Patriotic Disappearing 9-Patch with 10″ Precut Squares

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

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.

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

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?

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

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.

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

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!

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

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.

Lily and Loom | Boundless Fabric by Craftsy | ReannaLily Designs | Disappearing 9-Patch | Jen Eskridge

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Disappearing 9-Patch with Lily and Loom Craftsy

Lily and Loom | Boundless Fabric by Craftsy | ReannaLily Designs | Disappearing 9-Patch | Jen Eskridge

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. 

Lily and Loom | Boundless Fabric by Craftsy | ReannaLily Designs | Disappearing 9-Patch | Jen Eskridge

The layer cake features 42 precut 10″ squares. The whole pack is youthful and bright. Get your fabric bundle here.

Lily and Loom | Boundless Fabric by Craftsy | ReannaLily Designs | Disappearing 9-Patch | Jen Eskridge

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.

Lily and Loom | Boundless Fabric by Craftsy | ReannaLily Designs | Disappearing 9-Patch | Jen Eskridge

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.

Lily and Loom | Boundless Fabric by Craftsy | ReannaLily Designs | Disappearing 9-Patch | Jen Eskridge

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.

Lily and Loom | Boundless Fabric by Craftsy | ReannaLily Designs | Disappearing 9-Patch | Jen EskridgeLily and Loom | Boundless Fabric by Craftsy | ReannaLily Designs | Disappearing 9-Patch | Jen Eskridge

Cut, cut, cut and the chain pieced units were read to stitch.

See how easily the quilt goes together on the sewing tutorial.

Lily and Loom | Boundless Fabric by Craftsy | ReannaLily Designs | Disappearing 9-Patch | Jen Eskridge

I opted to stitch a quick all-over swirl design on my HandiQuilter Avante 18″.

Lily and Loom | Boundless Fabric by Craftsy | ReannaLily Designs | Disappearing 9-Patch | Jen Eskridge

Lastly, I just needed to apply binding. I did that by machine, too, making this quilt incredibly fast to stitch. Volia! Finitio!

If you’d like to make this quilt for yourself, grab a quilt kit here.

Lily and Loom | Boundless Fabric by Craftsy | ReannaLily Designs | Disappearing 9-Patch | Jen Eskridge

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SAMQG Mini Quilt Auction – For Fox Sake

For Fox Sake | Mini Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

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″.

For Fox Sake | Mini Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

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.

Designing

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.

For Fox Sake | Mini Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

The mini quilt auction hangs in a local quilt shop for almost two weeks before the silent auction on May 11th.




Platinum Garden: Satin Wholecloth Quilt

Platinum Garden | Whole Cloth Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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:

Platinum Garden | Whole Cloth Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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.

Platinum Garden | Whole Cloth Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Some feathers here. Some lines there.

Platinum Garden | Whole Cloth Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

A few wishbones in the corners.

Platinum Garden | Whole Cloth Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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!)

Platinum Garden | Whole Cloth Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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.

Platinum Garden | Whole Cloth Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Wowsa. It is coming along. For some reason, those flower petals in the middle gave me fits thinking of how to fill them.

Platinum Garden | Whole Cloth Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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.

Platinum Garden | Whole Cloth Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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?

Platinum Garden | Whole Cloth Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Platinum Garden | Whole Cloth Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Platinum Garden | Whole Cloth Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily DesignsPlatinum Garden | Whole Cloth Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

And a couple outdoorsy shots with overcast lighting.

Platinum Garden | Whole Cloth Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Platinum Garden | Whole Cloth Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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.

 




SAMQG Mini Quilt Auction Pieces

Graffiti Quilting Heart | Satin Mini Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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….)

Graffiti Quilting Heart | Satin Mini Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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.

Graffiti Quilted Satin Mini Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

I switched to NEON Green Glide thread. WOWSA. This stuff is day-glo for sure. The black light looks really cool, right?

Graffiti Quilted Satin Mini Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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.

Graffiti Quilting Heart | Satin Mini Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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

Graffiti Quilting Heart | Satin Mini Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

And a side view for some fantastic quilty-shadows:

Graffiti Quilting Heart | Satin Mini Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Green Graffiti Quilting Heart

Graffiti Quilting Heart | Satin Mini Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

And another side view of the mini quilt:

Graffiti Quilting Heart | Satin Mini Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Random Green Graffiti Quilting

Graffiti Quilted Satin Mini Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

The side view:

Graffiti Quilted Satin Mini Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

And a close-up just for fun:

Graffiti Quilted Satin Mini Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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.




