Nested 9-Patch Quilt Finished by Jen Eskridge
Custom Quilted Nested 9-Patch Pattern
In early October 2017, I had the honor of quilting Nested 9-Patch Quilts for Nancy Zieman. I work as the free-lance blog and social media person for Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC. (NZP) As a fantastic bonus, the team selected me to custom quilt three new patterns NZP would be releasing which feature the Farmhouse Florals collection for Penny Rose Fabrics, a division of Riley Blake Designs.
The quilt is constructed using simple strip-pieced sewing techniques which are on the NZP blog today.
All the quilting shown here is created with longarm quilting rulers and free-motion quilting designs. I work on a HandiQuilter Avante 18 and generally use Glide Thread in the needle and Superior Pre-wound Bobs in the bobbin. Read more about my set-up and style at ReannaLilyQuilts.com.
Planning to Quilt
Each block has exactly the same seam lines. The color palette is soft so picking a quilting thread color wasn’t too tricky. I opted for Bone color glide 40wt thread. Before I started quilting, though, I really needed a design!
The beautiful 9-patch blocks are set on point, which means to quilt within each block will be wider than my longarm’s throat space. That means I will need to come up with a design where I can stitch the top half of the block, advance the quilt, then stitch the lower half of each block.
I decided to approach this quilt with Lisa Calle’s Divide and Design method. My basic take-away from her book is to find points to connect within the block. Not necessarily seams or intersections, but rather points like “half way through this side” or “one inch passed the middle of this seam.”
First,I stitched and echoed arches from corner to corner having the apex fall about 1″ past the middle of the inner seam. I added hooked feathers under the arch shape.
Next, I stitched another diamond shape in the center of the 9-patch. I added wishbone stitches in each new corner created.
Here’s a top view. You can really see the arch and diamond shape pop a bit more in this picture.
And as always, if you use a solid color quilt backing, you will REALLY see the quilting lines.
The back of each of the quilts is a 108″ wide mottled white by Riley Blake Fabrics.
Fabric and Pattern Give Away
Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC is giving away a fat quarter bundle and pattern on their blog. Hop over to see how to enter to win!