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 Special Trunk Show Exhibit

Free-Motion Framework By Jen Eskridge Trunk Show Quilts

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!

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

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.

Free-Motion Framework By Jen Eskridge Trunk Show Quilts
Free-Motion Framework By Jen Eskridge Trunk Show Quilts
Free-Motion Framework By Jen Eskridge Trunk Show Quilts
Free-Motion Framework By Jen Eskridge Trunk Show Quilts
Free-Motion Framework By Jen Eskridge Trunk Show Quilts
Free-Motion Framework By Jen Eskridge Trunk Show Quilts
Free-Motion Framework By Jen Eskridge Trunk Show Quilts

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.

Free-Motion Framework By Jen Eskridge Trunk Show Quilts

I’ll see you at the party!

Updated to add: See all the Free-Motion Framework details, workshops, projects, and samples here, on the blog.




Afternoon Picnic Quilt by Nancy Zieman Productions for Riley Blake

Custom Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs - ReannaLily Quilts - Longarm Quilting

Custom Quilting for Riley Blake and Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC.

It was my honor to custom quilt this sample for Riley Blake Designs’ booth at Spring Quilt Market 2018. The beautiful small quilt is designed by Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC’s team and will be displayed with all the other new fabric lines launching this season.

Custom quilting is so exciting as it gives the project a whole second dimension, though technically, I supposed I should say a third dimension. Of course, there’s only a tiny bit of pressure when the quilt will be seen at the high Quilt Market level. Phew! I think it turned out alright.

Custom Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs - ReannaLily Quilts - Longarm Quilting

The entire design is stitched using my hand-guided HandiQuilter Avante 18, using free-motion quilting techniques and rulers.

Defining and Combining Shapes

I started first with converging straight lines in alternating blocks.

Custom Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs - ReannaLily Quilts - Longarm Quilting

I added pebbles in the 3″ corners of each block. They look cool, but man, as I may have mentioned before, I do not like stitching them.

Custom Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs - ReannaLily Quilts - Longarm Quilting

Hum. So star shapes and borders are remaining. There was some brainstorming here. Do I sub-dive the stars? Do I treat them as one shape? Should I focus on eight triangles and one square? In the end, the large star won out. I echo quilted 1/4″ from the shape’s perimeter and then filled the design with very small pointed swirls.

Custom Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs - ReannaLily Quilts - Longarm Quilting

Border Decisions

The border needed to be more subtle to not detract from the quilt design as a whole. The modified piano key style features a 1/4″ stitched line every inch-and-a-half or so. The ruler I used didn’t have regular measurements, but did have a printed logo. Each line jump is aligned with the printed logo. Technical, right?

Custom Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs - ReannaLily Quilts - Longarm Quilting

In many cases, you will really see the quilting from the back. This is especially true if the back is a solid or tone-on-tone fabric. Here, the backing is 108″ wide Riley Blake Snow tonal fabric.

Custom Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs - ReannaLily Quilts - Longarm Quilting

If you are at quilt market this weekend and see this little lovely hanging in the Riley Blake Designs Booth, snap a picture for me.

If you are looking for a longarm quilter, I’m your gal! See more details at reannalilyquilts.com.

 




Nested 9-Patch Quilt Finished by Jen Eskridge

 

Nested 9-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

Custom Quilted Nested 9-Patch Pattern

In early October 2017, I had the honor of quilting Nested 9-Patch Quilts for Nancy Zieman. I work as the free-lance blog and social media person for Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC. (NZP) As a fantastic bonus, the team selected me to custom quilt three new patterns NZP would be releasing which feature the Farmhouse Florals collection for Penny Rose Fabrics, a division of Riley Blake Designs.

Farmhouse Florals by Nancy Zieman

The first quilt, Shiplap Ahoy was the focus in January, and Spinning 4-Patch last month. Today, the third pattern, Nested 9-Patch is showcased.

Nested 9-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy ZiemanThe quilt is constructed using simple strip-pieced sewing techniques which are on the NZP blog today.

All the quilting shown here is created with longarm quilting rulers and free-motion quilting designs. I work on a HandiQuilter Avante 18 and generally use Glide Thread in the needle and Superior Pre-wound Bobs in the bobbin. Read more about my set-up and style at ReannaLilyQuilts.com.

Planning to Quilt

Each block has exactly the same seam lines. The color palette is soft so picking a quilting thread color wasn’t too tricky. I opted for Bone color glide 40wt thread. Before I started quilting, though, I really needed a design!