Big Secret Sewing Project – Still Secret

Bound Quilts | ReannaLily Designs

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!!!

Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

And I’m working with generous companies!

Fairfield Batting

Fairfield Batting | ReannaLily Designs

Clover USA

Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

HandiQuilter

Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Bobbin Central / Fil-Tec

Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

And I’m making great progress as the days go on.

Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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!

Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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!




Textured Ruffle Bag

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

Textured Ruffle Bag Tutorial

This is my Textured Ruffle Bag! It is my project for the third week’s challenge for Project Quilting. It started as a way to use up extra binding pieces. Yes, extra binding leftover from every quilt under the sun. My texture inspiration is couture fashion. Go to Pinterest and type in “couture ruffle dress” – I’m tellin ya, all sorts of things come up. Some designs are elegant & fantastic, while others are rockin a big bag of NOPE. I decided I needed some ruffles in my life on a much smaller scale.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

I save my binding in rolls, but only recently realized that I might have enough binding saved to have my own jelly roll quilt race! Seriously. That is a bit too much saved binding.

I picked out a couple of my favorite pieces. These measure 2-1/4″ wide, but really anything from 2″ – 3″ will work.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

Then I opened them and ironed them flat.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

Next, I folded them in half, wrong sides together. Right about now I was thinking- well, I surely should have skipped the ironing step. Crazy. Anywho. I stitched along the length with a 1/4″ seam allowance, using my Seamingly Accurate as a guide.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

Press the seam allowances to one side, centered on the back of the strip/tube.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

Yep. Ok. I have two tubes: one really long one and one about half that size.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

Stitch a long basting stitch down the center of each strip.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

Pull the bobbin thread gently to gather up each strip into a ruffle. Do this for both strips, even though, turns out, I only took a photo of this blue strip.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

Find a batting scrap or fat quarter to make a quilt sandwich. My quilt sandwich is slightly larger than 9″ x 12″.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

Pin across the whole project to hold the layers securely.

Now, watch this cool trick: Trim one side square with a quilting ruler.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

Pin the center ruffle roughly 4″ from the cut edge. Pin at the top only.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

Use the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide to stitch the ruffle 4″ from the cut edge. Stitch down the center of the ruffle with a straight stitch. Simply align the cut edge with the solid black line marked 4″. As long as the ruffle is under the needle, it will be 4″ from the edge. No need to measure and pin all the way down the project.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

Trim off excess ruffle.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

Cut the longer ruffle in half, and apply it 3″ from the cut edge. Again, super easy to do with the Seamingly Accurate.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

And apply the last ruffle 5″ from the cut edge.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

Add extra quilting lines through the quilt sandwich on the right and left sides of the ruffles. Trim the piece to 9″ x 12″.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

I found a zipper as long as the shortest sides of my project, but I didn’t want zipper tape caught in the edges/side of the design. I knew I’d be stitching these side seams and turning the bag right-side out, so having the tape in the narrow seam allowance would be too bulky. I modified the zipper by cutting off excess tape, zigzag or tack-stitching over the teeth and adding a small rectangle of fabric. See below:

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

Press the fabric over the tape. Before applying the zipper, audition the bag in a folded state to see if one side may be too long for your taste. I ended up cutting off about an 1″ from the “non-ruffled” short end of the project.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

Place the right side of the zipper on the right side of the project’s short side. Apply using a 1/4″ seam allowance, straight stitch, and zipper foot. Repeat for the second side.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

At this point, I’ve made a tube.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

Turn the tube right side out to determine how the ruffles will fall on the finished bag. If you are feeling industrious, edge-stitch along the zipper to hold the seam allowances in place. I skipped this step since the bag is pretty small.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

Turn the bag wrong side out. Open the zipper. Align the folds again. Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to stitch the right and left sides.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

Ok. Turn it right side out through the open zipper. Push the corners out gently.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

And since the bag was made from a quilt sandwich, the inside looks lined and quilted.

