This Scrappy Circles Quilt has been a long time in the making! Based on my blog, I made this quilt top back in December of 2014. I finally felt confident enough to quilt this big ‘ole thing.
Each scrappy circle block is cut using templates. The blocks measure 18″ square. HUGE. In fact, some of the background pieces were so large that I have bonus seams in them so they’d fit the template without me purchasing any fabrics. I love a good scrap quilt made entirely from fabric stash.
I departed from my comfort zone a tad and quilted the whole thing in Orange Creamsicle Maxilock Variegated thread. I enjoy variegated thread, but I don’t generally like it when it goes from white to a much darker shade. This one turned out ok. Of course, all the quilting hiccups happened when I was in the darkest thread.
It was a bit windy when we were able to snap photos of the quilt. #keepingitreal
And of course, the sweet dog wanted to help, too.
I did manage to get a few shots of the actual quilting. Each scrappy ring had a design:
- Center – Long Wishbones
- Middle Rings – Tight Wishbones
- Outer Ring – Straight-ish Lines
- Light Background – Diagonal Spineless Feathers
The feather quilting design is more like the Everything Bagel of quilted feathers. I have hooked feathers, curls, real feathers, cheat-y type feathers, and anything else I could think of at that time.
The back is a beautiful 108″ wide piece from Joann’s. I pre-washed it to make sure it wouldn’t bleed; washing with a color-catcher. Surprise, the color-catcher was perfectly white at the end of the load. Fantastic! I’ll be buying this one again.
All in all, I’m loving the Scrappy Circles Quilt. It measures 72″ x 90″.
That’s a wrap. Thank you, my super-tall, quilt-holding assistant!
Don’t wait ’til Christmas to dive into those holiday quilt gifts!
Here’s a collection of easy quilt projects to sew while you are relaxing this summer. No need to rush through them in November and hope your longarm quilter has time to finish by Dec 24th. Start stitching on these babies now.
Each of the patterns featured here are free tutorials offered by ReannaLily Designs.
This quilt makes up quite quickly using 10″ precut squares (Layer Cakes) or you can use yardage. Both types of fabric requirements are included in the free quilt tutorial.
The X and Plus block is a popular, easy block to make. For my spin on this classic design, I enlarged the block and share how to “assembly-line” piece each block. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can create a large quilt top.
Skip the ruler and the measuring! This wonky star quilt is shown in Red, White and Blue, but would look fantastic in any color combination. Make it with assorted fat quarters for a scrap-quilt look. This is also an excellent design to use up your fabric stash as the blocks required are only 5″ square.
Use 28 Fat Quarters to stitch large traditional Flying Geese blocks. Only 55 blocks are needed to make this Queen Size design.
The Plus Baby quilt includes a printable worksheet for you to use to plan your design. No more running back and forth to the design wall/kitchen table to see what colors come next, simply follow the cutting chart, pin fabrics to the worksheet, and sew. This is a great fat quarter project!
Disappearing 9-Patch blocks are fun! What would make them better? Make them BIGGER! Yep, this quilt is made using 10″ precut squares and background yardage. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this particular tutorial to see the quilt in a couple different color combinations.
This quilt tutorial is easily the most popular one on ReannaLily Designs website. Use 2-1/2″ precut strips (Jelly Roll) to create this braided top.
Once you’ve finished your quilt top, drop me a note so we can get your design in the longarm quilting queue and finished! I look forward to seeing your projects.
If you are on social media, tag your ReannaLily Designs quilts with #reannalilydesigns.
The Fat Quarter Flying Geese free quilt pattern/tutorial makes a queen size quilt using fat quarters. These traditional Flying Geese block units are HUGE! Get your fat quarter pieces out and pull 28 coordinating pieces. No more hoarding fat quarters with this easy, big ole’ design.
Fabrics Used in this Quilt
- 24-piece fat quarter bundle (Garnet, by Nancy Zieman)
- Plus 4 additional coordinating fat quarters
- 1 yard of brown for the 4″ border
- Additional fabric for the binding
Using the free pattern, I stitched 55 HUGE geese each measuring 16-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.
Note: If you happen to have a layer cake (10″ precut square pieces) rather than a fat quarter bundle, use this Giant Flying Geese with Layer Cakes pattern instead.
Sew the Quilt
The quilt is arranged in five columns, each with 11 rectangular blocks. The easiest way to create the top:
- Sew pairs of geese together along the longest side to create a square.
