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Free-Motion Framework Book Tour

on Jun 4, 2018 in Blog, book, Featured, FMFWQ, quilting | 69 comments

Free-Motion Framework Machine Quilting Skill Builder Book | Wholecloth book | Jen Eskridge | C&T Publishing

Join the Book Tour

As you may know, my new book, Free-Motion Framework was made possible with the help of contributing quilters. A total of 17 quilters, including myself, stitched 41 quilts featured in this inspiring, machine-quilting skill-builder resource. This week we’ll hear from some of them on how the worked with the concept, interpreted their assigned designs, and how their quilts turned out.

Today kicks off the Social Media Blitzo tour for Free-Motion Framework. Stop by the blogs, listed below, to read more about the new title, and when on Instagram or Twitter, check out the hashtag #FMFWQ or #FreeMotionFramework.

The Overview

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge |

Choose one of 10 Framework designs, or one of 12 if you have the Free-Motion Framework Pattern Sheets, to transfer onto your own 40″ square fabric using tips and instructions in the book. From here, prepare the fabric for quilting, as you would any other quilt. Choose shapes from the linear design to fill, symmetrically, with quilting designs. Practice as many design motifs as you like. Each time you create a small project, it will help grow your machine quilting skills and turn out completely different than the one you stitched before.

Note: Build your skills on a domestic or longarm sewing machine.

And, after you’ve practiced and quilted the entire piece, you’ll accidentally turn out a wholecloth quilt. Neat, right?

Longarm Quilting | ReannaLily Designs

I thought it might be fun to share the reasons you may want to keep Free-Motion Framework in your own library, and the “problems” I was trying to solve when I authored the book.

1. Quilting can be expensive.

From machines and fabric to time and planning, quilting is a luxury hobby. For a past-time that started out utilitarian, it has grown to be an amazing creative art form. Turns out, art can get pricey. I wanted to develop a way to quilt without breaking the bank. All the projects in Free-Motion Framework are presented at 40″ x 40″.  You can create a quilt using 1-1/3 yards of fabric, batting, and backing. Even better, if you were to purchase 108″ wide backing, you can create two 40″ pieces from the one back. Sure you can make larger quilts by combining designs or adding a variety of your own border designs to the 40″ square “frames,” but largely the Free-Motion Framework projects can be created at a low cost.

2. I need more practice, but don’t want to commit to a big patchwork quilt.

When a person decides to start machine quilting, especially free-motion quilting, you may find that you need many more practice pieces before diving into your own beloved patchwork project. Often new quilters will take on charity quilts to stitch with one all-over design. We may also quilt bed sheets just for practice. I wanted to practice many quilting motifs while still producing something neat. Unlike practicing a single style on a “real quilt,” Free-Motion Framework presents the opportunity to create more than one fill or quilting design on the same project. By isolating shapes to essentially color in, you can try all sorts of different ideas.

In the two quilts below, notice how, by choosing different design lines/shapes and arranging different types of quilting motifs, the exact same framework, Shark Attack, turns out completely different. Each chapter has four different interpretations of the design by quilters of all skill levels and backgrounds. I think you’ll be surprised with the variety of inspiration.

3. How can I make a wholecloth quilt easily?

I know that sounds crazy, right? The idea of a Wholecloth Quilt by nature doesn’t really give off the EASY vibe. Pre-printed panels exist to create wholecloth quilts, but really, I wanted my own design. I am inspired by the incredibly talented machine quilters who spend months tweaking and perfecting their wholecloth competition quilts on paper then transfer every single stitch to a fabric design.

Do I love the look? Yes.
Would I love to plan something elaborate like that? No way.

The brainstorming began. Fundamentally, many wholecloth designs are symmetrical. Starting there, I decided if I just had some guidelines to work symmetrically, I may be able to turn out something that looks planned. That turned into: If I just had guidelines, I could fill-in whatever I wanted. I just need to remember where I stitched what motif. Using the Goals Worksheets provided with Free-Motion Framework, you’ll be able to write down the notes for the design as well as keep track of what you are practicing on each piece.

Another tip- Save the printed designs to make full-size notes while quilting. I traced a quadrant of a design four times onto fabric. With that quadrant, I loosely draw the designs as I stitch them to remember what to symmetrically stitch on the other areas of the quilt. Remember, this is just a guide, not a masterful drawing.

