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Longarm Quilting Skill Builder – With Circles

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Longarm Quilting Skill Builder – With Circles

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

Whole Cloth Quilting Skill Builder
Now with CIRCLES

I recently created a little tutorial for a whole cloth quilting skill builder design. You can find that post here. It was a really fun project where you take a template, which you can download, trace out all the lines onto your fabric, then quilt different fill designs within spaces. Sounds pretty straight-forward, right? Well, I decided to develop a second template. (I can see me going down a rabbit hole…. )

With both skill builder designs I wanted to have a small quilt to practice:

  • Filling in shapes with different designs
  • Consistency in the filling motifs
  • Ruler work
  • Speed & Confidence

The Template

The template is designed in Adobe Illustrator and fits on a 40″ square of fabric. The design itself is 38-1/2″  x 38-1/2″. The plan was to make a quilt that is big enough to practice on and small enough to not have a large financial commitment. Does that make sense? It is 1-1/8 yard of fabric. I used pieced batting scraps inside the design and pieced some scraps for the quilt back.

I also chose this size for my whole cloth because it would be easy enough to trace out four designs to create a much larger bed-size quilt.

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

That is pretty neat, right? However, there’s no way I wanted to print a bunch of pages, tape them together and have a 38-1/2″ piece of paper. Designing just a quadrant solved the problem. Hooray! It prints on only 6 pages. Click here to download the quadrant pdf for yourself.

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

Using the whole cloth skill builder design:

Print the quadrant and choose to “tile pages” to print 6 pieces of paper on a pc or do this for a mac.

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

Fold your fabric in half lengthwise and width-wise to find the center and mark the exact vertical and horizontal guide lines. Press.

Tape or pin the printed design quadrant to a wall (or use window to act as a light board).

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

Align the pressed vertical and horizontal lines with the edges of the quadrant. My fabric is light, so I can still see the lines though the weave.

Trace all the design lines onto the fabric using a water soluble markerI know the picture has a whole lotta blue coming at ya. Sorry about that. Blue fabric. Blue pen. Blue lines. Oh my!

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

To trace the entire design, remove the fabric. Turn it 90 degrees and trace the quadrant again. Repeat this step to finish out the design. Remember to align the folded centers with each rotation.

For this second skill builder sample, I only traced and stitched one quadrant.  (And yeah, probably should have ironed my fabric first.)

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

Deciding to Quilt

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

With the small quilt loaded onto my Handi Quilter Avante 18″, I decided to start in the upper left corner. If this was a whole radial design, I would have started in the center and worked my way out.

You can certainly use this template with any quilting style. Domestic machine quilting, hand quilting or longarm quilting.

Using rulers to guide me, stitched directly on a few of the blue marked lines first.

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

I started by wanting to make some kind of wild feather in the upper left. As it turns out, I didn’t like the feather much and thought I could “save” it by quilting very densely around it, still within my marked lines. That is not my favorite.

I also tried my hand at straight lines converging on a point. Eh. Those are alright, I guess. It is a skill builder, after all.

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

I used my Creative Memories Circle Cutter, from 10 years ago, (instead of a ruler) to stitch out my circle shapes. The cutting system is the perfect height to use with my machine foot.

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

Once I had the circles in place, I decided my planned/stitched shapes needed some altering. No problemo- seam ripper to the rescue.

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

That is the beauty of the no-pressure, no-real-plan whole cloth skill builder. If you don’t like something, don’t stitch it. If you want bigger shapes, make ’em. Easy stuff. Dive in!

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

Ok. Those fills within the circle look a bit lumpy, but they were really fun to make.

Next, I wanted to try some curved cross-hatch quilting designs. I found a perfect spot for some of those. Each fill is just a few square inches. That is a really comfortable easy approach to making this whole cloth. For me, it certainly beats feeling overwhelmed with an intricate & planned design.

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

The design is coming together.

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

Ok. Now I needed to fill in (what would have been) the cool center section. I had stitched feathers and an arrow shape of “C’s,” all based on marked lines.

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

Oooh- now to do something more with my circle rulers. I needed to practice them more so I decided to “echo” the arch a bit. I filled in with fat 1″ pebbles. Those… well, it is a skill builder…

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

I moved back to the top and left sides to add in more “C’s” and more feathers.

