reannalilydesigns by jen eskridge
Jen started sewing in 1993 on an old burnt yellow, Harvest Gold, Singer sewing machine. Her mother taught the basics. Jen made her first quilt in 1993. She didn’t use any books or templates, and that poor quilt eventually fell apart. It was recycled, though, into a curtain, duct taped over a dorm room window.
Fast forward a bit: Jen earned a Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design in 1998 from Louisiana State University. By 2003, she found herself quilting and sewing for her own company, ReannaLily Designs. During that time, Jen also taught quilting at a national crafting store. The website and company was launched in 2007.
Jen has traveled the world gathering inspiration and ideas for designs and patterns. From Korea, and China, Japan, to North America, England and France, she has found many cultural and historical elements to guide her interest and creativity.
ReannaLily Designs Headquarters is currently located in Helotes, TX.
Jen Eskridge is the author of three books.
- Deploy That Fabric by C&T Publishing
- Learn to Sew Easy by Leisure Arts
- Hexagons Made Easy by Martingale Press/That Patchwork Place
Please see the CV list of publications. Jen’s designs have been featured in over 12 multi-author books as well as over 20 magazines.
The sewing and quilting designs feature a variety of techniques and fabrics. Fundamentally, the designs are created to
- Teach a technique
- Make a quick project
- Make a finished project
- Reuse/Recycle textiles
Generally, the style showcases contemporary bright projects based in traditional construction methods. Techniques adapt fast methods to solve more lengthy construction problems.
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