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Upcoming Classes at Sew Special SA Quilt Shop

Upcoming Classes at Sew Special SA Quilt Shop

on Aug 9, 2017 in Blog, classes, Featured | 0 comments

I’m happy to report three upcoming classes at Sew Special Quilt Shop in San Antonio. Three classes are coming to the third Friday of August, September, and October. Reserve your spot today! August: Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes This super-beginner 1/2 day workshop will teach you how to take a layer cake and 2-1/3 yards of fabric and make it into a double/queen size quilt. Date:  Aug 18th from 10:00-1:00 Cost: $50 Visit our website for additional information.  Please call 210-698-6076 to register with payment. . September: Random Circles Workshop This baby quilt workshop is designed to teach sewing with curves.  You will create circles in class to applique on to background fabric. DATE: Sept. 15 from 10:00-1:00 COST: $50 Visit our website for additional information.  Please call 210-698-6076 to register with payment. . October: Giant Flying Geese A super sized change-up to the No-Waste Flying Geese method.  This workshop transforms a LAYER CAKE and 3-1/3 yard of fabric into a double/queen size quilt. Date: Oct. 20 10:00-1:00 Cost: $50 Visit our website for additional information. Please call 210-698-6076 to register with payment. . Will I see you in class this fall? Tell a...

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Random Circles Quilt Workshop at Mesquite Bean Fabrics

Random Circles Quilt Workshop at Mesquite Bean Fabrics

on Jan 14, 2016 in Blog, business, classes, quilt shop | 0 comments

The Random Circles Workshop Join me at Mesquite Bean Fabrics on January 16th (THIS SATURDAY) to learn the technique to create awesome, perfect circles for machine applique. The Random Circles Quilt Workshop works with the ideas from my book, Learn to Sew Easy Curves. We’ll be working with fat quarters so your quilt can be as unique and interesting as you like. The Random Circles Workshop is just that, random. You quilt will be one of a kind! Call the shop or email them to get signed up! Want to book the workshop at your local quilt store or quilt guild? Find more information here. Tell a...

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Wisconsin Quilt Expo

Wisconsin Quilt Expo

on Jul 18, 2015 in Blog, classes, Hexagons Made Easy, Learn To Sew Easy Curves | 0 comments

See Jen Eskridge at the 2015 Wisconsin Quilt Expo Guess where I will be on September 10-12th? WISCONSIN! If you are in the area, registration is already open for the Wisconsin Quilt Expo. Come see the Hexagons Made Easy/Books Trunk Show on Saturday! Registration for the show is already open. See all the classes here. The Quilt Expo has 10 categories of shows, over 200 classes/lectures and boasts an 85,000 vendor hall. Oh my gosh! I’m going to need a backpack for all the quilty-shopping. The show is put on by Wisconsin Public Television with Nancy Zieman. See you there! Tell a...

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New Random Circles Workshop

New Random Circles Workshop

on Jul 7, 2015 in Blog, business, classes, Learn To Sew Easy Curves, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 2 comments

Random Circles Workshop The new Random Circles Workshop is finally here! Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! This wall-hanging or baby size quilt will be offered with my traveling lectures. The pattern supports the title Learn to Sew Easy Curves.   The workshop is only 3 hours long and requires only 8 Fat Quarters (or assorted fabric scraps), interfacing, and 1-1/2″ yard of background fabric. I am currently researching fabric companies to be able to provide the best Random Circle Workshop kits, too! The class sample is created using Windham Fabrics designed by Lotta J. I’m so thrilled that the project will not only feature techniques in the book but will also include a “donut” or reversible-applique technique, as well. Since the workshop is only 3-hours long or half-day, it can easily be combined with the Hexagons Made Easy Workshop, which is also a half-day workshop. Find out more about pricing and student numbers on my Lectures and Workshop page. I look forward to hearing from your guild/shop!   Tell a...

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Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild – Saturday

Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild – Saturday

on Mar 12, 2015 in Blog, classes, trunk show | 2 comments

If you are in the San Antonio area Saturday, March 14th or as some say – THIS SATURDAY – I’ll be giving my Get Published Lecture to the Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild. Find out more on their website. Meeting starts at 10am at Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church. At the break and after the lecture I’ll have patterns, Stitches Be Crazy shirts, and signed copies of my books for sale.   Maybe I’ll see you there. Tell a...

