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

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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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.




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

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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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.

 




Quilt Pattern Round-Up by ReannaLily Designs

Free Quilt Patterns | Quilt Tutorials | How to Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Don’t wait ’til Christmas to dive into those holiday quilt gifts!

Here’s a collection of easy quilt projects to sew while you are relaxing this summer. No need to rush through them in November and hope your longarm quilter has time to finish by Dec 24th. Start stitching on these babies now.

Each of the patterns featured here are free tutorials offered by ReannaLily Designs.

No-Waste Flying Geese featuring Layer Cakes

This quilt makes up quite quickly using 10″ precut squares (Layer Cakes) or you can use yardage. Both types of fabric requirements are included in the free quilt tutorial.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Kaffe Fassett

Huge Plus and Cross Quilt

The X and Plus block is a popular, easy block to make. For my spin on this classic design, I enlarged the block and share how to “assembly-line” piece each block. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can create a large quilt top.

X and + Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide

Patriotic Wonky Star Quilt Tutorial

Skip the ruler and the measuring! This wonky star quilt is shown in Red, White and Blue, but would look fantastic in any color combination. Make it with assorted fat quarters for a scrap-quilt look. This is also an excellent design to use up your fabric stash as the blocks required are only 5″ square.

Patriotic Wonky Star Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Giant Fat Quarter Flying Geese

Use 28 Fat Quarters to stitch large traditional Flying Geese blocks. Only 55 blocks are needed to make this Queen Size design.

Fat Quarter Flying Geese Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Plus Baby Quilt

The Plus Baby quilt includes a printable worksheet for you to use to plan your design. No more running back and forth to the design wall/kitchen table to see what colors come next, simply follow the cutting chart, pin fabrics to the worksheet, and sew. This is a great fat quarter project!

Plus Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

Disappearing 9-Patch Quilt featuring Layer Cakes

Disappearing 9-Patch blocks are fun! What would make them better? Make them BIGGER! Yep, this quilt is made using 10″ precut squares and background yardage. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this particular tutorial to see the quilt in a couple different color combinations.

Disappearing 9-Patch Quilt | Longarm Quilting | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial

This quilt tutorial is easily the most popular one on ReannaLily Designs website. Use 2-1/2″ precut strips (Jelly Roll) to create this braided top.

Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Design

Finishing

Once you’ve finished your quilt top, drop me a note so we can get your design in the longarm quilting queue and finished! I look forward to seeing your projects.

Quilted Gift Box

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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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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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Mini Quilt Zip Top Bag

miniquilt-zipbag-jeneskridge-16Mini Quilt Transformed into Zip Top Bag

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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