Project Quilting | Textured Ruffle Bag | Binding Scraps | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate

Making a complete quilting-based project in one week is what Project Quilting is all about. I’m tryin to keep up! Thanks for hosting, Kim & Trisha.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Craftsy

 

 




Folding Chair Makeover – DIY

Recover and Paint a Folding Chair | DIY | Tutorial | How-To by ReannaLily Designs

These folding chairs may have been some of my first furniture in my college apartment. That was, shall we say, a few years ago. They are looking pretty rough! After checking them out to see if I could easily remove the padded section, the “makeover” wheels started turning.

This is how I upgraded my crummy, handy, trustworthy folding chairs with spray paint and recovered the chairs with about a 1/2 yard of fabric.

Supplies

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Screwdriver
  • Sharp Scissors (fabric scissors, if you have them)
  • Hot Glue
  • About 1/2 yard of fabric
  • Spray Paint
  • Old Crummy Folding Chairs (or new ones, if you fancy)

Recover and Paint a Folding Chair | DIY | Tutorial | How-To by ReannaLily Designs

I picked my fabric to match my wild paint color. It is Maui Blue.

My chair only has a padded seat. The back of the chair is solid metal.

Recover and Paint a Folding Chair | DIY | Tutorial | How-To by ReannaLily Designs

Step 1

Take out the six screws that are holding the pad onto the metal chair.

Recover and Paint a Folding Chair | DIY | Tutorial | How-To by ReannaLily Designs

Step 2

Remove the plastic feet. Turns out, I couldn’t get the little feet off, so I ended up masking them off with painter’s tape.

Recover and Paint a Folding Chair | DIY | Tutorial | How-To by ReannaLily Designs

Step 3

Shake the spray paint and follow the directions to apply paint to the chair. If your paint requires spray primer first, prime it. If the chair needs to be sanded first, sand it.

Paint the chair from one direction. Remember- you won’t have to paint the seat of the chair. It will be covered with the fabric pad. (Hey, don’t spray too much! You don’t want to have paint drips like in the below picture. I ended up wiping those with a paper towel and fixing it on the second coat.)

Recover and Paint a Folding Chair | DIY | Tutorial | How-To by ReannaLily Designs

Once the paint is dry, flip the chair upside down and paint it from another angle. This will help you cover all the areas.

Step 4

This is the step where we cover the pad while waiting for the paint to dry outside.

So you’ll notice when the pad is removed, the cheap vinyl is held on by staples. I’m thinking “Awesome, I have a staple gun.” Then I started thinking more….

My staples are quite long and don’t really look like these staples. If I staple this fabric to my chair pad, I bet I get poked in the legs or bum with those dang staples.

Hum.

Enter Hot Glue!

  • Lay the fabric on the ground, wrong side up.
  • Center the pad
  • Wrap the center area of opposing sides first.
  • Work your way along each side.
  • Smooth the corners
  • Make sure you can see the original screw holes; cutting away fabric where needed.

Recover and Paint a Folding Chair | DIY | Tutorial | How-To by ReannaLily Designs

I figure the screws will also help hold the fabric securely to the chair as it will be pinched between the pad and metal seats.

Step 5

Bring the chair in to remove the painters tape OR put the plastic feet back on the chair legs.Recover and Paint a Folding Chair | DIY | Tutorial | How-To by ReannaLily Designs

Step 6

Screw the pad to the seat of the chairs using the original holes and screws.Recover and Paint a Folding Chair | DIY | Tutorial | How-To by ReannaLily Designs

Finito!

The crummy grey/tan college folding chair can have new life as a trendy little blue chair.

Recover and Paint a Folding Chair | DIY | Tutorial | How-To by ReannaLily Designs

And he can hang out with his new coordinated chair-friend, too.

Recover and Paint a Folding Chair | DIY | Tutorial | How-To by ReannaLily Designs

I hope you liked this no-sew, super-easy afternoon Folding Chair Makeover!

Fabrics in this tutorial are Timeless Treasures and Laura Gunn for Michael Miller.

 

 

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Project Quilting – Eight is Great Challenge

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Project Quilting has kicked off its eighth season! This is my first year to play along with the weekly challenges.

