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Color Wheel Fangirl by Jen Eskridge

Color Wheel Fangirl by Jen Eskridge

on Sep 27, 2016 in Blog, book, Learn To Sew Easy Curves, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 0 comments

Color Wheel Fangirl!! I suppose Color Wheel Fangirl might be a weird name for a quilt, but surely, I am a super fan. The color wheel doesn’t lie and it always guides you to a reasonably good design decision. What’s not to love? This quilt is roughly 48″ x 48″. Not too big at all. The quilt top was constructed a few?years ago, so not only am I excited to share it here, I’m excited to cross it off my UFO list! (UFO- unfinished object) The design is inspired by the techniques in my book, Learn to Sew Easy Curves. In this case, I used a solids charm pack to create six 9-patch blocks, sorted by color family. I think used the method in the book to prepare the shapes for machine applique. For those of you looking really really closely, you’ll see there were not enough purple pieces in the charm pack, so I added?in grey square. I just do not own very many pieces of purple fabric. This quilt is slightly stiff and puffy. In the quilt-sandwich, I used a dense needle punch batting. I purchased 75 yards of it 10 years ago. TEN. At this point, I just want to use it up. The wall hanging size quilt will hold its shape nicely and the quilting lines are really pronounced. Speaking of quilting lines, I had the best time mixing all sorts of designs on this quilt. I used a bit of graffiti quilting around the shapes, a nice swirly-hook design in the center and featured on each of the six circles: two types of feathers. Phew.?You can see so much texture! The other unique thing I tried on this project was thread color. I tried to match, or at least attempt to match, my thread with my fabrics. The background is quilting in grey and the color wheel shapes are quilted in a thread from their color family. Color theory is so neat. (Fangirl!) Take the purple thread below, when stitched on lighter purples the thread looks down-right brown. When stitched on deeper purple fabrics, it looks a bit pink-y. (Some may even go so far as to say Blush or Bashful.) Amazing stuff. So...

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Lime Green Clamshell Quilt

Lime Green Clamshell Quilt

on Sep 13, 2016 in Blog, book, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting, ReannaLily Designs Fabric, spoonflower | 0 comments

Lime Green Clamshell Quilt is Here! Wow! This clamshell quilt is really green! I think the lighting in the (above) picture have it tamed down a tiny bit. I’m talking green green green; mixed of course, with black and fabulous shades of grey. You’ll see. It is a really fun quilt panel. As you might know, I have lost my mind with these quilted clamshells. I started quilting one single quilt and that spiraled into a design collection in the book, The Quilted Clamshell. While down this rabbit hole, I designed and created three fabric panels at Spoonflower. I couldn’t help myself. I needed one more panel. This newest (4th) panel is inspired by the colors of Minecraft. I know, crazy, right? Inspiration is everywhere. Of course, my fan club was quick to tell me that Minecraft does in fact have EVERY color. Yes. Ok. Got it, kids. =) Perhaps I need an EVERY color panel next??? Side story: One thing you’ll notice in my actual real quilt panel above is that the lowest row stops on green. This was a test order to see if the colors and scale are correct in my design. Well, they were off. ((Operator error!!)) I have corrected the hiccup,?and you’ll see in the 36″ x 40″ panel available, the lowest row finishes with a dark grey. ?(The logo watermark doesn’t appear?on the available panel, either.) How’d ya quilt it? I’m so glad you asked! I used the design methods in The Quilted Clamshell?to change up the quilting design motif variables. By changing the motif variable, I was able to achieve a different look in each row of clamshells. With the book as a reference, it was easy to create something new without too much “Oh, what should it look like next.” thinking. Sometimes coming up with a concept is the most frustrating part. I used a sour apple?green thread on all the lighter colored clamshells. Thanks to the always-fun color theory, some clams look like I’ve used yellow threads. Some look like I’ve used darker green. ?Nope; all Sour Apple Maxilock?green. (amazon link) I switched to a Oxford Grey?thread in the needle and bobbin for the black clamshells. (amazon link) When quilting...

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The Quilted Clamshell on Instagram

