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Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panels From Spoonflower

Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panels From Spoonflower

on Aug 20, 2018 in Blog, Books, Featured, FMFWQ, Longarm Quilting Gallery, Notions | 1 comment

Grab Your Quilt Panels Today! I’m so happy to announce the new release of Free-Motion Framework PANELS! These 36″ x 36″ square panels are directly inspired from the best-selling title, Free-Motion Framework. Updated to add: See all the Free-Motion Framework details, workshops, projects, and samples here, on the blog. In the Isolating Shapes chapter of Free-Motion Framework, we cover how to take any linear framework and select areas in which to quilt. I’ve illustrated how easy it is to isolate shapes by color-blocking them in as a visual aid. Well, as luck would have it, those color-blocked images looked really cool. With the help of C & T Publishing, nine fabric quilt panels are now available at Spoonflower.com! Purchasing Choosing your panel couldn’t be easier. Simply head over to the Free-Motion Framework Collection at Spoonflower.com from the ReannaLily Designs shop and select your favorite design. You’ll be able to choose your fabric type. For this demonstration piece, I choose satin. It’s only $.50 more than the woven cotton, and the results are stunning. You’ll also have the option to pick a test swatch, fat quarter, or yard. Choose Yard. Notice also, the fabric width is 42″. The design will repeat a bit. (Shown marked off in RED below.) This is actually perfect because it gives you a chance to test out ideas and colors before stitching them directly onto the 36″ square panel. Neat trick, right? Threads For my own project, I opted to match thread colors with the color-blocked shapes. Here’s my suggestions: Glide Linen 10WG1 Glide Celery 60580 Glide Cerulean 30308 Glide Split Pea 60389 Glide Baby Blue 30290 Glide Jungle 63415 Quilting Using my HandiQuilter Avante longarm I set up the satin panel with wool batting, just as I would load any other quilt. You absolutely can do this on a domestic machine, as well. As suggested in Free-Motion Framework, I worked symmetrically, trying to complete a single color at a time. The satin is quite shifty, so I opted to pin baste around the quilt top as I stitched. It was so neat to work within coloring shapes. Trying to stay “in the lines” is an added level of control and practice. You can really...

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Free-Motion Framework Book Tour Winners

Free-Motion Framework Book Tour Winners

on Jun 19, 2018 in Blog, Featured, FMFWQ | 1 comment

Thank you! Thank you for following along with the Free-Motion Framework Social Media Blitzo and Book Tour. I appreciate each of you for stopping by and seeing how this little book came together. Today, I’m happy to announce the three prize winners on ReannaLily Designs stop along the tour. Just a quick update, if you don’t yet have your copy of the book, the book is rolling along smoothly and is included in the C&T Publishing Best Sellers. Holy smokes! What an honor, y’all! Here’s a quick recap of the tour stops: 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 Congratulations to our Winners First Prize The first prize includes the following sponsored items: Generously Donated by Hab and Dash (formerly Fil-Tec & BobbinCentral.com) Glide Thread(Autumn) Generously Donated by Clover-USA: Dressmaker’s Carbon & Tracing Wheel and Wonder Clips  Generously Donated by HandiQuilter: Handi Versal Tool Machine Quilting Ruler Generously Donated by C & T Publishing: A copy of Free-Motion Framework (digital copy for international winners) The first prize goes to Christi! Her comment is, “I need to improve all of my skills. Ruler work has caught my attention but so has feathers. I haven’t mastered either one. Each day I practice both and dream of improving.” Look for an email soon! Second Prize The first prize includes the following sponsored items: Generously Donated by Hab and Dash (formerly Fil-Tec & BobbinCentral.com) Glide Thread(Autumn) Generously Donated by Clover-USA: Water Soluble Pencils and Wonder Clips  Generously Donated by HandiQuilter: Handi Versal Tool Machine Quilting Ruler Generously Donated by C & T Publishing: A copy of Free-Motion Framework (digital copy for international winners) The second prize goes to Carol. Her comment is, “I would like to improve the consistency of my stitch length when doing FMQ.” Look for an email soon! Third Prize Generously Donated by C & T Publishing: A copy of Free-Motion Framework (digital copy for international winners) The third prize goes to Susan. Her comment is, “I’m struggling in vision....

