Fabric Scraps for Military Retirement Quilt

Adding Fabric Scraps to a Military Retirement Quilt

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

Design Inspiration

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

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

The Scrap Quilt

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

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

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

Deploy That Fabric CoverLongarm Quilting Design

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

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

This was the first time I tried curling feathers.

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

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

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

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




Free-Motion Framework Book Tour

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

Join the Book Tour

As you may know, my new book, Free-Motion Framework was made possible with the help of contributing quilters. A total of 17 quilters, including myself, stitched 41 quilts featured in this inspiring, machine-quilting skill-builder resource. This week we’ll hear from some of them on how the worked with the concept, interpreted their assigned designs, and how their quilts turned out.

Today kicks off the Social Media Blitzo tour for Free-Motion Framework. Stop by the blogs, listed below, to read more about the new title, and when on Instagram or Twitter, check out the hashtag #FMFWQ or #FreeMotionFramework.

The Overview

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

Choose one of 10 Framework designs, or one of 12 if you have the Free-Motion Framework Pattern Sheets, to transfer onto your own 40″ square fabric using tips and instructions in the book. From here, prepare the fabric for quilting, as you would any other quilt. Choose shapes from the linear design to fill, symmetrically, with quilting designs. Practice as many design motifs as you like. Each time you create a small project, it will help grow your machine quilting skills and turn out completely different than the one you stitched before.

Note: Build your skills on a domestic or longarm sewing machine.

And, after you’ve practiced and quilted the entire piece, you’ll accidentally turn out a wholecloth quilt. Neat, right?

Longarm Quilting | ReannaLily Designs

I thought it might be fun to share the reasons you may want to keep Free-Motion Framework in your own library, and the “problems” I was trying to solve when I authored the book.

1. Quilting can be expensive.

From machines and fabric to time and planning, quilting is a luxury hobby. For a past-time that started out utilitarian, it has grown to be an amazing creative art form. Turns out, art can get pricey. I wanted to develop a way to quilt without breaking the bank. All the projects in Free-Motion Framework are presented at 40″ x 40″.  You can create a quilt using 1-1/3 yards of fabric, batting, and backing. Even better, if you were to purchase 108″ wide backing, you can create two 40″ pieces from the one back. Sure you can make larger quilts by combining designs or adding a variety of your own border designs to the 40″ square “frames,” but largely the Free-Motion Framework projects can be created at a low cost.

2. I need more practice, but don’t want to commit to a big patchwork quilt.

When a person decides to start machine quilting, especially free-motion quilting, you may find that you need many more practice pieces before diving into your own beloved patchwork project. Often new quilters will take on charity quilts to stitch with one all-over design. We may also quilt bed sheets just for practice. I wanted to practice many quilting motifs while still producing something neat. Unlike practicing a single style on a “real quilt,” Free-Motion Framework presents the opportunity to create more than one fill or quilting design on the same project. By isolating shapes to essentially color in, you can try all sorts of different ideas.

In the two quilts below, notice how, by choosing different design lines/shapes and arranging different types of quilting motifs, the exact same framework, Shark Attack, turns out completely different. Each chapter has four different interpretations of the design by quilters of all skill levels and backgrounds. I think you’ll be surprised with the variety of inspiration.

3. How can I make a wholecloth quilt easily?

I know that sounds crazy, right? The idea of a Wholecloth Quilt by nature doesn’t really give off the EASY vibe. Pre-printed panels exist to create wholecloth quilts, but really, I wanted my own design. I am inspired by the incredibly talented machine quilters who spend months tweaking and perfecting their wholecloth competition quilts on paper then transfer every single stitch to a fabric design.

Do I love the look? Yes.
Would I love to plan something elaborate like that? No way.

The brainstorming began. Fundamentally, many wholecloth designs are symmetrical. Starting there, I decided if I just had some guidelines to work symmetrically, I may be able to turn out something that looks planned. That turned into: If I just had guidelines, I could fill-in whatever I wanted. I just need to remember where I stitched what motif. Using the Goals Worksheets provided with Free-Motion Framework, you’ll be able to write down the notes for the design as well as keep track of what you are practicing on each piece.

Another tip- Save the printed designs to make full-size notes while quilting. I traced a quadrant of a design four times onto fabric. With that quadrant, I loosely draw the designs as I stitch them to remember what to symmetrically stitch on the other areas of the quilt. Remember, this is just a guide, not a masterful drawing.

Platinum Garden | Whole Cloth Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

4. Quilt with No Pressure

By working small and unplanned, the project takes on a freeing feeling. Working without any outside pressures is a fantastic path to self-growth. Jump in and give it a try. Free-Motion Framework is great for any skill level as everyone has room to improve that one little thing.

