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Divide and Design: Planned Machine Quilting Designs

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Divide and Design: Planned Machine Quilting Designs

Teal Baby Quilt | Divide and Design | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily QuiltsThe look of planned quilting designs is amazing. I love how they compliment the quilt and bring out a whole secondary design around the quilt block. In fact, I love it so much I grabbed the Divide and Design book by Lisa Calle.

Divide and Design by Lisa Calle

Her work is stunning (#fangirl), and she breaks down the method to design quilt motifs in her book. I’ve basically been putting off trying the technique until I had the perfect block-based quilt ready to go. Well, it occurred to me that may never happen. Lisa’s book outlines how to choose points to divide your block/space. Starting with that notion, I should be able to try her method on anything, right?

Teal Baby Quilt | Divide and Design | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Side story: This teal baby quilt has been in the UFO pile for nine years. Yes, I really just wrote NINE YEARS. I know because I won the fabric from Karen Combs’ booth at my first-ever quilt market in Fall of 2008. The fat quarter bundle was sponsored by Blank Textiles. Yes, NINE years ago. Now seems like as good a time as any to get this guy quilted up.

I remembered making the quilt square. (cough cough) I based my divide-points on the fact that I must have 12″ blocks in this design. Unfortunately, I didn’t follow the directions as closely as I should have. Lisa mentions tracing paper and black & white copies and other things to be really successful with this technique. Well….  I said “Ok, dots. I’m gonna do this right now!” I was really excited to try the technique!

After I loaded the quilt and was about 2/3rds the way finished with the longarm machine quilting, I noticed that my quilt was in fact a rectangle. Dangit. But, this revelation is ok. This is a practice piece, remember? No problemo.

This quilt also did not have defined 12″ quilt blocks as I had remembered. Turns out, nine years is a long time to remember details. Good gravy.

Teal Baby Quilt | Divide and Design | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

See along the top edge and bottom edge in the picture above? There are three 1/2 circle shapes, except the bottom edge’s circles are 3″ longer and look much more like pope hats.

Failing memory aside, I think my first go at Divide and Design was pretty neat. I will 100% be following the directions more closely and taking the time to choose a sensible block-based quilt when I try Lisa’s method again. In the meantime, this little rascal is going to be bound and likely donated to a local children’s charity.

Teal Baby Quilt | Divide and Design | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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*This is not paid content. I wanted to try the book & technique.

Greater San Antonio Quilt Show – Winner!

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Greater San Antonio Quilt Show – Winner!

Platinum Garden by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Free Motion Framework

The Greater San Antonio Quilt Show was this past weekend, Sept 22nd & 23rd. I entered two quilts, and it turned out really well! I was floored. Both quilts are designed and quilted by yours truly.

2017 San Antonio Quilt Show Information

Each quilt has a previously authored blog posts when they were created. I’ll link them for you.

Platinum Garden, whole cloth quilt, made with inexpensive satin and polyester components, placed 2nd in its show category, which was “Other/Miscellaneous.” Sorry for the blur; I was excited to snap the picture.

Platinum Garden by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Free Motion Framework

My big ole bed-size Scrappy Circles quilt placed Honorable Mention in the “Scrap Quilt” show category.

Scrappy Circles by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

See the little red and pink embroidered boots pinned to each quilt? The quilters takes those off to wear them around the show. Pretty clever, even if I learned about them in the last 1-1/2 hour of the show.

Holy smokes! I’m definitely going to try to do that again. I should start planning the next quilt/s now.

Thank you for indulging me. The blog is a place to share patterns, quilting ideas, and general design ideas, but I also like to catalog my work & achievements here, too.

Inverted Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes

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Inverted Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes pattern is a pretty popular free tutorial here on my blog. I decided to create another quilt using the same pattern, but mixing up the background and foreground fabric placement. I’m calling this one the Inverted Disappearing 9-Patch. I’ll show you how easy it is to make this design appear completely different.

Check this out! This is the exact same quilt pattern:

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Quilt Pattern

Scroll up. Seriously, the two above quilts look completely different!