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Micro Texty Trapunto Quilting

Micro Texty Trapunto Quilting

on Feb 24, 2015 in Blog, classes, Trapunto Style Quilting Designs | 1 comment

The Before Picture I have been making a handful of class samples for the Texty Trapunto Class. Really fun projects are coming out of that quilting workshop. In an efforts to diversify and test a design for something else, I decided to give a damask design the trapunto treatment. My first design comes from The Graphics Fairy. ((How great is that site?!)) The photo, above, is the “before” picture. I have two layers of wool batting temporarily basted to the wrong side of my fabric. The picture is from the wrong side of the fabric. You are looking at the fluffy wool batting. I didn’t size the original damask graphic at all and it printed smaller than my original design idea. That meant I’d have to scale my quilting design motif down a bit to match the scale of the graphic. Here’s the “after” picture. Holy smokes. The quilting was on my home/domestic sewing machine, as opposed to a longarm machine. I did about 1 square inch worth of pebbles and instantly regretted my decision to quilt so small… BUT I had to see if the idea would work, so I powered through. The thread is a variegated Sulky Blendable. I love that stuff and here’s why: The variegation isn’t from white to black or from one color all the way to the other end of the spectrum. The colors blend from Rust-to-Yellow or Avocado-to-Grass. They are natural, non-extreme ranges. Perfect. The After Picture You can see how big the pebble quilting is, relative to the stick pins. YIKES. Here’s a ruler, just for fun:   I had to wait a couple days to actually draft this blog post as I WAS BLIND FROM THE QUILTING. Nah, but seriously, after working on this super small, sheet-of-paper sized project for about an hour, my eyes really did feel like pulling in towards the center. I do need to finish the quilting motif outside the super tight pebbles… that will be later though.   If you are in the San Antonio/Boerne area and want to take the Texty Trapunto Class, it will be held at Sew It Fabulous on February 28th, 2015. Call the shop for more details and to reserve...

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Texty Trapunto Class

Texty Trapunto Class

on Feb 3, 2015 in Blog, classes, SAMQG, Trapunto Style Quilting Designs | 0 comments

Texty Trapunto Workshop The Texty Trapunto Workshop in Boerne, TX, recently was a hit. Huge thanks to Sew It Fabulous for hosting the class and thanks to Danielle of Nacho Mama Quilts for organizing it for the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild. Students were drafting letters, tracing pre-printed letters and using the Ampersand template. It was quite a collection. Some block projects were enlarged to become pillows, some were going to be wall hangings and some were un-decided but just really really wanted to know how to make those trapunto letters puff up off the quilt. Cutting and prep work. Stitching and pinning. And of course, quilting quilting quilting!   The pieces for this workshop are small enough that students were?comfortable trying free motion quilting (FMQ) on domestic/home machines. Some folks went with the straight line, others wanted to try all sorts of crazy free motion quilting fill designs. Students even finished blocks in class. (That is always great, right.) The last step is to spritz the piece with water to dissolve the water soluble thread. It was very Bill Nye the Science Guy as we watched the thread disappear right before our eyes. My friend Allison took the class and sent me a photo of the near-finished “A” texty trapunto project. Turned out GREAT! Thanks to everyone who signed up and came out! I think we had a good time. If you missed this January workshop, I have great news: Tish, at Sew It Fabulous will be hosting me again on, Saturday, February 28th, 2015. You’ll have to call or email the shop to grab yourself a spot. Tell a...

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Text Trapunto Class

Text Trapunto Class

on Jan 7, 2015 in Blog, classes, quilting | 0 comments

This Saturday is the first Text Trapunto Class. It filled up quite quickly, and I’m super excited to show the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild some of my tricks for making words/fonts on quilts.   In the class we are going to make the block above. Rather than have everyone bring a quilt or print fonts/words or plan a phrase, one block will get you the technique and give you a good understanding of how to make the letters pop off your quilts. And the cool part- if it turns out, you can still use it as a mini swap project, pillow or bag front. I even put together batting packs for the class. Not sure the students will needs these; they may have already rounded up their batting scraps and are ready for Saturday. But it is good to be prepared.   I even jammed out little tags. What a morning. All of the “step-outs” or steps for creating the block, are finished. Hum. I wonder if I numbered them….. Wish me luck!!     I’m sure I’ll be back to post all the details and photos from the class. And of course, if you want info about having the class at your shop or guild, check out the deets here and send me an email. Tell a...

