Tutorial Reboot: The Sunny Skies Quilt Featuring Guest Blogger Megan Pitz

Tutorial Reboot: The Sunny Skies Quilt Featuring Guest Blogger Megan Pitz

Make the Sunny Skies Quilt with this Easy Step by Step Tutorial!

Hello, Friends! I’m Megan Pitz from Canoe Ridge Creations and I am so thrilled to be guest blogging over here on the Missouri Star Quilt Company blog today. For me quilting has always been a family tradition — taught by my mother and grandmother, I made my first quilt when I was 12 as a 4-H project. One quilt lead to another, and another, and another (with a few Works In Progress mixed in between) and now fifteen years later it’s become a part of my everyday. I started Canoe Ridge Creations less than five years ago, first as a blog journalling my finishes for family & friends, and it now includes several mini quilting clubs, a pattern line, and my works in several books & magazine publications. Being able to share my passion for quilting & pass it along to others is the best!

Make the Sunny Skies Quilt with this Easy Step by Step Tutorial!

Today I’m sharing my version of the MSQC Sunny Skies tutorial & quilt. I love how this pattern is made with two relatively simple components — a 16-patch & chevron block — but when arranged the right way, it gives a more complex design. Fresh, modern, and so fun! Jenny’s video tutorials are always fabulously easy to follow. I love how you can pause & start the videos as you please. It felt like Jenny was just another sewing friend hanging out in my studio, I love it!

Here, you can watch the free tutorial!

The original version includes two borders, but I’m personally not one to use borders in my quilts. So instead I opted to skip the borders and make my quilt a little larger & square.

Make the Sunny Skies Quilt with this Easy Step by Step Tutorial!

For my quilt I used one jelly roll of Corey Yoder’s Prairie from Moda, 2 3/4 yards accent fabric (Peacock Bella Solids), and 2 yards background fabric (White Bleached Bella Solid). With just a bit more fabric than the original pattern calls for, I was able to use almost the entire jelly roll and finish with a 64″ x 64″ quilt — perfect throw size!

Make the Sunny Skies Quilt with this Easy Step by Step Tutorial!

The Sunny Skies chevron blocks are constructed by placing a background rectangle and accent fabric square together, sewing on the diagonal, trimming the excess corner and pressing. I decided to stitch & trim these “bonus triangles” to 3″ finished (3 1/2″ unfinished) Half Square Triangles and then them into a coordinating baby quilt. You can read more about it right here. That means you can essentially get TWO QUILTS out of one by using this tutorial — double bonus!

Make the Sunny Skies Quilt with this Easy Step by Step Tutorial!

Thanks so much to the MSQC crew for letting me share my project with you all today — it’s been so much fun!

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