Constructing the Quilt

In both quilts, I cut my own pile of 10″ fabric squares. These precuts are affectionately known as a Layer Cake, though I believe Moda Fabrics does have the trademark on the actual name. I’ll show you how the inverted design works. In the original pattern the red/blue (foreground) colors were placed in the corners and center.

For the alternate version, the foreground colors are placed to make a “plus.” You can see in the photos below, I’ve already done the slashing step.

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts
Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

If you are diggin the military uniform in this quilt, you may love the Deploy that Fabric book. It features 23 different patterns to use military uniforms. In the book, there’s a guide as to how to break down a uniform to yield flat workable pieces which will incorporate into your next project or pattern. (***Note: This 9-Patch Quilt is NOT in the book. It is a free tutorial from ReannaLily Designs.)

Ok, back to the quilt, following the original Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes pattern, I simply rotated the upper right and lower left blocks. You’ll notice two little squares meet at the center, that is how you can tell the block layouts are identical.

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

From here, I arranged the HUGE quarter blocks per the original diagram.

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

To actually assemble the quilt I used a serger. As I’ve mentioned before:

  • You can go fast! The serger stitches must faster than my home sewing machine.
  • You don’t need to wind a bobbin. Ever.
  • The seams are wrapped neatly together making them easy to press.
  • This quilt doesn’t require pins or detailed piece-work.

Quilting the Patriotic Quilt

For many of the red, white, and blue quilts, I like to quilt them quickly featuring a meandering star design.

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Instead of trying to fill the whole stitch-able space on my longarm, I really work edge-to-edge (e2e) in a reasonably straight line. Couple loops. Free-hand star. Couple more loops. Free-hand star. Once I reach the end, I simply head back the other direction. Everything is orderly and fast to finish.

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Once the quilt is washed, this design is going to look fantastic. If you need a quilt finished by a longarm quilter, feel free to check out my longarm quilting services at ReannaLily Quilts.

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

This Inverted Disappearing 9-Patch (with Layer Cakes) is going to be given to a wonderfully hard-working high school teacher & veteran!

AND, this quilt is part of the Bloggers Quilt Festival! See all the festival quilts here.

Sew With Scraps

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Sew With Scraps

September is National Sewing Month! You don’t have to tell me twice. Every month is National Sewing Month at my house. Today, I have the honor of sharing an article I authored for FaveQuilts.com and AllFreeSewing.com.

I make quite a few quilts from fabric scraps. “Every time I purchase a fantastic piece of fabric, I want to use it in at least two quilts. For some reason that seems to justify the purchase, in my mind. Once I shifted to that mindset, I started trying to use all my fabrics in at least two quilts. This meant saving and storing fabric scraps and finding useful quilt ideas to incorporate scraps.

Read the article here.

In the article I’ll cover tips and tricks that I use to sort scraps and plan projects. Take your stash from a blurry mess, here:

How to Sort Quilting Fabric Scraps | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Deigns How to Sort Quilting Fabric Scraps | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Deigns

To an organized, tidy, and useable collection of fabrics.

How to Sort Quilting Fabric Scraps | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Deigns
How to Sort Quilting Fabric Scraps | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Deigns

Read the article here.

Learn how to quickly decided which scraps are suitable for your next project by working with templates. In the scrap quilting article, see how easy it is to audition fabrics with homemade paper templates.

Test Fabric Scrap Sizes | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

The scrap quilting article will also tackle design concepts to create interesting quilts. Looking at every single fabric in your scrap collection may be overwhelming, especially if you associate that-piece-of-fabric-with-this-one-planned/finished-quilt. Break out of that mindset to use color and value techniques to make your next project.

Zig Zag Scrap Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Read the article here.

Dive into your fabric scraps and make your next quilt! The results will be fantastic. The article also features links to popular scrap-quilting projects hosted here at ReannaLily Designs.