The Quilted Clamshell on Instagram

on Sep 6, 2016 in Blog, book, contests | 0 comments

Find #TheQuiltedClamshell on Instagram! Grab some quilting ideas from #TheQuiltedClamshell hashtag on instagram. See what I’ve posted and brainstorm your own designs. Want to join in the fun? This one is easy. During the week of September 12-18th, simply share at least two photos of your version of designs from The Quilted Clamshell. The design can be sketched or stitched? no pressure. Tag your photo with #thequiltedclamshell Don’t have your copy of the book yet? You are more than welcome to share the campaign image (above), too. You can win! Once the hashtag is used on Instagram 100 times, three winners will be drawn to receive one of the one-yard Clamshell Quilt Cheater panels printed by Spoonflower, designed by Jen. (Choose blue, pink, or yellow.) ReannaLily Designs will?sponsor the fabric portion of the event and fabric will ship directly to the chosen winners. Wait, why not give away a book? Heck, I can do that, too! THREE?lucky winners will also receive a copy of The Quilted Clamshell eBook. Get out there and ### !   **Disclaimers– Winners will be selected randomly. Six different winners will be chosen. If a single person were to use the hashtag 100 times, he/she will only receive one prize of their choice. This campaign is designed to promote Jen’s new book title, and is not currently affiliated with any official sponsors. Instagram photos must relate to the book & ?hashtag to be considered for the prizes. Tell a...

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Continuous Path Quilting Design

Continuous Path Quilting Design

on Aug 23, 2016 in Blog, book, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 1 comment

How to Quilt Clamshells in a Continuous Stitching Line The quilting lines pictured above are in a continuous line. One single stitching line is made, without breaking or stopping, to create the whole design in the body of this imaginary quilt. Here’s the path you’ll travel to quilt your?filled?clamshell quilt pattern in a single line: This?is one of the ways I stitch. There are other ways. First, start across the top outlining the arches or seam lines of the first row of clamshell pieces, working from left to right. I recommend using quilting rulers on a domestic or longarm machine to create all the outlined curved shapes. When you get to the last arch, change directions: Ok, now here’s the fun part: When you reach the lower point, start stitching up into the clamshell using any design you choose. If you need a resource for design elements and ideas to fill a clamshell shape, check out the book The Quilted Clamshell. The design featured here is included in the book. Select a design that starts and stops at the lower point. Notice there is no lower left arch when stitching the fill design (above). Use a water soluble marked line or the clamshell seam line as your guide to contain the quilted fill design. When you’ve finished stitching the fill design, the needle should be back at the lower point. Awesome. Use rulers to travel?up and over to the next lower point. Once there, you can repeat the fill design. Ok. No problem. Keep on this arch + fill rhythm until you reach the left side. When you reach the final lower point, trace up to the left to complete the clamshell shape. Keeping your ruler in the same position, trace right back down to the lower point and into the next row of clamshells. From here, hop back into the arch + fill motions again pausing?at the lower point to create the next arch. Ok. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. I think you’ve got the hang of it. Once you have filled the clamshell shapes on the?quilt, you may find it necessary to fill in the shapes around the edges. Easy stuff, though there may be starting and stopping involved....

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Domestic / Home Sewing Machine Quilted Clamshells

Domestic / Home Sewing Machine Quilted Clamshells

on Aug 2, 2016 in Blog, book, quilting | 0 comments

Can you quilt clamshells on a home sewing machine? I’m so glad you asked! Yes, you certainly can. As you may know, I recently launched my fourth book, The Quilted Clamshell. In most of the promotion for the book, I’m using my HandiQuilter Avante 18″ longarm. The cool thing about the design process in the book is that you can also quilt them on a domestic home sewing machine. Heck, you can even hand quilt them if you like. To practice the designs, first trace the clamshell stencil shape from page 46 of the book. If you’d like to use the larger clamshell shape, use the shape on page 47. I used a non-permanent Frixion marking pen to trace. (amazon link) Make a traditional quilt sandwich with a backing fabric, batting layer and top layer of the quilt. Pin those three layers together every 6″ or so, using straight pins. Use a walking foot to outline the traced clamshell shapes and I set up my machine with the extension table to make the quilt?move under the needle easier. I opted to trace along the lines in white thread. Turns out, you cannot see that too well in pictures. Once all the clams were stitched out, I used my iron to remove the red marked lines. I also switched threads so you’d be able to see the designs a bit better. Change the walking foot to a free motion quilting (hopper) foot for quilting. When quilting on my domestic home sewing machine, I always wear Machinger Gloves. (amazon link) ?I know that sounds a bit dramatic, but they really are a game-changer. They will make your stitches more accurate, give you more control, and save your shoulders from soreness. I had a few shapes to play with on this small sample piece. Quilt them in willy-nilly using the three variables described in The Quilted Clamshell. No two will be the same! I used a very old piece of cotton batik fabric on the back. This batik came from Joanns… maybe 12-14 years ago or so. I think it is the last scrap of it in my house. Hum. It only took a few?years to use, but good gravy, I used...

