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Custom Quilting Gallery – Sampler Quilts

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Custom Quilting Gallery – Sampler Quilts

Let’s take a peek at two very different custom quilted sampler quilts. All the quilts featured in this post were created by my customers. I added the longarm quilting to showcase the blocks. Sampler quilts, or block of the month quilts, are so tricky because each block is receiving its own unique design. If you have a quilt you’d like for me to finish, read more at www.reannalilyquilts.com or drop me an email.

Local Quilt Shop’s Block of the Month

First up is a block of the month hosted by a local quilt shop. My customer picked up fabrics each month and created her blocks. I think this is the 2017-2018 project. See my customer’s whole quilt on her instagram.

I kept the borders a bit simple so the blocks would really stand out.

Custom Quilted Sampler | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilt

Now onto the ruler work and stitching designs. I tried to apply the Divide and Design method to each block.

Custom Quilted Sampler | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilt

For consistency, I also tried to keep types of block units treated in a similar fashion. By that I mean, if a block had a large square, it would get a sort of 4-corner star. If it was a small square it would have orange peel stitching. It didn’t always work, but it helped quite a bit.

Custom Quilted Sampler | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilt

And sometimes, I didn’t pay too much attention to the piecing at all. I jumped right in to create new shapes by connecting points with in the block. You can see four “footballs” in the block below.

Custom Quilted Sampler | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilt

If you have a quilt you’d like for me to finish, read more at www.reannalilyquilts.com or drop me an email.

A Kit Turned Into a Quilt

My customer tells me this quilt has been in progress for quite some time. She wanted to have it quilted to be in a show next year. I cannot wait to see it. You can see more of this customer’s amazing work in her shop on etsy.

Custom Quilted Sampler | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilt

I’ll be honest with you, this sampler was incredible and far outside my quilting comfort zone. It has everything.

Flying geese, applique, traditional blocks, sashing, no discernible grid, and more!

Custom Quilted Sampler | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilt

I don’t see too many traditional quilts come through my studio. The challenge is incredible, though. That part, I love. I hope my customer loved it, too.

Custom Quilted Sampler | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilt

Like with the previous sampler, I tried to stay consistent in my “certain shapes get certain treatments” plan. All flying geese blocks have connected wishbone stitching lines.

Custom Quilted Sampler | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilt

The quilt is very densely quilted, too.

Custom Quilted Sampler | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilt

Her workmanship was next level. I spent most of the time working on this quilt just hoping I don’t mess it up. It was so complex and stunning.

If you have a quilt you’d like for me to finish, read more at www.reannalilyquilts.com or drop me an email.

And Don’t Forget Edge to Edge

For good measure, lets take a minute to love the wispy ribbon swirls of a fantastic edge-to-edge design.

What does edge-to-edge mean? In the most simple terms, it means I can use my longarm quilting machine to stitch from one edge of your quilt to the other without stopping.

Edge to Edge Swirl Quilting | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts | Customer Quilt

These long swirls that look a bit like ribbons are a new addition to my edge-to-edge free-motion stitching designs. If you have a quilt you’d like for me to finish, read more at www.reannalilyquilts.com or drop me an email.

 

2002 Squares: Scrappy Trip Around The World

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2002 Squares: Scrappy Trip Around The World

2002 Squares | Scrappy Trip Around The World | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

2002 Squares is my latest Scrappy Trip Around The World quilt. I’ve made a few Scrappy Trips, using the methods in Bonnie Hunter’s FREE pattern from her Quiltville blog.

I altered the pattern slightly to accommodate my own math. I save my binding strips in big “cinnamon rolls” shapes. Once I have a few rolls, I’ll try to add them into some kind of strip-based or jelly roll based design. My binding, however, is cut 2-1/4″ wide, which means I need to switch the math a tiny bit for anything that is originally designed for a jelly roll, which are strips measuring 2-1/2″ wide.

