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Hand Applique and Embroidered Wall Art

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Hand Applique and Embroidered Wall Art
Wool Applique Wall Art by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Recently, I shared this new-to-me hand applique and embroidery obsession. I talked about using recycled wool/garments to create improv quilt blocks for a quilt that I have no real idea when I’ll finish. Read more here.

It occurred to me I could use the same method of creating an improvisation block, to create small wall art.

The Process

First, I start with a wool background. The fabrics I used here were from a thrift shop wool blazer. It did not have darts, so there were larger pieces with which to work. I cut pieces 8″ x 10″. Then I arrange my designs with:

  • base (basket, vase, square, trapezoid)
  • stems (made from homemade bias strips)
  • flower tops (anything goes here)
  • leaves and maybe berries
Wool Applique Wall Art by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

This one looks like a Pea Shooter from the game Plants Vs Zombies. Happy accident!

Wool Applique Wall Art by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

And this last one of the three looks like a plant I’d be in charge of watering… drooping and falling over to the right. Le Sigh.

Mounting the Art

I opted to mount the wool artwork onto 5″ x 7″ pieces of quarter inch foam core board. You can buy this board, 20″ x 30″ in the school supply section of Walmart for cheap. Of course, if you are like me, you hit that aisle only when one of the kids say they have a project DUE TOMORROW. So here’s an amazon link, just in case: Small Foam Core Boards

  • Trim the boards with an exacto knife to 5″ x 7″.
  • Apply glue stick to the front of the board and center the artwork.
  • Apply glue stick to the perimeter of the board’s back.
  • Wrap the wool around the board using painters tape to hold it in place.
Wool Applique Wall Art by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

I used a thread that would be easily concealed in the wool’s color and nap to then stitch around the whole design, holding the edges in place. There are large stitches on the back, but much smaller little stitches on the front holding everything together. I stitched THROUGH the actual foam core.

Next, remove the painters tape from the back.

All I have left to do is either punch a small hold in the back with an craft knife, or, more likely, make a large span of thread or cording from the right and left sides to hang like a gallery frame. (Like this image below, but with thread instead of wire.)

https://www.metroframe.com/attaching-strap-hangers-wire-bumpers/
Image from MetroFrame.com

I cannot wait to see these hanging in the house somewhere!

Woven and Felt Wool Applique

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Woven and Felt Wool Applique
Wool Applique by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

That’s it! I’ve fallen down the wool applique rabbit hole. I’ve spent a good bit of my sewing time talking about ways to avoid hand sewing and here I am… HAND SEWING.

I’m still operating on a thrifty budget. Most of the wool I use comes from thrift shops, with the exception of a robin’s egg blue and a cream color. I shop the women’s blazers and long skirts sections to find fuzzy, 100% wool. Then I go home and break down the garment into flat pieces. I’ll wash the pieces on HOT, koolaid dye any sections for more variety and tumble dry.

Improv

Being absolutely inspired by Kim McClean and Sue Spargo, I’ve decided to take an improvisational and whimsical approach to my wool and cotton applique.

I’ve started to prep shapes with no real vision. Yes, you read that right. Start by identifying shapes that are in traditional applique blocks, traditional Baltimore Album and Basket blocks, leaves, stems, circles of all sizes, etc. Then I start prepping an 8″ pizza box full of shapes.

Wool Applique by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

The piece above was all glue based in place when I decided it looked too messy. I ended up taking the elements off and repurposing them in other designs and blocks. (Although, now that I’m seeing it on the computer, I don’t mind it as much. Shame.)

Wool Applique by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Other times, I’ll start with artwork and actually make the shapes to fit the block. This one, above, is from a Scandanavian/Folksy design I created. I appliqued the design onto mens shirt fabric.

If you’d like to try to make that design, I have the sketch scanned for you. Feel free to right-click -> save as and print off these shapes below.

Quilt Blocks

While working with my more random classic shapes, this is how I go about making an improvisational wool applique block:

First, I start with a neutral or low volume fat quarter or fat eighth if I have one. Then I arrange my designs with:

  • base (basket, vase, square, trapezoid)
  • stems (made from homemade bias strips)
  • flower tops (anything goes here)
  • leaves and maybe berries

Once everything is arranged, I use Dawn Heese‘s method of glue basing my shapes to the background. Maybe it isn’t her method, but she is who taught me the trick.

