Free-Motion Framework Special Trunk Show Exhibit

Free-Motion Framework By Jen Eskridge Trunk Show Quilts

Free-Motion Framework Quilts Trunk Show!

Take a peek at the Free-Motion Framework Quilt Trunk Show at Sew Special Quilts, in San Antonio, Texas. The show will be installed from May 18 through June 8th. See work from the contributing quilters and myself. If you are in the area or on a short holiday here at the end of May, please swing by!

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

Trunk Show

The show features a selection of quilts from the book as well as the three workshop samples and two quilts made from the bonus designs included in the Free-Motion Framework Pattern Package.

Free-Motion Framework By Jen Eskridge Trunk Show Quilts
Free-Motion Framework By Jen Eskridge Trunk Show Quilts
Free-Motion Framework By Jen Eskridge Trunk Show Quilts
Free-Motion Framework By Jen Eskridge Trunk Show Quilts
Free-Motion Framework By Jen Eskridge Trunk Show Quilts
Free-Motion Framework By Jen Eskridge Trunk Show Quilts
Free-Motion Framework By Jen Eskridge Trunk Show Quilts

Launch Party & Book Signing

In addition, I’m so honored that Sew Special Quilts has offered to not only share the show but also host a Launch Party & Book Signing on June 8, from 6:30-8p. SAVE THE DATE. Bring your copy or pick up one the night of the event. Meet the author (me!), and ask all the questions you like while I demonstrate how to take a simple line drawing and, surprisingly easily, create a version of a wholecloth quilt.

The photo below shows the finished quilt, left, and the line drawing used to create the quilt on the right. I’ll elaborate more at the party or grab your copy of Free-Motion Framework to see how the magic happens.

Free-Motion Framework By Jen Eskridge Trunk Show Quilts

I’ll see you at the party!

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




Afternoon Picnic Quilt by Nancy Zieman Productions for Riley Blake

Custom Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs - ReannaLily Quilts - Longarm Quilting

Custom Quilting for Riley Blake and Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC.

It was my honor to custom quilt this sample for Riley Blake Designs’ booth at Spring Quilt Market 2018. The beautiful small quilt is designed by Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC’s team and will be displayed with all the other new fabric lines launching this season.

Custom quilting is so exciting as it gives the project a whole second dimension, though technically, I supposed I should say a third dimension. Of course, there’s only a tiny bit of pressure when the quilt will be seen at the high Quilt Market level. Phew! I think it turned out alright.

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The entire design is stitched using my hand-guided HandiQuilter Avante 18, using free-motion quilting techniques and rulers.

Defining and Combining Shapes

I started first with converging straight lines in alternating blocks.

Custom Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs - ReannaLily Quilts - Longarm Quilting

I added pebbles in the 3″ corners of each block. They look cool, but man, as I may have mentioned before, I do not like stitching them.

Custom Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs - ReannaLily Quilts - Longarm Quilting

Hum. So star shapes and borders are remaining. There was some brainstorming here. Do I sub-dive the stars? Do I treat them as one shape? Should I focus on eight triangles and one square? In the end, the large star won out. I echo quilted 1/4″ from the shape’s perimeter and then filled the design with very small pointed swirls.

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Border Decisions

The border needed to be more subtle to not detract from the quilt design as a whole. The modified piano key style features a 1/4″ stitched line every inch-and-a-half or so. The ruler I used didn’t have regular measurements, but did have a printed logo. Each line jump is aligned with the printed logo. Technical, right?

Custom Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs - ReannaLily Quilts - Longarm Quilting

In many cases, you will really see the quilting from the back. This is especially true if the back is a solid or tone-on-tone fabric. Here, the backing is 108″ wide Riley Blake Snow tonal fabric.

Custom Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs - ReannaLily Quilts - Longarm Quilting

If you are at quilt market this weekend and see this little lovely hanging in the Riley Blake Designs Booth, snap a picture for me.

If you are looking for a longarm quilter, I’m your gal! See more details at reannalilyquilts.com.

 




Intro to Free-Motion Framework: A New Workshop

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing

The new book Free-Motion Framework hits stores in May! A brand new quilting workshop will also be offered. I’m so excited to share the Intro to Free-Motion Framework half-day class.  The spirit of the book focuses on challenging yourself at your own skill level and pace. It gives you an opportunity to reflect and say, “I think I’m going to practice such-and-such quilting design, and maybe also the whatever-whatever design.” Then, take those ideas and practice your quilting design symmetrically to accidentally create a wholecloth quilt.

