My sister came for a visit this past week, and we decided to make a tube quilt together, I this specific one is sometimes called ‘summer in the park’ or ‘walk in the park’ but i’m not entirely sure. Lots of pictures for this one, here goes!
We used 4 jelly rolls for this quilt with a 5″ border and it ended up just shy of king size. If you dont have jelly rolls to use, you can make your own by cutting 2 and 1/2″ strips of fabric along the width (typically 45″). These can be any colors you like. For this quilt we picked a mix of blues and greens. You will also need:
A large square or rectangle rotary ruler with a 45 degree angle marked
Rotary mat and cutter
Take your strips and match them up in groups of four, in color orders you like. Sew these in pairs together with a 1/4″ seam and press open to one side.
Take your two pairs and lay them right sides together. Sew them together on both sides, keeping the 1/4″ seam down one side, then turn the tube and go the opposite direction on the other side to prevent bulges from stress on the fabric.
Head over to your cutting mat, and lay the tube flat. Trim the edge.
Lay the ruler’s 45 degree angle on the seam. Not on the edge of the fabric. Cut along the edge.
Move the ruler to the opposite seam in the same manner, 45 degree angle line on the seam. If you have a perfect square ruler, you can just slide it up. If you are using along rectangle ruler like me, flip the ruler so you can line up your guide line. Your ruler should line up with the seam on both sides. (where my fingers are pointing! :) )
Cut along the ruler edge. This is your first finished piece!
Continue cutting, keeping your ruler on the 45 degree mark! You should get 10 pieces from a 45″ width of fabric. Each single tube will make 2 different patterns, creating a huge range of possibilities for how to lay out your design.
Lay your squares out how you like in 4 piece blocks. You can keep the patterns the same, or make it totally random. Sew 1 to 2, and 3 to 4. Press, then sew these together, matching the seams from the middle of the block.
Press all your blocks flat and lay them out in the pattern you like. Sew these blocks together in rows, then sew the rows together to finish your quilt top!
Here is the finished product, we added a 5″ border around the entire outside in a nice blue and green sort of gumdrop print on white. We also added any left over half triangles we had to the bottom to make a snazzy edge.
Due to time constraints we didnt get to finish this one, but as soon as its finished I will definitely post some pictures up! Feel free to ask any questions through email or here in the comments. Also if you do make one of these, let me know! I would love to see your results.
Happy Quilting everyone!