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

Ok. so here’s how the whole thing came together:

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

From way back here, it looks pretty cool. I totally wish I had traced all four quadrants.

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

Here it is side-by side with the template. It might give you an idea of which lines I opted to use and which lines I bailed on.

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

And because I love Photoshop & wished I had done the whole quilt design, I went ahead and roughly made myself a virtual quilt.Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.comWhole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

Ok. Now that I love. I’m going to have to make this one again. (I will not be doing that dense fill around that feather wedge though. That looks a bit crazy to me, but there’s no way I’m pulling out those stitches.)

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

One of the coolest parts about the skill builder quadrant is it will be different each time anyone makes it. Pick and choose whatever lines you want to follow. Fill with whatever designs you are working on at the time.  Go as detailed or as loose as you feel comfortable. I just love it. It is a choose your own adventure book for longarm quilting.

If you give it a go, I’d love to see it!

And lastly, I noticed when I did the first skill builder, I was able to practice a design/fill at least four times (making all four quadrants) and by that last space my fill started looking good. You know, the way practice is supposed to work. I think by only doing one quadrant this time, I didn’t get the full practice in each design. Always learning, right?

10 Year UFO – Convergence Quilt

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10 Year UFO – Convergence Quilt

Convergence Quilt | UFO Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

The Convergence Quilt UFO

The UFO (UnFinished Object)

As best I can tell, I made the center black and white portion of this quilt over 10 years ago. It is a pattern from Ricky Timms Convergence Book, which I’m pretty sure I purchased in Albuquerque NM somewhere between 2003-2005. Gees, that was a while ago. Evidently, based on this blog, I deemed the project a UFO back in 2008.

Once I had the center square done, I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I didn’t have a whole piles of black/white squares to create a whole quilt and even if I did, how would I set them or finish it?

Finishing

I rediscovered this top in a bag in my closet. Doesn’t that seem fitting for this poor under-loved little quilt top/block. I decided it needed borders, so I went with one of the brightest colors I had to “set” the black and white center. Once the three borders were added, I decided to applique the heart shape using a facing and machine applique methods from my book, Hexagons Made Easy.

Ok, so it is all set. Bordered, accented with a little heart, & ready to roll. Literally. I got this guy rolled onto the longarm this morning.

Quilting

Convergence Quilt | UFO Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

I started with a little infinity-looking design in the 1″ black border. That is fantastic shimmery white Glide Thread in the needle.

Turns out, you cannot see any stitching in the white outer border. Just as well, my swirls were a bit loco. Let’s just say the white border was my practice for the much more visible yellow-green border.

Convergence Quilt | UFO Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

The heart got a cool echo treatment inside.

When it came to the center of the quilt. The real convergence portion, I first thought I wanted to quilt in a design that would really lead the eye to the center of the quilt, like you are getting sucked into the visual vortex. But alas, I still was at the same place I was 10 years ago. Not sure exactly how to quilt it. In an instant I decided, “Heck, it’s been 10-d a n g- years just finish it already.”

Convergence Quilt | UFO Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

I added an all over super-simple meander over the quilt’s center. You can really see those swirls in the picture above, too.

Convergence Quilt | UFO Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Last thing to do is one of my favorite steps- binding! Yes, I know lots of folks don’t like to bind quilts. I apply my quilt bindings by machine, and I think that is why I like it.

All in all this one finished at 40″ x 40″.
Convergence Quilt | UFO Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

I’m happy to have this guy crossed off my (cough cough) to-do list. Fortunately/Unfortunately, I made two convergence style big-blocks right when I got the book. Which means, I’m pretty sure this other green/purple batik one is a 10 Year UFO, too. Look for pictures coming soon…. or at least sometime within the upcoming 10 years. =)

Graffiti Quilting and Hazel Hedgehog

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Graffiti Quilting and Hazel Hedgehog

Graffiti Quilting | Longarm Quilting | ReannaLily Quilts by Jen Eskridge - customer quilt

Graffiti Quilting on a Hazel Hedgehog Quilt

I have some details from a customer quilt to share. My friend, Leslie, trusted me to stitch graffiti quilting in the vast negative space of her new Hazel Hedgehog baby boy quilt.

