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Longarm Quilting Edge-to-Edge Designs

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Longarm Quilting Edge-to-Edge Designs

Longarm Machine Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

Longarm Quilting Edge-to-Edge Designs

The blog has been quiet for a month as I’ve longarm machine quilted on a collection on customer quilts. I’m happy to share a quick slide show with you this morning.

Everything featured here is considered an Edge-To-Edge design.

What does that mean? Simply, for me to finish quilting your quilt I can travel from one edge to the other using one design motif without having to stop and change designs with shapes or use a ruler to outline patchwork designs. Having said that, this is how I consider Edge-To-Edge design at my longarm company, ReannaLily Quilts. Your longarm quilter may have a different definition.

Above:

The first photo has rows and rows of wild “spineless” feathers stitched in Wisteria Glide Thread on a rail fence quilt pattern design stitch in batik fabrics, similar to these fabrics at Craftsy.

Wisteria Glide Thread

Christmas Tree Banner

 

The back is where you can really see the almost Edge-to-Edge design. For this quilt, I did a combination of quick Edge-to-Edge styles, but I did switch up the motif within each shape. I didn’t use rulers on the project, though.

Longarm Machine Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

The pattern she used is called Tall Trim the Tree, I believe.

Tall Trim the Tree Pattern at Fat Quarter Shop

Meandering Hearts

The quilted gift is for her daughter and has hearts stitched into the meandering design to showcase the hearts in the fabric prints.

Longarm Machine Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

Tessellating Fish

My customer suggested a traditional clamshell design for his quilt. As he envisioned, the clams look like fish scales on his Tessellating Fish quilt.  Cool effect, right?

Longarm Machine Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

City Skyline

A panel with a border makes a very fast quilt design. My customer started with a panel similar to this one: City-scape by Hoffman, and framed it nicely. The quilted design did feature ruler work, but I consider it more of an edge-to-edge in this case since I didn’t outline any patches. To quilt this design, I stitched random straight (vertical-to-the-city) lines and followed the angles of the buildings.

Longarm Machine Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

Lava Thread!

Next is a quilt created by a grandmother and grand-daughter. Fun, right? The only thing that would make this large-scale pinwheel quilt more fun is a triangle-meander in bright ORANGE Lava thread!

Lava Glide Thread

Longarm Machine Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

Patchwork Stocking

And to take a quick break from quilting, I made this stocking for a new cousin of mine. It is full lined, features a pile of fabric scraps, and is accented with Gold Metallic Thread in a few decorative stitch variations. Her name was written in Frixion pen, then loosely outlined with free-motion quilting on my home machine.

Gold Metallic Superior Thread

Longarm Machine Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

Thank you for keeping me busy this holiday season! Of course, if there’s anything I can quilt for you, contact me at reannalilydesigns@gmail.com and read more at ReannaLilyQuilts.com.

Patriotic Quilt Round Up

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Patriotic Quilt Round Up

Red White and Blue Quilt Tutorial Round Up by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Red, White, and Blue

Red, White and Blue is the theme for this how-to tutorial round up! As I’ve started to create more and more quilts for veterans, I noticed a themed collection in the works. I’m happy to share my quilts and quilt pattern tutorials here, all in one place.

For the most part, when I approach a quilt pattern to adapt it to look patriotic, I treat the fabric requirements as “all shades of red” with “all shades of blue” and “as many whites as I own.” This works for any three-color quilts. The quilt will look scrappy as I’ve cut the red pieces from as many reds as I have in my own fabric stash. Same with blues and whites.

If the quilt pattern is a two-color quilt or has an even balance of background and foreground pieces, I simply treat all backgrounds as white and all foregrounds as red and blue. You can do this with any pattern you already own. Of course, if you switch that up (i.e. all backgrounds are red and blue; all foregrounds are white,) you’ll turn out a completely different quilt still using the one original pattern!

HUGE Cross and Plus Quilt

Ohio Star Barn Quilt

Inverted Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes

Patriotic Wonky Star Quilt Tutorial

Patriotic Disappearing 9-Patch with 10″ Precut Squares


Red, White OR Blue

Sometimes a more monochromatic look is just what you need. Turns out, side-by-side these two monochromatic quilts look great together as Red and White or Blue and White quilts. Incidentally, both quilts below are made from the same Giant Flying Geese tutorial.