The beautiful 9-patch blocks are set on point, which means to quilt within each block will be wider than my longarm’s throat space. That means I will need to come up with a design where I can stitch the top half of the block, advance the quilt, then stitch the lower half of each block.

Nested 9-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

I decided to approach this quilt with Lisa Calle’s Divide and Design method. My basic take-away from her book is to find points to connect within the block. Not necessarily seams or intersections, but rather points like “half way through this side” or “one inch passed the middle of this seam.”

Nested 9-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

First,I stitched and echoed arches from corner to corner having the apex fall about 1″ past the middle of the inner seam. I added hooked feathers under the arch shape.

Nested 9-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

Next, I stitched another diamond shape in the center of the 9-patch. I added wishbone stitches in each new corner created.

Nested 9-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

Here’s a top view. You can really see the arch and diamond shape pop a bit more in this picture.

Nested 9-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

And as always, if you use a solid color quilt backing, you will REALLY see the quilting lines.

Nested 9-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy ZiemanThe back of each of the quilts is a 108″ wide mottled white by Riley Blake Fabrics.

Fabric and Pattern Give Away

Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC is giving away a fat quarter bundle and pattern on their blog. Hop over to see how to enter to win!

Nested 9-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

*Some images used belong to NZP, LLC. 
*This post contains a few affiliate links.



Spinning 4-Patch Quilted by Jen Eskridge

Spinning 4-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

Custom Quilted Spinning 4-Patch Pattern

In early October 2017, I had the honor of quilting Spinning 4-Patch Quilts for Nancy Zieman. I work as the free-lance blog and social media person for Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC. (NZP) As a fantastic bonus, the team selected me to custom quilt new patterns NZP would be releasing which feature the Farmhouse Florals collection for Penny Rose Fabrics, a division of Riley Blake Designs.

Farmhouse Florals by Nancy Zieman

NZP is releasing three patterns for this fabric collection. The first one, Shiplap Ahoy was the focus last month. Read more here. Today, the second pattern, Spinning 4-Patch is showcased.


The quilt is constructed using simple strip-pieced sewing techniques which are on the NZP blog today.

All the quilting shown here is created with longarm quilting rulers and free-motion quilting designs. I work on a HandiQuilter Avante 18 and generally use Glide Thread in the needle and Superior Pre-wound Bobs in the bobbin. Read more about my set-up and style at ReannaLilyQuilts.com.

Planning to Quilt

 

Each block has exactly the same seam lines. The color palette is soft so picking a quilting thread color wasn’t too tricky. I opted for Bone color glide 40wt thread. Before I started quilting, though, I really needed a design! I started with a piece of Plexiglas laid over the quilt, which was already loaded on the longarm frame.

With a dry erase marker, I am able to audition different design lines to see if they fit, if I could stitch them, and if they looked fantastic. This first concept did not look fantastic to me. The spineless feathers wrapping around the block would be interesting, but it wasn’t enough.

Spinning 4-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

I ended up stitching in the ditch around all the block shapes first.

On the advice of my artsy daughter, (@meepsketch on Instagram), I created diagonal lines with a ruler, to connect opposite corner rectangles. The spineless feathers would still be in the space that didn’t feature ruler work.

Spinning 4-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

The pale yellow sashing is quilted with a simple wishbone design. Also know as, my solid go-to design.

Spinning 4-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

The quilting is hard to see on a few of the beautiful floral prints, but the consistent texture is very neat.

Spinning 4-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

Spinning 4-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

By quilting diagonal lines, alternating direction in each block, the quilting creates a secondary visual design. (Turns out, the solid white backing was a bit tricky to photograph indoors.)

Spinning 4-Patch longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

The back of each of the quilts is a 108″ wide mottled white by Riley Blake Fabrics.

Fabric and Pattern Give Away

Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC is giving away a fat quarter bundle and pattern on their blog. Hop over to see how to enter to win!

 

*Some images used belong to NZP, LLC. 
*This post contains a few affiliate links.



Hand Applique Charity Quilt

Hand Applique Quilt - Longarm Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Quilts

Longarm Quilting the Hand Applique Quilt

As a longarm quilter, I don’t see too many hand applique quilts. It isn’t because the quilts aren’t out there; I just don’t seem to travel in those circles. When the opportunity arose to finish a hand applique charity quilt, I jumped on it. The Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild has this in their collection of “Projects to Finish.” Yes, my guild has its own UFO pile! I’m on the committee to help finish them. The finished quilts then get donated to our bi-annual quilt auction fundraiser.