Updated to add: See all the Free-Motion Framework details, workshops, projects, and samples here, on the blog.Free-Motion Framework Machine Quilting Skill Builder Book | Wholecloth book | Jen Eskridge | C&T Publishing

Just like the book, the workshop project can be completed on a longarm or domestic home sewing machine. (When booking the workshop, special arrangements may need to be set for hosting a class in a longarm studio.)

In the workshop we’ll mark a solid color fat quarter to create a 15-18″ mini quilt using the same design framework. Just like the 10 linear designs in the book, the Intro design also has its own goals worksheet to give you an opportunity to practice, take notes, and doodle before stitching.

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing

For the workshop, I created three samples to represent three skill levels who may try the Intro design. Of course, you do not have to make your mini quilt like these at all. Each quilter will likely turn out very different projects. (That is my favorite part!) The challenge levels are associated with these fabric colors:

  • Pink – more advanced
  • Grey – confident
  • White – beginner

In the pictures below, you’ll see the original marked lines on the finished samples. I’m hoping that will give you a reference point as to which shapes were isolated to be quilted.

Pink Mini Quilt

To create the pink mini quilt, I was able simply lay the light-colored fabric on a work surface and trace the design through the fabric.

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing

The water soluble pencils from Clover work great for this project; keep a pencil sharpener handy.

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing

I set the fat quarter up on my HandiQuilter Avante longarm frame, though this absolutely can be done on a domestic home sewing machine. (The workshop will be geared towards home-sewing-machine-based free-motion quilting.)

Starting in the center, I isolated a few shapes. I stitched ruler guided straight lines; I echoed design lines; I made feathers; I stitched tiny pebbles.

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From here, I decided I need a bit of “all-over-filler” type designs inside the circle.

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing

I finished by trying to make a diagonal grid behind the circle. Each quilt is a different challenge for myself. Hopefully showing all three of the same design will give you a few ideas, too.

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Grey Mini Quilt

The grey fat quarter fabric was quite a bit more opaque than the pink. To trace the design, I taped the paper template to a window, then taped the fabric over it.

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing

Again, I used the water soluble pencils from Clover.

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing

To create a design that was less complicated, I decided to isolate less shapes than I did in the pink mini quilt.

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The grey mini quilt only has three total quilting designs.

  • Wishbone lines in the center square
  • Meandering in the four cardinal directions
  • Pebbles in the background

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Side story: Let’s go on record and say Pebbles are not my favorite. I can make them alright, but boy, I always regret stitching them after the first two inches. Who’s with me?

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing

Comparing the grey quilt to the pink one, you can see how choosing different shapes and fills makes for a unique challenge each time.

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White Mini Quilt

As you may have guessed, the white fat quarter was plenty light to see through and trace the Intro design straight onto the fabric without the window/light board set up. For this, the simplest of the three designs, I only have two fill designs: Straight lines and meandering. It stitched up so quickly that I forgot to snap any progress pictures.

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing


Booking the Workshop

The Free-Motion Framework lecture and workshop are available for quilt guilds, shops, and private groups. Please see this page on my site for more information and contact me directly at reannalilydesigns@gmail.com. I cannot wait to start quilting with you.




Writing a Book- Free-Motion Framework

Bound Quilts | ReannaLily Designs

Early last year I shared a blog post vaguely mentioning my “Secret Quilting Project.” I’m happy to report I can finally elaborate on the details and explain how the logistics of authoring Free-Motion Framework went down. From timeline to work-load, here’s how it happened:

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

In late 2016, I pitched a concept to C&T Publishing to feature 10 linear designs created to help you improve your machine quilting skills while accidentally producing a wholecloth quilt.  The concept was well received. I have to say myself, I hadn’t seen anything like it in the quilting community, either. That was great news!

The publishing team and acquisitions folks chatted with me about how broad the scope would be and how much it would take to write the book. When I say “how much,” I don’t mean money; I mean time.  We discussed release-dates and other planning events way back in the fall of 2016.

My book, Free-Motion Framework, was in the incubator a bit longer than a usual book for two main reasons:

  1. My sweet husband deployed for half of 2017, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to be a quilt-author-maniac while holding down the fort.
  2. The book coordinates the efforts of generous sponsors and 17 different contributing quilters. That is a TON of quilters. Spreadsheets galore!