Celebrate National Sew A Jelly Roll Day

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Celebrate National Sew A Jelly Roll Day

What is a jelly roll? It goes by many names, but the trademarked name, Jelly Roll, is by Moda fabrics is a 40-42 piece fabric bundle of 2-1/2″ strips of fabric. The fabric is cut “straight off the bolt” so each piece is as wide as the width of fabric, 42″-44″. Pick up your own Jelly Roll in a variety of different colors and styles, here. There are many tutorials featuring the precut pieces and today I wanted to share with you a few things created here in the studio over the years. Celebrate National Sew a Jelly Roll Day with these quilt ideas.

Batik Braid Quilt

This is by-far the most popular tutorial on my blog, to date. It may be one of the older how-to’s posted, but it is still a great one. See how easy it is to create a braided look with your fabric using this Batik Braid tutorial.

Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

The Infamous 1600 Quilt

This is the first quilt style that had me busting open my purchased jelly roll fabrics. It is a simple pattern and free tutorial (from the internet, not from me) where you stitch the short ends of the 2-1/2″ cut pieces together to form a strip, roughly 1600″ long. Yes, 1600″. From there you fold the strip, sew a seam, fold again, sew a seam, fold again, etc. You’ll see what I mean when you watch the Jelly Roll Race on this sewing tutorial.Jelly Roll Race | 1600 Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily DesignsAdding Military Fabric to 1600″ Quilts

The Jelly Roll Race or 1600″ quilt (linked above) is addicting. I did notice, though, that I could incorporate my own fabrics to create a more interesting look when blended with precut 2-1/2″ strips. I ended up making quilts and adding fabrics for each branch of the service, for a special project. I had help on this big collection. Thanks to my weekend sewing team! Mixing military uniform fabrics and bright quilter’s cottons is the foundation for my book, Deploy That Fabric. Check it out.

Cut Your Own Roll

Once I started cutting and adding in military uniforms, I realized, I could easily cut my own jelly roll. Lord knows, I have a small bit of fabric to work with. I’m guessing you do, too. The next quilt in my project showcase features orange and green fabrics. The twist: These strips are 3″ wide to make for a bigger quilt. Neat trick, right? See more quilt pictures here.

This orange quilt turned out really well once I covered it in quilted feathers.

ReannaLily Quilts | Feathers | Jen Eskridge | Longarm Quilting Service

Ruffle Bag

With any leftover precut pieces, either from a jelly roll or from quilt binding, which most quilters cut to be 2-1/2″ x width of fabric, you can make this small ruffle bag. The ruffle is scrap pieces! And by the way, how fun is that? Saving all the binding strip scraps to later have your own wildly unique “jelly roll.”

Scrappy Dresden Wedge

Using the precut pieces to create strip-sets, you’ll be able to achieve a very scrappy look on your next giant Dresden wedge quilt. Learn how to lengthen the wedge template and create a nearly 36″ diameter scrappy Dresden.

Serger Strip Quilt

One thing I love about jelly roll quilts is that they largely start with straight-line-sewing. No points are matched; no intersections are pinned. For this reason, you can really jam-out the first few steps on a serger. Check out how easy it is to serge up strip-sets and make subcuts to create this dynamic quilt.

Scrappy Trip Around The World

My quilt guild hosted a “Scrappy Trip Along” quilting project following the pattern provided by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. I ended up making three quilts using that pattern, during that summer challenge. This Scrappy Trip Around the World was one of my favorites.

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Disappearing 4-Patch With Layer Cakes

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Disappearing 4-Patch With Layer Cakes

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily QuiltsMake a Disappearing 4-Patch Queen-Sized Quilt in a weekend! Learn the tricks to use precut 10″ squares (Layer Cakes), ruler stacking, and a serger to make quick work of this bright, large quilt. When this baby is finished and bound it measures 76″ x 95″. Yes, it is that big.

You’ve probably seen the disappearing 4-patch design in many places. The most popular tutorial I’ve found is from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Man, I love their videos. But here’s the thing, I’m not going to use 5″ squares. I want to go BIG!!!  You may know I’ve been on a super-size-it kick with Giant Flying Geese and HUGE 9-Patch quilts. I’ve adapted the design to bring you this how-to tutorial to feature 10″ squares.

Let’s dive in!