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Quilted Clamshell Videos

Quilted Clamshell Videos

on Jul 26, 2016 in Blog, book, quilting, spoonflower | 0 comments

The Quilted Clamshell Videos! It is video time! I have a few short videos to showcase designs from The Quilted Clamshell. Watch them here, on ReannaLily Deigns facebook page or on Youtube. Each of the videos stitches a single clamshell shape. The Quilted Clamshell books gives you resources to create these designs and many more by simply manipulating three variables. In the videos, I’m using my?HandiQuilter Avante 18″?longarm quilting machine. You can certainly stitch these designs on a domestic home sewing machine. I’m also using pre-printed clamshell fabric panels from Spoonflower in the demonstrations. The first quilted clamshell (below) starts at the bottom point of the clamshell and features two designs: loops and points. I’m still working on lighting and thread choices to make better videos, but in the meantime…. The second video shows the easiest and most basic quilting design, in my opinion – Loops. Yep. Loops start at the bottom of the clamshell and work their way up the shape. See how it is done here: ?I altered the soft loop design to add pointed edges on the right and left sides. I call this shape the Fire Guy.?See how he looks in this next clamshell. These videos are all part of a video playlist on Youtube, which means I’ve added a collection of The Quilted Clamshell videos into one list which will play one-after-another as you watch. I hope you like them! Tell a...

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The Quilted Clamshell by Jen Eskridge

The Quilted Clamshell by Jen Eskridge

on Jul 14, 2016 in Blog, book, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 2 comments

Introducing The Quilted Clamshell! I’m so happy to finally share news about my fourth book, The Quilted Clamshell! The Quilted Clamshell is a collection of over 70 quilting designs to fit into the class clamshell shape. This reference book is a guide to developing your own unique designs using three simple variables. Sketch, plan, and quilt with confidence! The book is a method to develop quilting designs. As a longarm quilter, time is invested in researching perfect designs to compliment customer quilts. In that research, I noticed there seemed to be a gap in designs where the clamshell was concerned. I doodled and drew as research for my own Glam Clam project. After some time, I noticed I approached the design process in the same manner: manipulating three variables. The Quilted Clamshell was born. Unlike my other books, The Quilted Clamshell is entirely self-published. The book is available through Amazon and as an ebook through ReannaLily Designs shop. Self-publishing is quite an adventure in and of itself. (That will be a blog post for another time!) Watch how easy it is to create unique clamshell designs in this video collection: The Quilted Clamshell on Youtube. See the process for creating quilted clamshells using a domestic home sewing machine. It is a piece of cake! See how I quilted the clamshell designs in one continuous quilting line by following the path outlined in this blog tutorial. For more ideas and info from Jen and ReannaLily Designs: Make sure to LIKE ReannaLily Designs on Facebook to see quilting videos demonstrated from the book. Paperback: 50 pages Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (June 26, 2016) Language: English ISBN-10: 1534940278 ISBN-13: 978-1534940277 CreateSpace Title ID: 6378841 Tell a...

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Stacked Circles in Fun Colorful Quilts by Leisure Arts

Stacked Circles in Fun Colorful Quilts by Leisure Arts

on Jun 23, 2015 in Blog, book, Learn To Sew Easy Curves | 1 comment

Fun Colorful Quilts by Leisure Arts Late last year I was contacted with a note that one of my projects would be used in a new book from Leisure Arts. Well, folks, I’m here to tell you Fun Colorful Quilts has arrived! From the Leisure Arts website: “Vibrant fabrics in a medley of popular shapes, from circles and stars to squares and triangles, make eye-catching quilts with a frivolous touch. In Fun Colorful Quilts, designs for patchwork and appliqu? techniques include Petal Pushers by Me and My Sister Designs (Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson), On a Roll by Tammy Tadd, Dragon’s Tooth by Sue Marsh for Whistlepig Creek Productions, Spinning Stars by Linda Sullivan, and Stacked Circles by Jen Eskridge.” Check out the back cover- Now that is fun! In fact, one of my favorite projects is in this book. It is called Stacked Circles and features military uniforms and Anna Maria Horner fabrics. The color combo is dreamy… because it has EVERY color. If you like the circles in the project above, you might also like my other projects in my book Learn to Sew Easy Curves, also published by Leisure Arts.         Tell a...

