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.
Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Amy Ellis

Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Amy Ellis

Missouri Star Quilt Co. Tutorial Reboot with Guest Blogger Amy Ellis

Hi there! I’m Amy Ellis, first a wife and mom to four kids, second a quilt and fabric designer, with five books to my name, most recently Modern Heritage Quilts! I learned to sew garments as a girl, and taught myself to quilt as I became a mom. By the time our fourth came, I realized how much I needed the creative outlet for my sanity, and was piecing and quilting on a daily basis! I’m so blessed to MAKE and inspire others everyday.

Square in a Square MSQC Tutorial Reboot with Guest Blogger Amy Ellis

I had so much fun making the Square in a Square quilt, with my new Adventures fabric (get your’s HERE)! The colors are rich and take me back to where I grew up in the Pacific Northwest.

Square in a Square MSQC Tutorial Reboot with Guest Blogger Amy Ellis

The Square in a Square tutorial is a fun and simple project, that I think most quilters would enjoy! I cut all of my pieces from the precuts to the size that I needed, then enjoyed the chain piecing marathon.

Square in a Square MSQC Tutorial Reboot with Guest Blogger Amy Ellis

Mixing and matching the different prints from the charm pack and jelly roll is always fun, I try to stay organized as I work so that there’s no repeat or confusion in my blocks. I like to look for a contrasting color and a print that is different in scale from the center, for the most visually pleasing arrangement. That’s a bonus when working with a fabric collection, everything works together!

Square in a Square MSQC Tutorial Reboot with Guest Blogger Amy Ellis

Are you “one with needle” while stitching, or do you like to listen to music/podcasts or watch tv? I do all of the above, it just depends on the day!  

While piecing this one, I pretty much worked the same way as Jenny – she’s already so efficient! Working on the opposite sides, pressing, then working on the remaining sides for that round of piecing. I trimmed the edges as needed and once the blocks were complete to have nice square edges for quilt top construction.

Square in a Square MSQC Tutorial Reboot with Guest Blogger Amy Ellis

This quilt block is very forgiving, meaning even if you sew too wide a seam, it will most likely work out, but one thing that always helps with any quilt construction is double checking your ¼” seam allowance. I like to verify every couple of weeks, so that I know I’m piecing accurately, while you are at it – change your needle. I typically change mine once a week, but occasionally will forget and this is the perfect time to get it done.

Square in a Square MSQC Tutorial Reboot with Guest Blogger Amy Ellis

One of my favorite parts of the quilt making process, is layering texture over the top of my quilts. I love finding the pattern that works best and shows off the piecing too. For this quilt I added an arrow with circles, it fits the quilt, and is just the right amount of quilting to make it great for snuggling with.

Square in a Square MSQC Tutorial Reboot with Guest Blogger Amy Ellis

I can’t wait to see your interpretation of the Square in a Square quilt! It’s a great project to make and enjoy!

Happy quilting –

Amy

Find me online here:

Amyscreativeside.com

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instagram.com/amyscreativeside

Double Slice Quilt – Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Blogger Heather Valentine

Double Slice Quilt – Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Blogger Heather Valentine

On the first Monday of every month, we invite a guest quilter to come and join us on our blog to try out one of Jenny’s tried and true tutorials and of course, put their own little spin on it! Whether it’s the fabrics they use or a new tip, we’re always excited to see how it turns out! For June’s Tutorial Reboot, we welcome Heather Valentine of The Sewing Loft to join us! We hope you enjoy her take on the Double Slice Quilt! #tutorialreboot

This Double Slice quilt is such a fun, easy way to make a scrappy quilt! Love it!

Hello Missouri Star Quilt Peeps! I’m Heather from The Sewing Loft.

On the average day I’m in one of two places; I’m either behind my machine or behind my keyboard. When I’m not stitching up a storm, I’m sharing sewing tips and tricks on my blog. One of my latest passions is using up every last scrap. That’s right, I’m a scrapaholic.

I think that’s why I love Jenny’s Double Slice Layer Cake tutorial so much. With just a few quick passes of the rotary cutter you are well on your way to creating a random scrappy pattern.

This Double Slice quilt is such a fun, easy way to make a scrappy quilt! Love it!

To make my quilt I used Mojito by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics as my main focal fabric and because I just love the soft, tactile feel of Cuddle, I mixed in a few extra squares for good measure. Banana, Aruba, and Jade.

This Double Slice quilt is such a fun, easy way to make a scrappy quilt! Love it!

Cuddle is a specialty fabric that is knit based and has a directional pile. Normally, I would pay close attention to the direction of the pile but since I knew each block would be turned in all different ways, I didn’t sweat it. Instead, I just jumped right in and decided it would be a fun textural factor on the final quilt.

If you’ve never worked with Cuddle before, here are a few of my favorite tips to ensure your project is a success.

After watching the video you can see that from start to finish this is going to be fun. Thank goodness the cutting went super fast because with each pass of my rotary cutter I began to get more and more excited.

This Double Slice quilt is such a fun, easy way to make a scrappy quilt! Love it!

