Summer in the Park Tutorial Reboot Featuring Lee Ann Perry!

Summer in the Park Tutorial Reboot Featuring Lee Ann Perry!

Lee Ann Perry Tutorial Reboot
Hi! My name is Lee Ann. I’m a wife and mother of four. When I was expecting my third child, I saw some rag quilts on Etsy and thought they were adorable—but expensive. I mean, $65 for a little baby blanket?  
So I bought my first sewing machine and a set of fat quarters by Kaffe Fassett. I learned how to make my first rag quilt by watching a tutorial by Vanessa Vargas Wilson on YouTube. I was pretty happy with the result but my husband teased me a bit. ”Why spend $65 on a blanket when you can make it yourself for $300?”
But, I fell in love with sewing!  Putting colors together.  Feeling the fabric run through my fingers. And the finished project was an item that was both USEFUL and beautiful. I made several rag quilts before getting bored and wanting to learn more. That’s when I found the free video tutorials online by MSQC.
One of the first “real” quilts I made was from a pattern called Summer in the Park using a jelly roll, a line by Tula Pink, the Birds and the Bees.
Watching the videos made it easy for me to follow along—or watch a half dozen times if necessary, and sometimes it was! The finished quilt was so worth it.
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But, like many quilters, I don’t ever make the same thing twice! You’ve got to change it up a bit.
Recently I came back to this pattern and changed only two things.
In the tutorial, Natalie uses a brightly colored jelly roll and combines it with a jelly roll of white strips. When sewing them together, she sews two strip sets, 1) white, print, white, and 2) print, white, print.
So to change it up, I chose a jelly roll of Carolyn Friedlander’s Carkai. Instead of white, I used a darker CHAMBRAY fabric.  I also changed how I sewed my strips together. ALL of my 3 strip sets were sewed as: print, chambray, print.
 
The 3-strip-sets are then sewed to each other, right sides facing, into a “tube.”
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Now comes the really fun part—cutting the tubes into squares. You lay your tube down and cut triangles—when you open it up, they will be perfect squares!
The best ruler for this is the Triangle Square Up Ruler, 9 1/2” by Quilt in a Day. I don’t happen to have that ruler (mine only goes up to 6 1/2”), so I had to make do with my big square up ruler for squares. I put the point of my ruler right up to the seam but did not cross it. Then, I made sure both of the 8” marks touched the bottom seam before making a cut.
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Continue cutting the tube, swiveling the ruler around the opposite way to maximize the number of cuts you can make.  I was able to get five finished 8” squares from each “tube.”
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When sewing the squares together, I made sure to nest the seams to make perfect points.
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I sent this quilt off to MSQC for machine quilting.  My local lady is great but she will not back anything with fleece.  MSQC does — Cuddle/minky too!  This is my first quilt backed with fleece and it’s pretty much the best thing EVER.
After it came back, I had to choose binding fabric.  I always “audition” a few colors first.
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After letting this quilt and the different options sit on my table for a few days, I ended up going with the same chambray I used in the quilt blocks.
My favorite binding tutorial is The Ultimate Quilt Binding Tutorial by MSQC.  No binding tool required!  I used to have one but I don’t use it anymore.  This method is the easiest!  But, I must confess, I had to watch this video EVERY SINGLE TIME a quilt needed finishing for at least the first ten quilts I made.
Here’s the finished result of my “reboot”.
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And now that I’ve spent a few years piecing quilts…I’ve decided a $65 rag quilt is more than fair!  A bargain, really! But, I wouldn’t trade learning a new hobby for ANYTHING.  Quilting has become my quiet place and saving grace in my busy life.
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Thank you, MSQC for asking me to write this blog post and for teaching me how to quilt in the first place!
You can follow my quilty adventures on Instagram at leeannjperry.
New Friday Tutorial: The Checkered Dresden Quilt

New Friday Tutorial: The Checkered Dresden Quilt

In a favorite Christmas storybook, a tiny Christmas elf dips his brush into a can of checkered paint as he works on a chessboard. Checkered paint! How magical is that? One quick brush stroke and the work is done!