Giant Fat Quarter Flying Geese – Queen Size

Blue Flying Geese: Queen-Size Quilt

Disappearing 9-Patch With Layer Cakes BABY QUILTS

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Disappearing 9-Patch With Layer Cakes BABY QUILTS

Disappearing 9-Patch is quite popular. My blog tutorial for this quilt style made with 10″ precut squares, Layer Cakes, is one of my most popular. Readers and quilt class students often ask how to create the Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes in a smaller size. Well, I have great news! This tutorial will show you how to create TWO small quilts from one precut fabric bundle and a small bit of yardage. Don’t you love that bright layer cake?

Fabric designer, Patty Young of Mod Kid Boutique, asked a few pattern designer/bloggers to take her beautiful new collection for Riley Blake for a test drive. I’m thrilled to showcase her line Flit and Bloom in this tutorial.

Skill Level:

Super Easy Beginner

Finished Size:

Two Quilts approx 64″ x 64″

Supplies:

1 Layer Cake* Flit and Bloom by Patty Young is featured in this tutorial.

2 1/3 y white polka dot yardage (Bloom Scalloped Dot)

2/3 y pink fabric, border of quilt one

2/3 y grey fabric, border of quilt two

1/2 y binding for EACH quilt

*Layer Cake is a precut 10″ x 10″ square fabric bundle with at least 40 pieces. 40 pieces are used in this tutorial. The term “layer cake” is a trademark of Moda Fabrics.

Cut Quilt Pieces:

32 total white squares
From the yardage, cut 8 strips at 10″ wide


From the 8 strips, cut 4 squares 10″ x 10″ each

TIP: Using a large cutting mat, stack sets of strips to make faster cuts.

Construction:

Remove two 10″ squares from the precut pack. In this case, I removed the Bloom Scalloped Dot, since it is going to be used elsewhere in the quilt design. These two will not be used. Also count out eight white squares. Set these aside. You will use them.

Make eight basic, although GIANT 9-patch blocks using four white squares and five prints. Stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Grab a Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide to make sure your 1/4″ seam is always accurate.

To assemble the quilt quickly, I used a serger. Here’s why:

  • You can go fast! The serger stitches must faster than my home sewing machine.
  • You don’t need to wind a bobbin. Ever.
  • The seams are wrapped neatly together making them easy to press.
  • This quilt doesn’t require pins or detailed piece-work.

Chain-piece 24 pairs of print and white fabrics. Grab them at random. No need to plan colors at this stage of the game.

Cut the pairs apart with scissors.

At this point, you will have 16 unstitched prints. And, don’t forget the 8 white squares, which you set aside earlier.

Sew a print OR white to each of the 24 pairs. Keep the alternating pattern. Print-White-Print OR White-Print-White.

Now, create a basic 9-patch block using these three-piece units.

Make eight total huge blocks.

Slice each 9-patch block into perfect quarters. Honestly, this is the hardest step because you’ll want to make sure you cut the pieces exactly in half, and you’ll need a large space to rotary cut them.

Sliced 9 Patch

Start by folding the large block in half, making sure the vertical seam lines lay on each other. You’ll be able to feel a little ridge where the seam is underneath what you can see.

Using a large ruler, line up one vertical seam line with the 4-3/4″ mark. Cut.

Open, turn and layer the halves, matching seam lines again to make the second cut.

Using a large ruler, line up one vertical seam line with the 4-3/4″ mark. Cut.

Wow. These are BIG quarter pieces.

This tutorial makes TWO quilts. Each quilt will use 16 quarter-squares laid out in a 4 x 4 grid. Every quarter will be used.

Start by sewing pairs of quarters in the exact same arrangement. See the small square in the northwest corner of block one and southwest corner of block two? Stay consistent when sewing all pairs in this fashion.

