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Color Wheel Fangirl by Jen Eskridge

Color Wheel Fangirl by Jen Eskridge

on Sep 27, 2016 in Blog, book, Learn To Sew Easy Curves, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 0 comments

Color Wheel Fangirl!! I suppose Color Wheel Fangirl might be a weird name for a quilt, but surely, I am a super fan. The color wheel doesn’t lie and it always guides you to a reasonably good design decision. What’s not to love? This quilt is roughly 48″ x 48″. Not too big at all. The quilt top was constructed a few?years ago, so not only am I excited to share it here, I’m excited to cross it off my UFO list! (UFO- unfinished object) The design is inspired by the techniques in my book, Learn to Sew Easy Curves. In this case, I used a solids charm pack to create six 9-patch blocks, sorted by color family. I think used the method in the book to prepare the shapes for machine applique. For those of you looking really really closely, you’ll see there were not enough purple pieces in the charm pack, so I added?in grey square. I just do not own very many pieces of purple fabric. This quilt is slightly stiff and puffy. In the quilt-sandwich, I used a dense needle punch batting. I purchased 75 yards of it 10 years ago. TEN. At this point, I just want to use it up. The wall hanging size quilt will hold its shape nicely and the quilting lines are really pronounced. Speaking of quilting lines, I had the best time mixing all sorts of designs on this quilt. I used a bit of graffiti quilting around the shapes, a nice swirly-hook design in the center and featured on each of the six circles: two types of feathers. Phew.You can see so much texture! The other unique thing I tried on this project was thread color. I tried to match, or at least attempt to match, my thread with my fabrics. The background is quilting in grey and the color wheel shapes are quilted in a thread from their color family. Color theory is so neat. (Fangirl!) Take the purple thread below, when stitched on lighter purples the thread looks down-right brown. When stitched on deeper purple fabrics, it looks a bit pink-y. (Some may even go so far as to say Blush or Bashful.) Amazing stuff. So...

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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 FeedBurner 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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Stacked Circles in Fun Colorful Quilts by Leisure Arts

Stacked Circles in Fun Colorful Quilts by Leisure Arts

on Jun 23, 2015 in Blog, book, Learn To Sew Easy Curves | 1 comment

Fun Colorful Quilts by Leisure Arts Late last year I was contacted with a note that one of my projects would be used in a new book from Leisure Arts. Well, folks, I’m here to tell you Fun Colorful Quilts has arrived! From the Leisure Arts website: “Vibrant fabrics in a medley of popular shapes, from circles and stars to squares and triangles, make eye-catching quilts with a frivolous touch. In Fun Colorful Quilts, designs for patchwork and appliqu? techniques include Petal Pushers by Me and My Sister Designs (Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson), On a Roll by Tammy Tadd, Dragon’s Tooth by Sue Marsh for Whistlepig Creek Productions, Spinning Stars by Linda Sullivan, and Stacked Circles by Jen Eskridge.” Check out the back cover- Now that is fun! In fact, one of my favorite projects is in this book. It is called Stacked Circles and features military uniforms and Anna Maria Horner fabrics. The color combo is dreamy… because it has EVERY color. If you like the circles in the project above, you might also like my other projects in my book Learn to Sew Easy Curves, also published by Leisure Arts.         Tell a...

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Mini Dresden – Facings

Mini Dresden – Facings

on Aug 26, 2014 in Blog, Learn To Sew Easy Curves, quilt, tutorial | 2 comments

  I’m working on my Mini Dresden quilt and I wanted to share with you how I got to the image above. I will be appliqueing my Dresden circle shapes onto a solid white background. I needed to prep them for machine-stitched applique. Using the techniques in Learn to Sew Easy Curves, I’ll show you how I did it. Learn to Sew Easy Curves – Technique First, pick a facing fabric. This is not interfacing, though it could be. I used old fabric from my scrap bin. Place the pressed Dresden on the facing, matching right sides. Pin around the outside circumference and pin along the inner donut hole. Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to stitch around the shape. Sew around the outside AND sew the donut hole.   Technically, your shape is a “sealed” tube at this point. That is ok. The next step is to cut away the excess facing fabric. Trim the edges even with the cut edges of the Dresden. ((Sorry for the blur in that one!)) Now we need to bust into the sealed tube by cutting the facing a equidistant from each stitching line. Be careful to ONLY cut the facing. Check out the picture: As with sewing any faced curve, clip around the curves. Make each clip perpendicular to the stitching line in the seam allowance. Cut TO but not THRU the stitching line. If you find that, once your shape is right side out, it is still lumpy, you may need either (1) more frequent clips or (2) to cut closer up to that stitching line. NOTE: The tighter the curve the more clips you will require. The more gentle the curve, the more you can have space between your clips. Now we’ve got to turn these babies right side out. The facings will be flipped to the wrong side of the Dresden and pressed. But there’s a trick: Whenever I’m “flipping to the wrong side” I always press the flip piece “up” first. I do this with facings and whole quilt bindings. Press it up like in the photo above, so that when you do actually go to flip the piece, the facing already wants to go that direction. It...