Wool Applique by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Hand Stitching

Then I roll over to my trusty Sue Spargo Creative Stitching book and see what ideas I have the skills to execute. See how I worded that? Not what amazing stitch am I going to create, but rather: “Hum, I’m just starting out in wool/hand sewing; let’s see if I can make my running stitch look even.”

Wool Applique by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs
Wool Applique by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs
Wool Applique by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Improv Quilt Layout

I’m fortunate to have a design wall in my house where I have r-foam insulation wrapped with batting to hold my designs. In keeping with the improv nature of creating the quilt blocks, I’ve decided to just pop blocks and squares up on the design wall as they are finished.

I 100% do not know what this quilt will look like when it is done. Nor do I know when it will be done. But man, it is so liberating to create with no real plan at all.

Wool Applique by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Accidental Watermelon Quilt

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Accidental Watermelon Quilt

I accidentally created a Watermelon Quilt. Yep. Sometimes things work out perfectly and a splash of green looks great with a splash of pink, but other times: Oops. Watermelon Quilt. On the upside, I love watermelon. Wait until you see the quilting design, too. You’ll laugh.

Here’s How It Happened

I wanted to try making the LARGE scale Scrappy Trip Around The World using a rectangle design instead of creating perfect square blocks. It was surprisingly harder.

If you missed it, here’s a quick picture of the large square quilt:

For my Accidental Watermelon Quilt I used 5″ cut strips, instead of the recommended 7″ cut strips. I chose that size because I had used 5″ squares for something previously and had leftover strips already cut. All I needed to do was fill in the gaps with a couple more fabric colors.

Here’s my fabric pull.

Laying out as a fabric pull, this didn’t immediately scream “WATERMELONS,” but here we are.

The test for this quilt was to create four large-scale quadrants that were rectangles rather than a squares. I learned by making rectangles, that you do not have the luxury of simply shifting your pieced strips to put a different focus fabric on the diagonal. Oops. So, I guess we are going with white. Or I could have opted to stitch the row of squares back into a tube and rip the seam between two different colors.

This is one quadrant:

Its starting to look a bit more like the festive summer-time snack.

The rectangle design also required I to add in a horizontal and vertical row to join the quadrants properly and keep the design. I think you can see the horizontal and diagonal center row/column in the picture below.

And yes, guard dog is in full-effect.

Finishing the Watermelon Quilt

Although I free-motion quilt on a HandiQuilter Avante longarm, I’ve recently dabbled in the computer-guided longarm options. This was the second quilt I stitched on my new-to-me ProStitcher.

I kid you not, this computerized pattern looks like watermelon seeds! I figured I should just go for it. Embrace the watermelon!

Changing The Sizes

I’ve made this Scrappy Trip Around The World in a few sizes. Check out how changing the size of the strips (and squares) creates completely different looks, while maintaining the same easy construction.

2002 Squares | Scrappy Trip Around The World | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs
Scrappy Trip Along | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs
Scrappy Trip Along Beige By Jen Eskridge
Scrappy Trip Along | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Fabulous Franny Flamingo Quilt

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Fabulous Franny Flamingo Quilt

Finally, let me introduce you to Franny Flamingo!

Franny Flamingo-Wool Applique-Jen Eskridge

Apologies for having my blog dormant for so long. I had a bit of trouble with WordPress not wanting to save any drafts. Who knows what I clicked or what has been updated to allow me to post today. Just know, this was originally planned for August. Yes. AUGUST and here we are at the end of October.

More on Franny Flamingo:

The Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild hosted a speaker who shared curved log cabin techniques. Man, this definitely fell in the “I didn’t even know I needed that. BUT I DO!” category. So I made a large blue and white log cabin.

I think this curved log cabin presentation was in March or April 2019. Around that time, I purchased a used, second longarm with a computer. This blue and white block was the first thing I pieced to quilt on the computerized frame.

Curved Log Cabin -Jen Eskridge

The computerized design looked cool, but the fabrics were so busy that you really cannot see too much going on with the quilting. I decided to remedy that with applique.