Since this isn’t my project, I do not have a whole “quilt reveal” here. Rather, I’m sharing some extensive free motion quilting designs on the beautiful grey Essex Linen fabric.

Graffiti Quilting | Longarm Quilting | ReannaLily Quilts by Jen Eskridge - customer quilt

Graffiti Quilting | Longarm Quilting | ReannaLily Quilts by Jen Eskridge - customer quilt

I tried to snap pictures over the entire quilt (63″ x 45″) for my own personal reference. There are so many swirled, pointed, hooked and feathered design motifs in this piece.

Graffiti Quilting | Longarm Quilting | ReannaLily Quilts by Jen Eskridge - customer quilt

Graffiti Quilting | Longarm Quilting | ReannaLily Quilts by Jen Eskridge - customer quilt

The design is stitched with black Superior ThreadI was quite nervous to start stitching.

Graffiti Quilting | Longarm Quilting | ReannaLily Quilts by Jen Eskridge - customer quilt

Graffiti Quilting | Longarm Quilting | ReannaLily Quilts by Jen Eskridge - customer quilt

I don’t think you’ll be able to see in these pictures, but the Hazel Hedgehogs were simply outlined with in-the-ditch style ruler-work quilting. I wanted them to be stabilized and secure, but I didn’t want to lose them in the the dense quilting. The in-the-ditch work makes the hedgehogs pop a bit.

Graffiti Quilting | Longarm Quilting | ReannaLily Quilts by Jen Eskridge - customer quilt

Graffiti Quilting | Longarm Quilting | ReannaLily Quilts by Jen Eskridge - customer quilt

And that is my graffiti quilting extravaganza! Huge thank you to Leslie, who trusted me with her project. If you are looking to have a quilt finished, please send me an email. Find out more about my longarm quilting services at ReannaLilyQuilts.com.

 

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Double Aster Barn Quilt

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Double Aster Barn Quilt

Suburban Barn Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Barn Quilt!

Last year I made a barn quilt for my mom. She lives “in the country” and actually has space for a barn quilt. It is finished and hung, though you cannot see it from the road. Why do I mention that? Well- as it turns out, when I bought the wood for mom’s barn quilt, I purchased a 4′ x 8′ sheet of plywood and had them cut the wood in half at the store. Perfect. Two 4′ x 4′ squares! This past weekend, I was able to finally use the second square for myself.

I am combining a couple blog ideas from my very own blog to create my new Barn Quilt:

The blog posts:

First post: I chose the block, Double Aster, based on this collection of posts on my larger Double Aster quilt. It is a 50″ quilt that I made in fabric. See how small those Fiskar Scissors are in comparison to the block?Star Quit Block

The second blog post is a full tutorial for creating the barn quilt, which I authored. I used primer (applied with a brush) and spray paint. Ohio Star Barn Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Painting the NEW Barn Quilt

The Double Aster block when enlarged fits on a 5 x 5 grid. For the fabric quilt, it was ideal to work in 10″ sections to create a 50″ block. For a 48″ x 48″ piece of wood, I had to do a tiny bit of math to mark off my sections.Suburban Barn Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

I taped everything off with blue painter’s tape and masked the area with paper.

I was able to spray more carefully this time around and very little paint bled below the tape line.Suburban Barn Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

My spray paint dried quite quickly which made this a fast project.Suburban Barn Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Once the piece was sealed, it was ready to be hung. (You can see the sunlight progressing in the pictures on my day of painting.)Suburban Barn Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

I don’t have a barn. I have a regular house in the regular suburbs. BUT I totally have a wooden fence! My “barn quilt” cannot be seen from the road but looks fine to me from my back porch. It is the official Fence Quilt. I wonder how many other folks have Fence Quilts? Now I have to go see if that is an existing hashtag….

I screwed the piece directly into the fence and then painted over the screw heads with coordinating paint.

Suburban Barn Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

SAMQG Block of the Month Quilt

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SAMQG Block of the Month Quilt

Second SAMQG Block of the Month Quilt | finished by Jen Eskridge ReannaLily Designs

In February, I was the proud winner of 24 quilt blocks from the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild! Hooray!!! These were our block of the month designs for January. (Assigned in January, bring to February meeting.)  I had enough blocks to create two quilts and today I’m sharing the finished, second quilt. Huge THANK YOU to everyone who made a block or two.