Once that was ironed out, I was emailing my dream-team of quilters by November. Just like hosting a party, you throw out invitations and hope everyone can attend, but realistically some folks have other commitments and a few may have to cancel their RSVP’s.  Most quilters stitched two different design projects in the book. Others volunteered to quilt three. I think I personally quilted 10 or 11. I’d have to go back and re-count.

Next up, reaching out to the amazing sponsors who provided products to help make this book a reality. Lots of emailing and lots of spreadsheets.  Thank you to these generous folks:

Fairfield Batting

Fairfield Batting | ReannaLily Designs

Clover USA

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HandiQuilter

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Hab And Dash (previously Bobbin Central/Fil Tec)

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And don’t forget the amazing fabric sponsors. This book was much trickier for me to plan fabric than my previous books.

In previous books, I’d design a quilt, and say “Hum, this quilt pattern needs 2 yards of blue, 10 fat quarters from this-that-matches-blue, and 6 yards of backing.” Easy stuff. For this book, I had to think, “Wait, I’m going to present a whole collection of squares, and I need the colors to match, or coordinate, or at the very least not bore anyone reading.” Yet another spreadsheet was born. Here’s a peek. Excel Spreadsheet for Free-Motion Framework Machine Quilting Skill Builder Book | Wholecloth book | Jen Eskridge | C&T Publishing

I looked at fabric company’s websites to find beautiful anchor fabrics. From there, I decided to choose all the wholecloth color pieces from that anchor fabric. Each chapter, which is also each linear design, is coordinated by backing fabric (aka the anchor). All four quilt concepts in the chapter have the same binding, which helps tie them together and keep them organized for me and the publishing team.

Big thank you to:

My company, ReannaLily Designs, isn’t sponsored by any single fabric company, which made it easier and wonderful to work with five different companies to provide variety and selection when assembling this concept. Thank you, thank you!

Ok, with quilters assembled and supplies procured, I then needed to sort, mark, and ship everything to my team. This happened right before Christmas in 2016.

Shipping Boxes | ReannaLily Designs

 

Early 2017 was spent feverishly quilting and writing. I also needed to write the organize book, decided on some specific things that you’ll see in the table of contents, and create my work in Adobe Illustrator.

Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

 

Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

All quilts were returned, with contributor notes, by mid February 2017. By June the entire thing was authored and ready to send to the publisher for them to wave a magic editing-wand over the whole thing. I mailed digital files, quilts, tools, thread, paper files, more straight pins identifying samples than I care to think of, and more. It was a HUGE endeavor to get those boxes to the post office.

The final edits by the publishing team (and then a micro-tiny bit by me) were all done around Christmas 2017, with the book heading to print in early 2018. It has been a long time, but all-in-all an amazing time.  I think you will love the way the book is arranged. It is better than I could have imagined, and I’m so glad to have worked with such an accomplished group at C&T Publishing.

One cool thing about the book is that the 10 linear designs are included for download once you purchase the book. I was originally thinking a CD would be included, but y’all, that is SOOOOO 2015. Evidently everything is cloud/internet based, which is awesome. But if you were thinking you’d like to have a copy of the actual paper patterns along with your book, C&T Publishing also assembled a pattern package which includes two additional BONUS linear designs.

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

It was an incredible process. I can safely say, I would love to do it again. (wink wink) But for now, watch this blog for even more details on the release of Free-Motion Framework.

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

 




Introducing Free-Motion Framework by Jen Eskridge

Free-Motion Framework Machine Quilting Skill Builder Book | Wholecloth book | Jen Eskridge | C&T PublishingFree-Motion Framework is finally here!!!

Free-Motion Framework is my newest book releasing with C & T Publishing. I’m beyond excited to share the concept and details with you over the coming weeks.

In a nutshell, the book is 10 linear designs created to help you improve your machine quilting skills while accidentally producing a wholecloth quilt. Sounds a bit crazy, right?

I started out wanting to create a wholecloth quilt but soon realized there’s no way I wanted to plan a wholecloth quilt. It became clear that if I simply had a few guidelines marked, I could quilt whatever I felt comfortable-enough stitching and, as long as I worked symmetrically, I’d probably turn out a really neat quilt.