- Save 5 single geese off to the side.
- Add 5 pairs to each column in any direction.
- Lastly, add one remaining single rectangle-geese block per column.
Yes, it is pretty random. I like that look. But, by sewing the geese in pairs first, you do have the option of making a traditional style quilt where the geese (large triangle) points all “fly” in one direction.
The quilt is framed in a 4″ brown border. I think it helps with the randomness.
The design is quilted focusing the geese (larger) and sky (smaller) triangles separately.
Without the borders, the quilt measures approximately 80″ x 88″. Turns out, that is really big for snapping a photo in the back yard.
Here it is on the fence…. oops- with wind. I’m sure there’s an actual “flying geese” joke here somewhere….
Ah, wait. Here we go. I love how this turned out and wouldn’t ya know, I have more fat quarters to create another quilt.
It feels like a Disappearing 9-Patch -a-palooza over here lately. Using the free pattern to feature 10″ square precuts (layer cakes), I whipped up this queen size quilt (75″ x 90″) in a weekend. It really is that easy.
The pattern calls for:
- 1 Layer Cake (40 pieces of precut 10″ squares)
- 2-1/3 yard white/background fabric
Ok. I have those supplies. Er, but wait. No. I didn’t have them.
Instead I used a 10″ square ruler to basically cut my own 40 squares from assorted blue and red fabrics. Here’s how that math breaks out:
- 1/3 yard of FIVE different reds
- 1/3 yard of FIVE different blues
Cut the pieces down to 10″ x width of fabric. (If you are buying fabric for this project, I’d go with 1/3 yard, just to be sure you have a bit of wiggle room if the cuts aren’t square. And, if they are square- voila! You’ll have 3″ leftover to make matching binding for your quilt.)
From each 10″ wide piece, cut four 10″ x 10″ squares, which will yield 20 reds and 20 blues. Easy, right? We needed a total of 40 so that is right on pace.
Cut the background fabric as described in the original pattern and follow the original directions from here on out.
I’m so glad to have cut into some of my fabric stash to create this quilt. I will definitely be doing this again. In fact, any scraps that happen to meet the 10″ x 10″ requirement might go into their own special “Future Disappearing 9-patch Ziploc.” That is the official organizational method I use: Ziploc. Fancy, right?
Using my HandiQuilter Avante 18, I stitched meandered stars all over the design. When its washed, it will have some great shrinkle! Do you know shrinkle? When the quilt shrinks a tiny bit in the was and comes out all crinkley = shrinkle.
I hope you give the Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes pattern a try. It is every bit as easy as the popular Disappearing 9-patch patterns all over Pinterest. The only difference is you sew a bit less and are done a bit faster. It is excellent for a quick gift!
If you are looking for fun precut 10″ squares, check out Craftsy. They have loads of options from which to choose. Craftsy is even offering this pattern in a quilt kit, which features Lily and Loom precut squares and coordinating background fabric yardage.
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This fun Disappearing 9-Patch quilt is made using 10″ precut squares (aka LAYER CAKES)! The quilt features Lily & Loom, new fabric by Boundless, which is releasing on Craftsy.
The layer cake features 42 precut 10″ squares. The whole pack is youthful and bright. Get your fabric bundle here.
Using the Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes tutorial, I was able to make the quilt top in an afternoon. The pieces/units are HUGE.
And of course, I chain pieced everything, even the binding pieces. I tend to make the binding first so I don’t accidentally use the fabric in the quilt.
This quick cutting tool, The Cutting Gizmo, is amazing. I have mentioned it before. I received the cutter for Christmas and am not sure how I quilted for 20+ years without it.
Cut, cut, cut and the chain pieced units were read to stitch.
See how easily the quilt goes together on the sewing tutorial.
I opted to stitch a quick all-over swirl design on my HandiQuilter Avante 18″.
Lastly, I just needed to apply binding. I did that by machine, too, making this quilt incredibly fast to stitch. Volia! Finitio!
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The first San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild (SAMQG) Mini Quilt Auction is fast approaching and this fantastic For Fox Sake may be up for bidding. I thought it might be fun to create this cheeky little rascal for the mix, if space allows. The finished project is 16″ x 16″.
This quilt came together pretty late one evening. I pretty much never work on things when I’m tired, but I just kept cutting, stitching, ironing, and cutting. But, I was pretty tired, so I didn’t snap a single progress picture.