This littler guy measures about 50″ x 50″. I ended up stitching an additional two blocks to ensure the quilt would turn out square. This quilt did not get the white border. I left it as a blocks-only design.

Originally, I sorted the blocks by “mostly cool colors” and “mostly warm colors.” I don’t know that I was successful since each block was such a wild assortment of fabrics. (LOVE!) But this smaller quilt represents the “mostly cool color” blocks.

SAMQG Block of the Month | Longarm Quilting by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Unlike the first, larger quilt I made with these blocks, I did a simple swirl design from edge to edge to finish this quilt. Once it was on the frame, the quilting went very quickly. I bound the quilt with this great Alexander Henry black plaid fabric. (Amazon affiliate link.)

Longarm Quilting Swirls by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

The weather was absolutely perfect on Sunday to grab a few pictures.

Two Quilts |Rex Ray Inspired | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

I say perfect, but technically there was some wind…

Windy Quilt Photography by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Luckily, my assistant was a great sport and even held the quilts in place from an awkward squat position behind the metal gate. You can see a little video of his expert help on my Instagram account.

Windy Quilt Photography by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Longarm Quilting Skill Builder

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Longarm Quilting Skill Builder

Free Motion Quilting | Longarm Quilting | Whole Cloth Quilt Design by Jen Eskridge

Small Whole Cloth Quilting Skill Builder

I love to look at whole cloth quilts, but I’d need some serious skills to be able to make one! I decided I should make a skill builder design for myself to practice my longarm quilting. Specifically, I wanted to practice:

  • Filling in shapes with different designs
  • Consistency in the filling motifs
  • Ruler work
  • Speed & Confidence

First steps in Adobe Illustrator.

The design I’m sharing with you today will finish at 38″ square. I figured this way it would be a small enough piece to not agonize over, but larger enough to apply to quadrants of a quilt if I wanted to make a bed size quilt. (Well, it’d have to have borders to really be bed-size, but that is neither here nor there.) Ok- page set up 38″ square. In a nutshell- draw a line this way, pull a curve that way, rotate around a center mark…. Ta’dah! Well, it wasn’t THAT easy, I made a rough draft, tested it, tweaked it and then TA’DAH – the image below.

Free Motion Quilting | Longarm Quilting | Whole Cloth Quilt Design by Jen Eskridge

That is pretty neat, right? Then I realized that there’s no way I wanted to print a bunch of pages, tape them together and have a 38″ piece of paper. Designing just a quadrant solved the problem. Hooray! It prints on only 6 pages. Click here to download the quadrant pdf for yourself.

Updated to add: Grab a second longarm skill builder design here, on this blog post.

Free Motion Quilting | Longarm Quilting | Whole Cloth Quilt Design by Jen Eskridge

Let me show you how I used my whole cloth skill builder design:

((I was working from the rough draft illustrator design so the design lines vary slightly. ))

Print the quadrant and choose to “tile pages” to print 6 pieces of paper on a pc or do this for a mac.

First, I found a piece of fabric roughly 1-1/4″ x 42″ (width of fabric). Fold it in half lengthwise and width-wise to find the center and mark the exact vertical and horizontal guide lines. Press.

Tape or pin the printed design quadrant to a wall (or use window to act as a light board).

Align the pressed vertical and horizontal lines with the edges of the quadrant. My fabric is light yellow, so I can still see the lines though the weave.

Trace all the design lines onto the fabric using a water soluble marker.

Free Motion Quilting | Longarm Quilting | Whole Cloth Quilt Design by Jen Eskridge

Remove the fabric. Turn it 90 degrees and trace the quadrant again. Repeat this step to finish out the design.

Free Motion Quilting | Longarm Quilting | Whole Cloth Quilt Design by Jen Eskridge

Deciding to Quilt

In hindsight, I probably should have added 2″ basting stitches across the entire quilt before beginning. Having skipped that step, I’ll say – What the heck, it turned out ok for a first try!!! =)

I started in the middle of the design by tracing four shapes that joined in the center. If you are planning on doing this on your own- it doesn’t matter which shapes you start with.