The design is a bonus pattern in the Free-Motion Framework Pattern Package.

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

C & T  Publishing’s blog has a more in-depth look at the book, with excerpts from the title in their new blog post.

To create this book, I worked with the aforementioned 10 linear designs, which I created in Adobe Illustrator. I then reached out to other machine quilters to assemble a team of 17 total quilters to create the 41 quilts featured in the book. Yes, FORTY-ONE quilts (not including any digital mock-ups).

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

Shark Attack Design by Jen Eskridge

Each design is presented in it’s full square composition, and a quadrant of the design is presented. Then each linear design is stitched four times, by four different quilters using as many or as few lines as they’d like to fill in shapes with machine quilting designs which they feel comfortable stitching. For this reason, this skill builder is great for ALL levels of machine quilters.

Take a look at these interpretations of the Shark Attack design:

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

Shark Attack: Quilted by Jen Eskridge

 

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

Shark Attack: Quilted by Joanna Marsh

 

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

Shark Attack: Quilted by Jen Eskridge

 

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

Shark Attack: Quilted by Geraldine Wilkins

This book will be a fantastic resource for machine quilting textures, as created by the army of quilting contributors, as well as a good go-to for low-stress machine quilting practice ideas. I hope you’ll add it to your library.

There will be more details on this book in the coming weeks. I will share more sneak-peeks at the designs, the concept, the writing process, and more. For now, though, know the book ships in May and is available for pre-order hereAsk for it at your local book store and quilt shop!

Free-Motion Framework on Instagram

Look for some of the designs on Instagram under the hashtag #FMFWQ

Images in this blog post are provided by C&T Publilshing.

 




Chevron Grande: A HUGE Flying Geese Tutorial

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

Chevron Grande Quilt Tutorial

A HUGE Flying Geese Project

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

Make this Chevron Grande Quilt using only nine pieces of fabric! My guess is you may already own nine pieces of fabric measuring 21″ x width of fabric. Using my HUGE Flying Geese measurements and construction methods, this large quilt, 72″ x 81″, stitches up so quickly. Grab your nine fabrics, and make it with me! Share yours using the hashtag #chevrongrande on Instagram.

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

Supplies:

  • 21″ of nine different fabrics (for Chevron triangles) When I choose my fabrics, I made sure each piece related to the two pieces next to it. They don’t all match each other, they only match their immediate neighbors. Even then, heck, who cares if they don’t match.

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

  • 20″ binding fabric

Cutting:

  • Cut eight strips 2-1/2″ (OR 2-1/4″) wide from binding fabric. Use your preferred width. I cut 2-1/4″ binding strips.

From each of the nine pieces of fabric,

  • Cut one 19-1/4″ square
  • Cut four 10″ squares

Tip: When I cut my fabrics, I carefully laid out four fabric pieces in a stack and cut all four different color fabrics at once. Using a big cutting mat helped tremendously. I then stacked the remaining five pieces to cut those all at once, too. Super fast stuff.

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

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

Organize Your Cut Fabrics

The trickiest part of this pattern is arranging the fabrics. Keep these two details in mind:

  • Each of the large 19-1/4″ squares will become the four large triangles of a row. They form the “goose” area of the block.
  • The four 10″ matching the larger triangles must be stitched and added to the next row. They will form the “sky” area of the block.

Download this diagram to keep by your sewing station and mark which fabrics will be placed in which rows. It is a huge time saver for quilty-organization.

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

Using the diagram above, I grouped my fabrics and laid them out in small piles of five pieces, in the order they will be in rows on my quilt. (Note: The real life fabrics are different than the digital mock-up shown above.)

  • Fabric 1 small squares stitches to Fabric 2 LARGE square
  • Fabric 2 small Square stitches to Fabric 3 LARGE square
  • Fabric 3 small Square stitches to Fabric 4 LARGE square
  • Fabric 4 small Square stitches to Fabric 5 LARGE square
  • Fabric 5 small Square stitches to Fabric 6 LARGE square
  • Fabric 6 small Square stitches to Fabric 7 LARGE square
  • Fabric 7 small Square stitches to Fabric 8 LARGE square
  • Fabric 8 small Square stitches to Fabric 9 LARGE square
  • Fabric 9 small Square stitches to Fabric 1 LARGE square

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No-Waste Flying Geese Method of Construction

This method of piecing the traditional flying geese block can be found all over the internet. I simply super-sized it. Wait until you see how big our geese are. They will be 18-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ before they are stitched into the finished quilt design.