Once the pairs are stitched, join two together to form a four piece row. Add them to a design wall, large table, or floor to arrange the colors and focus fabrics. Each quilt will only have four rows, and alternating rows will be flipped 180 degrees (from the image shown above). This will make sense as you lay it out.

Quilt 1:

Add the third row.

Add the last row.

Quilt 2

Cut Border and Binding Pieces

From each of the 2/3 yard grey and pink fabrics, cut six 4-1/2″ x width of fabric strips.


From each of the 1/2 yard binding fabrics, cut six 2-1/2″ x width of fabric strips.

Add Borders

  • Each quilt should be approximately 56″ square right now.
  • Sew two sets of border strips together at the short ends.
  • Apply to the right and left sides of the quilt.
  • Trim excess
  • Sew excess to remaining two border strips.
  • Add each of those to the top and bottom of the quilt.

Quilt

Flit and Bloom- Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes Baby Quilts by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs

Flit and Bloom- Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes Baby Quilts by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs

Each of these tops were finished with different quilting designs. The quilt with grey borders got a special treatment with wishbones the border, teardrops in the corners, and a swirl edge-to-edge (e2e) design.

The quilt with pink borders has only a swirled flower edge-to-edge (e2e) over the entire quilt. There was no special border design treatment.

Binding

Use your favorite binding method to apply continuous binding to each quilt.

Thank you so much for browsing and stitching this tutorial!

Huge thanks to Patty Young and Riley Blake Fabrics for having me on the Flit and Bloom fabric tour. Check out other stops on the tour here:

Flit and Bloom- Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes Baby Quilts by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs

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Divide and Design: Planned Machine Quilting Designs

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Divide and Design: Planned Machine Quilting Designs

Teal Baby Quilt | Divide and Design | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily QuiltsThe look of planned quilting designs is amazing. I love how they compliment the quilt and bring out a whole secondary design around the quilt block. In fact, I love it so much I grabbed the Divide and Design book by Lisa Calle.

Divide and Design by Lisa Calle

Her work is stunning (#fangirl), and she breaks down the method to design quilt motifs in her book. I’ve basically been putting off trying the technique until I had the perfect block-based quilt ready to go. Well, it occurred to me that may never happen. Lisa’s book outlines how to choose points to divide your block/space. Starting with that notion, I should be able to try her method on anything, right?

Teal Baby Quilt | Divide and Design | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Side story: This teal baby quilt has been in the UFO pile for nine years. Yes, I really just wrote NINE YEARS. I know because I won the fabric from Karen Combs’ booth at my first-ever quilt market in Fall of 2008. The fat quarter bundle was sponsored by Blank Textiles. Yes, NINE years ago. Now seems like as good a time as any to get this guy quilted up.

I remembered making the quilt square. (cough cough) I based my divide-points on the fact that I must have 12″ blocks in this design. Unfortunately, I didn’t follow the directions as closely as I should have. Lisa mentions tracing paper and black & white copies and other things to be really successful with this technique. Well….  I said “Ok, dots. I’m gonna do this right now!” I was really excited to try the technique!

After I loaded the quilt and was about 2/3rds the way finished with the longarm machine quilting, I noticed that my quilt was in fact a rectangle. Dangit. But, this revelation is ok. This is a practice piece, remember? No problemo.

This quilt also did not have defined 12″ quilt blocks as I had remembered. Turns out, nine years is a long time to remember details. Good gravy.

Teal Baby Quilt | Divide and Design | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

See along the top edge and bottom edge in the picture above? There are three 1/2 circle shapes, except the bottom edge’s circles are 3″ longer and look much more like pope hats.

Failing memory aside, I think my first go at Divide and Design was pretty neat. I will 100% be following the directions more closely and taking the time to choose a sensible block-based quilt when I try Lisa’s method again. In the meantime, this little rascal is going to be bound and likely donated to a local children’s charity.

Teal Baby Quilt | Divide and Design | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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*This is not paid content. I wanted to try the book & technique.

Greater San Antonio Quilt Show – Winner!

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Greater San Antonio Quilt Show – Winner!

Platinum Garden by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Free Motion Framework

The Greater San Antonio Quilt Show was this past weekend, Sept 22nd & 23rd. I entered two quilts, and it turned out really well! I was floored. Both quilts are designed and quilted by yours truly.