Saved Scrap Binding | ReannaLily Designs

You can hop over to Quiltville to see the original, super-easy method to create these quilt blocks.

Strip Method

It is similar to a bargello-style quilt in terms of construction:

  • Create a strip set
  • Sew the strip set into a tube
  • Sub-cut the strip set
  • Rip out one seam to reveal a set of joined squares
  • Rip out a second seam, etc
  • Arrange the set to create a feature diagonal color
  • Sew the block

That is it in a very tight nutshell.

2002 Squares | Scrappy Trip Around The World | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Altered Math & Tips

Here are some of the details & tricks for my binding scraps quilt.

Since my strips were 2-1/4″, I ended up sewing 8 strips together in my sets. My sub-cut pieces were also 2-1/4″. The squares in this quilt finished at 1-3/4″ with 64 squares per block.

Also, as I was using binding pieces, none of them were with regular width of fabric. To combat this, I joined many pieces of bindings that shared a similar value. Using this longer piece, I then created MEGA strip sets. Each one was probably over 2 yards long. Here’s a zoom in, below. You can see how much that bonus seam does not matter at all in the quilt block.

2002 Squares | Scrappy Trip Around The World | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

By working with long strip sets, this quilt went together really fast. And that is saying something because, this is a fast pattern in itself.

Blocks

When creating my block, my only restriction was to choose the darkest color to be the diagonal line. As far as dark & light fabrics go, you’ll see from block to block the “darkest” fabric varies quite a bit, but it is all relative to the adjacent 1-3/4″ squares surrounding it.

I felt like I had a mountain of binding pieces. Wahoo! Turns out. Those only made about 6 or 7 blocks.

2002 Squares | Scrappy Trip Around The World | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

I needed to dive into the scrap ziplocs to find more long fabric pieces. This was easy! Most of the longest skinny fabric scraps are from quilt backs. Either my own, or some that my longarm quilt customers may have donated to me.

2002 Squares | Scrappy Trip Around The World | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Perfect. I’m on a roll now. Except, wait. Looks like each pile of scraps yields only a few more blocks at a time.

2002 Squares | Scrappy Trip Around The World | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

The cycle continues.

2002 Squares | Scrappy Trip Around The World | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

More blocks stitched.

2002 Squares | Scrappy Trip Around The World | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

And each time I added a new set of blocks, I would rearrange the design wall. Any given strip set had a similar color set, so I needed to mix them into whatever was previously stitched.

2002 Squares | Scrappy Trip Around The World | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Hooray! I have 30 blocks!

2002 Squares | Scrappy Trip Around The World | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

2002 Squares

This super scrappy quilt top has 30 blocks with 64 pieces each. My grand total of squares, if I stopped right now, would be 1,920. My OCD team at the house decided we should take the quilt to a solid 2000 squares. I opted to create borders and add 20 additional squares spilling into each corner. I knew this quilt would be going to my son, and his birth year is 2002. What the heck, I might as well add 2 more squares to have a birth-year quilt. The two additional squares are the only two pieces of military uniform I added into this quilt. (You know, I like adding in some military uniform pieces.)

If you want to go geometry crazy, technically this quilt is 2,010 rectangles.

2002 Squares | Scrappy Trip Around The World | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

The quilt is already on his bed. I love how it turned out.

His younger brother was my quilt-holding assistant today. He’s been bragging about how tall he is. Well, that backfired on ya, kiddo. Now you get to hold the huge quilts.

2002 Squares | Scrappy Trip Around The World | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Quilting

This design was so busy with color, pattern, print, scale, and seams, I simply quilted a meander design from one edge to the other edge.

2002 Squares | Scrappy Trip Around The World | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Last Tip

One last tip: If you are digging through the fabric scraps, trimming everything to 2-1/4″, and your pattern requires you to seam rip, maybe do not wear a black shirt.