We do not know the quilt’s original maker or makers. While longarm quilting, it does appear that a single person stitched all six blocks.

Hand Applique Quilt - Longarm Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Quilts

The applique needs to shine! I followed applique quilting the inspiration from my very-quilty mother-in-law.

First, I outlined each block’s 12″ perimeter by stitching in the ditch. Or more accurately: Stitching-in-the-vacinity-in-a-sorta-straight-ish-line-around-near-the-seam ditch.

The fills are pretty wild and random around each shape. I added a few stitching lines within the applique to secure the design a bit further. Not every shape has quilting on top of it, though. Here’s a closer look at the blocks:

Hand Applique Quilt - Longarm Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Quilts

Hand Applique Quilt - Longarm Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Quilts

Hand Applique Quilt - Longarm Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Quilts

Hand Applique Quilt - Longarm Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Quilts

Hand Applique Quilt - Longarm Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Quilts

The sashing is untreated. I thought by leaving it without quilting it will “puff” the way the applique shapes puff. The border was a different story.

During a Karlee Porter Graffiti Quilting Class, she says something to the effect of: If you don’t want the hassle of making feathers symmetrical on both sides of the spine, don’t quilt feathers on both sides. Pretty smart! Hooked feathers are on the inside of the wavy spine and free-hand drawn lines are on the outside.

Hand Applique Quilt - Longarm Quilting by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Quilts

This quilt inspires me. The challenge is exciting! The pink  hand applique quilt is now onto another guild member, Janet, for binding, then off to the auction in September.




Shiplap Ahoy Quilt Finished by Jen Eskridge

Shiplap Ahoy Quilts longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

Custom Quilted Shiplap Ahoy Quilts Pattern

In early October 2017, I had the honor of quilting Shiplap Ahoy Quilts for Nancy Zieman. I work as the free-lance blog and social media person for Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC. (NZP) As a fantastic bonus, the team selected me to custom quilt new patterns NZP would be releasing which feature the Farmhouse Florals collection for Penny Rose Fabrics, a division of Riley Blake Designs.

Farmhouse Florals by Nancy Zieman

NZP is releasing three patterns for this fabric collection. The first one, featured today, is Shiplap Ahoy. Nancy designed, edited, and tweaked this pattern early last year. It is truly amazing how far in advance the entire quilting community works.

Shiplapy Ahoy by Nancy Zieman

The quilt is offered in two different color palettes. Both full-size quilt photos are on the NZP blog today. Taking two reasonably identical quilts and custom quilt them differently was tricky.

All the quilting shown here is created with longarm quilting rulers and free-motion quilting designs. I work on a HandiQuilter Avante 18 and generally use Glide Thread in the needle and Superior Pre-wound Bobs in the bobbin. Read more about my set-up and style at ReannaLilyQuilts.com.

Blue and White Quilt

Each block in the quilt features three or four rows with an assorted number of three-dimensional triangles. I opted to quilt straight lines around the triangle shape to highlight the angles. I also quilted a Fluer De Lis in the triangles themselves.

Shiplap Ahoy Quilts longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

Stretched-out wishbone shapes are quilted into the sashing.

Shiplap Ahoy Quilts longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

The back of each of the quilts is a 108″ wide mottled white by Riley Blake Fabrics. You can really see the quilting on the backs.

Shiplap Ahoy Quilts longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

Multi-Color Quilt

The multi-color version of this quilt has each of the five shiplap print colors from the Farmhouse Florals collection used as backgrounds for the blocks.

Shiplap Ahoy Quilts longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

I switched up the quilting design in this multi-color quilt to stitch wishbones in the block.

Shiplap Ahoy Quilts longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

The Bone color glide 40wt thread shows up differently on each background color.

Shiplap Ahoy Quilts longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

Again, the white backing fabric shows off all the quilting designs. Notice, I outlined the triangles, and they do not have a motif added within the shape.

Shiplap Ahoy Quilts longarm quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Nancy Zieman

Fabric and Pattern Give Away

Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC is giving away a fat quarter bundle and pattern on their blog. Hop over to see how to enter to win!

Shiplap Ahoy and Farmhouse Floral Bundle

 

*Some images used belong to NZP, LLC. 
*This post contains a few affiliate links.



Buggin Out: Machine Quilted Wholecloth

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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:

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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.