The first challenge was to make something with the number 8. Then, it is wide open after that.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

I knew I wanted to make 8 Flying Geese blocks, and I knew I wanted them 3-D. The rest is made up along the way. I did take pictures and make notes, though. Here’s how I made my Flying Geese Mini Quilt.

  • Cut 16 squares 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ for the background
  • Cut 8 rectangles 1-1/2 x 2-1/2″ for the geese

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Each geese block uses two background squares and one rectangle. Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Fold the rectangle in half, matching wrong sides. Lay it on a the background square with the folded edge 1/4″ from the top. (see below)

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Can you see the fold along the top edge?

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Next, lay the remaining background square on top, matching right sides. Pin.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Sew along the pinned edge from the top to the bottom, using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Open the background square. Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying GeesePress. Press it just like it is pictured above, with the white geese fabric still folded on the left.

See the “folded flap” of white?

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Use the pressed fold line to align the new triangle shape with the center seam.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

You can pin the right and left edges of the triangle, super press/starch them, baste along the lower edge, or simply press them & set them aside. (Y’all know I went with the last option!)

Chain piece the remaining 7 geese.

This cool chain piece cutter was an exchange gift this past Christmas. Holy smokes, I love this thing. Forget the scissors! I was using the thread cutter on my sewing machine to snip through the chains. Not anymore.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Once the pieces are cut apart, press each one, and create the triangle shapes.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

This is going to sound crazy, but I thought the regular 2 x 4 layout looked to plain. I wanted to mix it up with two odd numbers, 5 and 3.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Next, using the background fabric, I added a blank end piece so my two rows would be equal sizes.

  • The end piece is cut 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″. Then I added a center strip cut 1-1/2″ x length.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Hum, that seems good. I added a whole background border around the geese.

  • Cut the background fabric borders: 1-1/2″ x length needed.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

It is coming together. It is a narrow little white border cut from the same geese fabrics.

  • The next border is cut 1″ wide x length needed.
  • I finished with a grey border, cut 3″ x length needed.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

In the Project Quilting directions, each quilt needs to be finished in one week’s time. (Code- I’m going to make a few small things first.) I wanted to try out my new metallic Sulky thread. I haven’t used metallic thread since college. This stuff has come a LONG way. It didn’t break at all. It was pretty great.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Awesome! And it is sooooo shimmery.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

I finished the quilting with a tiny bit of free motion squiggle lines in the blue background.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Baste around the outside edge and trim.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

All that is left now is to add the narrow binding. I cut my binding for this project at 2-1/8″. I wanted it to be thin, but I was also working with fabric scraps from a previous project.

There you have it. I used metallic thread and my new cutter and fabric scraps and made 3-D geese and I finished in an evening and I rocked this run-on sentence! Wahooo!!

The finished piece is about 14″ square.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

I’m excited to see what the next challenge will be!

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

 

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Grumpy Cat Quilt

Grumpy Cat Quilt | Pop Culture Sewing Bee | SAMQG | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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.

Grumpy Cat Quilt | Pop Culture Sewing Bee | SAMQG | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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.

Grumpy Cat Quilt | Pop Culture Sewing Bee | SAMQG | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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.

Grumpy Cat Quilt | Pop Culture Sewing Bee | SAMQG | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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
  • Nose/Mouth
  • 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.

Grumpy Cat Quilt | Pop Culture Sewing Bee | SAMQG | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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.

Grumpy Cat Quilt | Pop Culture Sewing Bee | SAMQG | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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.

Grumpy Cat Quilt | Pop Culture Sewing Bee | SAMQG | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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.

Grumpy Cat Quilt | Pop Culture Sewing Bee | SAMQG | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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.

Grumpy Cat Quilt | Pop Culture Sewing Bee | SAMQG | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

And the fantasticly Grumpy Cat quilt is now greeting folks in my front entry. Merry Christmas to me.

Grumpy Cat Quilt | Pop Culture Sewing Bee | SAMQG | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

 

 




Graffiti Quilting Dream Strip Quilt

Dream Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Graffiti Quilting Style | Free Motion Longarm Quilting

Graffiti Quilting on my Dream Strip Quilt

Graffiti quilting was the plan for this old old old unfinished object, UFO, quilt. The larger solid stripes were perfect to showcase designs and the printed stripes provided a great practice area for other ideas.