Black Shirt while Scrap Quilting

All The Pinks: Scrap Quilt

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All The Pinks: Scrap Quilt

Pink Scrap Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

After a short blogging break, I’m happy to share my All The Pinks: Scrap Quilt with you! Unfortunately I do not have a pattern for this quilt, but I can share the process with you, today.

I love sewing with my fabric scraps. Each fabric should be in at least two quilts, in my house. I wrote an article about my scrap process a short while ago for FaveQuiltsTo start, I keep all my fabric scraps in two bins under my sewing table. The pieces are sorted by color into gallon ziploc bags.

Method

To start this quilt, I simply dumped out the bag of “pinks” onto my table and started randomly sewing pieces together. If they were roughly the same size on any side, I’d join those two pieces. ANY two pieces. I joined and joined and pressed and trimmed and joined more until I had weird shapes that were larger than 14″ on each side. This was a leisure/on-the-side project. The pink was all over the table for quite a while, but it was nice to be able to sit down and sew up pieces in small chunks of time. I learned that tip from Victoria Findlay-Wolfe’s book, 15 Minutes of Play.

Pink Scrap Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

I trimmed my wild pink blobs into 14″ squares. When I finished with that ziploc, I had a not-quilt-math-friendly number squares. Does that make sense?

Layout & Design

If you create a basic, traditional quilt, you’ll likely use a grid design. Four blocks by five blocks, or something to give you a pleasing rectangle or square shape. I had a total of 21 pink blocks. Hum, a three by seven grid would give me a quilt that measured 42″ x 98″. Now that would be a bit unusual. I could have not used a block giving me a total of 20, sure. That would be a tidy four by five grid. However, I opted to to add in four more blocks to get my total to 25 blocks, making a five by five grid. Remember, my goal is to try to sew up and use everything in the scrap bin.

Once I added four white squares, created in the same manner, I had a brainstorm: STARS!

Pink Scrap Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Using the “mark up” feature on my iphone edit photos dealio, I decided that I was not going to try to make any stars on this quilt. They look cool for a second, but mostly I don’t love them. Thank you, digital auditioning tricks for all the testing ideas!

Skip that idea and get those blocks together.

Pink Scrap Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

I joined the blocks in a straight-forward simple way. Join pairs to form rows. Join rows. Press each of the seams.

Pink Scrap Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Borders

The top is together. It seemed like it needed a frame or something to keep all the pieces visually together. A thin binding was probably not going to cut it.

I needed a border. Of course, my go-to for giving your eye a place to rest is BLACK. I think it is a designer trick. I’m not sure I pulled it off, though. Using the same “grab a ziploc and sew all the things together” method, I made a 4″ black border.

Pink Scrap Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Turns out, if the border is scrappy and easily as busy as the rest, the eye isn’t really resting but rather getting glow sticks ready to head to the rave. Just sayin. I was on a roll. The black ziploc was used up and the white was pretty well used up, too. High five.

The quilt is so very busy with prints and pattern, I opted to simply meander quilt all over the design.

Pink Scrap Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

The binding looks like a fantastic bias-prepared black stripe, but really, it is an old piece of chevron print. Now that was an easy, awesome, lucky binding. It is all cut on the straight-of-grain.

Pink Scrap Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Strangely, I didn’t use up my reds/pinks ziploc scrap stash. Who knows what kinds of quilts will receive the remaining pieces? Rest assured, I’ll show the pictures here, though.

Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panels From Spoonflower

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Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panels From Spoonflower

Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panel from Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Spoonflower

Grab Your Quilt Panels Today!

I’m so happy to announce the new release of Free-Motion Framework PANELS! These 36″ x 36″ square panels are directly inspired from the best-selling title, Free-Motion Framework.

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

Updated to add: See all the Free-Motion Framework details, workshops, projects, and samples here, on the blog.

In the Isolating Shapes chapter of Free-Motion Framework, we cover how to take any linear framework and select areas in which to quilt. I’ve illustrated how easy it is to isolate shapes by color-blocking them in as a visual aid. Well, as luck would have it, those color-blocked images looked really cool.

