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.




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

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.




Colorado Avalanche Quilt

Every quilt I finish for a customer poses its own unique challenges. This traditional Lone Star Quilt (90″ x 90″) was no different, until we added in the Colorado Avalanche logo* – then the magic happened.

My quilt customer brought me this printed image, which I’m certain is owned by the NHL. She wanted me to interpret it onto a quilt, as her son is a HUGE Avalanche fan. I like to draw, so I figured, “Sure, lets quilt the logo!” (or a version of the logo)

The first step was developing some kind of template to trace in chalk to allow a total of four logos to appear identical.

The design/style notes in green sharpie may not make much sense in the photo, but paired with a traditional quilting fill, the logo will blend right in!

I added windy-swirls and snowballs into the large blank spaces of the quilt. The plan is to add them around the logo, as well.

Step one was to loosely quilt out the “A” design in navy blue contrasting thread.

Then, I needed to add more wind and snowballs around the design to make the “A” stand out. Of course, the bobbin thread coordinates with the top thread for this super-custom design. As luck would have it, I was able to make seven bobbins in maroon before this happened:

On the upside, the blue “A” would have blue bobbin thread, so in theory, I had enough. (cough cough cough)

My sweet customer provided wide muslin for the back. At first I was so nervous because this meant you could see every single stitch! As time went on and the areas were filled, the muslin turned out really cool.

The logo quilt truly was a fantastic challenge! I love how the quilt turned out and thankfully, so did my customer. Thank you for the opportunity to finish your quilts.

If you have a quilt that needs finishing, read more at ReannaLilyQuilts.com.

*The “A” logo is most certainly owned by the NHL. I don’t claim to own it in any fashion. I simply had a customer who wanted an interpretation of the design on her quilt.




Customer Quilt Collection

ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ

Phew, customer quilts are fantastic! I love that each quilt is so different and poses different quilting challenges & ideas. Thankfully, the work flow has been steady here at ReannaLily Quilts. I thought I’d show you a collection of customer quilts where I’ve finished them with longarm quilting designs.

ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ

Who doesn’t love a little graffiti quilting in the negative space? The customer asked for this specifically. The quilt was impeccably pieced, too.

The next quilt is created from a Moda Layer Cake. The quilt is finished with a free-motion flowery design. A gold thread on the back really complimented the design but wasn’t too stark (high-contrast) to look crazy on the deep purple backing fabric.

ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ
ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ
ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ
ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ

The next quilt is a quick, large rectangle design. I decided to quilt hooked swirls from edge to edge (e2e) on this one. Check out that wild purple Glide thread!

ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ
ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ

The following quilt is a printed panel that has been cut, framed, and pieced. I finished this design with flowers stitched in green (Seafoam) Glide.

ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ

ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ
ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ

Oh, what next? Yes! This next quilt is technically not a quilt; no batting. It is an insanely heavy collection of Guatemalan Mixed Huipile woven shirts. I’m not sure I’m using the word 100% accurately. Just know this collection of woven shirts is easily one of the most colorful things I’ve ever seen! Parts were thick, parts were layered. The customer and I agreed that we didn’t need batting or traditional quilting. Instead, I secured the woven top to the 108″ wide backing with tack stitches, roughly every 6″-8″. The navy tack stitches really fade into the design. (third picture)

ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ
ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ
ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ

Last one to share for right now: The giant star. This star is beautiful and I believe it is one of the customer’s first-ever quilts. Yes, first ever and the center point looks fantastic! (Looks like I don’t have a picture of the center, but trust me, FANTASTIC.)

ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ
ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQThank you so much for trusting me with  your beautiful quilts!

If you need to have your quilt finished, contact me at ReannaLilyQuilts.com or reannalilydesigns@gmail.com.




Blue Flying Geese: Queen-Size Quilt

Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using blue fabric scraps

It seems I’m currently obsessed with Giant Flying Geese. The newest queen-size quilt in the Giant Flying Geese collection is created from every blue shade in my own fabric stash.

Speaking of fabric stash:

  • Smaller scraps (bigger than 2″ and too small to properly fold to store) sorted by color in ziploc bags. The ziplocs are then stored in a plastic tub.
  • Larger scraps  (big enough to fold, but not a fat quarter OR a big piece that has a weird shape cut out of a portion of it) folded, sorted by color in a plastic tub.
  • Fat Quarters (only the square ones, not actual 1/4 yard cuts) sorted by color in two fabric bins in the cubbies.