The bursts of color were like a visual rush of sugary eye candy.  Seriously, I could hardly wait to get stitching on this one. Just look at all those yummy colors stacked together.

This Double Slice quilt is such a fun, easy way to make a scrappy quilt! Love it!

When it comes to matching fabrics, this double slice technique really takes the pressure off! Just grab your favorite layer cake, rotary cutter and get set to slice and go. You can see that I layered the cuddle squares into my fabric stack. Then it was all about the chain piecing. With each stitch I could see this was gonna be good.

This Double Slice quilt is such a fun, easy way to make a scrappy quilt! Love it!

The quilt top really comes together in a flash and is the perfect weekend project.

I pretty much love everything about this quilt but the random placement of colors and patterns makes my scrapaholic heart sing.

Here are a few additional fav’s for me: 

  • Super fast cutting (who wants to spend time cutting when we all just want to sew!)
  • NO pins!! This is big for me because I like to just put the pedal to the metal.
  • Scrappy outlook.
  • Touch-ablity factor! All I want to do now is veg out on the couch and pet it!!

This Double Slice quilt is such a fun, easy way to make a scrappy quilt! Love it!

P.S. Don’t forget to label your work! This is so much easier than you think.

Here’s where you can find Heather on the web:

Blog: www.thesewingloft.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSewingLoftFB/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesewingloft/

Tutorial Reboot: Valentine Heart Quilt Featuring Guest Blogger Christie Hurst

Tutorial Reboot: Valentine Heart Quilt Featuring Guest Blogger Christie Hurst

 It’s time for another Tutorial Reboot! This month we want to introduce you to Christie Hurst! We know you’re going to love this one!! 🙂

Make a Valentine Heart Quilt! Free Tutorial!

Hello! My name is Christie and I blog over at Lemon Squeezy Home and also Love From Ruby.

Make a Valentine Heart Quilt! Free Tutorial!

 

Love From Ruby is the whole reason I chose to use the Valentine Heart Quilt Tutorial in the first place! I have a two year old daughter with a congenital heart defect so anything with hearts makes me smile. This quilt will be donated to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit on December 17, which marks two years since my Ruby had her open heart surgery.

Heart Quilt // love from ruby

You can watch the video tutorial from Jenny Doan here!

I love how this quilt turned out! The video tutorial is very clear and easy to follow. I chose to make a baby quilt in boy colors. There are just not enough boy heart themed items sometimes!

Heart Quilt // love from ruby

I didn’t always love to quilt. It hasn’t been until this summer that I’ve started to quilt more and I’m hooked. Initially I was pretty sure I hated it when I made my first quilt, ha! I haven’t made a lot of quilts, but I am learning more with every quilt I finish! This heart quilt is my 10th.
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I’m in the process of making another with my sisters for my Aunt for Christmas. There is just something about giving a quilt to someone that I love–I feel I am wrapping them with my love when nothing else seems to suffice sometimes.

Simple Heart Quilt Tutorial and it's FREE!!

To make this baby quilt, you need 1 Ocean Cotton+Steel Basics charm pack (will not use all), 1.5 yards Kona White for the background and sashing, 1/2 yard XO Night Owl Cotton + Steel for the binding (will have plenty of that left over) and 1.75 yards Dottie Bluebird for the backing. And of course batting, thread, and time. Though I love baby quilts because they are so quick to make!

So you will need to use:

-24 charm pack squares: 4 squares of 6 different matched fabrics

-twenty-four 2.5″ white squares. I cut 2.5″ strips and then cut that into squares.

-twelve 5″ white squares

-twelve 2.5″ x 9.5″ strips white fabric

-twelve 2.5″ x 13.5″ strips white fabric

-sashing 4″ wide (I didn’t get the exact length measurement on this, so sorry!)

Heart Quilt // love from ruby

The video has you iron the white squares in half diagonally but I drew them. On the 5″ squares you draw from corner to corner, then measure half inch a way and sew down that as well. In the video she saves them for a cute little centerpiece made from the smaller triangles sewn together, but we will use ours in the quilt so hang onto them!

Heart Quilt // love from ruby

So you will use the larger triangle for the hearts, and save the smaller one for the border.

Heart Quilt // love from ruby

Sew along all the lines and you’ll end up with this. Make sure to press well!

Heart Quilt // love from ruby

Sew one side of the heart together top to bottom and repeat with the other side.

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Match the seams up and pin, then sew the two sides of the heart together.

Heart Quilt // love from ruby

Now add the sashing. Do the 9.5″ strips on the sides first, and then the top and bottom 13/5″. I like to pin from the middle out and then sew. It helps to keep it from getting wavy. This is especially important the longer your sashing pieces are.

Heart Quilt // love from ruby

Make sure to press well throughout the entire making of the quilt block.

I’m sorry I didn’t record the exact measurements of the sashing everywhere, but measure the middle of the quilt and the edges for an accurate sashing measurement. As I said, I used the smaller triangles cut off from the 5″ squares at the beginning so you will have to factor in those squares as well.

Heart Quilt // love from ruby

If you want to learn more about how you can help families who are affected by a congenital heart defect, then click HERE.

love from ruby

Thank you so much for having me MSQC!