With the help of C & T Publishing, nine fabric quilt panels are now available at Spoonflower.com!

Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panel from Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Spoonflower

Purchasing

Choosing your panel couldn’t be easier. Simply head over to the Free-Motion Framework Collection at Spoonflower.com from the ReannaLily Designs shop and select your favorite design.

You’ll be able to choose your fabric type. For this demonstration piece, I choose satin. It’s only $.50 more than the woven cotton, and the results are stunning.

You’ll also have the option to pick a test swatch, fat quarter, or yard. Choose Yard.

Notice also, the fabric width is 42″. The design will repeat a bit. (Shown marked off in RED below.) This is actually perfect because it gives you a chance to test out ideas and colors before stitching them directly onto the 36″ square panel. Neat trick, right?

Spoonflower and Jen Eskridge bring you Quilt PanelsThreads

For my own project, I opted to match thread colors with the color-blocked shapes. Here’s my suggestions:

  • Glide Linen 10WG1
  • Glide Celery 60580
  • Glide Cerulean 30308
  • Glide Split Pea 60389
  • Glide Baby Blue 30290
  • Glide Jungle 63415

Glide Threads perfect for Free-Motion Framework Panels by Jen Eskridge

Quilting

Using my HandiQuilter Avante longarm I set up the satin panel with wool batting, just as I would load any other quilt. You absolutely can do this on a domestic machine, as well.

Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panel from Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Spoonflower

As suggested in Free-Motion Framework, I worked symmetrically, trying to complete a single color at a time. The satin is quite shifty, so I opted to pin baste around the quilt top as I stitched.

Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panel from Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Spoonflower

It was so neat to work within coloring shapes. Trying to stay “in the lines” is an added level of control and practice.

Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panel from Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Spoonflower

You can really see the satin “puff” and pins in this next image.

Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panel from Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Spoonflower

Working on this small panel for only a day, you can also see the light change throughout the day, on the photos. Thank you, quilt texture and shiny fabric.

Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panel from Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Spoonflower

Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panel from Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Spoonflower

Once the project panel started looking like it would come together nicely, I really started snapping a thousand pictures.

Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panel from Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Spoonflower

Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panel from Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Spoonflower

I actually quilted all the color threads, leaving a large portion of the linen area un-stitched. I just couldn’t decide what type of quilting fill I’d like to put in the space. Finally, I decided on hooked feathers. That last area really completed the design.

Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panel from Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Spoonflower
Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panel from Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Spoonflower
Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panel from Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Spoonflower

Finishing

Finishing the edge of a quilt is traditionally done with a quilt binding. I wasn’t sure if a cotton fabric around a fantastically shiny quilt would look right. Facing the quilt seemed like the best option. I was able to trim my quilt 1/4″ past the panel’s printed design. By doing this, it added a seam allowance to the piece and allows me to add the facing without cutting into the actual shapes, points and design of quilt panel.

Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panel from Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Spoonflower
Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panel from Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Spoonflower

Of course, light is everything.

Above: Inside.

Below: Outside

Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panel from Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Spoonflower

Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panel from Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Spoonflower

Updated to add: See all the Free-Motion Framework details, workshops, projects, and samples here, on the blog.

I hope you grab a panel for yourself. It is a great way to practice your machine quilting skills while creating a really cool quilt.

If you are on social media, share your work with the hashtag #FMFWQ or #FreeMotionFramework.

Find Quilts Around the World on Instagram

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Find Quilts Around the World on Instagram

ReannaLily Designs Profile Pic on Instagram - Jen Eskridge

Customize an International Instagram Feed!

Instagram is a wonderful photo-based networking platform perfect for creative inspiration. Of course, Instagram has gone through many changes over the years but there are still ways to see your favorite content. Make your instagram feed international by including hashtags from many other languages. Today, I want to share with you my trick for seeing quilts from all over the world.