To keep the rows in order, I stitch using one, five-piece pile at a time.

  • Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of all four 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

  • You may opt to sew the four geese together into a row now, so they do not get mixed up later. OR: roll the dice, live on the edge, run with the bulls and leave them in a tidy stack to stitch later. You, my friend, are WILD & DANGEROUS!
  • Repeat these steps with the remaining eight piles of fabric to create all 36 flying geese units.

Construct The Quilt

  • If you have not already, stitch each of the-same-color-type flying geese to itself to form nine rows.

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

  • Join the rows to create the quilt top. Make sure to pin at each intersection as the contrast in fabric colors will be noticeable if there’s a large shift in the seam at that point.

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

Finishing

The quilt top is complete. Of course, if you’d like to make it larger, you may opt to frame the design by adding borders.

Next, create a quilt sandwich with backing, batting and the top and quilt as desired. Or, if you like, send the top to a longarm quilter. I’d be happy to finish your project. Read more about my longarm quilting services at ReannaLilyQuilts.com.

Finally, bind using the eight strips cut at the beginning of the project. Use your favorite binding method.




Nested 9-Patch Quilt Finished by Jen Eskridge

 

Nested 9-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

Custom Quilted Nested 9-Patch Pattern

In early October 2017, I had the honor of quilting Nested 9-Patch Quilts for Nancy Zieman. I work as the free-lance blog and social media person for Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC. (NZP) As a fantastic bonus, the team selected me to custom quilt three new patterns NZP would be releasing which feature the Farmhouse Florals collection for Penny Rose Fabrics, a division of Riley Blake Designs.

Farmhouse Florals by Nancy Zieman

The first quilt, Shiplap Ahoy was the focus in January, and Spinning 4-Patch last month. Today, the third pattern, Nested 9-Patch is showcased.

Nested 9-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy ZiemanThe quilt is constructed using simple strip-pieced sewing techniques which are on the NZP blog today.

All the quilting shown here is created with longarm quilting rulers and free-motion quilting designs. I work on a HandiQuilter Avante 18 and generally use Glide Thread in the needle and Superior Pre-wound Bobs in the bobbin. Read more about my set-up and style at ReannaLilyQuilts.com.

Planning to Quilt

Each block has exactly the same seam lines. The color palette is soft so picking a quilting thread color wasn’t too tricky. I opted for Bone color glide 40wt thread. Before I started quilting, though, I really needed a design!

The beautiful 9-patch blocks are set on point, which means to quilt within each block will be wider than my longarm’s throat space. That means I will need to come up with a design where I can stitch the top half of the block, advance the quilt, then stitch the lower half of each block.

Nested 9-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

I decided to approach this quilt with Lisa Calle’s Divide and Design method. My basic take-away from her book is to find points to connect within the block. Not necessarily seams or intersections, but rather points like “half way through this side” or “one inch passed the middle of this seam.”

Nested 9-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

First,I stitched and echoed arches from corner to corner having the apex fall about 1″ past the middle of the inner seam. I added hooked feathers under the arch shape.

Nested 9-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

Next, I stitched another diamond shape in the center of the 9-patch. I added wishbone stitches in each new corner created.

Nested 9-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

Here’s a top view. You can really see the arch and diamond shape pop a bit more in this picture.

Nested 9-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

And as always, if you use a solid color quilt backing, you will REALLY see the quilting lines.

Nested 9-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy ZiemanThe back of each of the quilts is a 108″ wide mottled white by Riley Blake Fabrics.

Fabric and Pattern Give Away

Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC is giving away a fat quarter bundle and pattern on their blog. Hop over to see how to enter to win!

Nested 9-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

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Forest Floor Longarm Quilting

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Quilting the Forest Floor

My wonderful customer brought me a HUGE Forest Floor quilt to finish. The quilt measures 106″ x 106″. Have you seen this gorgeous batik design by Wing and a Prayer?

Longarm Quilting | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Forest Floor Quilt Pattern

The Plan

First I had to size up the quilt as to how much space I’d be quilting at once time. How many blocks in Forest Floor would I be able to stitch as I make one pass with the HandiQuilter Avante 18″? This guy is BIG!