Supplies

2 stacks of 40 pc 10″ precut squares (One print, one solids)
2/3 yard binding
24″ rotary cutting ruler
Smaller back-up ruler

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Construction

To create this quilt, the first thing you’ll need to do is create a simple 4-patch quilt block. Open both layer cake packs. We’ll work with 40 prints and 40 solids. This means you need to remove two squares, since these bundles are actually sold in 42 piece collections. (Check your package, though. Different manufacturers will include different number of squares!)

Start by joining pairs: one print + one solid.

You can certainly tackle this step with a sewing machine and 1/4″ presser foot. I decided to stitch faster using my 21 year old Juki serger.

Using the Serger

Why using the serger works for this project:

  1. You can go fast! The serger stitches must faster than my home sewing machine.
  2. You don’t need to wind a bobbin. Ever.
  3. The seams are wrapped neatly together making them easy to press.
  4. This quilt doesn’t require pins or detailed piece-work.

Having said that, once you commit to using the serger, you’ll need to be more mindful when joining pieces. Turns out ripping out 4 threads per seam is a really pain in the booty.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

It’ll be ok. Ripping is more tedious, but definitely not hard to remove that serger seam. The speed of assembly outweighs the couple seams I had to un-sew and re-sew.

Keep sewing!

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Chain piece those babies together! Whiz, zip, bammo. Look at the serger go!

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Cut them apart and press the seam allowance towards the print side.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Join the pairs to form a 4-patch block.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Press.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

You’ll have a total of twenty 4-patch blocks.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Slice

The magic to this block is the slicing. On a smaller 4-patch, it is easier to turn the block to create the four slices. I have a trick for you to make it every bit as easy on this larger, almost 20″ block.

Here’s what we are aiming to make:

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

First, using a long 24″ ruler, lay the ruler 2″ from the center seam.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Make the first long vertical cut 2″ to the right of center.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Here comes the Ruler Stacking tip!

Without moving a thing, lay a smaller back-up ruler 2″ to the left of center.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Do not cut anything! Instead, lay the long 24″ ruler along the back-up.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Now, remove the smaller back-up ruler.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Now, rotary cut at the exact place your larger ruler is positioned, which is 2″ to the left of center.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Without rotating the block, I repeated these steps for the horizontal slice.

Place the long ruler 24″ north of center. Slice.

Use the ruler stacking method to get 2″ south of center.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Remove the back up ruler.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Slice. Now we have 9-patches to sew together in a simple quilt block.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Rearrange to Sew 9-Patch Blocks

There are many variations around the internet as to which fabrics you’ll want to move to create which look in this new 9-patch block. For this design we aren’t really moving anything, making it a bit more fool-proof.

Simply rotate the long rectangles 180 degrees.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

If you think of you 9-patch in terms of Bradys, simply flip:

  • Carol
  • Jan
  • Mike
  • Peter

If Brady's Were Quilt Blocks

Once your block is arranged with the rectangles flipped, sew pairs to form rows and sew the rows to create a 9-patch block.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Keep sewing.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Really, we only have a total of twenty 9-patch blocks to create.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

These really do go together quickly.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Finishing the Quilt

I opted to assemble my top in a random color placement style. Code: I just wanted to sew everything together without worrying about the design wall or having certain colors fade into other colors. You know what this means? It is going to go fast, too! Just grab two squares and stitch them together.

The entire quilt is created in a 4-block by 5-block grid.

Sew all the blocks in pairs first.

Then sew two pairs together to form 5 total rows.

Then join the 5 rows.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

I opted to longarm this quilt the same afternoon.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

It is loaded up with a vintage thrift shop sheet on the back. I do love thrift shop vintage sheets, and this sheet was a grid, which totally matched the grid on the front of the quilt, in my mind.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

For the longarm quilting:

  • Wishbone designs in the narrow rectangle pairs
  • Twelve weird feather shapes in the main squares
  • Small arches are in the small checker-board intersections.

For one of the first times, I actually stitched-in-the-ditch around most every shape, too. I’m diggin how it turned out.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Here’s some texture.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Of course, natural light is best for photos. The images below are more true to the actual color of the quilt.