2017 San Antonio Quilt Show Information

Each quilt has a previously authored blog posts when they were created. I’ll link them for you.

Platinum Garden, whole cloth quilt, made with inexpensive satin and polyester components, placed 2nd in its show category, which was “Other/Miscellaneous.” Sorry for the blur; I was excited to snap the picture.

Platinum Garden by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Free Motion Framework

My big ole bed-size Scrappy Circles quilt placed Honorable Mention in the “Scrap Quilt” show category.

Scrappy Circles by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

See the little red and pink embroidered boots pinned to each quilt? The quilters takes those off to wear them around the show. Pretty clever, even if I learned about them in the last 1-1/2 hour of the show.

Holy smokes! I’m definitely going to try to do that again. I should start planning the next quilt/s now.

Thank you for indulging me. The blog is a place to share patterns, quilting ideas, and general design ideas, but I also like to catalog my work & achievements here, too.

Inverted Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes

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Inverted Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes pattern is a pretty popular free tutorial here on my blog. I decided to create another quilt using the same pattern, but mixing up the background and foreground fabric placement. I’m calling this one the Inverted Disappearing 9-Patch. I’ll show you how easy it is to make this design appear completely different.

Check this out! This is the exact same quilt pattern:

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Quilt Pattern

Scroll up. Seriously, the two above quilts look completely different!

Constructing the Quilt

In both quilts, I cut my own pile of 10″ fabric squares. These precuts are affectionately known as a Layer Cake, though I believe Moda Fabrics does have the trademark on the actual name. I’ll show you how the inverted design works. In the original pattern the red/blue (foreground) colors were placed in the corners and center.

For the alternate version, the foreground colors are placed to make a “plus.” You can see in the photos below, I’ve already done the slashing step.

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts
Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

If you are diggin the military uniform in this quilt, you may love the Deploy that Fabric book. It features 23 different patterns to use military uniforms. In the book, there’s a guide as to how to break down a uniform to yield flat workable pieces which will incorporate into your next project or pattern. (***Note: This 9-Patch Quilt is NOT in the book. It is a free tutorial from ReannaLily Designs.)

Ok, back to the quilt, following the original Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes pattern, I simply rotated the upper right and lower left blocks. You’ll notice two little squares meet at the center, that is how you can tell the block layouts are identical.

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

From here, I arranged the HUGE quarter blocks per the original diagram.

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

To actually assemble the quilt I used a serger. As I’ve mentioned before:

  • You can go fast! The serger stitches must faster than my home sewing machine.
  • You don’t need to wind a bobbin. Ever.
  • The seams are wrapped neatly together making them easy to press.
  • This quilt doesn’t require pins or detailed piece-work.

Quilting the Patriotic Quilt

For many of the red, white, and blue quilts, I like to quilt them quickly featuring a meandering star design.

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Instead of trying to fill the whole stitch-able space on my longarm, I really work edge-to-edge (e2e) in a reasonably straight line. Couple loops. Free-hand star. Couple more loops. Free-hand star. Once I reach the end, I simply head back the other direction. Everything is orderly and fast to finish.

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Once the quilt is washed, this design is going to look fantastic. If you need a quilt finished by a longarm quilter, feel free to check out my longarm quilting services at ReannaLily Quilts.

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

This Inverted Disappearing 9-Patch (with Layer Cakes) is going to be given to a wonderfully hard-working high school teacher & veteran!

AND, this quilt is part of the Bloggers Quilt Festival! See all the festival quilts here.

Sew With Scraps

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Sew With Scraps

September is National Sewing Month! You don’t have to tell me twice. Every month is National Sewing Month at my house. Today, I have the honor of sharing an article I authored for FaveQuilts.com and AllFreeSewing.com.

I make quite a few quilts from fabric scraps. “Every time I purchase a fantastic piece of fabric, I want to use it in at least two quilts. For some reason that seems to justify the purchase, in my mind. Once I shifted to that mindset, I started trying to use all my fabrics in at least two quilts. This meant saving and storing fabric scraps and finding useful quilt ideas to incorporate scraps.