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Hexagons Made Easy Wallhanging

Hexagons Made Easy Wallhanging

on Dec 30, 2014 in Blog, business, classes, Hexagons Made Easy, quilt | 0 comments

Hexagons Hexagons Hexagons Phew – sorry, that is a bit blurry – I have a friend who is looking for a couple quilts to showcase some amazing machine quilting. So… um… yea, I’ll get in on that. She is the amazing machine quilter at Nacho Mama’s Quilt blog. I made up a wall hanging, in the same style as the Hexagons Made Easy workshop kit. This wall hanging features techniques from the book and has 20 hexagons arranged in a modern style. Why Modern? Well, there is lots of asymmetry, lots of negative space, and not so much “folk” elements (like blanket stitched hand applique shapes). That pretty much says modern to me. The fabrics in the wall hanging are by Denyse Schmidt for Joanns. First, I applied the facings to the hexagons, as described in Hexagons Made Easy & pressed my shapes. Then I arranged them & pinned them in place. Next up – straight stitch machine applique. Of course, it needs a quick trip to the iron, but this is the finished composition. The wall hanging is about 40″ square. I will not be quilting this myself, so I cannot wait to see what Danielle @ Nacho Mama Quilts will turn this into. Stay tuned. There’s plenty of space for something amazing. The small wall hanging isn’t too jazzy yet, but it is designed for the quilting to really make it spectacular. Just trust me on this one… =) 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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Cutting Kits for Workshops

Cutting Kits for Workshops

on Jan 25, 2014 in art gallery fabrics, Blog, blogging others, classes | 0 comments

I haven’t been sewing too much lately. I’ve been busy cutting kits. LOTS of kits. I’ve been working in small blocks of time, so it is slow going. The kits will be ready for the Hexagons Made Easy Workshops at the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild in February and Houston Modern Quilt Guild in April. I will be presenting the program and offering the workshop to members. If you are in those areas, contact your local Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) chapter for more information.     Tell a...

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Small Sewn Gift Mittens

Small Sewn Gift Mittens

on Dec 3, 2013 in Blog, blogging others, classes, tutorial | 0 comments

Mittens Custom Fit, Easy-Peasy Mittens A Custom Fit, Easy-Peasy Mittens are next up in the Small Sewn Gifts Sew Along. The mittens are quick and are lined with super soft minky fabric. The outside is quilters cotton fabric. Warm. Giftable. Machine-washable. So before we get started on this tutorial, I wanted to give you some options. As it turns out each mitten only has 4 stitching lines and one pattern piece. (EASY!) For some reason, I have 36 unique photos in this tutorial. I’m going to give the experienced sewing peeps the “highlights” and if you want more detail on the construction, simply scroll down to see the step-by-step. Supplies 1/3 yard cotton fabric 1/3 yard minky, flannel or other soft mitten lining material (I used minky which is 60″ wide) 22″ of 5 /8″ wide elastic pattern paper to draft custom fit mitten**   **If you choose to use the provided pdf download pattern, you won’t need your own pattern paper. Construction 1. Draft a Mitten Pattern You’ll be able to download the pdf file, drafted in the following images. If you are making child or men’s size mittens, though, you’ll want to know how to draft those for yourself.   First, trace your hand on paper stopping at your wrist on each side. Keep your fingers together.   Add a 1/2″ seam allowance all the way around the shape. Don’t worry about the wrist quite yet.   Draw 3 lines from the wrist area 1″ apart, to the apex of the mitten. Draw the lines to meet at one point, along the tallest point. Cut carefully on each line TO but NOT THROUGH the apex. You will need to make a single small cut in the seam allowance, which will allow the mitten pattern to spread out. (see below)   Spread out the pattern on an additional sheet of paper. How far? Simply make a fist at the wrist area. Spread the pattern wide enough to have your fist “in” the mitten. This will ensure the mitten can fit over your hand once it is finished. Once you have the wrist edge wide enough and evenly spaced, tape the cut pattern to the additional sheet of paper....

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