Happy Trails
because it’s so much easier to do. And we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the Happy
Trails, Snail Trail block from the MSQC.

96 Replies to “Make a “Happy Trails” Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star (Video Tutorial)”

  1. 1st comment! What if you made one of these blocks that got bigger & bigger and looked like a tornado or hurricane?

  2. I really love how quickly the blocks go together. But I think I will make the quilt bigger and pillows to go along with it.

  3. Jenny, do you think this pattern would look good in Christmas fabric? I have a lot of it, and I keep trying to find easy quilt patterns to use it to make a throw size.

  4. I'm looking forward to using some of my 5" squares for this one. What a great, versatile, virtually pattern-less quilt. The sky's the limit regarding the size!

  5. Thank you Jenny. I’ve been watching your videos for a couple years. You’ve taught me how to bind a quilt and I have made pillow cases for my grand babies and lots of other stuff. I just wanted you to know you helped me so much and I thank you ❤️ I just bought and received your Dresden plate and it’s awesome!! Took less than a week to receive it. Love you all!!

  6. Gorgeous Block as always Jenny, thank you for the inspiration…it is super quick ❤ Love it 😊

  7. Yes, a lovely looking quilt as always.
    However, I had a bit of a giggle when I read the title and was wondering if you knew what 'happy trail' usually stands for?

  8. Very very cool quilt! I love how you can take something that looks complicated and give us an easy doable project! 💙

  9. Adorable idea! What machine are you zipping that baby together with WOW! Love that and I love that you sew for us believe it or not the whole picture really helps 😘😘😘😘❤️♥️👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼Thank you again

  10. tomo conta de 6 neto mas vivo vendo seu videos quando eu tive tempo faso e mando a foto nao entendo o que voce fala mas entendo tudo

  11. This is fantastic. I love the snail trail block but this is a lot faster. I know what my next big quilt is going to be. Thanks!

  12. THANK YOU JENNY, You and the team did it again. Another GREAT QUILT IDEA… LOVE IT. AND IT IS MY NEXT PROJECT!..
    Don't know about others, but with a group of 4, kind of looks like a big flower, Im going to do mine using alternating colors, Will send Pic when it's done. Very excited about getting started.

  13. Absolutely beautiful and it went fast. This adds to the excitement of making it. Picking the fabric and colorway is the next challenge. Thank you Jenny!

  14. Why would a person give this a thumbs down?? 4 people? Really pathetic. It's quilting! It's pretty! If it's not your thing, move on! Jenny you rock!

  15. Love the videos from MSQC but as a new quilter, am sometimes vexed by not getting full details in tutorial. In this case the missing sash instructions for joining the rows by combining the background fabric with a 2 1/2" square joined. Tips on how to make sure these 'square' up would be appreciated.

  16. Jenny. I hope you read the comments, because most of them are full of love.
    Thanks for teaching me so much. You make it easy for us. You are a beautiful person.

  17. I just love this quilt…and the name…my yellow lab of 17 years name was 'Happy Trailz' I lost him last March and his birthday was Jan 19.. it will be awesome to make this quilt in his memory…thanks so much for this one…Lots of love to you!

  18. Hi Jenny I love to quilt but you want a little bit fast for me. I am a visually impaired quilter and I do need a lot of detail to be shown to me so you moved a little too quickly I I had a little bit hard time following it but I love it at the very end I got more out of the last bit when you said you put this and then the next one in the next one in the next one you were you were into it so quickly that you were just buzzing along. I wish I could sell that quickly. Have a wonderful Friday

  19. I love that it can be made the same with any size block. Thanks for another great video and my weekly MSQC video fix!

  20. Beautiful! Of course, anything in blues is beautiful 😉 I like how easy this is. Thank you for being so inspiring.

  21. I think I could probably make this one. Jenny, you are so encouraging and because of that I have made several quilts. Thank you and your troupes.

  22. You've gone and done it now ! I am going to have to make this pattern especially since it's on my bucket list. Thank you so much Jenny for all you do for the Quilting World !🥳

  23. I love all your videos, you are so awesome with your tutorials. But on this tutorial you seemed very rushed and went very fast.

  24. Jenny I don't know how to let you know about a shipment I received that should have been sent to Hawaii. I cannot find a phone number for your shop , and no email address. My email is [email protected] Please contact me. Thank you

  25. Jenny, I wish that I had half of your talent. I just purchased your beginner quilter project, “ from couch to quilt”. I can hardly wait until it’s here. I’m fortunate that my sweetheart sister is a talented quilter…just in case I run into a snag or two, lol.

  26. I was thinking about how versatile this is. You could start with tiny squares and go up to huge squares. One really big square for the entire quilt. Maybe in rainbow colors or batik.

  27. I really like how quickly this is going to go together. Not a big quantity of fabric 🙂
    See you changed out your sewing machine.
    Looks like it has a nice big open throat space.
    What make and model is this one?

  28. I love this method! The first SNAIL TRAIL didn't appeal because the seams didn't quite "fit" and I couldn't let it slide, but this one is absolutely great. I'll be this one could be pieced in a morning, while drinking coffee and watching a YouTube channel. Ha Ha ! What a great way to use up leftover lights. Thanks, Jenny! Happy New Year!

  29. Jenny, would you sometime show us a tutorial of how you add the batting and the back to the completed top?  Thanks for all you teach us!

  30. thank you for sharing another great pattern, I just ordered some more charm packs last week that will be great for this……I am making it a baby quilt .

  31. Thanks Jenny! I've been wanting to make this pattern but I've been too intimidated. You always make a project more "do-able" Yay!

  32. Jenny, love this as I said earlier,,,,,,,,But this gives
    the perfect opening to suggest…………………………All the beautiful quilts you made in the beginning, it would be great to see you do them again, but in totally different fabric colors etc…….there are some people that cannot imagine the pattern in their colors so they rush by the patterns……………just a lay person here, no business but a little idea.

  33. What model and make is the sewing machine? What a high throat. I could get a lot of quilting in that area. Pat-South Padre Island, Texas

  34. Great tutorial. How do you keep your iron hot during your sewing? Mine always turns itself off and then I have to wait for it to get hot again. Thanks.

  35. LOVE that you can use 5" squares; I have a bunch I've been looking for a pattern to use up! I have made the similar pattern called, let sleeping dogs lie; love it!

  36. Has anyone made this. I've watched the video and followed the printed direction to a T but it's just not working.  Also discovered that one pack of charm squares I ordered are a 1/8 inch short on 2 sides.  Any advice on this one??

  37. Thanks for not saying “monkey wrench”. I stopped watching your videos for awhile after you said that in the last snail trail video. In fact, I was so offended this is the first video of yours I’ve watched since.

  38. Love this quilt and I am making it for my grandson with the same fabrics. I do have a question and perhaps someone will have the answer. The sashing around the block is that a 2” (meaning it starts out 2” and you loose 1/4 on each side)?I would great appreciate a response because I am at that point now in the making of this quilt.

  39. Can someone please help me?! I'm having trouble with my points coming together on my blocks. I noticed on Jenny's snail trail video her points were off also but on this video they seem to come together better. What is the difference? What did she do differently? Thanks so much!

  40. Thanks you Kathy for sharing your method with Jenny. I am using this method to make a Snail Trail Al Fresco quilt. I found that when I added the last 4 larger triangles (2 white and 2 colored), that I had to sew them on with a narrower seam allowance to keep from cutting off the corners of the 4-square patch in the center (at about 3/16" instead of 1/4"). Then when the block was completed, I squared it up with an 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" template ruler and it came out perfectly with very little waste or trimming. So much easier than other methods. Love it!

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