Read the article here.

In the article I’ll cover tips and tricks that I use to sort scraps and plan projects. Take your stash from a blurry mess, here:

How to Sort Quilting Fabric Scraps | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Deigns How to Sort Quilting Fabric Scraps | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Deigns

To an organized, tidy, and useable collection of fabrics.

How to Sort Quilting Fabric Scraps | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Deigns
How to Sort Quilting Fabric Scraps | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Deigns

Read the article here.

Learn how to quickly decided which scraps are suitable for your next project by working with templates. In the scrap quilting article, see how easy it is to audition fabrics with homemade paper templates.

Test Fabric Scrap Sizes | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

The scrap quilting article will also tackle design concepts to create interesting quilts. Looking at every single fabric in your scrap collection may be overwhelming, especially if you associate that-piece-of-fabric-with-this-one-planned/finished-quilt. Break out of that mindset to use color and value techniques to make your next project.

Zig Zag Scrap Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Read the article here.

Dive into your fabric scraps and make your next quilt! The results will be fantastic. The article also features links to popular scrap-quilting projects hosted here at ReannaLily Designs.

Celebrate National Sew A Jelly Roll Day

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Celebrate National Sew A Jelly Roll Day

What is a jelly roll? It goes by many names, but the trademarked name, Jelly Roll, is by Moda fabrics is a 40-42 piece fabric bundle of 2-1/2″ strips of fabric. The fabric is cut “straight off the bolt” so each piece is as wide as the width of fabric, 42″-44″. Pick up your own Jelly Roll in a variety of different colors and styles, here. There are many tutorials featuring the precut pieces and today I wanted to share with you a few things created here in the studio over the years. Celebrate National Sew a Jelly Roll Day with these quilt ideas.

Batik Braid Quilt

This is by-far the most popular tutorial on my blog, to date. It may be one of the older how-to’s posted, but it is still a great one. See how easy it is to create a braided look with your fabric using this Batik Braid tutorial.

Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

The Infamous 1600 Quilt

This is the first quilt style that had me busting open my purchased jelly roll fabrics. It is a simple pattern and free tutorial (from the internet, not from me) where you stitch the short ends of the 2-1/2″ cut pieces together to form a strip, roughly 1600″ long. Yes, 1600″. From there you fold the strip, sew a seam, fold again, sew a seam, fold again, etc. You’ll see what I mean when you watch the Jelly Roll Race on this sewing tutorial.Jelly Roll Race | 1600 Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily DesignsAdding Military Fabric to 1600″ Quilts

The Jelly Roll Race or 1600″ quilt (linked above) is addicting. I did notice, though, that I could incorporate my own fabrics to create a more interesting look when blended with precut 2-1/2″ strips. I ended up making quilts and adding fabrics for each branch of the service, for a special project. I had help on this big collection. Thanks to my weekend sewing team! Mixing military uniform fabrics and bright quilter’s cottons is the foundation for my book, Deploy That Fabric. Check it out.

Cut Your Own Roll

Once I started cutting and adding in military uniforms, I realized, I could easily cut my own jelly roll. Lord knows, I have a small bit of fabric to work with. I’m guessing you do, too. The next quilt in my project showcase features orange and green fabrics. The twist: These strips are 3″ wide to make for a bigger quilt. Neat trick, right? See more quilt pictures here.

This orange quilt turned out really well once I covered it in quilted feathers.

ReannaLily Quilts | Feathers | Jen Eskridge | Longarm Quilting Service

Ruffle Bag

With any leftover precut pieces, either from a jelly roll or from quilt binding, which most quilters cut to be 2-1/2″ x width of fabric, you can make this small ruffle bag. The ruffle is scrap pieces! And by the way, how fun is that? Saving all the binding strip scraps to later have your own wildly unique “jelly roll.”

Scrappy Dresden Wedge

Using the precut pieces to create strip-sets, you’ll be able to achieve a very scrappy look on your next giant Dresden wedge quilt. Learn how to lengthen the wedge template and create a nearly 36″ diameter scrappy Dresden.

