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Fabric Scraps for Military Retirement Quilt

Fabric Scraps for Military Retirement Quilt

on Jun 12, 2018 in Blog, book, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 1 comment

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! Longarm 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,...

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Free-Motion Framework Book Tour

Free-Motion Framework Book Tour

on Jun 4, 2018 in Blog, book, Featured, FMFWQ, quilting | 69 comments

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 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? 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...

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Writing a Book- Free-Motion Framework

Writing a Book- Free-Motion Framework

on Apr 17, 2018 in Blog, book, Featured, FMFWQ, quilting | 2 comments

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: 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: 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. 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 Clover USA HandiQuilter Hab And Dash (previously Bobbin Central/Fil Tec) 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...

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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...

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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...

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Continuous Path Quilting Design

Continuous Path Quilting Design

on Aug 23, 2016 in Blog, book, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 2 comments

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...

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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...

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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:...

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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.      ...

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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...

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