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

For more on this style of quilting, using a linear design/framework to accidently stitch a wholecloth quilt, check out Free-Motion Framework.

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

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.

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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:

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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.

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Of course, if I were planning to block this quilt so it will lay/hang  perfectly square, the marker could be removed at that step.

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

I wanted to try to snap a few different angles of the high-contrast thread. This is the center of the entire quilt. Though the original design has points converging at the center, I opted to add a big circle to cover that area. I don’t think my straight line ruler stitches would have matched. Maybe on the next practice quilt.

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Filling in shapes with different densities is my favorite. It makes the piece look like it has actual light and dark values achieved only through thread.

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Goals

Here are a few of my quilting goals with this design:

  • Practice 1/4″ pebbles or pearls
  • Practice regular pebbling as a filler design
  • Practice having straight lines converge on a point
  • Vary densities

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Trimming the quilt is definitely an area where I need more practice. I’ll add that to my next quilt’s goal list. I think it will be much more helpful on my next time, if I trace out exactly where the edge of the quilt will fall. I really want to create designs where I do no accidentally need to chop off parts of those rascally feathers.

I’ll also be adding “work on starts-and-stops” to my next quilt’s goals, too. Each project lets me practice and learn more about what I’m stitching.

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

When you look at the quilt straight-on, it turned out pretty cool. The Buggin Out element I had envisioned turned into scissor handles, but that’s all up to interpretation.

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Backing

Backing is pieced from extra wide backs leftover from previous quilts. I put zero thought into the backing, as you can see. For these smaller 40″ square designs, they will likely be wall hanging size, so the back isn’t as important to me. That is just me, though.

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

The bobbin thread is Superior Bob pre-wound bobbins in white. You can see the quilting has a different feel with out the in-your-face purple.

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Binding

The second-to-last step is always binding. For the first time, I cut my binding strips only 2″ wide. My binding is machine applied to the back, and machine finished from the front. It made a very narrow and tidy finish to this wholecloth design.

My label is a short, hand-written scribble in Micron Pen .05 onto the backing fabric to say:

  • My name
  • Date
  • City
  • Quilt name

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Design | Free-Motion Framework | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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.




Custom Longarm Quilting: Blue Patchwork Stars Quilt

Patchwork Star Custom Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge ReannaLily Quilts & ReannaLily Designs

Custom Longarm Quilting

Lets talk for a minute about Custom Longarm Quilting. I’ve recently dipped my toe into the custom quilting world after practicing extensively using the Longarm Skill Builder method. It is a journey but the pay off is amazing. The look of custom quilting is really one-of-a-kind.  If you make a wholecloth skill builder, like the one linked, and share it socially, 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.

The Longarm Skill Builder method is wonderful to really get into the groove of filling spaces, but I needed a bit of direction to help me decided which spaces to fill if I were working on an actual patchwork quilt. Enter Lisa Calle’s Divide and Design book. If you don’t have this book, add it to your wish list right now.

Divide and Design by Lisa CalleI applied her methods to my last customer quilt of 2017 to create a really unique finished quilt. Using the “markup” feature in my iphone images, I snapped a pic of the quilt and then proceeded to brainstorm how I would divide the space on my customer quilt. When I had something I liked, I saved it to my camera roll. (Turns out I went with a different design than what is pictured below.)

Patchwork Star Custom Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge ReannaLily Quilts & ReannaLily Designs

I love how it turned out so much that you’d better go grab a cup of coffee because there are many many many photos of this baby.

Blocks

One pass along my HandiQuilter Avante 18″ only covered about 2/3rds of the block. This is what one pass looks like:

Patchwork Star Custom Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge ReannaLily Quilts & ReannaLily Designs

Patchwork Star Custom Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge ReannaLily Quilts & ReannaLily Designs

I then went back and stitched the bottom 1/3 of each block.

Patchwork Star Custom Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge ReannaLily Quilts & ReannaLily Designs

Sashing

It took me far longer than it should have to decide on a style for the sashing. Ultimately, I went with an easy/fast design. I traced the arc of a ruler twice on the right side and twice on the left side. The arc intersecting is what creates this seemingly complex design.

Patchwork Star Custom Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge ReannaLily Quilts & ReannaLily Designs

Patchwork Star Custom Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge ReannaLily Quilts & ReannaLily DesignsBorders

Lastly, I had to decide a style to add into the 4″ wide, two-color border design along the top and bottom edge of the quilt. I ended up going with a larger version of a tear drop + hooked feathers, which is featured in the block design. I’m hoping that the repetition will help create a cohesive look.