Wool Applique

Every applique starts with a drawing, in my mind. Metaphorically and literally. I thought it’d be funny to have the rich winter-y wool juxtaposed with a nice beach-Florida Franny Flamingo.

Franny Flamingo-Wool Applique-Jen Eskridge

Thanks to a different GSAQG lecture by Dawn Heese, I’m full-on the wool applique movement. She recommends using freezer paper and glue stick to prep your wool applique work. Say no more!

My wool is mostly all sourced from thrift shops. I buy women’s 100% wool blazers and skirts to take apart, felt in the washer/dryer, and press.

Franny Flamingo-Wool Applique-Jen Eskridge

Ok. Franny Flamingo is all prepped. She just needs a few stitches to hold everything in place. I had a great plan to hand-stitch all the wool, but it turns out, I was more successful by using the machine through the quilting layers. I’ll save hand-stitching for a different time.

Franny Flamingo-Wool Applique-Jen Eskridge

Finishing Franny

Franny ultimately needed something to ground her into the space. I’m not sure I achieved that effect, but I was able to add some grass and sunshine to the design, before binding. Those elements are quilter’s cotton, not wool.

Franny Flamingo-Wool Applique-Jen Eskridge

Prairie points, facing inward, and faced semi-circles also facing inward, trim out two corners of the wall-hanging design.

You may notice rhinestones adorning her glasses. She also ended up with sunglare/reflection on her shades, too.

Franny Flamingo-Wool Applique-Jen Eskridge

Franny is looking at you!

Franny Flamingo-Wool Applique-Jen Eskridge

Franny Flamingo is bound in black and white cotton and ended up taking flight to the Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild Show Auction in September.

Franny Flamingo-Wool Applique-Jen Eskridge

Chicken and Rooster Pincushion

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Chicken and Rooster Pincushion

Wanna make an adorable pincushion with me? I have never been a big pincushion gal until I started using a pincushion. Holy smokes. And why not have an sweet little chicken pincushion?

Side question: Is it a chicken if it doesn’t lay eggs? Mine definitely do not lay eggs, so maybe these are rooster pincushions? We can overthink this on another day.

Supplies:

  • Two fabric rectangles 4″ x 4-1/2″ (body)
  • One fabric square 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ (beak)
  • One small swatch of felt for comb
  • One small swatch of felt cut into a heart for wings

Prep Beak and Comb:

Start by first folding the 1-1/2″ square on the diagonal, matching wrong sides.

Fold it in half again.

  • Pin this folded triangle to the right-side of a fabric rectangle.
  • Pin the beak along the 4″ side, approximately 1/2″ from the right-hand corner.
  • Make sure the beak is pointing into the fabric square, opposite of how it will look finished.
  • From the felt scrap, basically cut a letter M approximately 2″ wide and 1″ tall. *You might consider swapping the felt for ric-rack if you have that on hand.
  • Pin the M-shaped comb along the 4-1/2″ side of fabric, 1/4″ from the right-hand corner.
  • Make sure the beak is pointing into the fabric square, opposite of how it will look finished.

Construction:

Lay the remaining fabric rectangle on top of the prepped rectangle, matching right sides. Pin.

Use a 1/4″ to sew around three sides, leaving the bottom shorter edge completely open.

The Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide has 1/4″ marks along the entire bed of your sewing machine throat. It allows for consistent seam allowances, no matter the project. For the pincushion, simply line the cut edge up with the first 1/4″ mark from the needle line. (To see more uses for the fantastic seam guide, check out these videos.)

Now, you’re all set with 1/4″ seams on all three sides.

Turn the little pincushion right-side out to check the placement of the beak and comb. if you don’t like where they fall along their respective seams, simply open that seam and shift the pieces. Easy.

Looks good.

  • Turn little the little chook inside out.
  • Match the two seams along the lower edge.
  • Pin.

Sew about 3/4″ inch towards the center starting at each corner. Make sure to backstitch at the start and stop.

  • Turn the pincushion right-side out through the opening.
  • Use a blunt turning tool to push out all four corners.

Finishing:

  • Make a funnel from scrap paper. I opted to pin my funnel shape for ease of use.
  • Use the funnel to add Ground Nut Shells into the opening of the pincushion.
  • Tuck in the seam allowances and pin the opening closed.
  • Use the hand sewing needle and thread to close the opening.