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Free-Motion Framework Launch Party Recap

Free-Motion Framework Launch Party Recap

on Jun 16, 2018 in Blog, FMFWQ | 2 comments

Free-Motion Framework Launch & Book Signing Party Thank you to everyone who came out to the Free-Motion Framework Launch & Book Signing Party! I had a great time, even if I’m making crazy faces in these photos. Thank you to Sew Special Quilts SATX for hosting the event. The many quilts from the book were hanging around the classroom last Friday night. I’m happy to report that as a result, the book inventory sold out before the actual party. The shop was able to get a second order in the day before the event. And to everyone’s delight, the book sold out that night and special orders were placed! Thank you, so much! I am honored that you like the new project. For the event, I shared different areas of the book and explained how these complicated-looking quilts can be created by simply working in small & symmetrical areas. Also, I may be getting ready to sneeze in this picture below. We’ll never know. The small mini-quilt, in white, is created from the line drawing above. Choose shapes to fill in with quilting practice designs. If you want to practice straight lines, stitch those. If you want to practice pebbles, meanders, swirls, feathers, etc, stitch those. It is up to you! Use the lines as a guide! Choose to stitch directly on them to fill in your space, or use them as bounding boxes for your designs. There are so many options. The designs are offered in 12″, 15″ and 40″ sizes. These smaller sizes can be traced and stitched onto traditional quilts to quilt within a quilt block, stitching directly on the lines. The Circles design is shown below in the 15″ scale. Only a few of the many design lines within the framework are darkened for future quilting onto a block-based quilt. (Thanks, MOM, for holding up the demo items!) We talked about colors, shapes, sizes, time-frames, processes, threads, and we even have door prizes! Thank you to Clover-USA, HandiQuilter, and Hab and Dash Threads for book sponsorship! It was quite a night. I thought you may enjoy some of the silly faces I make when I’m talking at an event. It happens every time. I did have my...

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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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Free-Motion Framework Special Trunk Show Exhibit

Free-Motion Framework Special Trunk Show Exhibit

on May 20, 2018 in Blog, FMFWQ, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 4 comments

Free-Motion Framework Quilts Trunk Show! Take a peek at the Free-Motion Framework Quilt Trunk Show at Sew Special Quilts, in San Antonio, Texas. The show will be installed from May 18 through June 8th. See work from the contributing quilters and myself. If you are in the area or on a short holiday here at the end of May, please swing by! Trunk Show The show features a selection of quilts from the book as well as the three workshop samples and two quilts made from the bonus designs included in the Free-Motion Framework Pattern Package. Launch Party & Book Signing In addition, I’m so honored that Sew Special Quilts has offered to not only share the show but also host a Launch Party & Book Signing on June 8, from 6:30-8p. SAVE THE DATE. Bring your copy or pick up one the night of the event. Meet the author (me!), and ask all the questions you like while I demonstrate how to take a simple line drawing and, surprisingly easily, create a version of a wholecloth quilt. The photo below shows the finished quilt, left, and the line drawing used to create the quilt on the right. I’ll elaborate more at the party or grab your copy of Free-Motion Framework to see how the magic happens. I’ll see you at the party! Updated to add: See all the Free-Motion Framework details, workshops, projects, and samples here, on the...