Longarm Quilting | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Forest Floor Quilt Pattern

Although seeing it helped tremendously, it ultimately proved useful to sketch out the block placement on a blank sheet of paper. This way I could see everything at once, instead of sections draped over the longarm bars. Sketching also helps me remember what I added in each spot as I rolled the quilt up and back over the course of a few days.

Longarm Quilting | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Forest Floor Quilt Pattern
Longarm Quilting | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Forest Floor Quilt Pattern

Forest Floor Front

From the front, it is tricky to see all the quilting textures. In the pictures below, though, try to match up the design with the sketches above.

Longarm Quilting | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Forest Floor Quilt Pattern

I used a warm grey Glide 40wt thread in the top thread and a 60wt Superior Bobs in the bobbin.

Longarm Quilting | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Forest Floor Quilt Pattern

Longarm Quilting | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Forest Floor Quilt Pattern

Longarm Quilting | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Forest Floor Quilt Pattern

Forest Floor Back

My customer opted to have a Forest Green pieced backing. With the Superior Bobs white thread, you can see the quilting design much better on the back. Though it looks cool, it really puts the pressure on to make the quilting fantastic: you’ll see every stitch!

I did alter the colors of these images slightly in Photoshop so you’d be able to really see the quilting lines.

You’ll notice squares that appear to be outlined in pebbles, but left blank in the interior. Those are the featured nine batik leaf designs of the Forest Floor Quilt Kit. They are left unstitched as the quilting would most likely detract from the beautiful fabric print.

Longarm Quilting | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Forest Floor Quilt Pattern

Longarm Quilting | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Forest Floor Quilt Pattern

Longarm Quilting | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Forest Floor Quilt Pattern

Longarm Quilting | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Forest Floor Quilt Pattern

Longarm Quilting | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Forest Floor Quilt Pattern

Longarm Quilting | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Forest Floor Quilt Pattern

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Spinning 4-Patch Quilted by Jen Eskridge

Spinning 4-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

Custom Quilted Spinning 4-Patch Pattern

In early October 2017, I had the honor of quilting Spinning 4-Patch Quilts for Nancy Zieman. I work as the free-lance blog and social media person for Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC. (NZP) As a fantastic bonus, the team selected me to custom quilt new patterns NZP would be releasing which feature the Farmhouse Florals collection for Penny Rose Fabrics, a division of Riley Blake Designs.

Farmhouse Florals by Nancy Zieman

NZP is releasing three patterns for this fabric collection. The first one, Shiplap Ahoy was the focus last month. Read more here. Today, the second pattern, Spinning 4-Patch is showcased.


The quilt is constructed using simple strip-pieced sewing techniques which are on the NZP blog today.

All the quilting shown here is created with longarm quilting rulers and free-motion quilting designs. I work on a HandiQuilter Avante 18 and generally use Glide Thread in the needle and Superior Pre-wound Bobs in the bobbin. Read more about my set-up and style at ReannaLilyQuilts.com.

Planning to Quilt

 

Each block has exactly the same seam lines. The color palette is soft so picking a quilting thread color wasn’t too tricky. I opted for Bone color glide 40wt thread. Before I started quilting, though, I really needed a design! I started with a piece of Plexiglas laid over the quilt, which was already loaded on the longarm frame.

With a dry erase marker, I am able to audition different design lines to see if they fit, if I could stitch them, and if they looked fantastic. This first concept did not look fantastic to me. The spineless feathers wrapping around the block would be interesting, but it wasn’t enough.

Spinning 4-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

I ended up stitching in the ditch around all the block shapes first.

On the advice of my artsy daughter, (@meepsketch on Instagram), I created diagonal lines with a ruler, to connect opposite corner rectangles. The spineless feathers would still be in the space that didn’t feature ruler work.

Spinning 4-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

The pale yellow sashing is quilted with a simple wishbone design. Also know as, my solid go-to design.

Spinning 4-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

The quilting is hard to see on a few of the beautiful floral prints, but the consistent texture is very neat.

Spinning 4-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

Spinning 4-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

By quilting diagonal lines, alternating direction in each block, the quilting creates a secondary visual design. (Turns out, the solid white backing was a bit tricky to photograph indoors.)

Spinning 4-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

The back of each of the quilts is a 108″ wide mottled white by Riley Blake Fabrics.

Fabric and Pattern Give Away

Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC is giving away a fat quarter bundle and pattern on their blog. Hop over to see how to enter to win!

