Monday, May 18, 2020

National Parks Quilt with Mini Tutorial

Today I'm excited share my new National Parks Quilt. PS -it's reversible!!! I used the brand new Riley Blake National Parks Wilderness Wonders Panel plus additional prints from the National Parks collection! I love this fabric ... the retro posters prints are awesome! Keep on reading for a mini-tutorial!

The new Riley Blake National Parks Wilderness Panel is 54" x 72". Since it is a large panel and I wanted to use the coordinating prints, I chose to add a border to the right and left sides only. 

I love sewing with Riley Blake Designs Panels as the quality is fantastic! The fabric feels so nice and the printing is excellent! Plus the National Parks Wilderness Wonders Panel could be a quilt by itself! Just add a backing and binding - done!

Let's chat about how I made my National Parks Quilt so you can make one too!

National Parks Quilt 66" x 72"

Mini Tutorial:
  1. Cut National Parks Wilderness Panel to 54.5" x 72.5"
  2. Piece (2) columns of (12) 6.5" x 6.5" squares.
  3. Sew (1) column to right and left side of the National Parks Wilderness Panel.
  4. Apply fusible adhesive to back side of fabrics scraps for appliqué shapes.
  5. Using your AccuQuilt GO! Cutting Machine with GO! Northwoods Medley die, cut (2) bears, (2) moose, and (4) trees.
  6. Fuse (1) bear, (1) moose, and (2) trees to 3 different squares on each right and left side of border.

Remember how I said it was reversible....well....I just had to use the coordinating National Parks Poster Panel USA Map. 

The National Parks Poster Panel USA Map - is so helpful for us geography challenged people ;). I know now how states have National Parks and where each one is located!

To make the pieced backing, I simply used the National Parks Patches fabric as borders around the panel. I love it!

I LOVE making double sided/reversible quilts! The trickiest part is making sure the front and back line up straight when I baste them together. 

I loved making this quilt and finding all the National Parks I have visited! It would be super fun to use a fabric marker to add the year when you visit each park - what an awesome memory!

The National Park Fabric Collection and Panels by Riley Blake Designs will be shipping to your favorite quilt shop soon!

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Have a great day and happy quilting! 


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  1. Great use of the panels - love that it is reversible! Beautiful Melanie!

  2. what fabric do you use for the side panels you describe 6.5 inch squares. I can't find that fabric.
    Thanks the quilt is so cute

  3. I am making this following your tutorial, thank you so much. Curious why you chose not to do top and bottom borders... I'm trying to decide if I want to add them. Also, @Anne V. Moore: the fabrics are others from the Riley Blake National Parks collection...

  4. Love your reversible quilt! My dream is to visit all the parks and I purchased the panel that just has the postcards to (one day) embroider the year as I get to them. I like your idea of using the map panel as a backing to show where they are. I hope I can still find one available.


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