Serger Strip Quilt

One thing I love about jelly roll quilts is that they largely start with straight-line-sewing. No points are matched; no intersections are pinned. For this reason, you can really jam-out the first few steps on a serger. Check out how easy it is to serge up strip-sets and make subcuts to create this dynamic quilt.

Scrappy Trip Around The World

My quilt guild hosted a “Scrappy Trip Along” quilting project following the pattern provided by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. I ended up making three quilts using that pattern, during that summer challenge. This Scrappy Trip Around the World was one of my favorites.

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Disappearing 4-Patch With Layer Cakes

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Disappearing 4-Patch With Layer Cakes

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily QuiltsMake a Disappearing 4-Patch Queen-Sized Quilt in a weekend! Learn the tricks to use precut 10″ squares (Layer Cakes), ruler stacking, and a serger to make quick work of this bright, large quilt. When this baby is finished and bound it measures 76″ x 95″. Yes, it is that big.

You’ve probably seen the disappearing 4-patch design in many places. The most popular tutorial I’ve found is from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Man, I love their videos. But here’s the thing, I’m not going to use 5″ squares. I want to go BIG!!!  You may know I’ve been on a super-size-it kick with Giant Flying Geese and HUGE 9-Patch quilts. I’ve adapted the design to bring you this how-to tutorial to feature 10″ squares.

Let’s dive in!

Supplies

2 stacks of 40 pc 10″ precut squares (One print, one solids)
2/3 yard binding
24″ rotary cutting ruler
Smaller back-up ruler

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Construction

To create this quilt, the first thing you’ll need to do is create a simple 4-patch quilt block. Open both layer cake packs. We’ll work with 40 prints and 40 solids. This means you need to remove two squares, since these bundles are actually sold in 42 piece collections. (Check your package, though. Different manufacturers will include different number of squares!)

Start by joining pairs: one print + one solid.

You can certainly tackle this step with a sewing machine and 1/4″ presser foot. I decided to stitch faster using my 21 year old Juki serger.

Using the Serger

Why using the serger works for this project:

  1. You can go fast! The serger stitches must faster than my home sewing machine.
  2. You don’t need to wind a bobbin. Ever.
  3. The seams are wrapped neatly together making them easy to press.
  4. This quilt doesn’t require pins or detailed piece-work.

Having said that, once you commit to using the serger, you’ll need to be more mindful when joining pieces. Turns out ripping out 4 threads per seam is a really pain in the booty.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

It’ll be ok. Ripping is more tedious, but definitely not hard to remove that serger seam. The speed of assembly outweighs the couple seams I had to un-sew and re-sew.

Keep sewing!

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Chain piece those babies together! Whiz, zip, bammo. Look at the serger go!

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Cut them apart and press the seam allowance towards the print side.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Join the pairs to form a 4-patch block.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Press.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

You’ll have a total of twenty 4-patch blocks.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Slice

The magic to this block is the slicing. On a smaller 4-patch, it is easier to turn the block to create the four slices. I have a trick for you to make it every bit as easy on this larger, almost 20″ block.

Here’s what we are aiming to make:

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

First, using a long 24″ ruler, lay the ruler 2″ from the center seam.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Make the first long vertical cut 2″ to the right of center.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Here comes the Ruler Stacking tip!

Without moving a thing, lay a smaller back-up ruler 2″ to the left of center.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Do not cut anything! Instead, lay the long 24″ ruler along the back-up.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Now, remove the smaller back-up ruler.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Now, rotary cut at the exact place your larger ruler is positioned, which is 2″ to the left of center.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Without rotating the block, I repeated these steps for the horizontal slice.

Place the long ruler 24″ north of center. Slice.

Use the ruler stacking method to get 2″ south of center.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Remove the back up ruler.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Slice. Now we have 9-patches to sew together in a simple quilt block.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Rearrange to Sew 9-Patch Blocks

There are many variations around the internet as to which fabrics you’ll want to move to create which look in this new 9-patch block. For this design we aren’t really moving anything, making it a bit more fool-proof.