Patchwork Star Custom Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge ReannaLily Quilts & ReannaLily Designs
Patchwork Star Custom Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge ReannaLily Quilts & ReannaLily Designs

How adorable is this cat???
Patchwork Star Custom Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge ReannaLily Quilts & ReannaLily Designs The Quilt

The quilt turned out really neat. I mean “Holy smokes, I quilted that??!!” neat.  Here’s a look at the whole piece.

Patchwork Star Custom Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge ReannaLily Quilts & ReannaLily Designs

 

The Quilt Back

Can we talk about my love for Minky fabric? If you don’t know of Minky fabric, lets say it is polar fleece’s older more sophisticated socialite sister who always wears mascara and lipstick even if she’s laying around the house. Really, other than them both being fuzzy knits, I don’t even know if polar fleece is a good comparison- just a starting point.

I’ll be honest, I don’t know if Minky is a brand name or textile type. You can find it textured or smooth, in a range of colors, and is sold by Shannon Fabrics under the name “Cuddle.” See the wide range of Cuddle Minky here.

Here’s why minky is awesome for a longarm quilter:

  • It gives the quilting design tremendous depth from the back.
  • It hides your thread color. The navy blue in the images below are stitched with a white bobbin thread.
  • It is forgiving if your tension is a tiny bit off.
  • It loves you, too.

Patchwork Star Custom Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge ReannaLily Quilts & ReannaLily Designs

Patchwork Star Custom Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge ReannaLily Quilts & ReannaLily Designs

Patchwork Star Custom Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge ReannaLily Quilts & ReannaLily Designs

Patchwork Star Custom Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge ReannaLily Quilts & ReannaLily Designs

Patchwork Star Custom Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge ReannaLily Quilts & ReannaLily Designs

I bet you are out of coffee now? I’m out of pictures. I hope you enjoyed this custom quilting tour!

I’d be happy to longarm quilt for you! Custom, as featured in this blog post (at $.04/sq inch) or edge-to-edge (at $.02/sq inch) seen here. Just drop me a note and we’ll get together on your next quilted project. reannalilydesigns@gmail.com or read more at ReannaLily Quilts.




Longarm Quilting Edge-to-Edge Designs

Longarm Machine Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

Longarm Quilting Edge-to-Edge Designs

The blog has been quiet for a month as I’ve longarm machine quilted on a collection on customer quilts. I’m happy to share a quick slide show with you this morning.

Everything featured here is considered an Edge-To-Edge design.

What does that mean? Simply, for me to finish quilting your quilt I can travel from one edge to the other using one design motif without having to stop and change designs with shapes or use a ruler to outline patchwork designs. Having said that, this is how I consider Edge-To-Edge design at my longarm company, ReannaLily Quilts. Your longarm quilter may have a different definition.

Above:

The first photo has rows and rows of wild “spineless” feathers stitched in Wisteria Glide Thread on a rail fence quilt pattern design stitch in batik fabrics, similar to these fabrics at Craftsy.

Wisteria Glide Thread

Christmas Tree Banner

 

The back is where you can really see the almost Edge-to-Edge design. For this quilt, I did a combination of quick Edge-to-Edge styles, but I did switch up the motif within each shape. I didn’t use rulers on the project, though.

Longarm Machine Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

The pattern she used is called Tall Trim the Tree, I believe.

Tall Trim the Tree Pattern at Fat Quarter Shop

Meandering Hearts

The quilted gift is for her daughter and has hearts stitched into the meandering design to showcase the hearts in the fabric prints.

Longarm Machine Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

Tessellating Fish

My customer suggested a traditional clamshell design for his quilt. As he envisioned, the clams look like fish scales on his Tessellating Fish quilt.  Cool effect, right?

Longarm Machine Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

City Skyline

A panel with a border makes a very fast quilt design. My customer started with a panel similar to this one: City-scape by Hoffman, and framed it nicely. The quilted design did feature ruler work, but I consider it more of an edge-to-edge in this case since I didn’t outline any patches. To quilt this design, I stitched random straight (vertical-to-the-city) lines and followed the angles of the buildings.

Longarm Machine Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

Lava Thread!

Next is a quilt created by a grandmother and grand-daughter. Fun, right? The only thing that would make this large-scale pinwheel quilt more fun is a triangle-meander in bright ORANGE Lava thread!