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UFO Quilt Challenge

UFO Quilt Challenge

on Jan 13, 2014 in Blog, Learn To Sew Easy Curves, SAMQG, swap | 0 comments

  The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild has issued a UFO challenge. Though this post isn’t directly part of that, I thought I’d share this project. Let me tell you the story. Way Way Way back in 2009 I hosted a Sampler Quilt Block Swap. It was fun. I had a many participants and some of you may remember following along on the blog site. (And you might be thinking, “Whoa, was that back in 2009? I didn’t think it was that long ago.” Well – it is. 5 years. FIVE. I think I joined two sections of the swap. I used 9 blocks for a quilt. (below) The quilt was set to be in Learn to Sew Easy Curves, but in the final hours, got cut from publication. I don’t even think I have a great picture of the quilt finished and quilted. I’ll have to get that for you. I also changed up the two background corner fabrics to match the quilt better. Anywho. I love love love this quilt and its curve setting. {{Hum. I should do a blog post on it, since it isn’t in the book…. stay tuned.}}   But then, after this little baby quilt was made, I had a whole bunch of sampler blocks. I ended up sharing them with my mom a couple months ago. In fact, she was in the swap as well, so she already had a small pile of sample blocks…. from 5 years ago. I guess that was the extra jolt she needed because yesterday, she showed me this QUEEN size sampler. Pretty great right? It is colorful and bright and sashed with an off-white. She’s got a long arm, so I’m sure it will be jammed out in no time at all. Look at all those fun colors. Its like candy. Nice, bright, traditional-quilt candy. MMMMmmmm….. Great quilt, MOM!!! p.s. I cannot believe my office assistant is this tall. Seriously. So it looks like I still haven’t done anything for the UFO challenge. Looks like the best way for me to get stuff finished is to hand it off to someone who sees it “new for the first time” OR maybe I’ll get something finished. The...

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Learn to Sew Easy Curves – Thanks

Learn to Sew Easy Curves – Thanks

on Aug 2, 2013 in Blog, book, Learn To Sew Easy Curves | 0 comments

  Big Thanks!   I wanted to give a big shout out to the quilty friends that helped me pull the projects of this book together. Beth Helfter of Eva Paige Quilt Designs made a great baby quilt color way featured on page 17. Thanks so much, Beth for helping with the book! Melissa Stramel of Lilac Lane made a lovely curved quilt color way in the baby size featured on page 33. The editors also were able to use cropped photos of that quilt in the technique/how-to chapters of the book to illustrate certain key points. Thanks Melissa for contributing to the book! Colleen Eskridge, my mother-in-law, totally jammed out the long arm quilting on the larger projects in this book. Her work is award-winning and her quilt lines are always artful and smooth. Thanks so much, Coll! Karen Morello, my mom, who is brutally honest with any pattern reviews and revisions. Thanks for checking out the first rough drafts! And a HUGE thank you to the supply sponsors for this book- Free Spirit Fabric, Michael Miller Fabrics, Riley Blake Fabrics, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Art Gallery Fabrics and Fairfield Batting. Your generosity made it possible. You guys rock and roll! Tell a...

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Learn to Sew Easy Curves – Home Decor

Learn to Sew Easy Curves – Home Decor

on Aug 1, 2013 in Blog, book, Learn To Sew Easy Curves | 0 comments

  Learn to Sew Easy Curves – Home Decor Projects Remember, as you read- Learn To Sew Easy Curves is a book based on a facing technique which allows you to sew a facing fabric to a curved shape and applique it into your design. Everything you see is NOT curved piecing. Learn to Sew Easy Curves has range. It has quilts, a couple block ideas for you to expand on and a few project for your home. The bathmat above is made from light weight terry cloth, or dollar store towels. The duck design is included in the book and because you are stitching a fabric facing to the design, you are able to create great curves with non-traditional fabrics.   One of my favorite things about the home decor projects in the book is that they are fast. Above are the mug rug designs from Learn to Sew Easy Curves. The organic leaf shape is faced and applied after the entire piece is finished and quilted. The leaves are 3D with the veins holding the leaf to the mug rug. Pretty neat, right?   The place mats and runner (above) not only make up quickly but add a big punch to your kitchen. You can choose to make the set of place mats identical or change up the placement of the circles to have the mats simply “coordinate”. The options are endless. One great tip for all the home decor projects is that they are small enough for you to dive in and try your hand a free motion quilting on your domestic home sewing machine. Sure it looks fun online, and you definitely doodle while you’re on the phone, but the idea of quilting a quilt on your home machine is exhausting. Well, this is it. Whip up the place mats or mug rug and give it a go. The bathmat was also quilted on my domestic home machine (Elna 3701). Tell a...

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Learn to Sew Easy Curves – Recycled Uniforms

Learn to Sew Easy Curves – Recycled Uniforms

on Jul 31, 2013 in Blog, book, Learn To Sew Easy Curves | 0 comments

  Recycle and Reuse If you read this blog often, you know that I also have a book called Deploy That Fabric. That book uses retired, ripped or otherwise un-usable military uniforms in fun sewing designs. I made this quilt (above) as a nod to using military uniforms and support the military families. Recycling at its finest. This is my favorite quilt in the book. Normally, appliqueing a stiff thick fabric, like a military uniform, or any home decorator weight fabric would be tricky; especially if you are trying to achieve that smooth curve shape. Through the magical facing technique explained in Learn to Sew Easy Curves, you are able to sew a facing to any weight/type fabric to create smooth finished edges.   The blocks in the quilt finish at 15″, so slightly bigger than a traditional 12″ quilt block. I like to think by adding those 3 extra inches, you get more bang for your time and efforts at the sewing machine. This quilt is 60″ x 60″. Of course, you can always adjust the size of your finished quilts by making more or less blocks.   Fabrics used in Quilt 1 are by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit Fabrics. Fabrics used in Quilt 2 are by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller Fabrics. Tell a...

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