Time For Eyes and Wings (optional)

For these steps you’ll need:

  • Hand sewing needle and thread
  • Embroidery floss and needle
  • Two Beads
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Felt Heart
  • Cut the heart in half vertically.
  • Place one half on each side of the pincushion using glue and a pin to hold it in place. I opt for the glue to keep the wing on the curved surface of my fat chicken.
  • While that is taking a quick second to dry, apply the eyes 1/2″ from the upper corner using the hand sewing tools.
  • Prepare the embroidery floss.
  • Remove the pin from each wing.
  • Tie a knot at the end of three-strands of embroidery floss and hide that knot under the wing.
  • Start stitching any decorative stitch you prefer. I opted for a running stitch.
  • Bury the finishing knot under the wing.

If you are looking for decorative stitch ideas, I highly recommend Sue Spargo’s Creative Stitching book. It is an incredible resource.

Ok, she or he is finished and ready to party!

Although I took many pictures, this pincushion stitches up so quickly you may end up making more than one. (wink wink) The bag of shells for filling can easily fill a few birds. Look out, they are addicting.

On Ringo Lake Inspired Quilt

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On Ringo Lake Inspired Quilt

Have you stitched On Ringo Lake by Bonnie Hunter? I decided back in October that I would try Bonnie Hunter’s annual mystery quilt. Of course, I then decided to overthink the whole thing, unnecessarily.

Here’s what happened:

I thought it’d be fun to sew a mystery quilt, but I hadn’t made any previous Quiltville Mysteries. Time to dive in and give the planned patchwork scrap style a try.

I opted to make a version of On Ringo Lake. Channeling Bonnie, I used only fabrics from my stash.

My patches are considerably bigger than the original Bonnie Hunter design.

All my pieces are stored in an un-used small pizza box. I worked in unit-sections, just like the mystery structure. Each week Bonnie releases a unit or block-type to stitch. “Make a zillion of this.” OR “Make 24 of these.” type unit-based directions.

My Quilt:

So, in my On Ringo Lake test-it-out quilt, I made a total of 12 blocks.

Once I had these rad blocks made, I wanted to come up with a unique sashing. The sashing I used features the 9-patch block on a smaller scale and points on the sashing to create stars. Wait ’til you see the effect, though.

This quilt is definitely On Ringo Lake Quilt inspired, and it turned out to be an excellent test piece for working in a quilty-patchwork style out of my own comfort zone.

NOTE: Since this isn’t my original block design, I cannot share any sizes or fabric requirements with you.

As for the 2018 mystery, stitched along in real time: It was fun. Highly recommend! The annual mystery starts around October and finishes around January. 2018 was Good Fortune.

Giant Trip Around The World

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Giant Trip Around The World

I have a fun easy pattern for you! It is a GIANT Trip Around The World. Not a jaunt across town; think of it as a BIG trip. Think of more like Jackie Chan’s Around The World in 80 Days, or maybe a leisurely boat ride with Magellan.

The blocks are big; the quilt is big and the best part- You can stitch it quickly while using up your less-than-one-yard fabric pieces. The quilt finishes at approximately 88″ x 88″.

Please note that the fabrics in the digital blog tutorial are different than the two actual quilts pictured above. The pattern is the same.

Supplies:

  • 28″ of SIX different coordinating fabrics.
    • NOTE: You’ll need exactly 28″ cut straight, if you need to true-up or square your fabric, you may opt to work with 30″-32″ x Width of Fabric (WOF) pieces.
  • 12″ solid fabric for inner border
  • 1-1/4 yard fabric for outer border
  • 2/3 yard fabric for binding
  • Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide (optional)

Tips for Selecting Fabrics

If you find that you do not quite have the required 28″ of one single print, consider pairing it with a fabric of a similar hue or value. This will trick the eye once the quilt is finished.

Cutting:

  • Cut each of the six different 28″ fabrics into four 7″ x WOF strips.
  • Cut eight 1-1/2″ x WOF strips from 12″ inner border fabric.
  • Cut nine strips 4-1/2″ x WOF from 1-1/4y outer border fabric.
  • Cut nine strips at 2-1/2″ x WOF for binding.

