Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Walk in the Park Quilt Tutorial

What you will need:

One Central Park by Kate Spain Jelly Roll
One Bella Basics White Jelly Roll
1/2 yard Central Park fabric for the border 

1/2 yard Central Park fabric for binding
3 yards fabric for backing

You will be making 40 printed rectangles (with white in the center) and 5 white rectangles (with a print in the center).

Take your Central Park Jelly Roll and cut EACH strip as follows:

 TWO 8 1/2" pieces
  TWO - 6 1/2" pieces
 You will have 40 sets of printed strips.

Then from FIVE of the strips cut an additional 8 1/2" piece. (These will be for the inside of the five white rectangles.)

From your Bella White Jelly Roll you will need:
50 - 8 1/2" strips and 10 - 6 1/2" strips

Next Step:

Make your rectangles!

All seam allowances are 1/4".

For the printed rectangles:

Take each set and one 8 1/2" strip from the white fabric.
Join the white strip with the two 8 1/2" print strips on each side. Press the seams.

 Join the two smaller strips to each end. Press seams.

For the white rectangles:
Take each white set and one of the 8 1/2" printed strips.
Join the printed strip with the two white strips on each side. Press the seams.
Join the two smaller white strips to each end. Press seams.
They should look like this:

Now take all of those fabulous rectangles and lay them out in a way that pleases you:). You need two rectangles on top of each other horizontally and then one next to them vertically. There should three sets in each row. Alternate the rows.  Here's what mine looked like:

Next step:

Let's put this quilt together! Following your layout, take the first two rectangles and piece them one on top of the other.

Then piece another rectangle vertically next to the two. You'll have one rectangle "set".

Keep piecing until you have a row with three of each set of rectangles (two horizontal and one vertical).

Piece each row this way alternating starting with a vertical or horizontal rectangles.You will have 5 rows.  Now you can piece the rows together! Make sure you pin well and match seams where they come together.

This is what it will look like when you get all the rows together. I think it looks great like this and you could quilt and bind it as is! I just wanted to make my quilt a little bit bigger so I added some strips.

Use your leftover white jelly strips. You'll have to sew two together for each side. Attach the border all the way around. Like so:

Next, cut the border print into 2 1/2" strips and add that around your quilt in the same manner: 

Finally I placed one more row of the white strips all the way around and ta-da!

Now all you have to do is baste:


and Bind!

Just FYI, here's is what I did on the back:

My backing fabric is White Bella Solid. I used the leftover Central Park fabric and cut more 8 1/2" strips and used leftover white jelly roll strips in between.
I would love to see your finished quilt if you decide to make it! Add your items to my Flickr group! Questions? Email me at

Finished quilt size is 72" x 68"

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Roy and Sandy Fitzell said...

Like walking in a modern old fashioned it Elle, especially the border treatment

pam said...

I went looking for your quilt again on the bake shop and couldn't find it. For the life of me I could not remember your web site. So glad it finally came to me. I love the quilt and have added it to my list of things to do.

Cathy said...

This is absolutely fabulous! I am bookmarking this tutorial...thanks so much!!!!!!!!

Kimberly said...

I love this quilt. I was so confused when I went to look for it on the BakeShop again and couldn't find it. I am glad you have it on here. Thanks!

Fonda @Southern Scraps said...

This is very pretty! I love the colors!

Laura Beth said...

Beautiful & Inspiring!

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Freda said...

I love this quilt. Thanks for sharing Elle.

Unknown said...

Hi Ellie I printed this pattern out when you first the way I love it and am making a Christmas gift with it. But I got a notice saying that you had updated it through Craftsy so does that mean it changed from a previous print out that I had. I am getting ready to cut so I thought this would be important if I had to re-print the pattern? Thanks for your help and the wonderful pattern... said...

Very beautiful!

Stefanie said...

I love this pattern. I was wondering if anyone out there has made this quilt with dark fabrics rather than the white? IF so, I would love to see a pic.

Laurel Eiler said...

Almost done with this for a friend starting chemotherapy.
Will also be using it a second time as a Christmas gift!
Only suggestion I would make is 3 yards was way too short for
me for the backing, even pieced.
Maybe I'm missing something, but
I had to go back and buy more fabric to get it done!

Karyla said...

Could you sew the strips together and then cut out the sizes needed instead of cutting and sewing all these pieces? It would go together quicker I think.
Beautiful quilt.

Jennine said...

lovely pattern but what a pity it is not in PDF format so we can download it.

Anonymous said...

Hello, I printed your pattern out and started working on it back in 2020. I put it away for a while because I moved. Since then I recently started working on it again. I have the backing left, quilt then bind. When I'm finally finished I will definitely post.

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