 

*Some images used belong to NZP, LLC. 
*This post contains a few affiliate links.



Hand Applique Charity Quilt

Hand Applique Quilt - Longarm Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Quilts

Longarm Quilting the Hand Applique Quilt

As a longarm quilter, I don’t see too many hand applique quilts. It isn’t because the quilts aren’t out there; I just don’t seem to travel in those circles. When the opportunity arose to finish a hand applique charity quilt, I jumped on it. The Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild has this in their collection of “Projects to Finish.” Yes, my guild has its own UFO pile! I’m on the committee to help finish them. The finished quilts then get donated to our bi-annual quilt auction fundraiser.

We do not know the quilt’s original maker or makers. While longarm quilting, it does appear that a single person stitched all six blocks.

Hand Applique Quilt - Longarm Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Quilts

The applique needs to shine! I followed applique quilting the inspiration from my very-quilty mother-in-law.

First, I outlined each block’s 12″ perimeter by stitching in the ditch. Or more accurately: Stitching-in-the-vacinity-in-a-sorta-straight-ish-line-around-near-the-seam ditch.

The fills are pretty wild and random around each shape. I added a few stitching lines within the applique to secure the design a bit further. Not every shape has quilting on top of it, though. Here’s a closer look at the blocks:

Hand Applique Quilt - Longarm Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Quilts

Hand Applique Quilt - Longarm Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Quilts

Hand Applique Quilt - Longarm Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Quilts

Hand Applique Quilt - Longarm Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Quilts

Hand Applique Quilt - Longarm Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Quilts

The sashing is untreated. I thought by leaving it without quilting it will “puff” the way the applique shapes puff. The border was a different story.

During a Karlee Porter Graffiti Quilting Class, she says something to the effect of: If you don’t want the hassle of making feathers symmetrical on both sides of the spine, don’t quilt feathers on both sides. Pretty smart! Hooked feathers are on the inside of the wavy spine and free-hand drawn lines are on the outside.

Hand Applique Quilt - Longarm Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Quilts

This quilt inspires me. The challenge is exciting! The pink  hand applique quilt is now onto another guild member, Janet, for binding, then off to the auction in September.




Shiplap Ahoy Quilt Finished by Jen Eskridge

Shiplap Ahoy Quilts longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

Custom Quilted Shiplap Ahoy Quilts Pattern

In early October 2017, I had the honor of quilting Shiplap Ahoy Quilts for Nancy Zieman. I work as the free-lance blog and social media person for Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC. (NZP) As a fantastic bonus, the team selected me to custom quilt new patterns NZP would be releasing which feature the Farmhouse Florals collection for Penny Rose Fabrics, a division of Riley Blake Designs.

Farmhouse Florals by Nancy Zieman

NZP is releasing three patterns for this fabric collection. The first one, featured today, is Shiplap Ahoy. Nancy designed, edited, and tweaked this pattern early last year. It is truly amazing how far in advance the entire quilting community works.

Shiplapy Ahoy by Nancy Zieman

The quilt is offered in two different color palettes. Both full-size quilt photos are on the NZP blog today. Taking two reasonably identical quilts and custom quilt them differently was tricky.

All the quilting shown here is created with longarm quilting rulers and free-motion quilting designs. I work on a HandiQuilter Avante 18 and generally use Glide Thread in the needle and Superior Pre-wound Bobs in the bobbin. Read more about my set-up and style at ReannaLilyQuilts.com.

Blue and White Quilt

Each block in the quilt features three or four rows with an assorted number of three-dimensional triangles. I opted to quilt straight lines around the triangle shape to highlight the angles. I also quilted a Fluer De Lis in the triangles themselves.

Shiplap Ahoy Quilts longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

Stretched-out wishbone shapes are quilted into the sashing.

Shiplap Ahoy Quilts longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

The back of each of the quilts is a 108″ wide mottled white by Riley Blake Fabrics. You can really see the quilting on the backs.

Shiplap Ahoy Quilts longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

Multi-Color Quilt

The multi-color version of this quilt has each of the five shiplap print colors from the Farmhouse Florals collection used as backgrounds for the blocks.

Shiplap Ahoy Quilts longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

I switched up the quilting design in this multi-color quilt to stitch wishbones in the block.

Shiplap Ahoy Quilts longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

The Bone color glide 40wt thread shows up differently on each background color.