This Checkered Dresden Quilt Tutorial from Jenny Doan Is So Easy!

In today’s new tutorial you’ll learn how to make the gorgeously intricate Checkered Dresden quilt, and it’s so simple, it’s almost as easy as a swipe of checkered paint!

This Checkered Dresden Quilt Tutorial from Jenny Doan Is So Easy!

Here are all the details to make your own Checkered Dresden Quilt! Yes, you really only need 2.5″ strips to make the dresden! This technique is so easy and the results are fabulous!
This Checkered Dresden Quilt Tutorial from Jenny Doan Is So Easy!

Click on the button below to watch the tutorial and get started on your quilt! You won’t believe how easy this method is!

This Checkered Dresden Quilt Tutorial from Jenny Doan Is So Easy!

New Friday Tutorial: The Crosswalk Quilt Tutorial

New Friday Tutorial: The Crosswalk Quilt Tutorial

Make the Crosswalk Quilt using 2.5" Strips and 5" Squares! Free Video Tutorial with Jenny Doan!

There’s nothing as quaint as a small town. (Of course, as small town folks ourselves, we may be a tad bit biased!) I’m talking about the kind of place where you can step off your front porch and follow the sidewalk to the library, the park, or the corner bakery. It’s the kind of place where kids can ride their bikes all the way across town and the neighbors are friendly and familiar. 

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Today’s new tutorial, The Crosswalk Quilt, was inspired by a beautiful line of fabric called Neighborhood. It’s simple and sweet, but intricate and eye-catching all at once.

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Click on the image to watch the tutorial and get all the supplies you need to make your own Crosswalk Quilt! And if you share on social media, make sure you tag us and use #crosswalkquilt.

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New Friday Tutorial: The Floating Hexagons Quilt

New Friday Tutorial: The Floating Hexagons Quilt

Make a Floating Hexagons Quilt with this Easy (and Free!) Video Tutorial!

Have you been looking for a new fresh, modern quilt design that doesn’t take an art degree to pull off? This quilt tutorial is so easy to put together and you’ll just love the result! Whether you choose monochromatic color palette or a patterned background fabric, this will be a huge hit every time!

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The little squares in the sashing are such a fun detail, aren’t they?? Here’s a quick graphic of everything you need to create this quilt! What would you do to put your own spin on it?

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Click the button to WATCH THE TUTORIAL and find all the supplies needed to create this fun project!

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New Friday Tutorial: The Andes Quilt Featuring Guest Quilter and Fabric Designer Mary Fons

New Friday Tutorial: The Andes Quilt Featuring Guest Quilter and Fabric Designer Mary Fons

Make the Andes Quilt with Jenny Doan and Mary Fons! Free Tutorial!

This quilt features the brand new fabric line created by Mary herself, called Small Wonders for Springs Creative and it is filled with what Mary calls “irresistible small scale prints” perfect for patchwork. If you love a print, you don’t have to worry about cutting your favorite design in half or not seeing the complete print when you cut your fabric to piece together into a quilt! It has a beautifully vintage flare and it’s just so cute!

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This quilt is a slight variation of the 54-40 or Fight Quilt. Watch in the tutorial how you can flip a few squares and get the original. We can’t wait to see what you make with this pattern! Make sure to share on social media using #andesquilt!

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Here are a few quotes from Mary Fons that we love:

“When life as you know it is torn into a zillion pieces, it just makes sense to tear up fabric into a zillion pieces and then sew it back together again into organized blocks with a nice French-fold binding.” (Source)

“Once the quilt bug bit me, obsession set in.” (Source)

CLICK TO WATCH THE TUTORIAL AND GET ALL THE SUPPLIES YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS BEAUTIFUL QUILT! 

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