The 4 is improvisationally pieced from blue scraps in the style of Word Play Quilts by Tonya Ricucci. It and the mixed white fabric background are the only pieced spots.
The “sake” is my own handwriting. I wrote the word on cardstock then fattened up each letter. After cutting out the word, I was able to trace it onto Heat’n Bond fusible adhesive. I applied the “sake” last with raw-edge applique techniques.
Now, the cute little fox is a creation of mixed cartoon fox styles from the internet. I made him up as I was cutting each section. The fox is raw-edge fusible applique. Since he’s finished, I thought I’d trace the fox in Adobe Illustrator to be able to share a downloadable pdf with you! You’ll have to play with the size since this guy is only 8-1/2″ wide. Click on the image and a pdf should open.
The mini quilt auction hangs in a local quilt shop for almost two weeks before the silent auction on May 11th.
I’m crazy for this platinum satin whole cloth quilt! It is named Platinum Garden and started out as a wild experiment. A 60″ x 60″ quilting adventure! What I wanted was one of those amazing silk wholecloth quilts with the puffy and fantastic wool battings. Upon further inspection – YIKES – silk is almost $30/yard and wool batting isn’t for the faint of heart. (I couldn’t commit at those prices.) Since this was to be a test, I went with polyester, “platinum” color satin charmeuse and high-loft polyester batting. To top it off, I actually used a bed sheet (50/50% poly cotton) from Walmart as the backing! Pretty crazy, right?
As you may know, I’m enjoying a quilting series of whole cloth quilts, like the one in this wholecloth post and this wholecloth post. As described in those previous adventures, I start with a linear quadrant design like this one:
Print the quadrant once, tape it together, and trace it onto the wholecloth four times, or simply print it four times. I opted to just print the full-size quadrant once. Note: This quadrant design is not available for free full-size download. If you’d like to download a quadrant and give it a try, please visit these two posts: wholecloth post and wholecloth post.
Since I was using slippery & shifty satin, I decided to use dressmaker’s carbon tracing papers to transfer the design to the quilt’s surface.
Of course, I started in right away on the quilting.
Some feathers here. Some lines there.
A few wishbones in the corners.
Then I realized this quilt was WAY too big and to slippery to roll back and forth to work in a symmetrical quilting fashion. Instead, I decided to draw directly on my printed quadrant to serve as a road map for what I was going to quilt when I needed to replicate the top half of the quilt, on the bottom half. I pinned it above my quilt frame as a reference. (I’m going to have lots of holes to patch on that wall if we ever move!)
As I would stitch an area, I’d run over to the quadrant and doodle out what I just did. I don’t want you to think I actually, really planned something. Ha. You can see the cheap bed sheet backing in the photo below, too.
Wowsa. It is coming along. For some reason, those flower petals in the middle gave me fits thinking of how to fill them.
When in doubt, add more feathers! That’s gonna be my new rule. You can really see the PINK Glide thread in this picture, above.
Like the other quilts I’ve made in this design series, each time the quilt comes off the frame there’s a whole “Holy Quilting, Batman! I cannot believe I made that!” moment. It really is a neat way to trick yourself. Simply isolate a shape in the design, quilt it, and make it symmetrical. Who knows what your quilt will look like in the end? Everyone loves surprises.
I thought the satin would be far too difficult to apply as a traditional quilt binding. My options were apply lightweight interfacing to it as you would in apparel sewing, OR simple add a facing to the whole quilt and skip the traditional binding all together. I went with the latter. Would you like to see some close-up shots of the quilting?
And a couple outdoorsy shots with overcast lighting.
Is it perfect? Nope.
Do I love it far more than I should? Absolutely!
The experiment is confirmed. That totally worked. Now, to start saving my pennies for the silk and wool.
The first-ever San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild (SAMQG) Mini Quilt Auction fundraiser is fast approaching! My general plan was to make a satin, wholecloth butterfly. You’ll see… that didn’t quite happen.
The auction rules are to create a 16″ x 16″ mini quilt. The quilts will hang at a local quilt shop, Sew Special, and will be in a silent auction which ends on May 11. Very exciting. It will be a mini show and fundraiser for our group.
After marking three 16″ squares, a 20″ x 60″ piece of polyester satin is loaded onto my HandiQuilter frame. I started with a practice piece to warm up my arms. (Remember, I’m aiming to make a butterfly….)
I LOVE how the heart turned out! It is quilted with Pink Glide thread.