  • Hey, this is just 1-1/3 yard of fabric.
  • It’s only practice; no need to worry.
  • This is for my own quilting self-journey, if it turns out, cool. If not, I haven’t invested hundreds of patchwork hours (and CASH) into it.
  • I’ve always wanted to try X-Y-Z design. Let me try it in four or eight small spaces to see if I like it.
  • Rulers have always fascinated me, but I’m not sure where to start. Start one small shape at a time.
  • This will be great to work on at retreat!!! It’s small.

All in all, writing this book from concept to “holy crap that worked” to pitching to the publisher to sourcing all the many contributing quilters, this has been an amazing experience. I hope you’ll enjoy hearing all about the title on this week-long blog hop.

Stop by each blog this week for a possible chance to win a copy of Free-Motion Framework. (International winners, outside the USA, will receive a digital copy.)

Monday | June 4

ReannaLily Designs (here!) 
C & T Publishing

Tuesday | June 5

Joey’s Quilting Co
Helen Ernst Longarm Quilting
Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC The Blog

Thursday | June 7

Wise Craft Handmade

Friday | June 8

Kustom Kwilts
Living Water Quilter
Seamingly Slawson Quilts – Susan Lawson

To be considered for one of the following gifts from our sponsors, leave a comment sharing what area of machine quilting you’d most like to improve. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by email.

Clover USA | ReannaLily Designs

Handi Quilter Rulers | ReannaLily Designs

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

The prize portion of the tour will close at 5pm central time, June 18th and winners will be announced June 19th, right here on ReannaLily Designs Blog. Thank you so much for joining the Blog Tour.

See all the Free-Motion Framework details, workshops, projects, and samples here, on the ReannaLily Designs blog.




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

Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

HandiQuilter

Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Hab And Dash (previously Bobbin Central/Fil Tec)

Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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.

 




Color Wheel Fangirl by Jen Eskridge

Color Wheel Fan Girl Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Learn to Sew Easy Curves | Graffiti Quilting

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.

Color Wheel Fan Girl Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Learn to Sew Easy Curves | Graffiti Quilting

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.

Color Wheel Fan Girl Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Learn to Sew Easy Curves | Graffiti Quilting

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.

Color Wheel Fan Girl Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Learn to Sew Easy Curves | Graffiti Quilting

So happy to cross this off my UFO list. …Well… I say that, it still needs solid black binding…. *cough cough cough*

I recently found a small bag of quilt tops that I’ll be working through. I stashed them away before my sweet HandiQuilter longarm came into my life. I’m on a roll, now, though!!!Color Wheel Fan Girl Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Learn to Sew Easy Curves | Graffiti Quilting

If you are looking to have your quilt tops finished with machine quilting designs, or if you know a quilter who needs a very practical & thoughtful Christmas gift, head over to ReannaLily Quilts or grab the $50 gift card, here.




Lime Green Clamshell Quilt

Lime Green Clamshell Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell | Spoonflower Fabric

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.)

Lime Green Clamshell Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell | Spoonflower Fabric

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.

Lime Green Clamshell Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell | Spoonflower Fabric

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.

Lime Green Clamshell Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell | Spoonflower Fabric

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)

Lime Green Clamshell Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell | Spoonflower Fabric

I switched to a Oxford Grey?thread in the needle and bobbin for the black clamshells. (amazon link)

Lime Green Clamshell Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell | Spoonflower Fabric

When quilting the black clamshells, I switched up another variable mentioned in The Quilted Clamshell, and that is the starting point. All the design motifs for these clams start at the top-center of the shape, rather than at the bottom point.

Lime Green Clamshell Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell | Spoonflower Fabric

To grow this quilt in size, I added a three borders to the design: 1/2″, 2″, and 4″ widths. This gave me room for even more quilting. I actually tried to make little 3/8″ pebbles all along the thinnest border. Yikes! But, you know, I do love trying things.

Lime Green Clamshell Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell | Spoonflower Fabric

The borders kept on with the slate thread in needle and bobbin.Here’s something I’ve never done- I treated the two borders as one when quilting. I thought about going a traditional route, where each color would get its own design, but ultimately, graffiti quilting?style won out.

Lime Green Clamshell Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell | Spoonflower Fabric

Lime Green Clamshell Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell | Spoonflower Fabric

Lime Green Clamshell Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell | Spoonflower Fabric

It is wild. I love it. It is just a hair outside my comfort zone as far as colors go. I’m so glad I tried out a few new designs and a few new quilting/border styles.

If you are looking to give it a try yourself, here’s a link to the Spoonflower quilt panel.