Shiplap Ahoy Quilts longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

Again, the white backing fabric shows off all the quilting designs. Notice, I outlined the triangles, and they do not have a motif added within the shape.

Shiplap Ahoy Quilts longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

Fabric and Pattern Give Away

Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC is giving away a fat quarter bundle and pattern on their blog. Hop over to see how to enter to win!

Shiplap Ahoy and Farmhouse Floral Bundle

 

*Some images used belong to NZP, LLC. 
*This post contains a few affiliate links.



Buggin Out: Machine Quilted Wholecloth

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt

Another practice wholecloth quilt came to being over the winter break. I challenged myself with purple Glide thread on orange cotton fabric. Yikes! At first it seemed a bit counter-intuitive, but I really wanted to have high contrasting colors so I could focus on making better stitches, lines, and curves.

I used HandiQuilter Avante 18″ longarm to create the quilt. The whole thing is stitched using free-motion quilting and rulers. There’s no computer guided quilting.

Design

As you may know, I’m enjoying a quilting series of whole cloth quilts, like the one in this wholecloth post, this wholecloth post, and Platinum Garden, which will be seen at Road to California January 2018. As described in those previous adventures, I start with a linear quadrant design like this one:

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Print the quadrant once, tape it together, and trace it onto the wholecloth four times, or simply print it four times. I opted to just print the full-size quadrant once. Note: This quadrant design is not available for free full-size download. The design is a bonus pattern in the Free-Motion Framework Pattern Package.

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

For more on this style of quilting, using a linear design/framework to accidently stitch a wholecloth quilt, check out 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.

Once the design is traced, I isolate shapes to fill in. As long as I fill them in symmetrically, I’ll get a cool wholecloth quilt. It will look like I took time to plan this quilt, but really, I just made notes of what I stitched in each shape and repeated the design in all four quadrants.

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

I was be-bopping along at a good clip when I remembered to take pictures! I had the good sense to draw what I stitched, as I stitched it, on the full-size paper tracing template. It was so easy to use it as a reference. It doesn’t look like much, but here’s a peek:

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

The entire quilt is traced with a blue water soluble marker. Spray the quilt with water while it is still on the frame to see all the marks disappear.

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Of course, if I were planning to block this quilt so it will lay/hang  perfectly square, the marker could be removed at that step.

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

I wanted to try to snap a few different angles of the high-contrast thread. This is the center of the entire quilt. Though the original design has points converging at the center, I opted to add a big circle to cover that area. I don’t think my straight line ruler stitches would have matched. Maybe on the next practice quilt.

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Filling in shapes with different densities is my favorite. It makes the piece look like it has actual light and dark values achieved only through thread.

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Goals

Here are a few of my quilting goals with this design:

  • Practice 1/4″ pebbles or pearls
  • Practice regular pebbling as a filler design
  • Practice having straight lines converge on a point
  • Vary densities

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Trimming the quilt is definitely an area where I need more practice. I’ll add that to my next quilt’s goal list. I think it will be much more helpful on my next time, if I trace out exactly where the edge of the quilt will fall. I really want to create designs where I do no accidentally need to chop off parts of those rascally feathers.

I’ll also be adding “work on starts-and-stops” to my next quilt’s goals, too. Each project lets me practice and learn more about what I’m stitching.

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

When you look at the quilt straight-on, it turned out pretty cool. The Buggin Out element I had envisioned turned into scissor handles, but that’s all up to interpretation.

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Backing

Backing is pieced from extra wide backs leftover from previous quilts. I put zero thought into the backing, as you can see. For these smaller 40″ square designs, they will likely be wall hanging size, so the back isn’t as important to me. That is just me, though.

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

The bobbin thread is Superior Bob pre-wound bobbins in white. You can see the quilting has a different feel with out the in-your-face purple.

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Binding

The second-to-last step is always binding. For the first time, I cut my binding strips only 2″ wide. My binding is machine applied to the back, and machine finished from the front. It made a very narrow and tidy finish to this wholecloth design.

My label is a short, hand-written scribble in Micron Pen .05 onto the backing fabric to say:

  • My name
  • Date
  • City
  • Quilt name

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

If you make a wholecloth skill builder like this one and share it, please use the hashtag #FMFWQ. Why you ask? This concept has grown into a full-on book, Free-Motion Framework, shipping May of 2018. Pre-order it on AMAZON.