Construction:

  • Arrange the 7″ strips into four piles with six unique fabrics each. Keep the strips in the same order in each pile.
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  • Join the strips, using a straight stitch and 1/4″ seam allowance, in each pile. Press seam allowances in one direction.
  • Here’s where the magic happens. Join the far left strip to the far right strip to create a tube. CAUTION: When joining these, note that the fabric grain may have shifted. The strip ends may not necessarily line up. It is more important to make sure there is no wavy or ripple in the fabric than it is to have the strip ends line up.
  • Press.
  • From here, I work with one strip-set/tube at a time as to not get the pieces mixed up.
    • Also from here- these are the same type of construction directions as a regular Scrappy Trip Around the World or a Bargello Style Quilt.
  • Make a Tube: Carefully place the inside-out-strip-tube on your cutting surface. Make sure all seams are parallel. They should not be stacked exactly on top of each other.
  • Slice The Tube: Using rotary cutting tools, cut across the tube to create six 7″ strips. Cut conservatively as you’ll need a full 42″ to get all six strips from each tube.
  • Rip One Seam Per Tube: Rip out one seam per tube. Open the tube to reveal a line of six squares. Make sure to rip different seams on each tube, working around the circle.

In this sample, I opted to have the lightest square form a diagonal line. By moving the strips around, you can feature any shade/fabric in the diagonal.

  • Sew each column of six squares together, pinning at the block intersections.
  • Each quadrant should measure 39-1/2″ x 39-1/2″.
  • Repeat these steps to create four quadrants.

Build the Quilt

You have a few options when building this quilt. There are only three seams left in the main body of the quilt.

No matter the layout, the construction is the same.

  • Join the top two quadrants and the bottom two quadrants.
  • Then join the halves by sewing the long horizontal seam.
  • Make sure to match up all block intersections.

Option 1: Diagonal Lines

Option 2: Symmetrical Diamond

Option 3: Asymmetrical Diamond

Option 4: Symmetrical X

Option 5: Asymmetrical X

Borders

No matter your layout choice, the border application is the same.

  • First, join pairs of 1-1/2″ wide strips at the short ends.
  • Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to join the narrow strips to the patchwork center.
  • Add the top and bottom borders first, press. Then the right and left sides.
  • Press.
  • Join pairs of 4-1/2″ wide strips at the short ends.
  • Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to join the narrow strips to the inner border.
  • Add the top and bottom borders first, press. Then the right and left sides.
  • Press.

A quick tip for quilting: Unless you’ve used solid fabrics, this quilt is quite busy with a collection of prints. Custom quilted designs didn’t seem to show up on my samples. I’d opt for a quick meander design over the project.

  • Use the remaining nine binding strips to apply the binding using your favorite method.

A Helper

Of course, when I was trying to snap this picture, I had some help. There are quite a few images of her walking across, walking off, then sneaking back on after I had climbed on the couch to get the “from above” shot. It’s just a big quilt, so it was tricky to photo. Trickier with the camera diva.

Changing The Sizes

I’ve made this Scrappy Trip Around The World in a few sizes.

2002 Squares | Scrappy Trip Around The World | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs
Scrappy Trip Along | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs
Scrappy Trip Along Beige By Jen Eskridge
Scrappy Trip Along | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

I hope you enjoy and share this tutorial. I’m sure your GIANT trip around the world will look fantastic!

Patriotic Celestial Star Quilt

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Patriotic Celestial Star Quilt

Patriotic and Paper Pieced

Paper piecing isn’t all that bad! It seems to be everywhere, and although I’ve foundation paper pieced in the past, I didn’t love it.

That disposition has changed! After learning a few more tricks about sewing through paper, I decided to try a favorite Celestial Star quilt pattern.

This pattern is so versatile. I stitched it once during From Blank Pages pattern launch/quilt along. (See my first attempt from 2014) You’ll have to check out her blog to see all the amazing variations that are possible with this foundation paper pieced design.

The Right Tools

I don’t know if this is the right-right tool for the job, but it was an OK tool that had me enjoying the heck out of the process.

It is elementary school writing newsprint paper. I grabbed a pack from Amazon, 500 sheets for less than $7. It is so light weight and tore very easily when I needed to remove the paper.