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts
Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily QuiltsThis quilt was pretty fun (fast) to create and really great to use two layer cakes!

Disappearing 4-Patch with Layer Cakes by Jen Eskridge | Queen Size Quilt | Free Pattern | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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Retirement Quilts- Maj Scott, USAF

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Retirement Quilts- Maj Scott, USAF

Military Retirement Quilt with Memory Quilt Squares | Recycled Uniforms | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Recently, Maj Scott contacted me regarding her upcoming retirement from the USAF. She had a grand idea to combine all types of her military uniforms, from 20+ years of service, with her daughter’s blankets to create two quilts. The quilts will then be presented to her daughter’s at her retirement ceremony. Pretty neat, right?

She brought by a collection of fuzzy, soft, snuggly blankets that the girls’ had used as babies. A few of the blankets were embroidered with each daughter’s name. Awe. She also dropped off a wonderful collection of military uniforms, which she no longer needed.

I carefully cut the blankets and uniforms into 10″ squares. Though I had a grand plan for a more complicated pattern, once I dove into the design and stitching portion of making these quilts, it was clear that the snuggly, fuzzy, blankets were too stretchy and shifty to cut precise smaller shapes. That’ll be ok.

Each new quilt is 7 squares by 9 squares. Yes, roughly 70″ x 90″ for each little daughter.

Military Retirement Quilt with Memory Quilt Squares | Recycled Uniforms | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

See those little bibs? She had a couple saved,and I was able to machine stitch them to darker jungle camo prints for high contrast.

Military Retirement Quilt with Memory Quilt Squares | Recycled Uniforms | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

(my logo watermark isn’t on the quilt, just the picture)

In all the cases where a pocket was saved, I made sure that the pocket could be used. Not only is this quilt a serious memory, tear-jerking overload, but she can also hide messages in the pockets to each girl. Awe.

Military Retirement Quilt with Memory Quilt Squares | Recycled Uniforms | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

After removing the name, rank and branch of service tapes, I restitched them to the center of uniform blocks.  See the eyelet fabric at the top-center of the photo below? That fabric was part of another actual small quilt gifted to the girls by their grandmother. I was able carefully unstitch that piece to incorporate two pieces of the eyelet fabric in each quilt.

Military Retirement Quilt with Memory Quilt Squares | Recycled Uniforms | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Once the quilts were loaded onto the longarm, the quilted up very quickly. Of course, this will be the project where I look back wishing I had one of those “glide” or “bowl” presser feet for my machine. I hit a few heavy seams and nicked the tip of my left index finger. (Phew, no blood on the quilt!!!!) Glide foot is in my future!

Military Retirement Quilt with Memory Quilt Squares | Recycled Uniforms | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

There will not be a dry eye in the house! I love her sentimental idea. Congratulations, Maj Scott, and thank you for your service!!

Upcoming Classes at Sew Special SA Quilt Shop

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Upcoming Classes at Sew Special SA Quilt Shop

Sew Special Quilt Shop

I’m happy to report three upcoming classes at Sew Special Quilt Shop in San Antonio. Three classes are coming to the third Friday of August, September, and October. Reserve your spot today!

August: Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer CakesDisappearing 9-Patch Quilt | Longarm Quilting | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

This super-beginner 1/2 day workshop will teach you how to take a layer cake and 2-1/3 yards of fabric and make it into a double/queen size quilt.

Date:  Aug 18th from 10:00-1:00

Cost: $50

Visit our website for additional information.  Please call 210-698-6076 to register with payment.

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September: Random Circles Workshop

The Random Circle Quilt Workshop by Jen Eskridge
This baby quilt workshop is designed to teach sewing with curves.  You will create circles in class to applique on to background fabric.
DATESept. 15 from 10:00-1:00
COST: $50
Visit our website for additional information.  Please call 210-698-6076 to register with payment.
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October: Giant Flying Geese

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Kaffe Fassett
A super sized change-up to the No-Waste Flying Geese method.  This workshop transforms a LAYER CAKE and 3-1/3 yard of fabric into a double/queen size quilt.

