Retirement Quilts- Maj Scott, USAF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Upcoming Classes at Sew Special SA Quilt Shop

Sew Special Quilt Shop

I’m happy to report three upcoming classes at Sew Special Quilt Shop in San Antonio. Three classes are coming to the third Friday of August, September, and October. Reserve your spot today!

August: Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer CakesDisappearing 9-Patch Quilt | Longarm Quilting | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

This super-beginner 1/2 day workshop will teach you how to take a layer cake and 2-1/3 yards of fabric and make it into a double/queen size quilt.

Date:  Aug 18th from 10:00-1:00

Cost: $50

Visit our website for additional information.  Please call 210-698-6076 to register with payment.

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September: Random Circles Workshop

The Random Circle Quilt Workshop by Jen Eskridge
This baby quilt workshop is designed to teach sewing with curves.  You will create circles in class to applique on to background fabric.
DATESept. 15 from 10:00-1:00
COST: $50
Visit our website for additional information.  Please call 210-698-6076 to register with payment.
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October: Giant Flying Geese

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Kaffe Fassett
A super sized change-up to the No-Waste Flying Geese method.  This workshop transforms a LAYER CAKE and 3-1/3 yard of fabric into a double/queen size quilt.

DateOct. 20 10:00-1:00
Cost: $50
Visit our website for additional information.
Please call 210-698-6076 to register with payment.
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Will I see you in class this fall?




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




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

If you are on social media, tag your ReannaLily Designs quilts with #reannalilydesigns.




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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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.

 




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