Hashtags

First, lets talk hashtags. If you don’t already know, a hashtag is a # symbol followed by words that basically creates an imaginary folder (and automatic search filter) for everyone to use.  Instagram and Twitter seem to be the primary users of social hashtags.

Hashtags in Profile

Instagram has allowed users to add hashtags into their profiles. In my own profile, I’ve added #reannalilydesigns to see all posts about my business & folks making things from my patterns, #reannalilyquilts to feature things I’ve quilted for myself or others, and #fmfwq & #freemotionframework to showcase all the projects and promotions for the new book, Free-Motion Framework. On someone’s profile page, you can click on any hashtag to see more images with that tag.

Hashtags in Photo Descriptions

An instagram user may also add any kind of hashtag into their image description. Just like hashtags in a profile, you can click on one to see more similar images from anyone on the internet.

These were used on a recent customer’s gorgeous quilt. Her Metro Rings quilt was made using the Quick Curve Ruler, so I thought it’d be fun to associate the posts with other image that have used the same ruler and other machine quilting hashtags:  #quickcurveruler#customerquilt#loveit, #reannalilyquilts, #reannalilydesigns, #ilovemyjob, #longarmquilting, #machinequilting, #freemotionquilting, #quiltedfeathers, #feathers, #sewkindofwonderful, #fmq, #freemotionquilting#dwrquilt, #doubleweddingring

*Note- In the actual description, you don’t need commas between hashtags.

Customize Your International Instagram Feed

Armed with the information on hashtags, it got me thinking: I should search for tags in other languages. Unfortunately, I don’t know any other languages fluently. (Does sarcasm and pig latin count? No.)

Google Translate to the rescue! Now sure, Google Translate is sometimes a disaster, but it does know more than I do when it comes to quilty vocabulary. I started here, with Spanish:

Google Translate Quilting to Spanish

Ok, now I have a word to grow search and browse. You don’t need the right word, or the most trending word, you just need a starting point. Just like on my own photo description, I used similar tags like #longarmquilting,  #machinequilting, #freemotionquilting, the odds are someone using the #acolchado tag may also have related words.

  • Type the new-to-you hashtag in to the search bar on Instagram.
  • Scroll through to see images that appeal to you.
  • Click the photo to see more hashtags in the description.
  • Select a few hashtags by clicking on them to see what comes up.
  • Follow any hashtags you find appealing by clicking the blue “follow” button at the top of your mobile device.

In this case, #acolchado yields commercial bedding, though I found a hand-made machine quilted image that also contained the hashtag #patchdelourdes. Click it. I also typed it in to translate, and it means “heavy patch.” Ok. Sure thing. That hashtag has much more quilty images for me. The cycle begins…

ReannaLily Designs Profile Pic on Instagram - Jen Eskridge - Learn to see Quilts in from other countries on Instagram

Now see at the top of the screen where it says “Follow” on the blue button? Click it and you’ll get to see new images when someone uses the hashtag you just decided to follow. It is awesome. This button doesn’t appear on your pc or computer, only tablet & mobile, I believe.

One thing to note is the number of instances that hashtag occurs. In this case, 223. You find tags that have hundreds of thousands and you may find tags with 10-20. Pick what you like, and if you start seeing less-fun or less-inspiring posts, simply unfollow that tag for a while.

What I Follow

As of right now, here are just a few hashtags I’m following:

Note: It looks like the special characters from other languages aren’t showing up on mobile devices  if you click the links, they’ll still open correctly in Instagram.

The possibilities are endless! Those can get you started. Good luck!! Of course, you can do this with any hobby or interest. You will find some fantastic projects out there!

If you are bilingual or follow quilty & sewing hashtags from another languauge, I’d love to see them! Share them in the comments.

