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Craftsy Pattern Fabric Kits

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Craftsy Pattern Fabric Kits

Craftsy to cross-promote fabric kits:CraftsyPromotionCraftsy Fabric Kits | ReannaLily Designs | Plus Quilt | Cotton and Steel

Craftsy is rolling out a “test” on fabric kits for FREE patterns. I have a couple freebie download patterns that slip in and out of the Top 20 Free Quilt Patterns (Plus Quilt and Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes). Since they are Craftsy-popular patterns, they were selected to run the test program.

Plus Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Digital Image | Cotton + Steel

Oh my gosh! I’m loving the fat quarter bundle in this digital mock-up of the Plus Quilt. The bundle is Cotton + Steel Fat Quarter BundlePlayful by Melody Miller. You’ll have all the fabric you need (12 fat quarters are required) for the quilt top and binding, right there on one screen. It is a pretty neat set-up. Go Craftsy, Go!

You’ll probably start to see the cross-promotion on more patterns as the program grows.


Longarm Quilting with Rulers

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Longarm Quilting with Rulers

Double Slice Layer Cake | Kate Spain Jingle | ReannaLily Designs

This is a small little Christmas Quilt made using the Missouri Star Quilt Company Double Slice Layer Cake pattern. It is a rockin fast quilt tutorial over on youtube. The pattern is already designed to be quickly chain-pieced, but guess what? I serged it; making it in record time, using my Kate Spain Jingle fabric layer cake.*

*This wasn’t a whole layer cake. I had to supplement a few tone-on-tone white fabrics, since the other pieces of the cake are being used in a special project. More info on that later in the year.

Double Slice Layer Cake | Kate Spain Jingle | ReannaLily Designs | Serged SeamsWith the top finished I had to decide what I wanted to do about the quilting design. Pack up the car and head out to my folks’ house to pop this little quilt on the HandiQuilter longarm.

Double Slice Layer Cake | Kate Spain Jingle | ReannaLily Designs

I convinced myself that I should try to learn more about longarm “ruler work” with my new Quilted Pineapple curved rulers.

Double Slice Layer Cake | Kate Spain Jingle | ReannaLily Designs | Curved Longarm Ruler

Rulers seem to be the ANTI Free Motion Quilting. The design is very methodical and measured with exact placements and calculated moves.  Turns out… I’m not that calculated.  I think people who enjoy spreadsheets would probably be insane with these rulers. I’m not a spreadsheet girl, either.

Double Slice Layer Cake | Kate Spain Jingle | ReannaLily DesignsI’m going to name this quilt, in spite of the fabric’s holiday theme, The Learning Curve. I have curves all over the dang place. It seemed like I was on the right track and then noticed the arches were all sorts of varied widths. They overlap. They jumble up. They are chubby and slim.  Le’sigh. On the upside, by the last pass on that longarm, the arches started to look alot better.

Double Slice Layer Cake | Kate Spain Jingle | ReannaLily Designs

Practice, practice, practice. Ha, and I’m sure a class couldn’t hurt, right?  I’m not going to swear off rulers, but they definitely seem to be used with the logical side of the brain. I’ll have to think like that on my next ruler-based quilt design.

Double Slice Layer Cake | Kate Spain Jingle | ReannaLily Designs | Binding



Sampler Quilts Magazine

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Sampler Quilts Magazine

Sampler Quilts 2000 | ReannaLily Designs | PublishedSampler Quilts Magazine 2001

I have a copy of almost every thing where my name has been published. It is a small box, but still exciting. I was missing at least two magazines. Sampler Quilts is one of them. The one above is the very first quilt magazine to include one of my quilts. My closest friend had a copy!!! Can you believe that? She bought the copy of Sampler Quilts when it came out and made her very first quilt from the block patterns. When I visited her, I grabbed these pictures and will keep it in the virtual log of the articles here on the PRESS page.

This was published in Fall of 2001, I think. The quilt was finished by December 2000.  Phew, Throw Back Thursday #tbt on a SUNDAY!