Simply rotate the long rectangles 180 degrees.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

If you think of you 9-patch in terms of Bradys, simply flip:

  • Carol
  • Jan
  • Mike
  • Peter

If Brady's Were Quilt Blocks

Once your block is arranged with the rectangles flipped, sew pairs to form rows and sew the rows to create a 9-patch block.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Keep sewing.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Really, we only have a total of twenty 9-patch blocks to create.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

These really do go together quickly.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Finishing the Quilt

I opted to assemble my top in a random color placement style. Code: I just wanted to sew everything together without worrying about the design wall or having certain colors fade into other colors. You know what this means? It is going to go fast, too! Just grab two squares and stitch them together.

The entire quilt is created in a 4-block by 5-block grid.

Sew all the blocks in pairs first.

Then sew two pairs together to form 5 total rows.

Then join the 5 rows.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

I opted to longarm this quilt the same afternoon.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

It is loaded up with a vintage thrift shop sheet on the back. I do love thrift shop vintage sheets, and this sheet was a grid, which totally matched the grid on the front of the quilt, in my mind.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

For the longarm quilting:

  • Wishbone designs in the narrow rectangle pairs
  • Twelve weird feather shapes in the main squares
  • Small arches are in the small checker-board intersections.

For one of the first times, I actually stitched-in-the-ditch around most every shape, too. I’m diggin how it turned out.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Here’s some texture.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Of course, natural light is best for photos. The images below are more true to the actual color of the quilt.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts
Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily QuiltsThis quilt was pretty fun (fast) to create and really great to use two layer cakes!

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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Retirement Quilts- Maj Scott, USAF

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Retirement Quilts- Maj Scott, USAF

Military Retirement Quilt with Memory Quilt Squares | Recycled Uniforms | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Recently, Maj Scott contacted me regarding her upcoming retirement from the USAF. She had a grand idea to combine all types of her military uniforms, from 20+ years of service, with her daughter’s blankets to create two quilts. The quilts will then be presented to her daughter’s at her retirement ceremony. Pretty neat, right?

She brought by a collection of fuzzy, soft, snuggly blankets that the girls’ had used as babies. A few of the blankets were embroidered with each daughter’s name. Awe. She also dropped off a wonderful collection of military uniforms, which she no longer needed.

I carefully cut the blankets and uniforms into 10″ squares. Though I had a grand plan for a more complicated pattern, once I dove into the design and stitching portion of making these quilts, it was clear that the snuggly, fuzzy, blankets were too stretchy and shifty to cut precise smaller shapes. That’ll be ok.

Each new quilt is 7 squares by 9 squares. Yes, roughly 70″ x 90″ for each little daughter.

Military Retirement Quilt with Memory Quilt Squares | Recycled Uniforms | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

See those little bibs? She had a couple saved,and I was able to machine stitch them to darker jungle camo prints for high contrast.

Military Retirement Quilt with Memory Quilt Squares | Recycled Uniforms | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

(my logo watermark isn’t on the quilt, just the picture)

In all the cases where a pocket was saved, I made sure that the pocket could be used. Not only is this quilt a serious memory, tear-jerking overload, but she can also hide messages in the pockets to each girl. Awe.

Military Retirement Quilt with Memory Quilt Squares | Recycled Uniforms | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

After removing the name, rank and branch of service tapes, I restitched them to the center of uniform blocks.  See the eyelet fabric at the top-center of the photo below? That fabric was part of another actual small quilt gifted to the girls by their grandmother. I was able carefully unstitch that piece to incorporate two pieces of the eyelet fabric in each quilt.

Military Retirement Quilt with Memory Quilt Squares | Recycled Uniforms | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Once the quilts were loaded onto the longarm, the quilted up very quickly. Of course, this will be the project where I look back wishing I had one of those “glide” or “bowl” presser feet for my machine. I hit a few heavy seams and nicked the tip of my left index finger. (Phew, no blood on the quilt!!!!) Glide foot is in my future!

Military Retirement Quilt with Memory Quilt Squares | Recycled Uniforms | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

There will not be a dry eye in the house! I love her sentimental idea. Congratulations, Maj Scott, and thank you for your service!!

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