 

 

Green and Orange Scrap Quilt Wall Hanging

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Green and Orange Scrap Quilt Wall Hanging

Green and orange scrap quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLiy Designs | ReannaLily QuiltsScrap Quilt: Wall hanging

Today, I’d like to share my recent scrap quilt finish. As you know, I enjoy a good scrap quilt! This small wall hanging is was originally set to be two colors: orange and green. I decided early on, though, that I’d like the greens to move from light to dark outward from the center.

Starting with many fabric pieces I made little sections of fabric large enough for each template. This is the technique of Made Fabric that Victoria Findlay Wolfe uses in her book, 15 Minutes of Play. I used a triangle template for the greens and a diagonal 6″ wide template for the orange. I don’t have the templates to share today, but they are easy to make.

Making Templates

Supplies

  • Blank Paper or Scratch Paper
  • Ruler
  • Scotch Tape
  • Pencil

Drafting

  • Tape sheets of paper larger than your finished block size. I opted to create my blocks to be 15″ square when finished.
  • Draw a 15″ square in the center of the page.
  • Add a 1/4″ seam allowance around the entire square.
  • Lightly draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other.
  • Measure and draw a line 3″ to the right and left of the diagonal to create a 6″ diagonal bar.
  • Cut the paper apart on the diagonal drawn lines.
  • Tape paper behind the new cut to add 1/4″ seam allowances.

This technique works for any shape and for any size. If you want your diagonal bar to be 2″ wide, you can do it. If you’d like to make the block more complicated, try that, too.
Draw. Cut. Seam Allowance.

How It Started

I didn’t always love the quilt. I started thinking the contrast between green and orange would be enough to make this quilt visually “work.” Boy, I was wrong. Check out the left side of the quilt.

Green and orange scrap quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLiy Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Each block is 15-1/2″ square, but it wasn’t until I added in little black strips did the quilt start to pop. Those lines give the eyes somewhere to rest in this sea of green and orange.

Green and orange scrap quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLiy Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Of course, now the blocks do not measure 15-1/2″. That is alright, I’d just have to cut them down a bit before adding them together.

Green and orange scrap quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLiy Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

This quilt lived on my design wall for quite a while before deciding to add more fabric, or simply quilt and finish it. I opted for the later. Maybe because it was a gift? Maybe because it was a creative-block? Either way, no other fabrics were added. I was ready to load this guy onto the longarm.

Machine Quilting

So much thinking and over-thinking went into the quilting design of this project. Thankfully, once I started, it became clear that the quilting really didn’t show up that well on so many wild fabrics. I could quilt anything I wanted and didn’t have to go back to the over-thinking step. Wahoo! The orange bands all have the same meander design and each green area, light, medium and dark, have different filling designs.

Green and orange scrap quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLiy Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

And as you’d expect, the plain white back really showcases the quilt design.

Green and orange scrap quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLiy Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

This gift has been shared with its new owner, the college student who will be attending school with these colors. She was surprised even though she saw me working on it for the past few weeks. Funny how that works out, right? She says she didn’t put it together that it was her college colors until I told her.

Free-Motion Framework Book Tour Winners

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Free-Motion Framework Book Tour Winners

Free-Motion Framework Blog Hop Book Tour Prize Winners - Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs

Thank you!

Thank you for following along with the Free-Motion Framework Social Media Blitzo and Book Tour. I appreciate each of you for stopping by and seeing how this little book came together. Today, I’m happy to announce the three prize winners on ReannaLily Designs stop along the tour.

Just a quick update, if you don’t yet have your copy of the book, the book is rolling along smoothly and is included in the C&T Publishing Best Sellers. Holy smokes! What an honor, y’all!

Free-Motion Framework Blog Hop Book Tour Prize Winners - Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs

Here’s a quick recap of the tour stops:

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

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

Congratulations to our Winners


First Prize

Free-Motion Framework Blog Hop Book Tour Prize Winners - Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs

The first prize includes the following sponsored items:

Free-Motion Framework Blog Hop Book Tour Prize Winners - Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs

The first prize goes to Christi! Her comment is, “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.” Look for an email soon!