If you’ve seen my lecture, you’ll recognize this as the Lion King Quilt. It was a painful sampler to make. Every block was cut and designed individually. A couple blocks are originals and the rest are from patterns/internet.

The directions to make each block are on newsprint in the back of the magazine, but the page where I’m featured actually is a quilting glossary of sorts.

I don’t think I’d make blue, brown and yellow sampler quilt on-point these days, in 2015, but you never know.

Nancy Zieman Knit Dress Sew Along

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Nancy Zieman Knit Dress Sew Along

I’m happy to report that I’m stitching along in the Nancy Zieman Knit Dress Sew Along! #NZKnitDressSAL

Nancy Zieman Knit Dress Sew AlongWhen I showed the dress and sew along to my daughter she seemed pretty excited to have one of her own. I was a bit surprised. She says, “Yeah, I’d totally wear that, but make it red at the top with a black bottom.” That was really really specific and a very fast answer from a 14 year old.  After talking to her a bit more…  this is what she had in mind…

McCalls Pattern M7152 | Star Trek VersionPretty great, right? Hello- STAR TREK inspiration!!!

The sew along is making Nancy Zieman’s pattern M7152 from McCall’s.

I found some black ponte knit and red matte jersey knit and set out to sew where now woman has sewn before… wait, they have, but still… The red jersey was lighter weight than the black ponte knit, but since the red will have a facing, I thought it would be ok to use the lighter weight. Only time will tell if I’m right. =)

Nancy Zieman Knit Dress Sew Along | ReannaLily Designs

The sew along is spread out over 3 days in May: Cutting, construction and finishing.

Nancy Zieman Knit Dress Sew Along | ReannaLily DesignsUnfortunately, my local shop didn’t have the fusible tricot interfacing to be used with knit fabrics, but the woven fabric I purchased felt like it had a little give in it. In hindsight, if I was going to use a woven interfacing, I probably should have cut my interfacing pieces on the bias, so I’d be certain they’d have stretch in them.

Nancy Zieman Knit Dress Sew Along | ReannaLily Designs

Grading seam allowances. Clipping corners. Notching curves. It was all really fast construction. In fact, the “hardest” part is remembering that the top is asymmetrical and pieces have to be, with certainty, face up or face down.

Nancy Zieman Knit Dress Sew Along | ReannaLily DesignsThe facings are on- next stops: Top-stitching, fitting, side seams, shoulder faux-button closure and machine-stitched hem. Easy-peasy, right?

Stay tuned.





Boerne Quiltfest 2015

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Boerne Quiltfest 2015

Hauptstrasse Quiltfest

The first weekend in May is Quilt Weekend in Boerne Texas! The city’s Parks and Rec department organizes an outdoor quilt show with works of art hanging in the downtown square, the Veteran’s park and throughout the downtown shop store fronts. The event is called Hauptstrasse Quiltfest.

I’m not finding, online, how many years this has been going on, but this is my second year to attend and first year to attend as a quilt show vendor.
I shot a quick little video of my view from my vendor booth and posted it to my ReannaLily Designs facebook page. The vendors are set up right in the middle of the town square. Quilts lined three sides of the square with a beautiful antique quilt display on the fourth side.

Boerne Quiltfest Vendor’s Row

Boerne Texas Quiltfest | Outdoor Quilt Show | ReannaLily Designs

I was so fortunate to have the folks from Busy Fingers Workshop in the booth next to me. They took care of me all day. The work that she does, with miniature paper piecing is absolutely beautiful. If you get a chance, you should check out her pieced greeting cards and paper piecing patterns in her Etsy shop.

Boerne Texas Quiltfest | Outdoor Quilt Show | ReannaLily Designs

My booth had more of an eclectic mix of items. The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild will be having our annual market days, or as we call it, “May Mercado” very soon, so I already had a few pieces of fabric to “destash.” This was a great opportunity to sell fabric with my patterns, books and shirts.