Ok, so now that we’ve gone through the scraps it was time to cut!

  • 56 squares measuring 8-7/8″ x 8-7/8″  NOTE: I created an 8-7/8″ x 8-7/8″ square template from paper to lay over each scrap to determine if it was big enough. Huge time saver!
  • 14 squares measuring 17-1/4″  x 17-1/4″

Since this was scrappy, I knew I wanted scrappy binding. Each time I had a bit extra fabric, I’d cut off a 2-1/4″ x width to use later at the end of the project. I also stored all those in a ziploc bag because I didn’t want to lose them before the quilt was finished.

Using the No-Waste Flying Geese Method on this large scale, detailed on the original pattern post, I whipped up 56 flying geese blocks in a weekend.

Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using blue fabric scraps

Ok. that is going well. There’s a simple method to planning a quilt this larger without a design wall.

  • Start with 56 geese.
  • Set one random geese block aside. It will not be used at all.
  • Choose five other geese blocks to set aside. These will be added to the quilt, one per column.
  • Sew the remaining 50 geese units together into 25 pairs.
  • Create five total columns featuring five pairs each. Rotate the blocks as you add them to the column.
  • Add in that one remaining block anywhere within the column.
  • Add a border if you like.

Ta’dah – super scrappy with no design wall or stress. THAT is how I can finish quilt tops in a weekend. I heart math. (sometimes)

Now to the machine quilting! Unlike the other quilts created in this style, I didn’t treat each triangle individually. Instead, I stitch swirls over the entire design.

Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using blue fabric scraps

Working from right to left, I was on a roll! That is, until I hit a bump. Not a real bump, but rather an adorable giant doggy speed-bump. Turns out this was the perfect spot to lay in the afternoon. In her defense, I did have a purple box fan blowing beside me.

Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using blue fabric scraps

My quilting stance started to look like a yoga pose, as to not wake the helper-dog.

Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using blue fabric scraps

The light in the longarm room, which some may call “The Formal Dining Room” (HA!), is perfect. The quilting pictures turn out so neat.
Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using blue fabric scraps

All aboard the binding train! Most everything I quilt is finished with machine-applied and machine-finished binding. There’s a large table in my sewing room to support the weight of the quilt, and I think that is the main reason that I actually enjoy the binding step.

I found the trusty ziploc of binding-size scraps and stitched them end-to-end. Remember, I was just cutting and cutting and cutting pieces to add to the bag? I wanted to make sure I had enough, but really, this seems excessive:

Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using blue fabric scraps

There is only one single thing I do not like about scrappy binding; and dangit, if it doesn’t happen more often than not:

Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using blue fabric scraps

Seam right in the corner! DANGIT. DANGIT. Generally I just take the quilt out from under the machine, cut out the seam, and re-join the binding further up along the stitched side. Yes, the ever-popular seam ripper will be involved. Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using blue fabric scraps

I wish this was a before picture (below), but alas, it is not. I had enough scrap binding left over to finish up a baby quilt. OOOOOPS!!!

Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using blue fabric scraps

Ready to see the finished quilt photographed in glaring sunlight? Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using blue fabric scraps

Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using blue fabric scraps

My assistant did another fantastic job holding the quilt. He’s not digging the glaring sunlight either. #gamer

Thanks, kiddo!Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using blue fabric scraps
Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using blue fabric scraps

For more information on the original Fat Quarter Flying Geese pattern, check it out here.

 




Vintage Hand-Embroidered Quilt

Hand Embroidered Quilt | Finished by ReannaLily Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Customer Quilt

One of my most recent longarm quilting customers brought a hand-embroidered large quilt. You have to see the gorgeous work!

Hand Embroidered Quilt | Finished by ReannaLily Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Customer Quilt

My customer’s mother had stitched 30 identical blocks exquisitely. Each block was a pre-printed panel. I don’t have much experience with embroidery panels, but maybe you’ll recognize it. It was a challenge for me, as I’ve never quilted this style. After asking my longarm quilter friends/mentors, we opted to treat the design as if it were an applique project.