Is there better paper? Sure. I’m certain. But here’s why I chose this 500 sheet bundle- value. Since I wasn’t sure if I’d ever print more than the 18 pages needed for a single Celestial Star block, I’m not out too much cash.

The Block

My block is going to be a wall-hanging entered in the Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild’s 2019 Silent Auction at our quilt show. San Antonio is known as Military City, USA, so I opted to feature a Patriotic theme.

The quilt has twelve points coming to a point in the center. Luckily, From Blank Pages has information on making that points’ intersection fantastic. Unfortunately for me, I found it right after I finished my top. But good news, I’m going to make this beautiful block again.

My wall hanging is 29″ x 29″ finished. It is a BIG block + a border.

The piece is quilted with four corresponding thread colors. Navy, Red, White, and light Blue. Turns out, when the thread matches the fabric exactly, you cannot see the quilting as well.

If It Were A Quilt

Because I love photoshop, I felt compelled to see what this layout would look like if it were a quilt.

I like it, but man, that would be ALOT of paper. I don’t know if I’m quite there yet with my paper piecing. We’ll see.

GSAQG Challenge Quilt 2019

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GSAQG Challenge Quilt 2019
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Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild is gearing up for the 2019 quilt show with a challenge! This blog post showcases how my 41″ x 41″ quilt came together. It was an absolute evolution of design.

The Challenge

Whirling Dervishes Deco by Philip Jacobs

The challenge issued to our quilt guild was to create a small quilt, no bigger than 250″ perimeter using a fat quarter of this Philip Jacobs print. I fell in love with the fabric instantly. It has every color and is the brightest print I’ve seen!

The Inspiration

My design process started with the idea that I wanted to stitch various New York Beauty blocks and add applique shapes at the points. I tried making the block once by paper piecing and once by raw-edge fusible applique.

Each of the squares above measures 10″ x 10″. That seemed like a good place to start.

My test pieces for the quilt challenge quickly became out of control. (No one saw that coming!) I had raw-edge fusible shapes on everything. I was adding stuff left and right in all the bright colored fabric scraps that I could get my hands on.

Instead of roping it in and editing myself, I decided that I love MORE IS MORE. This was my jumping off point. Buckle up, buttercup.

The Progress

Some days I feel like I’m learning to quilt. Specifically, learning to hand applique small shapes. I don’t know if a perfect circle would look like a circle when appliqued. After all, this isn’t a large Learn to Sew Easy Curves situation, though I did use the facing technique as I added a few quadrant arches. The small fabric circle problem is fixed with FELT.

I thought, “Hey, wool felt applique is pretty popular. I bet there’s a reason.” Then, I priced wool felt. Cough. Cough. Since this was a small challenge piece that may turn out to be a total circus, I treated myself to a rainbow sampler of synthetic felt from amazon.

Quadrant One

Ok. Now I’m on my way. I just need some shapes and an idea…

I drafted the New York Beauty portion of the block in Adobe Illustrator.

The pink and white background fabric is a bed sheet. Why not use everything. With the exception of the challenge fabric and felt, no other fabric pieces were added to my stash to create this quilt.

Plaid/Gingham bias tape and multiple arches are FUN. I was nervous that I may use up all my challenge fat quarter too soon. You’ll see I use it conservatively in the beginning.

Quadrant Two

The next section started out much like the first. I needed some quarter-circles and some applique in my life.

Each of the two blocks pictured below have a paper pieced version of a New York Beauty block. The darker pink fabric is more of a chubby NYB.

Throughout this project, I used all sorts of different applique methods. Here’s how I tackled these fabrics:

  • Fabrics have set in sewn curves between arches
  • A few seams are hidden behind machine applied bias tape arches
  • A couple arches with shaped edges have a facing sewn to them, then applied by machine
  • A couple arches with shaped edges have a facing sewn to them, then applied by hand
  • Of course, fabric shapes are felt
  • A few shapes are raw-edge fusible applique
  • Some shapes are prepared and hand stitched using the Appliquick Method.

Really, MORE IS MORE isn’t just for color. It is really for the entire quilt and its processes.

Quadrants Three and Four

The design wall is proving to be invaluable.

As it starts to shape, I started working on the remaining quadrants at the same time.