Boerne Texas Quiltfest | Outdoor Quilt Show | ReannaLily Designs

Boerne Texas Quiltfest | Outdoor Quilt Show | ReannaLily Designs

Boerne Texas Quiltfest | Outdoor Quilt Show | ReannaLily DesignsAlong with all those items I also have quite a few Vintage Linens Fat Quarters. I suppose that might be a strange thing to have. The fabrics are all so soft, though. I love those vintage sheets.

Boerne Texas Quiltfest | Outdoor Quilt Show | ReannaLily Designs  Vintage Sheets Fat Quarters

The quiltfest was well attended and the weather was gorgeous.

Unfortunately, I do not have too many more photos of the quilts, though. The whole show is put up and taken down on Saturday. Vendors arrive, set up and are ready to sell by 9a. We “break down” when the show ends at 4p. By the time the booth is down, so are all the quilts. :( The quilt view from the booth was pretty amazing, though.

Now the big question, after the May Mercado, do I keep the “for sale” fabrics from the destash or do I list them on Etsy or IG? Time will tell.


Quilting a Patriotic Quilt

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Quilting a Patriotic Quilt

Patriotic Quilt | Moda ChallengeLeigh-Longarm-1

My friends came to visit recently and longarm quilted her military-themed quilt on the HandiQuilter.

In the picture, my friend is working on a large, bed-size quilt with a patriotic, military theme. The whole project is part of a Moda challenge.  She used the fabric line, Moda: Red, White and Free , I believe.

Leigh-Longarm-2For me, I pretty much quilt swirls or something really tight and reasonably intricate, though I did recently try rulers. I wasn’t much help to her for a free motion quilting design motif. Swirls don’t really scream military. Thankfully, our friend, also pictured, suggested stars with loopies.  That is the official design name, by the way, Stars with Loopies.

Longarm Quilting | Patriotic Quilt

This was her first time on a longarm quilt machine and she juts hopped on like she had been quilting for years. She was so fast!

The back of the quilt has a label for each family she’s know as she’s lived all over the world on various Army posts.  Pretty neat, idea, right? It works like a “friend” album, with each post/base where she met the family,  listed by their name.

Longarm Quilt | Moda Challenge | Quilt BackAnd here’s the front of my friend’s quilt, finished and fabulous:

Patriotic Quilt | Moda Challenge


Finished Scrappy Dresden Quilt

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Finished Scrappy Dresden Quilt

Scrappy Dresden | MD Anderson Quilt Auction | ReannaLily DesignsIf you have been following along on the blog, you’ll know that I was working on a group quilt project to send to MD Anderson’s Quilt Auction.

Well, what I couldn’t share on the blog was the PLOT TWIST: The group project actually was to make two quilts. Three friends and two moms made a total of 40 blocks. (That would be only 8 blocks per person.) ONE quilt will be donated to MD Anderson’s Quilt Auction and the second, identical quilt, will be given to my friend who lost her mother to cancer in December.

Scrappy Dresden | MD Anderson Quilt Auction | ReannaLily Designs

Scrappy Dresden | MD Anderson Quilt Auction | ReannaLily DesignsI prewashed both quilts so they would have nice shrinkle all over them. You know shrinkle, right? Crinkle and Shrink? It is a fabulous combo-word. I love quilt shrinkle so much. Hopefully, my friend will enjoy the shrinkle, too.

Scrappy Dresden | MD Anderson Quilt Auction | ReannaLily DesignsI thought you might like to see the tricky ways we were trying to fit two big bed-size quilts into one photo on a windy day…

Scrappy Dresden | MD Anderson Quilt Auction | ReannaLily Designs

Still good. Let’s try to just straighten it out a bit more…

Scrappy Dresden | MD Anderson Quilt Auction | ReannaLily Designs

Not always an easy task to grab a quilt picture, but it worked out.

Nerd Quilt Round-up

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Nerd Quilt Round-up

To celebrate National Quilting Day, today, I thought I’d post a geeky project round-up for design inspiration.  You cannot have enough design inspiration, right?


My Star Wars pun quilt.  I love a good pun and you know I need a quilt in my kitchen…. See the original blog post here.