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Hexagon Snowmen Quilt

Hexagon Snowmen Quilt

on Dec 23, 2014 in Blog, book, Hexagons Made Easy | 1 comment

Do I want to build a?SNOWMAN? Yes I do! I hope you are all ready this holiday season for all the happiness, family, friends and gifts. ?I have this little frozen guy to share with you. ?He’s so fast and fun. In the book Hexagons Made Easy, there’s a Snowman table runner made with 4 quilt blocks. ?Cute right? ?But I needed to make a gift, just a bit faster….   I changed it up a bit and used two hexagons to make a smaller, single-block Hexagon Snowman Wallhanging, featuring the same technique described in the book. I opted to have a non-holiday background fabric and two fabric scraps of patterned white fabric will make his body. Um, yeah. ?He’s gonna need some clothes. ?Thankfully, I actually have leftover felted sweater scraps in my sewing room. ?(That’s not weird, right??) ?I machine appliqued the prepared hexagons to the background using a straight stitch. ?And then added his “clothes” once his body was complete. ?I considered button eyes, but then I thought – every craft snowman has round button eyes…. I think I can give him some personality if he has felted cashmere sweater eyes. ?I did have to hand sew those on, by the way.   The quilting was very fast since the piece is only 14″ x 16″. ?I just quickly stitched some wavy vertical lines on the background. ?He’s not going to be washed, so I really am not all that worried about the density of the quilting. ?I did echo quilt a tiny bit within his body. ?(see below)   After I bound him in red, he’s finished. ?He’s ready to head over to my friend’s house for the winter. Tell a...

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Hexagons Made Easy

Hexagons Made Easy

on May 13, 2014 in Blog, book, Featured, Hexagons Made Easy | 0 comments

Purchase Here   I can finally reveal something I’ve been working on for the past year. Hexagons Made Easy This is my newest book, releasing with Martingale Press. (!!!!!!) It is full of tips and techniques to make truly hexcellent projects. From Martingale: Create stunning hexagon quilts and so much more–without Y-seams or hand sewing. Sound impossible? Expert quilter Jen Eskridge makes it easy with a quick facing technique, a great alternative to English paper piecing. Learn to use hexagons two ways: appliqu?d onto a background or stitched together without a background for a two-sided quilt. Select from 15 clever projects in a huge variety of sizes, from large quilts to pillows, wall hangings, table runners, pot holders, and more Stitch hexagons easily and accurately by machine; learn a handy way to make hexagons of any size Find patterns for 18 different 15″ x 15″ blocks that showcase hexagons, plus numerous motifs for quilting the designs WANT THE BOOK AND A QUILT KIT FOR THE WALL HANGING ON PAGE 42??? BUY IT HERE FROM REANNALILY DESIGNS. (Buy the book, buy the kit OR buy the book AND kit.) In the next few weeks, I’ll show you more projects from the book and tell you how they came into being. It was a huge joy to work on such a straight-forward technique based book to yield such interesting contemporary results. See a more in-depth review of the book by following this link to Jen’s blog post coverage of title. Shops- This book is also available at United Notions. All books ordered directly from ReannaLily Designs will be signed by Jen Eskridge. Thanks so much for your support! Shipping is $2.95 for standard USPS mail. International orders will be contacted via email for shipping adjustments. Don’t just take my word for it. Check out these reviews: Easy Quilts by Fons and Porter Fall 2013: Australian Homespun July 2013:   Tell a...

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Jelly Roll Quilt Book

Jelly Roll Quilt Book

on Mar 29, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, book, Books, e-Pattern, pattern | 1 comment

  Love precuts? ?Love Jelly Rolls? ?Love cutting your stash into 2 1/2″ strips to save for the perfect patterns? FaveQuilts.com just released a new FREE FEE FREE eBook. ?It has 9 different Jelly Roll quilt patterns in there. ?Since this is a compilation-type book, there are all sorts of styles and designers represented. ?See one of the most popular ReannaLily Designs Patterns, the Batik Braid Quilt, on page 14. I think my favorite quilt in the book is the Striped Chevrons Baby Quilt Tutorial, page 30. It is a design by Erica Jackman from Kitchen Table Quilting. Click here to be magically transported to the download page. Enjoy. Tell a...

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Dallas Modern Quilt Guild Workshop

Dallas Modern Quilt Guild Workshop

on Feb 27, 2014 in art gallery fabrics, book, classes, Hexagons Made Easy, trunk show | 0 comments

I cannot thank the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild enough for having me out. ?That meeting was an absolute blast. ?The guild members were so friendly and ambitious. The Get Published lecture was first up, then the Hexagons Made Easy Wall Hanging Workshop. ?The guild meeting was actually moved to a Saturday and to a larger venue to accommodate the workshop. If you follow me on Instagram, reannalilydesigns_jen, you may have already seen a few of these pics. Each of the workshop students received a fabric kit. ?There’s plenty of fabric in the kit to learn the technique, make the project OR learn the technique and branch off to create something totally unique. ?The workshoppers embraced that and made some of the most innovative little 30″ square quilts. ?With their permission- check out some of these cool works-in-progress: We have purple. ?We have blue. ?We have floral. ?We have stripes. ?…. AND most importantly we have HEXAGONS! ?Look at ’em go! I cannot wait to see some of the finished mini quilts. ?Thanks again for having me out! If your guild or shop is interested in the lecture or workshop, please see this link for more information. ?Have quilts. ?Will travel. *Fabric used in the kits showcased is by Art Gallery Fabrics. Tell a...

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