I few weeks ago I was able to get my hands on one of Riley Blake’s new panels from their Jeep collection and put together this fun Jeep Quilt to take with us on vacation to Southern Utah….where we visit…a lot. (I love just Southern Utah.)
The panel itself is beautiful and I wanted to add to it with the fun coordinating prints. Often in Southern Utah we will head up a canyon to watch the stars or thunderstorms (if we get so lucky) and I wanted the blanket to be large enough for one of my children to wrap up in. So after a few minutes thumbing through the fabric and working out the math I came up with a plan.
(A plan that totally worked out!)
Here is what I did:
*Cut the panel down by 1″ on both the left and right sides
* Added a small black 3.25″ border around the entire panel to frame in the cool artwork
*Cut blocks 5″ x 5″ from coordinating Jeep fabric and stitched 9 of them along both the right and left sides of the framed panel
*Cut additional 5″ x 5″ blocks from the coordinating Jeep print and stitched 14 of them along the bottom and top of the framed panel.
*Created 2 strips of black fabric approximately 10″ x 53″ for the top and bottom of the quilt top.
And…that’s it!!! Easy Peasy!!!
I really do love working with panels…and Riley Blake makes some beautiful ones:
The reason I like panels is because you can whip out a quilt rather quickly, still have it look lovely, but then not stew if it is…ummmm…let’s say “well loved” because you didn’t spend 8.9 billion hours putting it together.
And, to be honest, I do like my quilts to be well loved and used often.
In fact, in our Let Them Be Little collection with Riley Blake (that just hit stores last month) we created a panel ourselves.
You can check out more details about this panel HERE. Being in the midst of raising a family, working, driving carpools, appointments, piano lessons, etc. I love the chance to still sew up something beautiful…but quickly!
Like the Jeep Quilt…which even had my husband and son interested in the finished product! 🙂
This entire quilt was cut and sewn in an afternoon and is now ready and waiting for our next adventure!
Hooray for panels!
*These Jeep panels come in different designs but are all the same size so you can use this same how-to to sew up any of them!*
*This quilt finishes up at 53″ x 68″*