Free Motion Quilting | Longarm Quilting | Whole Cloth Quilt Design by Jen Eskridge

Using rulers to guide me, stitched directly on the blue marked lines first. I tested the ole skills by trying to stitch 1/4″ away from the original line. Then I decided I’d pick something fun and curvy to fill in my first four shapes.

Free Motion Quilting | Longarm Quilting | Whole Cloth Quilt Design by Jen Eskridge

Ok. That wasn’t so bad. By the 4th shape, the lines were really starting to fall where I wanted them…. as opposed to the first shape.

Next, I wanted to try to make super straight ruled lines as a fill. Ok, just gotta find a shape and outline it first.

Free Motion Quilting | Longarm Quilting | Whole Cloth Quilt Design by Jen Eskridge

Little chunks like this with no real big commitment or plan really helped me out. For example: The space I chose to add ruled lines, well, there were 8 symmetrical spaces for a total of probably 12 square inches. I can handle 12 square inches, right??

I continued on in this fashion: Which little line cluster can I outline and fill? Ok. Next. Ok, which little line cluster can I outline and fill?

Free Motion Quilting | Longarm Quilting | Whole Cloth Quilt Design by Jen Eskridge

Here’s a fun fact: Yes, that IS a Creative Memories Circle Cutter from 10 years ago! I do all my family photobooks digitally, nowadays.  I happen to still have this perfect-size circle and oval cutting system. Turns out the plastic is the ideal height for round longarm rulers. You are welcome.

Free Motion Quilting | Longarm Quilting | Whole Cloth Quilt Design by Jen Eskridge

You’ll notice that I didn’t stitch on every blue line. I was really trying to just isolate “shapes I wanted to fill” and that was the plan.

Free Motion Quilting | Longarm Quilting | Whole Cloth Quilt Design by Jen Eskridge

If one of the skills you are trying to build is speed, do not choose pebbles. bwhahahaha. Stinkin’ pebbles.

Here’s a view from under the machine.

Free Motion Quilting | Longarm Quilting | Whole Cloth Quilt Design by Jen Eskridge

Oh man. There are some lumpy parts (noticeable only to me), but I don’t even care. I love this thing!

Free Motion Quilting | Longarm Quilting | Whole Cloth Quilt Design by Jen Eskridge

After three days of hopping on the longarm intermittently to fill a few shapes at a time, it was finally time to take off the water soluble ink.

Free Motion Quilting | Longarm Quilting | Whole Cloth Quilt Design by Jen Eskridge

And here’s the craziest part that I didn’t anticipate- Since this was fill-this-on-a-whim type quilting, I had no idea what it would really look like when it was done. It was a total HGTV reveal moment for me! “Oh my gosh, I cannot believe this is the same fabric.” -kind of reveal. Unlike HGTV, I didn’t cry or cut to commercial break with a suspenseful sentence.

Free Motion Quilting | Longarm Quilting | Whole Cloth Quilt Design by Jen Eskridge

One of the coolest parts about the skill builder quadrant is it will be different each time anyone makes it. Pick and choose whatever lines you want to follow. Fill with whatever designs you are working on at the time.  Go as detailed or as loose as you feel comfortable. I just love it. It is a choose your own adventure book for longarm quilting.

Updated to add: Grab a second longarm skill builder design here, on this blog post.

Free Motion Quilting | Longarm Quilting | Whole Cloth Quilt Design by Jen Eskridge

If you give it a go, I’d love to see it!

Threads of Love – NICU Blankets

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Threads of Love – NICU Blankets

I’m so happy to have participated in the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild’s (SAMQG) Threads of Love NICU Blanket Sewing Challenge. Fabric was donated. Kits were cut.

Fun fact: NICU blankets are made from 21″ x 21″ cut squares. Seems easy enough to rotary cut, right? It is incredibly fast to create a template from poster board and use that to cut the kits.

ThreadsOfLove_SAMQG_Sewin_5

Our SAMQG has a few quilt shops as sponsors, so the Threads of Love sew-in was hosted by The Quilt Shop in Castroville. Thanks!

ThreadsOfLove_SAMQG_Sewin_4

At the end of the sew-in we had a total of … around 40-45 blankets.