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Intro to Free-Motion Framework: A New Workshop

Intro to Free-Motion Framework: A New Workshop

on Apr 21, 2018 in Blog, Featured, FMFWQ, quilting | 1 comment

The new book Free-Motion Framework hits stores in May! A brand new quilting workshop will also be offered. I’m so excited to share the Intro to Free-Motion Framework half-day class.  The spirit of the book focuses on challenging yourself at your own skill level and pace. It gives you an opportunity to reflect and say, “I think I’m going to practice such-and-such quilting design, and maybe also the whatever-whatever design.” Then, take those ideas and practice your quilting design symmetrically to accidentally create a wholecloth quilt. Updated to add: See all the Free-Motion Framework details, workshops, projects, and samples here, on the blog. Just like the book, the workshop project can be completed on a longarm or domestic home sewing machine. (When booking the workshop, special arrangements may need to be set for hosting a class in a longarm studio.) In the workshop we’ll mark a solid color fat quarter to create a 15-18″ mini quilt using the same design framework. Just like the 10 linear designs in the book, the Intro design also has its own goals worksheet to give you an opportunity to practice, take notes, and doodle before stitching. For the workshop, I created three samples to represent three skill levels who may try the Intro design. Of course, you do not have to make your mini quilt like these at all. Each quilter will likely turn out very different projects. (That is my favorite part!) The challenge levels are associated with these fabric colors: Pink – more advanced Grey – confident White – beginner In the pictures below, you’ll see the original marked lines on the finished samples. I’m hoping that will give you a reference point as to which shapes were isolated to be quilted. Pink Mini Quilt To create the pink mini quilt, I was able simply lay the light-colored fabric on a work surface and trace the design through the fabric. The water soluble pencils from Clover work great for this project; keep a pencil sharpener handy. I set the fat quarter up on my HandiQuilter Avante longarm frame, though this absolutely can be done on a domestic home sewing machine. (The workshop will be geared towards home-sewing-machine-based free-motion quilting.) Starting in...

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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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Introducing Free-Motion Framework by Jen Eskridge

Introducing Free-Motion Framework by Jen Eskridge

on Apr 13, 2018 in Blog, Featured, FMFWQ, quilting | 1 comment

Free-Motion Framework is finally here!!! Free-Motion Framework is my newest book releasing with C & T Publishing. I’m beyond excited to share the concept and details with you over the coming weeks. In a nutshell, the book is 10 linear designs created to help you improve your machine quilting skills while accidentally producing a wholecloth quilt. Sounds a bit crazy, right? I started out wanting to create a wholecloth quilt but soon realized there’s no way I wanted to plan a wholecloth quilt. It became clear that if I simply had a few guidelines marked, I could quilt whatever I felt comfortable-enough stitching and, as long as I worked symmetrically, I’d probably turn out a really neat quilt. The design is a bonus pattern in the Free-Motion Framework Pattern Package. Updated to add: See all the Free-Motion Framework details, workshops, projects, and samples here, on the blog. C & T  Publishing’s blog has a more in-depth look at the book, with excerpts from the title in their new blog post. To create this book, I worked with the aforementioned 10 linear designs, which I created in Adobe Illustrator. I then reached out to other machine quilters to assemble a team of 17 total quilters to create the 41 quilts featured in the book. Yes, FORTY-ONE quilts (not including any digital mock-ups). Each design is presented in it’s full square composition, and a quadrant of the design is presented. Then each linear design is stitched four times, by four different quilters using as many or as few lines as they’d like to fill in shapes with machine quilting designs which they feel comfortable stitching. For this reason, this skill builder is great for ALL levels of machine quilters. Take a look at these interpretations of the Shark Attack design:       This book will be a fantastic resource for machine quilting textures, as created by the army of quilting contributors, as well as a good go-to for low-stress machine quilting practice ideas. I hope you’ll add it to your library. There will be more details on this book in the coming weeks. I will share more sneak-peeks at the designs, the concept, the writing process, and more. For now,...

