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 Bonus Tutorial: Intro to English Paper Piecing with Sue Daley

New Bonus Tutorial: Intro to English Paper Piecing with Sue Daley

Video Tutorial: Intro to English Paper Piecing with Sue Daley!

Happy English Paper Piecing Week! Jenny has teamed up with English Paper Piecing guru, Sue Daley, to bring you an entire series of helpful tutorials and tips. Tune in all week for great projects and instruction to show you how fun and easy English Paper Piecing can be!

Video Tutorial: Intro to English Paper Piecing with Sue Daley!

First on the docket? An Intro to English Paper Piecing tutorial! Click on the button below to watch!

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New Friday Tutorial: The Super Simple Squares Quilt

New Friday Tutorial: The Super Simple Squares Quilt

This Super Simple Squares Quilt is exactly what I've been looking for!

Yesterday I googled, “How to boil an egg.”

Don’t laugh! I have boiled an egg before. But sometimes the yolk is too soft, and sometimes it turns green. And the shell never, ever comes off nicely.  So I went seeking wisdom, and guess what? I actually learned a thing or two! (Add salt to the water; the eggs will peel like magic. True story.)

Today’s Super Simple Squares Quilt is as easy as boiling an egg – maybe easier- but you can count on Jenny to show you the slickest, most efficient way to make it.

This Super Simple Squares Quilt is exactly what I've been looking for!

I know you collect charm packs just waiting for the perfect easy project you could make with them… that is exactly where this tutorial comes in. It’s tried and true and requires very little thought/design ability. It’s quick, easy, and beautiful! That makes it especially perfect for those last minute holiday gifts or donation quilts!

This Super Simple Squares Quilt is exactly what I've been looking for!

Click on the button below to watch the tutorial and get all the supplies to make this quilt!

This Super Simple Squares Quilt is exactly what I've been looking for!

Quilt Snips Mini Tutorial: The Garden Party Quilt Block

Quilt Snips Mini Tutorial: The Garden Party Quilt Block

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We have a new Quilt Snips Mini Tutorial for you today! It’s our Garden Party Quilt Block and you won’t believe how easy it is to make! All you need is some charm squares and some 1.5″ squares of white fabric to snowball the corners!

You can watch the Garden Party Quilt Snips video as well as the full Garden Party Quilt Tutorial HERE!

If you try out this Garden Party pattern, make sure to share a photo of your project on social media (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) using #gardenpartyquilt and #msqcshowandtell!

Happy Quilting!

 

 

New Friday Tutorial: The Inside Out Quilt

New Friday Tutorial: The Inside Out Quilt

Confession time! What sends shivers of fear down your spine? Ghosts and goblins? Things that go bump in the night? Handing the car keys to a 16-year-old for his first solo drive? Truth be told, I used to be afraid of applique. Too time consuming. Too exact. Too labor-intensive. Right? Wrong!!!

Make the Inside Out Quilt with Jenny Doan!

Today we’re sharing an applique method so quick and easy, you’ll be whipping through the Inside Out Quilt at lighting speed! These appliqued blocks are neatly finished with a teeny zig-zag stitch, and boy oh boy are they cute! Make the Inside Out Quilt with Jenny Doan!

Click on the button to watch the tutorial and get all the supplies you need to make your own Inside Out Quilt!

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!