At the March meeting members brought in blankets they had stitched with cut kits or fabric which they donated.

Blankets_ThreadsofLove1

Sooooooo many blankets were donated! 97 at the March meeting alone.

With all the NICU blankets combined, I was lucky enough to drop these off at the member-liaison’s house. 148 so far. The blankets will be on their way to the Threads of Love sewing team to double-check the labels and then off to the preemies.

Blankets_ThreadsofLove2

I anticipate a few more or few dozen more as months go on and members bring more in. This was a very fun, very easy and very wonderful sewing challenge. Consider setting one up for your guild.

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SAMQG Block of the Month Winner

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SAMQG Block of the Month Winner

Rex Ray Inspired Quilt Block by San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild | Quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

WOWSA! I won the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild’s Block of the Month.

Do you have this at your guild? Some guilds call it Lotto Block. Everyone makes a predetermined block. Ours for January was designed by the Block of the Month Chairperson and is inspired by Rex Ray. The “humps” are hand appliqued to a white background.

Rex Ray Inspired Quilt Block by San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild | Quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

However many blocks you make is how many chances you have to win all the blocks turned in. In January – 24 blocks were up for grabs! The block was made in two sizes that would fit together when rotated 90 degrees.

I ended up splitting the group of blocks into a “mostly warm” and “mostly cool” color groups to create two lap/couch size quilts. The first one, “mostly warm,” is 60″ x 80″.

Rex Ray Inspired Quilt Block by San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild | Quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

For some reason I thought I wanted to try to quilt the first “mostly warm” quilt in a very difficult diagonal type design. I set forth to use rulers to stitch on my marked outline of a main zig-zag and then fill in sections of the quilt in a controlled graffiti-style of quilting.

Rex Ray Inspired Quilt Block by San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild | Quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

Turns out, it was really really hard to do. HA!! But ya gotta try, right?

Rex Ray Inspired Quilt Block by San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild | Quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

In the free-motion quilting fills there are feathers, swirls, McTavishing, echoing, pebbles, windy-swirls, meander, straight lines… everything.

Rex Ray Inspired Quilt Block by San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild | Quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

My main regret is that I used white thread. I do love the thread itself, but I probably should have used some kind of white/grey variegated thread on this project. I recently ran out of my favorite King Tut Morning Sky and figured the other white would work out.

Rex Ray Inspired Quilt Block by San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild | Quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

The current white thread is very lightweight and hard to see on the finished quilt (without the help of dim light + shadows).

Rex Ray Inspired Quilt Block by San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild | Quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

Although I’m loving how this one turned out overall, I think it is safe to say, I’ll be creating the “mostly cool” color version a bit differently. I don’t think the quilting will be nearly as complicated and I will own the thread by the time the blocks are pieced together to quilt.

The wheels are turnin’ and who knows how the second version will look.

Huge No-Waste Flying Geese with Fat Quarters

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Huge No-Waste Flying Geese with Fat Quarters

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese MethodMy huge no-waste flying geese quest continues! Oh my goodness. I made them recently from layer cakes (precut 10″ fabric squares). I then thought, “What if I don’t have a layer cake and I only have fat quarters?” Oh… this could work, too.  So here we go!

The size shown in this quilting tutorial is a finished Baby Size quilt- 48″ x 40″ made with 8 fat quarters (precut 18″ x 22″ fabric pieces). Here are some size options:

Baby Size – 40″ x 48″

8 Assorted Fat Quarters

Quilt is arranged in a 3 x 5 grid with one extra flying geese block left over.

Queen Size – 80″ x 88″

28 Assorted Fat Quarters

Quilt is arranged in a 5 x 11 grid with one extra flying geese block left over.

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Divide your fat quarters in half. One half will be used as the large triangle (geese) and the other half will be used as the smaller corner triangles (sky).

From the large triangle (geese) pile, cut a single large square measuring 17-1/4″ x 17-1/4″. (For this step, I layered a few fat quarters and cut the squares all at once.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

From the smaller corner triangle (sky) pile, cut four squares -from each fat quarter!- measuring 8-7/8″ x 8-7/8″.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

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No-Waste Flying Geese Method

For each no-waste construction block, you’ll need:

  • 1 large square
  • 4 smaller squares

Each construction block will yield FOUR flying geese units. Baby Size = 16 geese units. Queen Size = 56 geese units.

Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each smaller square using a non-permanent fabric pen. (The red line is digitally added for better visibility. The pen really does mark blue and wash out easily.)

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

Lay two smaller squares in opposite corners of the larger square. Make sure to match right sides and make the marked diagonal lines appear to connect across the entire large block. Pin.

Notice the cut edges meet at the outer corners.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

Use a 1/4″ presser foot to stitch 1/4″ away from the marked line.

Flip the entire large square and stitch 1/4″ away from the marked line on the other side.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

Cut the two halves apart with a rotary cutter.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method
Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

Open and press seam allowances towards the smaller triangle.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

This will create a crazy heart-looking shape, which is how you’ll know you are on the right track.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

Match right sides and pin one remaining square to the corner. The diagonal line should point from the V of the heart shape to the outer corner.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

Stitch 1/4″ away from the marked diagonal line on the right and left sides.

Use a rotary cutter to cut along the marked diagonal line, just as you did before.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

Open and press seam allowances towards the smaller triangle.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

Each geese unit is 16-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Pretty big, right? Ok, it isn’t as big as the Layer Cake Flying Geese blocks, but if you have fat quarters on hand, it is a great way to go.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

Trim the blocks if necessary, but remember there needs to be 1/4″ seam allowance extending past the point.

Arrange Blocks

In the Layer Cake Flying Geese blocksI stitched the geese units into pairs. Having a big square block made the mixed-up design easy to arrange. For this smaller baby quilt, I needed to sew the blocks one-at-a-time and set them in a traditional manner.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

One column pointing up, one pointing down, one pointing up. Once the color placement is decided, stitch blocks matching right sides and using a 1/4″ seam allowance. (Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide is shown below.)

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

Stitch columns.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

Join columns to form the quilt top.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

Longarm Quilting

Though this quilt is only 40″ x  48″ and could be managed easily under the domestic sewing machine, I decided to push myself to to work with longarm quilting rulers.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

I’m not totally committed to rulers quite yet. I decided to add an arc in across each large geese block and then surround it with free motion quilted feathers.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

In the sky or corner triangles, I made up a little free motion quilting shape there, too.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

All in all, it went along pretty quickly. I’m LOVING how the back turned out. You can really see the quilting in the flannel light blue.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

This little guy is heading to the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild‘s charity efforts. All it needs is binding!

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

Ticker Tape Giraffe Quilt Block

Posted by on 6:00 am in Blog, fabric stash, tutorial | 1 comment

Ticker Tape Giraffe Quilt Block

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project

Ticker Tape Giraffe Quilt

I recently posted a tutorial for this guy’s friend, Ticker Tape Owl. It was so fun to make using my fabric scraps, that I decided I needed a giraffe. Of course, he can be any color but if you have yellow, brown and orange fabrics, you’ll want to jump right in!

Scroll to the bottom to see how insanely fast you can create borders with an applied trim used in the border of this project by simply using a Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide.

Finished size: 18″ x 18″ – project sizes can vary depending on how you finish the block.

Supplies

Prep

The first thing you’ll need to do for this project is print the downloadable PDF Giraffe Template. Tape him together, matching his nose and neck lines.

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project

I used a shirt back from a thrift store garment. After measuring, a 14-1/2″ square will be as big as I can cut.

Apply the fusible woven interfacing to the wrong side of the linen.

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt

If you are using the 1/2 yard linen for your background, you can cut to any size you prefer. For my project, the background fabric is 14-1/2″ x 14-1/2″ and is cut after the interfacing is applied.

Mark the center of the linen square.

Use a window pane as a light box by taping the owl to the glass.

Tape the linen background over the template, matching the marked centers.

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project

Use the water soluble marker to trace the image onto the right side of the linen background square.

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project

Ok. He looks good and I can see all his marked lines.

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project

Fabric Scraps

Any scraps will work. All scraps will take a moment or two to sort and organize. I’m going with traditional-ish colors on this first giraffe.