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Buggin Out: Machine Quilted Wholecloth

Buggin Out: Machine Quilted Wholecloth

on Jan 2, 2018 in Blog, Featured, FMFWQ, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 10 comments

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Another practice wholecloth quilt came to being over the winter break. I challenged myself with purple Glide thread on orange cotton fabric. Yikes! At first it seemed a bit counter-intuitive, but I really wanted to have high contrasting colors so I could focus on making better stitches, lines, and curves. I used HandiQuilter Avante 18″ longarm to create the quilt. The whole thing is stitched using free-motion quilting and rulers. There’s no computer guided quilting. Design As you may know, I’m enjoying a quilting series of whole cloth quilts, like the one in this wholecloth post, this wholecloth post, and Platinum Garden, which will be seen at Road to California January 2018. As described in those previous adventures, I start with a linear quadrant design like this one: Print the quadrant once, tape it together, and trace it onto the wholecloth four times, or simply print it four times. I opted to just print the full-size quadrant once. Note: This quadrant design is not available for free full-size download. The design is a bonus pattern in the Free-Motion Framework Pattern Package. For more on this style of quilting, using a linear design/framework to accidently stitch a wholecloth quilt, check out Free-Motion Framework. Updated to add: See all the Free-Motion Framework details, workshops, projects, and samples here. Once the design is traced, I isolate shapes to fill in. As long as I fill them in symmetrically, I’ll get a cool wholecloth quilt. It will look like I took time to plan this quilt, but really, I just made notes of what I stitched in each shape and repeated the design in all four quadrants. I was be-bopping along at a good clip when I remembered to take pictures! I had the good sense to draw what I stitched, as I stitched it, on the full-size paper tracing template. It was so easy to use it as a reference. It doesn’t look like much, but here’s a peek: The entire quilt is traced with a blue water soluble marker. Spray the quilt with water while it is still on the frame to see all the marks disappear. Of course, if I were planning to block this quilt so it will...

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Platinum Garden: Satin Wholecloth Quilt

Platinum Garden: Satin Wholecloth Quilt

on Mar 28, 2017 in Blog, Featured, FMFWQ, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting | 6 comments

I’m crazy for this platinum satin whole cloth quilt! It is named Platinum Garden and started out as a wild experiment. A 60″ x 60″ quilting adventure! What I wanted was one of those amazing silk wholecloth quilts with the puffy and fantastic wool battings. Upon further inspection – YIKES – silk is almost $30/yard and wool batting isn’t for the faint of heart. (I couldn’t commit at those prices.) Since this was to be a test, I went with polyester, “platinum” color satin charmeuse and high-loft polyester batting. To top it off, I actually used a bed sheet (50/50% poly cotton) from Walmart as the backing! Pretty crazy, right? As you may know, I’m enjoying a quilting series of whole cloth quilts, like the one in this wholecloth post and this wholecloth post.  As described in those previous adventures, I start with a linear quadrant design like this one: Print the quadrant once, tape it together, and trace it onto the wholecloth four times, or simply print it four times. I opted to just print the full-size quadrant once. Note: This quadrant design is not available for free full-size download. The design is a bonus pattern in the Free-Motion Framework Pattern Package. For more on this style of quilting, using a linear design/framework to accidently stitch a wholecloth quilt, check out Free-Motion Framework. Updated to add: See all the Free-Motion Framework details, workshops, projects, and samples here. Since I was using slippery & shifty satin, I decided to use dressmaker’s carbon tracing papers to transfer the design to the quilt’s surface. Of course, I started in right away on the quilting. Some feathers here. Some lines there. A few wishbones in the corners. Then I realized this quilt was WAY too big and to slippery to roll back and forth to work in a symmetrical quilting fashion. Instead, I decided to draw directly on my printed quadrant to serve as a road map for what I was going to quilt when I needed to replicate the top half of the quilt, on the bottom half. I pinned it above my quilt frame as a reference. (I’m going to have lots of holes to patch on that wall if we ever...