Ok, that was fun. Since I had three areas marked off, I went ahead and practiced the graffiti quilting all over the second mini quilt space.
I switched to NEON Green Glide thread. WOWSA. This stuff is day-glo for sure. The black light looks really cool, right?
Lastly, one square remains. Do I try to make a symmetrical butterfly or try to make an improved heart? Well…… I went NEON Green heart.
I ended up taking the whole piece off the frame, squaring up the designs, and binding them all. Here’s how all three mini quilts turned out.
Pink Graffiti Quilting Heart
And a side view for some fantastic quilty-shadows:
Green Graffiti Quilting Heart
And another side view of the mini quilt:
Random Green Graffiti Quilting
The side view:
And a close-up just for fun:
The butterfly concept didn’t make it. (YET!)
For now, I just have to decide which quilt to submit to the auction!!! Cast your votes in the comments.
My blog has been a bit quieter in 2017. Sorry about that! I have a really good reason, I promise. I’m working on a big project. I thought I’d show you some frustratingly-vague photos until I can share more details.
I’m working with a whole handful of quilters. A HUGE thank you to all the folks who are working away on this little idea I have. You guys are making it all possible!!!
And I’m working with generous companies!
And I’m making great progress as the days go on.
Quilt a bit. Take some notes. Quilt a bit more. Make some more notes. Snap a few photos. Zoom in on a few spots. Take some more notes. Try to make complete sentences. Quilt a bit more. That is pretty much my process right now. Phew. It is a blast!
I’ll still posts sewing projects when I can, but know I’m working really hard to bring you something really really cool. I’ll be sure to share more details as they unfold!
Be great today!
Grumpy Cat Quilt
Yes, you read that right. It is a Grumpy Cat Quilt. The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild has a Pop Culture Sewing Bee: everything from Pusheen to Zelda, from Comic-Con to Memes and more! I chose Grumpy Cat as my project for the December meeting.
I do not have a pattern for the Gato Gru??n, but here’s how I made him:
First, you’ll need an image. I did a google search for “Grumpy Cat Cartoon” thinking the colors and shapes would already be broken down into easy, usable areas. That worked.
- Save the image
- Using software, scale the image to the size you want. (I assume you could do this in MS Office/Word, but I used Illustrator.)
- Print the image using the “tile large pages” or “poster” option. My finished piece is about 18″ x 24″.
- Tape the image back together.
You might find it helpful to outline the shape edges with sharpie. I tried, but the sharpie I was using was on its way out.
I taped it to a window (to act as a light board) and traced the outlines of the shapes onto Heat’n Bond fusible web.
Label the pieces before you cut them out! If you are making a portrait or image using this method, be advised that the final image will be “flipped” from what you printed. (You can flip the image on the computer before you print, if it isn’t symmetrical – like letters or recognizable places.)
Cut out the wacky little heat’n bond shapes and fuse them to the wrong-side of your project fabrics.
Now arrange the shapes, using the original printed image as a guide.
I worked in little sections. If I had something in the wrong place, I wouldn’t screw up the whole project with one press.
- Right-side of the Grumpy Cat face
- Left-side of Grumpy Cat face
- Left ear
- Right ear
- Tail and body shadows
- LAST- eyes. I was nervous about really messing those up. As Melissa Averinos says, the eyes are the most important part of the portrait.
Hey, are those cheese-y pigs in a blanket on my plate in the lower right corner (above)? Why, yes they are! You cannot have a sewing bee without food, of course.
Once everything is fused, it is time to think about quilting and think about the final use of the quilt. Sure, I probably should have thought about the end-use earlier, but you know… sometimes that doesn’t happen.
For my project, I plan to wrap it around a canvas and hang it on a wall. For this reason, I didn’t have to be too meticulous with the quilting as it will never be washed.
I did use a grey thread to trace around the fused shapes with stitching lines.
Instead of trying to work with a thin piece of black or dark grey fabric to outline his Grumpy Cat body, I decided I’d add those lines with thread, too. I drew them out with water soluble pen, and I traced over these areas 4-6 times with free motion quilting lines.
My last step will be to stretch the small quilt around canvas stretcher-bars. I’ll be using my staple gun and basic “upholstered headboard” techniques to get this little guy wrapped.
This just in!!! I found a 16″ x 20″ canvas at the thrift store and it worked perfectly for this project.
And the fantasticly Grumpy Cat quilt is now greeting folks in my front entry. Merry Christmas to me.