DateOct. 20 10:00-1:00
Cost: $50
Visit our website for additional information.
Please call 210-698-6076 to register with payment.
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Will I see you in class this fall?

Colorado Avalanche Quilt

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Colorado Avalanche Quilt

Every quilt I finish for a customer poses its own unique challenges. This traditional Lone Star Quilt (90″ x 90″) was no different, until we added in the Colorado Avalanche logo* – then the magic happened.

My quilt customer brought me this printed image, which I’m certain is owned by the NHL. She wanted me to interpret it onto a quilt, as her son is a HUGE Avalanche fan. I like to draw, so I figured, “Sure, lets quilt the logo!” (or a version of the logo)

The first step was developing some kind of template to trace in chalk to allow a total of four logos to appear identical.

The design/style notes in green sharpie may not make much sense in the photo, but paired with a traditional quilting fill, the logo will blend right in!

I added windy-swirls and snowballs into the large blank spaces of the quilt. The plan is to add them around the logo, as well.

Step one was to loosely quilt out the “A” design in navy blue contrasting thread.

Then, I needed to add more wind and snowballs around the design to make the “A” stand out. Of course, the bobbin thread coordinates with the top thread for this super-custom design. As luck would have it, I was able to make seven bobbins in maroon before this happened:

On the upside, the blue “A” would have blue bobbin thread, so in theory, I had enough. (cough cough cough)

My sweet customer provided wide muslin for the back. At first I was so nervous because this meant you could see every single stitch! As time went on and the areas were filled, the muslin turned out really cool.

The logo quilt truly was a fantastic challenge! I love how the quilt turned out and thankfully, so did my customer. Thank you for the opportunity to finish your quilts.

If you have a quilt that needs finishing, read more at ReannaLilyQuilts.com.

*The “A” logo is most certainly owned by the NHL. I don’t claim to own it in any fashion. I simply had a customer who wanted an interpretation of the design on her quilt.

Customer Quilt Collection

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Customer Quilt Collection

ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ

Phew, customer quilts are fantastic! I love that each quilt is so different and poses different quilting challenges & ideas. Thankfully, the work flow has been steady here at ReannaLily Quilts. I thought I’d show you a collection of customer quilts where I’ve finished them with longarm quilting designs.

ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ

Who doesn’t love a little graffiti quilting in the negative space? The customer asked for this specifically. The quilt was impeccably pieced, too.

The next quilt is created from a Moda Layer Cake. The quilt is finished with a free-motion flowery design. A gold thread on the back really complimented the design but wasn’t too stark (high-contrast) to look crazy on the deep purple backing fabric.

ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ
ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ
ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ
ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ

The next quilt is a quick, large rectangle design. I decided to quilt hooked swirls from edge to edge (e2e) on this one. Check out that wild purple Glide thread!

ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ
ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ

The following quilt is a printed panel that has been cut, framed, and pieced. I finished this design with flowers stitched in green (Seafoam) Glide.

ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ

ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ
ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ

Oh, what next? Yes! This next quilt is technically not a quilt; no batting. It is an insanely heavy collection of Guatemalan Mixed Huipile woven shirts. I’m not sure I’m using the word 100% accurately. Just know this collection of woven shirts is easily one of the most colorful things I’ve ever seen! Parts were thick, parts were layered. The customer and I agreed that we didn’t need batting or traditional quilting. Instead, I secured the woven top to the 108″ wide backing with tack stitches, roughly every 6″-8″. The navy tack stitches really fade into the design. (third picture)

ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ
ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ
ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ

Last one to share for right now: The giant star. This star is beautiful and I believe it is one of the customer’s first-ever quilts. Yes, first ever and the center point looks fantastic! (Looks like I don’t have a picture of the center, but trust me, FANTASTIC.)

ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQ
ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilts | Jen Eskridge | Free Motion Quilting | FMQThank you so much for trusting me with  your beautiful quilts!

If you need to have your quilt finished, contact me at ReannaLilyQuilts.com or reannalilydesigns@gmail.com.

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