Second Prize

Free-Motion Framework Blog Hop Book Tour Prize Winners - Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs

The first prize includes the following sponsored items:

Free-Motion Framework Blog Hop Book Tour Prize Winners - Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs

The second prize goes to Carol. Her comment is, “I would like to improve the consistency of my stitch length when doing FMQ.” Look for an email soon!


Third Prize

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

Free-Motion Framework Blog Hop Book Tour Prize Winners - Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs

The third prize goes to Susan. Her comment is, “I’m struggling in vision. Need a new look.” Look for an email soon!


Updated to add: See all the Free-Motion Framework details, workshops, projects, and samples here, on the blog.

Thanks again! You can always read up on the title at these locations, and when on Instagram or Twitter, check out the hashtag #FMFWQ.

 

Fabric for Military Retirement Chevron Quilt

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Fabric for Military Retirement Chevron Quilt

Military Retirement Uniform Quilt by Jen Eskridge Deploy That FabricCelebrating a Military Retirement

In my recent post, I shared the first quilt which celebrates a military retirement. If one quilt is good, at least two or three is better, right? This is the second military retirement quilt for another member of the family. This time, I used the Chevron Grande Quilt Pattern to make a quick quilt.

As I mention in my lectures and in the book Deploy That Fabric, when quilting, I treat the military uniform as a neutral. If green and shades of green match everything in the garden, they can match everything in a quilt. Also, the nature of camouflage is to blend in, so place it where ever you like!

Deploy That Fabric Cover

Fabrics

Working exclusively from my own fabric stash, I pull nine fabrics that measure at least 21″ x width of fabric. I spent a bit of time trying to rearrange them in a suitable order as they will stay in this order for the Chevron Grande Quilt Pattern.

Military Retirement Uniform Quilt by Jen Eskridge Deploy That Fabric

The Chevron Grande Quilt Pattern

Using the very-fast No-Waste Flying Geese method and giant sizes listed in the free Chevron Grande Quilt Pattern, I got to work. The quilt top really does finish up in a weekend. Here are the highlights for construction:

  • Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of all four smaller 10″ squares.
  • Lay two squares on the 19-1/4? larger square, matching right sides, to create a large diagonal line.
  • Pin pieces together, perpendicular to the marked line.

Chevron Grande - Flying Geese Sewing Quilt Tutorial - Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs

  • Sew 1/4? from the marked line on the right and left sides.

Chevron Grande - Flying Geese Sewing Quilt Tutorial - Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs

  • Cut along the marked line.

Chevron Grande - Flying Geese Sewing Quilt Tutorial - Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs

  • Open the smaller triangles and press the seam allowances towards the smaller triangles. If you’ve created two slightly-weird heart shapes, you are on the right track.

Chevron Grande - Flying Geese Sewing Quilt Tutorial - Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs

  • Lay the remaining 10? squares on each of the larger triangle pieces; making sure the diagonal line points “deep in the heart.” Easy to remember, right?
  • Sew 1/4? from the right and left of the marked line.

Chevron Grande - Flying Geese Sewing Quilt Tutorial - Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs

  • Cut along the marked line.

Chevron Grande - Flying Geese Sewing Quilt Tutorial - Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs

  • Open and press seam allowances towards the smaller triangle.
  • Each pile of five fabric pieces will yield four large flying geese blocks.

Chevron Grande - Flying Geese Sewing Quilt Tutorial - Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs

Check out the entire free pattern here: Chevron Grande Quilt Pattern.
Next, sew the flying geese units in to nine rows.

Military Retirement Uniform Quilt by Jen Eskridge Deploy That Fabric

Quilting

To the surprise of everyone on the planet, I didn’t take pictures while I was quilting this project. I will tell you though, quilting over the military uniform pieces was a breeze with my HandiQuilter Avante and size 110 needles. I quilted over welt seams, though I did not stitch over the name tape.