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Longarm Quilting Skill Builder – With Circles

Longarm Quilting Skill Builder – With Circles

on May 22, 2016 in Blog, FMFWQ, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting, tutorial | 11 comments

Whole Cloth Quilting Skill Builder Now with CIRCLES I recently created a little tutorial for a whole cloth quilting skill builder design. You can find that post here. It was a really fun project where you take a template, which?you can download, trace out all the lines onto your fabric, then quilt different fill designs within spaces. Sounds pretty straight-forward, right? Well, I decided to develop a second template. (I can see me going down a rabbit hole…. ) If you make a wholecloth skill builder like this one and share it, please use the hashtag #FMFWQ. Why you ask? This concept has grown into a full-on book, Free-Motion Framework, shipping May of 2018. Pre-order it on AMAZON. Updated to add: See all the Free-Motion Framework details, workshops, projects, and samples here. With both skill builder designs I wanted to have a small quilt to practice: Filling in shapes with different designs Consistency in the filling motifs Ruler work Speed & Confidence The Template The template is designed in Adobe Illustrator and fits on a 40″ square of fabric. The design itself is 38-1/2″ x 38-1/2″. The plan was to make a quilt that is big enough to practice on and small enough to not have a large financial commitment. Does that make sense? It is 1-1/8 yard of fabric. I used pieced batting scraps inside the design and pieced some scraps for the quilt back. I also chose this size for my whole cloth because it would be easy enough to trace out four designs to create a much larger bed-size quilt. That is pretty neat, right? However, there’s no way I wanted to print a bunch of pages, tape them together and have a 38-1/2″ piece of paper. Designing just a quadrant solved the problem. Hooray! It prints on only 6 pages. Click here to download the quadrant pdf for yourself. Using the whole cloth skill builder design: Print the quadrant and choose to “tile pages” to print 6 pieces of paper on a pc or do this for a mac. Fold your fabric in half lengthwise and width-wise to find the center and mark the exact vertical and horizontal guide lines. Press. Tape or pin the...

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Longarm Quilting Skill Builder

Longarm Quilting Skill Builder

on Mar 22, 2016 in Blog, FMFWQ, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting, tutorial | 14 comments

Small Whole Cloth Quilting Skill Builder I love to look at whole cloth quilts, but I’d need some serious skills to be able to make one! I decided I should make a skill builder design for myself to practice my longarm quilting. Specifically, I wanted to practice: Filling in shapes with different designs Consistency in the filling motifs Ruler work Speed & Confidence First steps in Adobe Illustrator. The design I’m sharing with you today will finish at?38″ square. I figured this way it would be a small enough piece to not agonize over, but larger enough to apply to quadrants of a quilt if I wanted to make a bed size quilt. (Well, it’d have to have borders to really be bed-size, but that is neither here nor there.) Ok- page set up 38″ square. In a nutshell- draw a line this way, pull a curve that way, rotate around a center mark…. Ta’dah! Well, it wasn’t THAT easy, I made a rough draft, tested it, tweaked it and then TA’DAH – the image below. That is pretty neat, right? Then I realized that there’s no way I wanted to print a bunch of pages, tape them together and have a 38″ piece of paper. Designing just a quadrant solved the problem. Hooray! It prints on only 6 pages. Click here to download the quadrant pdf for yourself. If you make a wholecloth skill builder like this one and share it, please use the hashtag #FMFWQ. Why you ask? This concept has grown into a full-on book, Free-Motion Framework, shipping May of 2018. Pre-order it on AMAZON. Updated to add: See all the Free-Motion Framework details, workshops, projects, and samples here. Let me show you how I used my whole cloth skill builder design: ((I was working from the rough draft illustrator design so the design lines vary slightly. )) Print the quadrant and choose to “tile pages” to print 6 pieces of paper on a pc or do this for a mac. First, I found a piece of fabric roughly 1-1/4″ x 42″ (width of fabric). Fold it in half lengthwise and width-wise to find the center and mark the exact vertical and horizontal guide lines. Press....

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