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Hexagons Made Easy Sampler Quilt

Hexagons Made Easy Sampler Quilt

on Oct 6, 2015 in Blog, Hexagons Made Easy, quilt | 1 comment

Make the Hexagons Made Easy Sampler Quilt The 18 blocks featured in the book Hexagons Made Easy is perfect for a Sampler Quilt. What is a Sampler Quilt? This is a (generally) traditional quilt which features unique, different quilt blocks. Usually, a sampler quilt has no two blocks repeated. In the case of this sampler quilt, I had to repeat two blocks to create a total of 20 for a 4 x 5 block quilt. All the blocks in the book are based on an 15″ square background. Perfect! Now you can make only 20 blocks and have a BIG quilt. In fact, with the sashing (cut 2-1/2″) the quilt is 70″ x 87″. The new design wall helped tremendously with arranging such a large project. I choose a grey and black sashing to match the mock-up in the book. The grey is actually an IKEA flat sheet that has a bit of a chintz type sheen to it. Last seam and the quilt is finito! Finito? Yes. This quilt will now be part of my traveling “If a Person Werta” lecture and to keep the traveling suitcase lighter, I will not be quilting it. Hooray! It is finished and all the blocks have their own little framed...

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Modern Quilt Guild Teacher Directory

Modern Quilt Guild Teacher Directory

on Sep 29, 2015 in Blog, business, Hexagons Made Easy, Learn To Sew Easy Curves | 0 comments

As of September 2015, I’m a listed teacher on the Modern Quilt Guild website! If your guild or shop is looking for a lecture/trunk show with a definite modern flare or a class/workshop featuring hexagons or curves, I’m your girl! More information can be found on my website or on the MQG?website. As a board member of our local guild chapter and as a presenter, I’m thrilled that the MQG has set up this resource for guilds and shops. There are so many folks listed on the MQG teacher directory and as time goes on I’m certain loads more will be added. I’m thrilled to be included on the page. Screen shot from https://www.themodernquiltguild.com/content/teacher-lecturer-directory   Sign up to receive this blog’s feed in your email so you won’t miss any updates. Sign up here: Enter your email address: Delivered by...

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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...

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QuiltCon Book Signing

QuiltCon Book Signing

on Feb 19, 2015 in Blog, Hexagons Made Easy | 0 comments

I’ll be doing a short demo, provide a small trunk show and sign?Hexagons Made Easy?in Austin on Feb 20th and 21st, 2015 at the second QuiltCon, Modern Quilt Guild Convention.   I’m really looking forward to the convention… & I’ll see you out there. Tickets are only $10 at the...

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Hashtag HelloQuiltCon

Hashtag HelloQuiltCon

on Feb 6, 2015 in Blog, Hexagons Made Easy | 0 comments

Instagram is going?crazy over the hashtag #HelloQuiltCon. It is a way to grab a selfie, so your Instagram friends can put a face to the name at the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) Convention, QuiltCon. Do a search for #HelloQuiltCon to see some of the many faces attending this year. I made my selfie into a little video so you’d know where to find me, too. You can see the video on my IG feed, too, if you rather. @reannalilydesigns_jen See you there,...

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Longarm Quilting on a Thursday

Longarm Quilting on a Thursday

on Jan 29, 2015 in Blog, Hexagons Made Easy, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting | 1 comment

Longarming on a Thursday – making hexagons, swirls and wavy lines. Now that, is what I call a really good Thursday! I was all set to use this bold grey thread on my 40″ square quilt top…. but you guessed it. I chickened out. I just didn’t trust myself to use a thread that you could really-REALLY see on the background. I traced out 4 large hexagons in random spots on the quilt top. I used the fancy quilting ruler to outline the shape, then echo it a few more times to make the quilted hexagon grow. Next up, I filled the hexagons with pointy swirls. Last, I filled in the remaining space with wavy lines. I’m tellin’ you, it was really quick. In fact, the ruler work took the longest. Having not done much ruler work, I think it will get faster with practice. This was my “almost” free motion quilting. Is it really all that?free if you mark of 4 hexagons? Dunno. This picture just cracks me right up. Its like a quilt-y ghost is showing you the back of the quilt. C R E E P Y ! but really – I was trying to get a picture to show you that I totally forgot to change my bobbin thread color. The whole back is still in that bold grey. I would make sense, if the top was stitched grey, but it isn’t. Le’sigh. Of course, it was a stripe binding kinda day. I just bought this stripe on a road-trip to the Hill Country Quilt Shops in Bandera, Kerrville and Fredricksberg TX.   This style wall hanging is the same as the one I offer and teach in my Hexagons Made Easy Workshop. Shoot me an email if you’d like more information or might want the class at your shop or...

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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…...

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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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Hexagons Made Easy

Hexagons Made Easy

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

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

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Hexagons Made Easy Trunk Show

Hexagons Made Easy Trunk Show

on Mar 4, 2014 in Blog, Hexagons Made Easy, quilt shop, trunk show | 0 comments

The quilts and projects featured in?Hexagons Made Easy are on display! Thanks to The French Seam in Stuggart Arkansas for hosting the show earlier in January.   The traveling trunk show of quilts is hanging out at Stitched With Love in McKinney Texas from NOW until April. Swing on by and check it out.   If you are a shop, and would like to host the trunk show, please follow this...

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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...

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