Lime Green Clamshell Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell | Spoonflower Fabric

Screen shot from Spoonflower.com

 

If you don’t have your copy of The Quilted Clamshell, you should totally grab one!

The Quilted Clamshell by Jen Eskridge | Clamshell Quilt Panels from Spoonflower




The Quilted Clamshell on Instagram

The Quilted Clamshell | Instagram | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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!

The Quilted Clamshell by Jen Eskridge | Clamshell Quilt Panels from Spoonflower
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.




Continuous Path Quilting Design

Continuous Path Quilting on Clamshell Quilts by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell

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.

Continuous Path Quilting on Clamshell Quilts by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell

When you get to the last arch, change directions:

Continuous Path Quilting on Clamshell Quilts by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell

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.

Continuous Path Quilting on Clamshell Quilts by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell

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.

Continuous Path Quilting on Clamshell Quilts by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell

Awesome.

Use rulers to travel?up and over to the next lower point. Once there, you can repeat the fill design.

Continuous Path Quilting on Clamshell Quilts by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell

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.

Continuous Path Quilting on Clamshell Quilts by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell

From here, hop back into the arch + fill motions again pausing?at the lower point to create the next arch.

Continuous Path Quilting on Clamshell Quilts by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell

Ok. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. I think you’ve got the hang of it.

Continuous Path Quilting on Clamshell Quilts by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell

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. For the main body of the quilt, though, this arch + fill?works well for me.

Continuous Path Quilting on Clamshell Quilts by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell

Continuous Path Quilting on Clamshell Quilts by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | The Quilted Clamshell

Watch this tutorial in action on my youtube video here:


And if you don’t already have your copy of The Quilted Clamshell, grab it on Amazon.

The Quilted Clamshell by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Machine Quilting Book | Longarm | ReannaLily Quilts




Domestic / Home Sewing Machine Quilted Clamshells

Can you quilt clamshells on a home sewing machine?

I’m so glad you asked! Yes, you certainly can.

The Quilted Clamshell | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Free Motion Quilting on a Home Sewing Machine

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.

The Quilted Clamshell | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Free Motion Quilting on a Home Sewing Machine

I opted to trace along the lines in white thread. Turns out, you cannot see that too well in pictures.

The Quilted Clamshell | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Free Motion Quilting on a Home Sewing Machine

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.

The Quilted Clamshell | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Free Motion Quilting on a Home Sewing Machine

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.

The Quilted Clamshell | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Free Motion Quilting on a Home Sewing Machine

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!

The Quilted Clamshell | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Free Motion Quilting on a Home Sewing Machine

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 it!

The Quilted Clamshell | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Free Motion Quilting on a Home Sewing Machine

And there you have it: Clamshell quilting designs on a home sewing machine.

The Quilted Clamshell | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Free Motion Quilting on a Home Sewing Machine

If you’d like to learn how to create an endless?collection of quilting fills designed to fit a traditional clamshell shape, check The Quilted Clamshell in print at amazon.com or in e-book here in the ReannaLily Designs shop.

The Quilted Clamshell by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Machine Quilting Book | Longarm | ReannaLily Quilts




Quilted Clamshell Videos

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!




The Quilted Clamshell by Jen Eskridge

The Quilted Clamshell by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Machine Quilting Book | Longarm | ReannaLily Quilts

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.

The Quilted Clamshell by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Machine Quilting Book | Longarm | ReannaLily Quilts

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!)

The Quilted Clamshell by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Machine Quilting Book | Longarm | ReannaLily Quilts

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!

The Quilted Clamshell | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Free Motion Quilting on a Home Sewing Machine

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:
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  • 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



Stacked Circles in Fun Colorful Quilts by Leisure Arts

Fun Colorful Quilts-Leisure Arts

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-Fun Colorful Quilts-Leisure Arts

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.

Fun Colorful Quilts-Leisure Arts - Stacked Circles by Jen Eskridge

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.

Learn To Sew Easy Curves | ReannaLily Designs

 

 

 

 




Hexagon Snowmen Quilt

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….

Hexagon Snowman | ReannaLily Designs | Hexagons Made Easy

 

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.

Hexagon Snowman | ReannaLily Designs | Hexagons Made Easy

I opted to have a non-holiday background fabric and two fabric scraps of patterned white fabric will make his body.

Hexagon Snowman | ReannaLily Designs | Hexagons Made Easy

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.

Hexagon Snowman | ReannaLily Designs | Hexagons Made Easy

 

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)

Hexagon Snowman | ReannaLily Designs | Hexagons Made Easy

 

After I bound him in red, he’s finished. He’s ready to head over to my friend’s house for the winter.