Hand Embroidered Quilt | Finished by ReannaLily Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Customer Quilt

I was NERVOUS! The first pass turned out ok, which eased my mind. I decided to add free-motion feathers around the hand-embroidered elements. Feather’s within the main heart were created on a second pass. The feathers weave around the design, and every-so-often, I’ve added a swirl to keep things fluid and interesting.

Hand Embroidered Quilt | Finished by ReannaLily Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Customer Quilt

The design isn’t symmetrical and neither is the quilting. The piece has plenty of movement.

Hand Embroidered Quilt | Finished by ReannaLily Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Customer Quilt

Although my customer’s mother isn’t here to see the finished quilt, I do hope the family will cherish it. It was absolutely amazing and very outside my “box.”




Green Patchwork Baby Quilt

Green Patchwork Baby Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

The Green Patchwork Baby is finished! This has been a UFO (Un Finished Object) quilt top in my house for at least four years. It had no borders and originally, had the word “picnic” appliqued on it. Well, forget it. The seam ripper went to work, and the words were removed. That then made the quilt of 25 eight inch squares seemed a bit boring. Roll in the borders! The teal blue color is featured in one of the small prints. The was the color-pop the quilt needed.

Finished, it is 52″ x 52″; perfect for a little kiddo.

See the cool blue chairs in the lower right? It was the inspiration for the border color.

Green Patchwork Baby Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Since this patchwork design was so incredibly simple, I decided to try to push myself with the machine quilting. I choose an “eye” shape to sit diagonally on each block. Why an eye? Because that was the size ruler I had! I used a curve ruler from The Quilted Pineapple. I bet you thought it was going to be some mathematical, cryptic answer. Nope.

Green Patchwork Baby Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

From a distance, you can see the design was starting to make cool giant circles. I love it when that happens! You can really see it on the back.

Green Patchwork Baby Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Green Patchwork Baby Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Another thing I wanted to try on this quilt was perfect circle pebbles. There’s a size on my Handi Quilter Ruler which fit perfectly in the inner border space.

Green Patchwork Baby Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Neat, right? Hooked Feathers will fill the outer border.

Of course, I tried to snap a few pictures of the quilt on a windy day, but we had fun. I forgot which way I was facing when I snapped of this one (below). My quilt looks haunted……

Green Patchwork Baby Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

by this crazy guy:

Green Patchwork Baby Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Thanks for the help, Robbie the Quilt Holder!

Green Patchwork Baby Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

 

 




Scrappy Circles Quilt – Finished

Scrappy Circles Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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.

Scrappy Circles Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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.

Scrappy Circles Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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.

High Contrast Thread Meme | ReannaLily Designs

It was a bit windy when we were able to snap photos of the quilt. #keepingitreal

Scrappy Circles Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

And of course, the sweet dog wanted to help, too.
Scrappy Circles Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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

Scrappy Circles Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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.
Scrappy Circles Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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.

Scrappy Circles Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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!

Scrappy Circles Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts




Giant Fat Quarter Flying Geese – Queen Size

Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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″.

Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using Nancy Zieman's Garnet collection

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:

 

  • Start with 56 geese.
  • Set one random geese block aside. It will not be used at all.
  • Choose five other geese blocks to set aside. These will be added to the quilt, one per column.
  • Sew the remaining 50 geese units together into 25 pairs.
  • Create five total columns featuring five pairs each. Rotate the blocks as you add them to the column.
  • Add in that one remaining block anywhere within the column.
  • Add a border if you like.

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.

Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using Nancy Zieman's Garnet collection

The quilt is framed in a 4″ brown border. I think it helps with the randomness.

Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using Nancy Zieman's Garnet collection

The design is quilted focusing the geese (larger) and sky (smaller) triangles separately.

Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using Nancy Zieman's Garnet collection
Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using Nancy Zieman's Garnet collection
Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using Nancy Zieman's Garnet collection
Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using Nancy Zieman's Garnet collection

Without the borders, the quilt measures approximately 80″ x 88″. Turns out, that is really big for snapping a photo in the back yard.

Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using Nancy Zieman's Garnet collectionHere it is on the fence…. oops- with wind. I’m sure there’s an actual “flying geese” joke here somewhere….

Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs - made using Nancy Zieman's Garnet collection

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.

Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs




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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