Platinum Garden | Whole Cloth Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

4. Quilt with No Pressure

By working small and unplanned, the project takes on a freeing feeling. Working without any outside pressures is a fantastic path to self-growth. Jump in and give it a try. Free-Motion Framework is great for any skill level as everyone has room to improve that one little thing.

  • Hey, this is just 1-1/3 yard of fabric.
  • It’s only practice; no need to worry.
  • This is for my own quilting self-journey, if it turns out, cool. If not, I haven’t invested hundreds of patchwork hours (and CASH) into it.
  • I’ve always wanted to try X-Y-Z design. Let me try it in four or eight small spaces to see if I like it.
  • Rulers have always fascinated me, but I’m not sure where to start. Start one small shape at a time.
  • This will be great to work on at retreat!!! It’s small.

All in all, writing this book from concept to “holy crap that worked” to pitching to the publisher to sourcing all the many contributing quilters, this has been an amazing experience. I hope you’ll enjoy hearing all about the title on this week-long blog hop.

Stop by each blog this week for a possible chance to win a copy of Free-Motion Framework. (International winners, outside the USA, will receive a digital copy.)

Monday | June 4

ReannaLily Designs (here!) 
C & T Publishing

Tuesday | June 5

Joey’s Quilting Co
Helen Ernst Longarm Quilting
Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC The Blog

Thursday | June 7

Wise Craft Handmade

Friday | June 8

Kustom Kwilts
Living Water Quilter
Seamingly Slawson Quilts – Susan Lawson

To be considered for one of the following gifts from our sponsors, leave a comment sharing what area of machine quilting you’d most like to improve. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by email.

Clover USA | ReannaLily Designs

Handi Quilter Rulers | ReannaLily Designs

Free-Motion Framework Machine Quilting Skill Builder Book | Wholecloth book | Jen Eskridge | C&T Publishing

The prize portion of the tour will close at 5pm central time, June 18th and winners will be announced June 19th, right here on ReannaLily Designs Blog. Thank you so much for joining the Blog Tour.

See all the Free-Motion Framework details, workshops, projects, and samples here, on the ReannaLily Designs blog.



  1. I would love to do feathers. I just bought a new longarm and now can do larger designs than I could with my old frame.

    Linda West

    June 4, 2018

  2. I need to get started. I seem to think I can’t do it without trying.

    Katrina Ulrich

    June 4, 2018

  3. I need to learn and practice my free motion quilting in every aspect! At times, my free motion quilting seems to be at least acceptable and then the next time it is horrible. It is so frustrating and so very often, I use my walking foot and quilt that way.

    Brenda Ackerman

    June 4, 2018

  4. I need lots of practice on my new to me longarm. Definite lack of control!

    Nadine Vining

    June 4, 2018

  5. I would like to improve my ruler work and have more confidence with my free-motion work.


    June 4, 2018

  6. I love this idea! I always struggle with what to quilt. This is a great idea, setting the framework, and then filling in with a variety of fillers! How very clever. Thanks for sharing the giveaways too!!


    June 4, 2018

  7. Sorry, email address was wrong on my last comment!


    June 4, 2018

  8. I have no confidence to do “fancy things”

    Joyce Sochacki

    June 4, 2018

  9. I need to spend the time learning to machine quilt with rulers and free motion.

    Carol Young

    June 4, 2018

  10. I’d like to find an inexpensive and easy solution for suspending the quilt!

    Melody Lutz

    June 4, 2018

  11. I think I would like ruler work but I haven’t invested in the rulers and special foot yet.


    June 4, 2018

  12. I am wanting to get comfortable with ruler work and learn free motion quilting. This book sounds wonderful. I would love to practice with those pattern sheets.


    June 4, 2018

  13. I need to improve all of my skills. Ruler work has caught my attention but so has feathers. I haven’t mastered either one. Each day I practice both and dream of improving.


    June 5, 2018

  14. I am a newbie to LA quilting and would love to be able to do anything well, specially rulerwork and feathers.

    Sue Abrey

    June 5, 2018

  15. I would like to try ruler work but I just started recently so I hope I can fins something new from this blog tour.


    June 5, 2018

  16. I love the idea of marking off symmetrical sections, then filling each with different designs.


    June 5, 2018

  17. Feathers – I need a lot of work to improve them and get comfortable on my long arm. Looks like a great book!


    June 5, 2018

  18. A great way to practise!

    Phyl McCord

    June 5, 2018

  19. Absolutely FMQ! I have several tops waiting for quilting to be done! I am starting to practice FMQ & do less straight-line quilting!