Dream Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Graffiti Quilting Style | Free Motion Longarm Quilting

I used a facing technique to prepare the edges of all the letters before appliqueing them by machine. You can find more details about the technique which is featured in Hexagons Made Easy. Turns out the method is great for any shape!

Here’s a closer look at the quilting around the word “dream.”

Dream Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Graffiti Quilting Style | Free Motion Longarm Quilting

The designs were quilted on my HandiQuilter Avante and used Glide Aquamarine thread on the darker fabrics. On lighter fabrics, I used a really really light Pearl color thread by MaxiLock.

Dream Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Graffiti Quilting Style | Free Motion Longarm Quilting

The aquamarine shows up great on the navy blue fabric! It isn’t wildly distracting, but you can definitely see all the graffiti quilting lines.

Dream Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Graffiti Quilting Style | Free Motion Longarm Quilting

The narrower borders of the quilt are filled with border designs. In the above picture you can see a small wishbone quilting design.

This quilt was so fun to finish! It isn’t my oldest UFO, but it was one I recently re-discovered.

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Mini Quilt Zip Top Bag

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Are you addicted to internet mini quilt swaps? Are you running out of wall space? I have a cure for you.

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This above mini was part of a Heartbeat Table Runner pattern by Nancy Zieman.

Turn your mini quilt into a zippered bag with a couple easy steps. The best part: It doesn’t matter what size your mini quilt is!

Supplies

You’ll need a zipper roughly the same length or slightly longer than the short side of your mini quilt. Plastic, non-separating zippers work best.

If your zipper is shorter than your mini’s edge, you may want to sew zipper tabs to each end. Basically, you will be covering the zipper ends with fabric. Craftsy has a tutorial for zipper tab ends.

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Construction

My zipper is almost the exact size as my table runner. (It is the “wrong” kind of zipper. This one, from my stash, is a separating zip like you’d use in a jacket. I stitched a zigzag tack stitch over the teeth to keep the zipper from fully coming apart.)

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Pin the right side of the zipper to the wrong side of the quilt at the binding. The zipper tape should extend past the binding a small amount.

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I pin parallel to the zipper tape to keep things straight.

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Start stitching right inside the side binding. Working from the wrong side, edge-stitch along the zipper tape. The stitching line should fall right on the edge of the binding, when looking at it from the front. The binding itself will create a sort of lip around the zipper. (below)

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Unzip the zipper and apply to the opposite side. Pretend you are making a tube at this point, if that helps. Make sure the zipper’s right side is touching the quilt’s wrong side. See the “twist” on the lower right of the photo below?

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The zipper is in place, and the mini quilt looks like a tube. I’m going to leave my zipper ends exposed and not covered with fabric tabs.

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At this point you have a few bag options:

Flat Pouch

If you like this flat pouch style, you can simply stitch the right and left sides of the bag. Do this by lining up the right and left bindings, and sew along the binding’s stitching line or in-the-ditch. If I opted for this method, I would simply cut off the excess zipper tape as the final step.miniquilt-zipbag-jeneskridge-9

Standing Bag

Option two is the standing bag.

  • To make a standing bag, first close the zipper.
  • Flatten the bag with the zipper as one folded edge and the bag bottom as the other folded edge.
  • Stitch along the right and left seams either on the binding or in-the-ditch next to the binding.

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  • Next, turn the bag inside out.
  • Match the side seam with the bottom fold. Open the two bound edges flat.

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  • Pin a triangle shape where the side seam and bottom folds meet.
  • Sew across the triangle. This will create the width of the bag’s bottom. The size of the triangle will vary related to the size of your mini. For my bag, my triangles were about 1-1/2″ from seam line to point.

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  • Cut the excess triangle fabric 1/4″ past the stitching line.

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  • Use a zigzag stitch or serger to finish this interior cut edge. Sew slowly; there’s a great deal of bulk at the side seam line.

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  • Repeat the triangle treatment for both lower corners of the bag.
  • Turn the bag right-side out.
  • This is how the lower corner should look:

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  • And a peek inside:

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Yep. My mini quilt turned zip top bag is ready to go!

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