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QuiltCon Top Secret Quilt – Part Two

on Jan 26, 2016 in Blog, business, northcott fabrics | 0 comments

Northcott Fabrics | QuiltCon 2016 | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Sneak Peek at QuiltCon Quilt

I’m happy to show you just a bit more of a sneak peek from my QuiltCon 2016 Quilt which will hang in the Northcott Fabrics booth (616). In last week’s post, I shared some of the construction in building the quilt top. This week I can show you some of the prep work I’m doing for the longarm quilting design.

In the above photo, I have traced computer-generated letters onto the background (or negative space) of the quilt using this water soluble pen.Northcott Fabrics | QuiltCon 2016 | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

The next step is to prep batting to stitch behind the letters. I’m creating Texty Trapunto letters in the negative space. (Follow the link to my Craftsy pattern for complete directions to create Texty Trapunto.) I layered wool and high loft polyester batting, then hand-stitched the pieces together to form a piece long enough to fit behind my words.

Northcott Fabrics | QuiltCon 2016 | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Next, I stitched the letters to the batting with water soluble thread.  I love this thread!Northcott Fabrics | QuiltCon 2016 | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

All the letter outlining was initially done on my home sewing machine with the free motion quilting foot set up. I’m using my machingers gloves, too. They really let you slide the quilt top around easily without totally stressing out your shoulders.

Northcott Fabrics | QuiltCon 2016 | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily DesignsAfter securing the batting, I cut away the excess from behind the quilt. I cannot show you all the lettering or tell you what the word/s will be, but after all, it is only a sneak peek.

Northcott Fabrics | QuiltCon 2016 | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

The last step I can share on sneak peek day, today, is me quilting a tiny bit on the quilt. The machine quilting will be quite heavy on the negative space of the quilt. The big reveal of the entire project will be on February 18th; the day QuiltCon 2016 starts.

Northcott Fabrics | QuiltCon 2016 | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

I’m chugging away on this secret project. I hope if you are able to go to QuiltCon, you’ll snap some pictures for me. Post them on Instagram and tag me. (@reannalilydesigns_jen) or share them in the comments. I’m so excited for this quilt!!!

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