    Susan Spiers

    June 5, 2018

  20. Would love to learn this art… my attempt at doing this was very intimidating! I have watched this being done by other guild members who made it look so easy but when I tried it I thought it was hard to control both the stitch length and speed. I will try doing a square area as suggested in the article. Would like to win the rulers!


    June 5, 2018

  21. I bought a longer and quilting frame. Now I just need to use it. Thanks so much, I’m sure I need this in my life !

    Janice Regier

    June 5, 2018

  22. Thanks for this information. I am always looking for inspiration with machine quilting and I like the idea of working on small pieces

    Betsey Kuzia

    June 5, 2018

  23. This looks awesome. It is something that I need to learn.

    Donna Fecteau

    June 5, 2018

  24. I love the concept of your book. I’m wanting to try a whole cloth quilt and this sounds like the perfect way to do it.


    June 5, 2018

  25. Wow, I see all these fabulous quilting designs and think………. One day !!amazing work ?


    June 5, 2018

  26. I need to let go of my fear of free motion. Your ideas and designs look great.


    June 5, 2018

  27. I would love to improve my use of rulers when quilting on a domestic machine.


    June 5, 2018

  28. I need more work on my ruler work.


    June 5, 2018

  29. Would like to do feathers, but just can’t get the hang of it.


    June 5, 2018

  30. Planning and dividing spaces.

    Cheryl Fabiano

    June 5, 2018

  31. My favorite time in quilting is when I try something new and it turns out great!

    Virginia A O'Donnell

    June 5, 2018

  32. I need more practice and skill building.


    June 5, 2018

  33. This sounds like just the kick in the pants that I need to get started and stop procrastinating!!! LOL – Like the idea of just a bit of fabric to try this out!!


    June 5, 2018

  34. I would like to improve the consistency of my stitch length when doing FMQ.


    June 5, 2018

  35. I would love to practice creating my own designs rather copying other people’s designs.

    Patricia Wester

    June 5, 2018

  36. I want to improve overall FMQ skills and really get down feathers.

    Jeni Williams

    June 5, 2018

  37. I am just getting started with ruler work. This would be a fun way to practice.

    Karen A

    June 5, 2018

  38. I would be happy to learn! Living in a rural area, more than an hour away from shops, makes it hard on a quilter living in a small house, to start long-arm quilting. But I will, hopefully this year.

    Mrs Edwards

    June 5, 2018

  39. Would love to improve FMQ skills and work with rulers.

    Lynn Anderson

    June 5, 2018

  40. Would love to do a whole cloth quilt, just not sure where to start.

    Kay Fernihough

    June 5, 2018

  41. I really love Machine Quilting and I love finishing a quilt 🙂

    Megen Wilson

    June 5, 2018

  42. I’m struggling in vision. Need a new look


    June 5, 2018

  43. I want to learn how to make better feathers.


    June 5, 2018

  44. I need to build my confidence with free motion designs on my domestic sewing machune. Borh the mechanics and creativity. Thanks for the chance!


    June 5, 2018

  45. I can’t free motion on my domestic machine, much less on my longarm. I wish I had more time to practice. I’m told I’m cheating using computer assistance:( I want to free motion:)

    Margaret De Leon

    June 6, 2018

  46. Most: uniform-looking feathers. Second most: better use of rulers

    Helen Thomas

    June 6, 2018

  47. I want to learn how to free motion quilt on my sewing machine and how to use rulers more efficiently.

    Cheryl Fitzgerald

    June 6, 2018

  48. What a fantastic book! I would love to improve my free motion quilting skills, especially feathers and swirls.


    June 6, 2018

  49. I would love to learn more about free motion quilting on a longarm. My mom has a short arm, that’s what we call it, and it doesn’t have a stitch regulator. I’d like a stitchbregulator so I can get better at it.

    Bill Hoernke

    June 6, 2018

  50. I would love to learn how to break up large areas into smaller units that still look artistic, and to make those seemingly underlying patterns that add such depth to a quilt. This looks like such an excellent way to get started at that!

    Carole S.

    June 7, 2018

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