I do have one image to share with you. One photo to scare you a bit.

What you are seeing is the very bottom edge of the quilt. The entire piece was quilted with a spiked swirl edge-to-edge free-motion quilting design. I was be-boppin along, and as I came to the end of the quilt, I spent a small bit of time convincing myself that I did indeed measure the quilt back. Surely. I must have, right? Or maybe I was laying it on the floor and guessing I had enough fabric. I really wasn’t sure.

The red snapper (plastic) you see in the image allows me to load the quilt onto the frame in a matter of minutes. It is also about 3/4″ wide, for reference. I’d say I definitely got this a way too close! And in the very next breath, I’ll say, “See, look- 1 inch is plenty of room. No-Waste EVERYTHING!” *insert maniacal laughter*

Military Retirement Uniform Quilt by Jen Eskridge Deploy That Fabric

The Quilt

The military quilt is finished and on to its new home.Military Retirement Uniform Quilt by Jen Eskridge Deploy That Fabric

The fabrics are quite busy, so I’m not sure how well you can see the quilting. You can see even less on the backing, this time.

Military Retirement Uniform Quilt by Jen Eskridge Deploy That Fabric

If you need a quick project, I highly recommend the Chevron Grande Quilt PatternAnd of course, if you have an occasion to sew with military uniforms, please check out the book, Deploy That Fabric.

Fabric Scraps for Military Retirement Quilt

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Fabric Scraps for Military Retirement Quilt

Adding Fabric Scraps to a Military Retirement Quilt

Thankfully, we are celebrating a retirement here in the family! How does a quilter celebrate? With a quilt, of course! The quilt is a gift for someone very close to the retiree. I hope she likes it!

Design Inspiration

Back in January, Heather Kojan on Instagram shared a photo of a blue scrap quilt. On her instagram feed, she mentions that her quilt is loosely based on a design she created for 100 Blocks years ago. My quilt is based on her single image, which is, of course, a traditional signature-style block:

The design is gorgeous and simply elegant. Scraps set on the diagonal. Of course, her scraps are much more orderly and of more uniform size, hue, and value.

The Scrap Quilt

My blue scrap pile was a big ole wild mess of color values and scrap piece sizes. I was still able to piece and create shapes from which to cut one diagonal piece and two setting triangles. The templates were created from freezer paper. My 20 blocks are 15″ square with a 6″ wide diagonal section. Since this retirement quilt celebrates 20 years in the United States Air Force, I mixed in a few pieces of military uniform, too.

My quilt is 4 blocks x 5 blocks. With borders it measures roughly 70″ x 85″.

Using the military uniform in the quilt was a no-brainer for me, since almost 10 years ago I authored the book Deploy That Fabric. Man, I love that book so much!

Deploy That Fabric CoverLongarm Quilting Design

What I didn’t do 10 years ago was longarm quilt my own military uniform + fabric quilt designs.

I was nervous, but the quilting was actually quite smooth. My basic block design features two curling feather designs in each white triangle and a wide wishbone pattern on the scrappy/military diagonal line.

This was the first time I tried curling feathers.

Thank goodness for practicing on a white board to develop muscle memory.

The diagonal wishbones were quilted in one long quilting pass. The quilt is loaded onto the frame horizontally. As in, I rotate the quilt 90 degrees from how it would lay on a bed. By doing this, I can quilt the longest pass possible and advance the quilt fewer times.

The military uniform pieces are cut from the no-longer-worn uniform shirt, complete with pockets, welt seams, and character. (aka ink pen stain). The HandiQuilter didn’t hesitate stitching over the heavy welt seams. Sewing slower helped. A nametape was added once the quilt top was complete, but there’s no way I was going to try to quilt over that.

I think this quilt will be a hit. It will be gifted before the big retirement celebration coming up. Thank you for your service!

Free-Motion Framework Book Tour

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Free-Motion Framework Book Tour

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 | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

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.

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