Star Wars Quilt | ReannaLily Designs


Not geeky, but still total “fangirl” is my Wizard of Oz Mug Rug.  This project was also created as an online swap.  I thought it was clever.  Every time you set your coffee down, you crush the witch, again and again and again. Poor terrible bad witch.  See the original blog post here, for more information on the mug rug swap projects.

Wizard of Oz | ReannaLily Designs | Mug Rug Swap


Second geeky quilt: Old School PAC-MAN Ghosts. This one was created for an online mini quilt swap.  It is adorable and currently lives in its new home.  See the original blog post here.

Pacman Ghosts | ReannaLily Designs


Not quite a quilt, but let’s not forget Minecraft shirts. For more on these super green, easy-to-make creeper shirts, see the original blog post here.

Minecraft Creeper Shirt | homemade | ReannaLily Designs


TV Shows:

I also have a fun Zoidberg shirt, too.  Man, I love Futurama.  I hope Netflix re-buys it again. Professor Ziod was part of a set of “team jerseys” for a birthday party.  Read more and see a general overview for Freezer Paper Stenciling on the original blog post here.

Zoidberg Tshirt | ReannaLily Designs

4. Peel off freezer paper

Happy National Quilting Day!  I hope you also find inspiration in everyday geeky pop-culture.


Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild – Saturday

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Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild – Saturday

If you are in the San Antonio area Saturday, March 14th or as some say – THIS SATURDAY – I’ll be giving my Get Published Lecture to the Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild.  Find out more on their website.  Meeting starts at 10am at Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church.

Jen Eskridge |Get Published | Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild

At the break and after the lecture I’ll have patterns, Stitches Be Crazy shirts, and signed copies of my books for sale.


Maybe I’ll see you there.

Micro Texty Trapunto Quilting

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Micro Texty Trapunto Quilting

The Before PictureDamask Trapunto | Texty Trapunto Class | ReannaLily Designs by Jen Eskridge

I have been making a handful of class samples for the Texty Trapunto Class.  Really fun projects are coming out of that quilting workshop.

In an efforts to diversify and test a design for something else, I decided to give a damask design the trapunto treatment.

My first design comes from The Graphics Fairy.  ((How great is that site?!))

The photo, above, is the “before” picture.  I have two layers of wool batting temporarily basted to the wrong side of my fabric.  The picture is from the wrong side of the fabric.  You are looking at the fluffy wool batting.

I didn’t size the original damask graphic at all and it printed smaller than my original design idea.  That meant I’d have to scale my quilting design motif down a bit to match the scale of the graphic.

Here’s the “after” picture.  Holy smokes.  The quilting was on my home/domestic sewing machine, as opposed to a longarm machine.  I did about 1 square inch worth of pebbles and instantly regretted my decision to quilt so small… BUT I had to see if the idea would work, so I powered through.

Sulky Blendables Thread

The thread is a variegated Sulky Blendable.  I love that stuff and here’s why: The variegation isn’t from white to black or from one color all the way to the other end of the spectrum.  The colors blend from Rust-to-Yellow or Avocado-to-Grass.  They are natural, non-extreme ranges.  Perfect.

The After Picture

Damask Trapunto | Texty Trapunto Class | ReannaLily Designs by Jen Eskridge

You can see how big the pebble quilting is, relative to the stick pins.  YIKES.  Here’s a ruler, just for fun:

Damask Trapunto | Texty Trapunto Class | ReannaLily Designs by Jen Eskridge


I had to wait a couple days to actually draft this blog post as I WAS BLIND FROM THE QUILTING.  Nah, but seriously, after working on this super small, sheet-of-paper sized project for about an hour, my eyes really did feel like pulling in towards the center.

I do need to finish the quilting motif outside the super tight pebbles… that will be later though.


If you are in the San Antonio/Boerne area and want to take the Texty Trapunto Class, it will be held at Sew It Fabulous on February 28th, 2015.  Call the shop for more details and to reserve your spot!