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project

My ticker tape giraffe uses pieces ranging from 1/4″ to 2″ in size. Work on a surface that will allow for ironing. By that I mean, a towel, portable ironing pad, or ironing board. Starting with the horns, arrange fabric scraps leaving a small space between each shape.

Keep the scissors close and trim scraps into needed shapes as you go.

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project

Before moving onto another section, add a tiny dot of glue behind each fabric scrap to secure it in place. Use an iron to set the glue.

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project

Continue to add fabric scraps, trim as needed and glue baste them in place.

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project
Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project
Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project

This is the pile of “trimmings” from my already-small scraps. Whoa.
Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project

Secure the Scraps

Use Sulky Monofilament Thread and a free motion quilting foot to stitch around each shape. Why clear monofilament thread and not a coordinated color? Using the monofilament on the ticker tape fabric scraps will allow you to “travel” from shape to shape without needing to trim threads. Simply stitch on over to your next shape. No one will ever know.

Apply Trim to Borders

For the borders, unlike the owl which features a half square triangle border, this giraffe will have a solid yellow border with applied trim. We’ll miter the corners.

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project

I’m going with the brown single fold bias tape.

Since we will be mitering the corners of the border, cut 4 strips 2-1/2″ x 18-1/2″ from the yellow fat quarter of fabric.

Determine where you’ll place your trim. I’m placing mine 1/2″ from the cut edge. Once the border is applied, the trim will be 1/4″ from the block.

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project | Apply Trim Using Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide

You can measure this the whole length of the border, adding pins and hoping the pins don’t cause the trim to skew. OR you can use the 1/2″ guide mark on the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide.

Simply line up the yellow cut edge of fabric with the solid grey 1/2″ mark. Lay the right side of the trim under the needle. As long as both of these two things are in place as you stitch, the trim will be applied accurately. I created a youtube video to show you how to apply trim. The video features a “demo project” so you’ll need to use our 1/2″ giraffe measurements when applying your trim.

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project | Apply Trim Using Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide

Sew along the right side of the trim. Flip the piece and stitch along the left side.

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project | Apply Trim Using Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide

Perfect. Ok. Now over to the design wall.

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project | Mitered Corner

I wanted to get an idea of how the giraffe ticker tape quilt would look once it was “framed.”

For my project, I hadn’t trimmed my block to 14-1/2″ x 14-1/2″. I did that right now, before I added any borders.

Add Borders

Fold the giraffe in half along each side, making a small crease with your finger.

Fold the borders in half to find their center.

Match right sides and pin the centers of the top and bottom borders to the giraffe block.

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project | Mitered Corner

Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to join the border to the giraffe block. Start and stop 1/4″ from the cut edge of the block.

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project | Mitered Corner

Pin the right and left sides to the block. Matching right sides and centers. Fold the top and bottom borders out of the way, gently as you stitch. Start and stop 1/4″ from the block’s cut edge.

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project | Mitered Corner

Open all four borders and press the seam allowances towards the yellow fabric.

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project | Mitered Corner

Your corner area should look like this:

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project | Mitered Corner

Miter the Corners

Work with only one corner at a time.

Fold the block at a 45 degree angle, matching the cut edges and seams of the border fabrics.

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project | Mitered Corner

Pin the border, making sure the brown trim matches perfectly on the top and bottom fabric layers.

Using a quilter’s ruler, draw a line to extend the “fold” into the yellow border. The line will also be 45 degrees and should intersect the corner of your border strips.

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project | Mitered Corner

At the sewing machine, position your needle on the line, directly where your previous stitching lines stopped. Sew directly on the marked line to the corner.

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project | Mitered Corner

Open the corner; check that the trim matches and there are no “bubbles” created on the block at the corner seam. If you notice something you don’t like, simply rip the stitches, press the block flat and refold. Most of the time, errors come from:

  1. starting the stitching line in the wrong place
  2. not having the 45 degree fold accurate.

If it looks good, trim the excess fabric to create a 1/4″ seam allowance and press to one side.

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project | Mitered Corner

Here’s the front:

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project

Repeat those mitering steps for all four corners.

Ticker Tape Giraffe Tutorial | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Fabric Scrap Project

Ah-dorable. This guy is ready to go!

Use a damp cloth or misting spray bottle of water to remove the ink marks.

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