And sometimes I flipped the quadrant positions to see if the colors and intersections mingled nicely.

I love the bias tape made from the challenge fabric. The arch-tape is created with just an 8″ x 8″ square.

There are also two pieces of crocheted lace trim in the quilt: one black, one white.

At this point I can tell how much challenge fabric is left and how much space I still have on my square quilt. Time to get crazy with the circles!

As you’ll see below, I needed to clean up the lower left-hand quadrant to remove the pink rectangles. I have bonus seams in this baby.

Since I have everything going on in this quilt, I decided to sew a facing around the circle-background in the lower right-hand quadrant and apply piping behind it when I hand stitched to to the next arch.

The Quilt

I thought I might play around with the layout a bit more before I commit to a design. Alas, This one didn’t speak to me like the centered-circle design, so I flipped all the squares back to the way I had originally envisioned them.

Fun fact: There are three different bed sheet fabric scraps in this quilt.

  • White with pink flowers, background, used in 3 of 4 quadrants.
  • Purple damask-y looking background, upper right quadrant.
  • White with blue floral, lower right quadrant

The Details

I am not a hand-embroidery guru. I’m learning, but mostly I just wanted to try out the techniques on this quilt. Challenge is the name of the game, right?

Since I didn’t know if this would work, I didn’t invest a lot in fancy embroidery floss. I grabbed thread sampler pack for $6, to go with my felt sampler, from amazon.

I also picked up a small tube of multi-color beads. All the beads are the same size, and they are all plastic.

The Longarm Quilting

This quilt is small. It is only 41″ x 41″ as I mentioned. Sure, there’s much to stitch around, but at the end of the day, it is a small, fast quilt.

In fact, the color and mixed-media-ness of this quilt makes the actual quilting pretty secondary. It is hard to see and ultimately not too defining.

But of course, if a person were to make a mistake and quilt white or light grey all over a dark pink fabric, well, that person would have to find a sharpie to fix her error OR rip out all the quilting. Pretty sure you know which option I picked.

Remember the piping around the large circles? Check this out:

And of course, there’s quite a bit of meandering stitches on this piece.

The End

All in all, I’d say it was a great experiment/challenge. Now I need to get it entered into the 2019 Challenge Contest at the show. And, if you can believe it, I actually have a small piece of challenge fabric left. I may have to add it to the label.

Scrappy Quarter-Square Log Cabin Quilt

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Scrappy Quarter-Square Log Cabin Quilt

My newest Scrappy Quarter-Square Log Cabin quilt started innocently enough. We had company over the winter holidays and when they were busy or not yet awake, I’d slip into my sewing room and grab a few scraps. (I have LOADS of fabric scraps, it turns out.)

I’d start with small pieces and add longer strips to two sides. It is a surprisingly fast, mindless process.

A few years ago, I made this quilt as a gift for one of my Sister-in-Laws:

Scrappy Quarter Square Log Cabin | Jen Eskridge | Scrap Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

I liked that quilt so much, I thought in this holiday-down-time sewing, I’d make a small scrappy quarter-square log cabin. Each block is trimmed square.

It quickly got out of control. I’m sure no one saw that coming. Haha. Setting the blocks on-point made for a really unique design. Now, in my mind, these are completely different quilts.

The blocks just kept going and going. The quilt kept growing and growing. (That sounds like something straight out of Willy Wonka. If only my quilts were made from chocolate!)

Since the quilt was created entirely from fabric scraps, I now needed to come up with a solution for the setting triangles around the edge of the quilt. I snapped a pic, but it is tricky to see, since the design wall is also white.

For the setting triangles, I made templates from white cardstock paper. Then I pieced random white/light/low-volume fabrics. I laid the templates over the white patchwork pieces to cut my shapes to size.

I’m happy to report I have a LARGE bed quilt ready to hit the longarm. I debated on whether or not to post the quilt as just a quilt top. Of course, when this quilt is finished, you will not be able to see the quilting on it since the body of the quilt has so much movement and color. On that note: Here’s the Scrappy Quarter-Square Log Cabin 2019.

Get out there and use your scraps! Sew in brief little spurts when no one is watching. It is crazy what will turn up from, what is essentially a minimal level of sewing/quilting commitment.

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