Lava Glide Thread

Longarm Machine Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

Patchwork Stocking

And to take a quick break from quilting, I made this stocking for a new cousin of mine. It is full lined, features a pile of fabric scraps, and is accented with Gold Metallic Thread in a few decorative stitch variations. Her name was written in Frixion pen, then loosely outlined with free-motion quilting on my home machine.

Gold Metallic Superior Thread

Longarm Machine Quilting Design by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

Thank you for keeping me busy this holiday season! Of course, if there’s anything I can quilt for you, contact me at reannalilydesigns@gmail.com and read more at ReannaLilyQuilts.com.




Greater San Antonio Quilt Show – Winner!

Platinum Garden by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Free Motion Framework

The Greater San Antonio Quilt Show was this past weekend, Sept 22nd & 23rd. I entered two quilts, and it turned out really well! I was floored. Both quilts are designed and quilted by yours truly.

2017 San Antonio Quilt Show Information

Each quilt has a previously authored blog posts when they were created. I’ll link them for you.

Platinum Garden, whole cloth quilt, made with inexpensive satin and polyester components, placed 2nd in its show category, which was “Other/Miscellaneous.” Sorry for the blur; I was excited to snap the picture.

Platinum Garden by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Free Motion Framework

My big ole bed-size Scrappy Circles quilt placed Honorable Mention in the “Scrap Quilt” show category.

Scrappy Circles by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

See the little red and pink embroidered boots pinned to each quilt? The quilters takes those off to wear them around the show. Pretty clever, even if I learned about them in the last 1-1/2 hour of the show.

Holy smokes! I’m definitely going to try to do that again. I should start planning the next quilt/s now.

Thank you for indulging me. The blog is a place to share patterns, quilting ideas, and general design ideas, but I also like to catalog my work & achievements here, too.




Inverted Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes pattern is a pretty popular free tutorial here on my blog. I decided to create another quilt using the same pattern, but mixing up the background and foreground fabric placement. I’m calling this one the Inverted Disappearing 9-Patch. I’ll show you how easy it is to make this design appear completely different.

Check this out! This is the exact same quilt pattern:

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Quilt Pattern

Scroll up. Seriously, the two above quilts look completely different!

Constructing the Quilt

In both quilts, I cut my own pile of 10″ fabric squares. These precuts are affectionately known as a Layer Cake, though I believe Moda Fabrics does have the trademark on the actual name. I’ll show you how the inverted design works. In the original pattern the red/blue (foreground) colors were placed in the corners and center.

For the alternate version, the foreground colors are placed to make a “plus.” You can see in the photos below, I’ve already done the slashing step.

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts
Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

If you are diggin the military uniform in this quilt, you may love the Deploy that Fabric book. It features 23 different patterns to use military uniforms. In the book, there’s a guide as to how to break down a uniform to yield flat workable pieces which will incorporate into your next project or pattern. (***Note: This 9-Patch Quilt is NOT in the book. It is a free tutorial from ReannaLily Designs.)

Ok, back to the quilt, following the original Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes pattern, I simply rotated the upper right and lower left blocks. You’ll notice two little squares meet at the center, that is how you can tell the block layouts are identical.

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

From here, I arranged the HUGE quarter blocks per the original diagram.

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

To actually assemble the quilt I used a serger. As I’ve mentioned before:

  • You can go fast! The serger stitches must faster than my home sewing machine.
  • You don’t need to wind a bobbin. Ever.
  • The seams are wrapped neatly together making them easy to press.
  • This quilt doesn’t require pins or detailed piece-work.

Quilting the Patriotic Quilt

For many of the red, white, and blue quilts, I like to quilt them quickly featuring a meandering star design.

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Instead of trying to fill the whole stitch-able space on my longarm, I really work edge-to-edge (e2e) in a reasonably straight line. Couple loops. Free-hand star. Couple more loops. Free-hand star. Once I reach the end, I simply head back the other direction. Everything is orderly and fast to finish.

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Once the quilt is washed, this design is going to look fantastic. If you need a quilt finished by a longarm quilter, feel free to check out my longarm quilting services at ReannaLily Quilts.

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

This Inverted Disappearing 9-Patch (with Layer Cakes) is going to be given to a wonderfully hard-working high school teacher & veteran!

AND, this quilt is part of the Bloggers Quilt Festival! See all the festival quilts here.