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Find Quilts Around the World on Instagram

Find Quilts Around the World on Instagram

on Jun 30, 2018 in Blog, Featured, tutorial | 2 comments

Customize an International Instagram Feed! Instagram is a wonderful photo-based networking platform perfect for creative inspiration. Of course, Instagram has gone through many changes over the years but there are still ways to see your favorite content. Make your instagram feed international by including hashtags from many other languages. Today, I want to share with you my trick for seeing quilts from all over the world. Hashtags First, lets talk hashtags. If you don’t already know, a hashtag is a # symbol followed by words that basically creates an imaginary folder (and automatic search filter) for everyone to use.  Instagram and Twitter seem to be the primary users of social hashtags. Hashtags in Profile Instagram has allowed users to add hashtags into their profiles. In my own profile, I’ve added #reannalilydesigns to see all posts about my business & folks making things from my patterns, #reannalilyquilts to feature things I’ve quilted for myself or others, and #fmfwq & #freemotionframework to showcase all the projects and promotions for the new book, Free-Motion Framework. On someone’s profile page, you can click on any hashtag to see more images with that tag. Hashtags in Photo Descriptions An instagram user may also add any kind of hashtag into their image description. Just like hashtags in a profile, you can click on one to see more similar images from anyone on the internet. These were used on a recent customer’s gorgeous quilt. Her Metro Rings quilt was made using the Quick Curve Ruler, so I thought it’d be fun to associate the posts with other image that have used the same ruler and other machine quilting hashtags:  #quickcurveruler, #customerquilt, #loveit, #reannalilyquilts, #reannalilydesigns, #ilovemyjob, #longarmquilting, #machinequilting, #freemotionquilting, #quiltedfeathers, #feathers, #sewkindofwonderful, #fmq, #freemotionquilting, #dwrquilt, #doubleweddingring *Note- In the actual description, you don’t need commas between hashtags. Customize Your International Instagram Feed Armed with the information on hashtags, it got me thinking: I should search for tags in other languages. Unfortunately, I don’t know any other languages fluently. (Does sarcasm and pig latin count? No.) Google Translate to the rescue! Now sure, Google Translate is sometimes a disaster, but it does know more than I do when it comes to quilty vocabulary. I started here, with Spanish: Ok, now I have a word to grow search and browse. You don’t need the right word,...

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Green and Orange Scrap Quilt Wall Hanging

Green and Orange Scrap Quilt Wall Hanging

on Jun 21, 2018 in Blog, Featured, quilting, tutorial | 2 comments

Scrap Quilt: Wall hanging Today, I’d like to share my recent scrap quilt finish. As you know, I enjoy a good scrap quilt! This small wall hanging is was originally set to be two colors: orange and green. I decided early on, though, that I’d like the greens to move from light to dark outward from the center. Starting with many fabric pieces I made little sections of fabric large enough for each template. This is the technique of Made Fabric that Victoria Findlay Wolfe uses in her book, 15 Minutes of Play. I used a triangle template for the greens and a diagonal 6″ wide template for the orange. I don’t have the templates to share today, but they are easy to make. Making Templates Supplies Blank Paper or Scratch Paper Ruler Scotch Tape Pencil Drafting Tape sheets of paper larger than your finished block size. I opted to create my blocks to be 15″ square when finished. Draw a 15″ square in the center of the page. Add a 1/4″ seam allowance around the entire square. Lightly draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other. Measure and draw a line 3″ to the right and left of the diagonal to create a 6″ diagonal bar. Cut the paper apart on the diagonal drawn lines. Tape paper behind the new cut to add 1/4″ seam allowances. This technique works for any shape and for any size. If you want your diagonal bar to be 2″ wide, you can do it. If you’d like to make the block more complicated, try that, too. Draw. Cut. Seam Allowance. How It Started I didn’t always love the quilt. I started thinking the contrast between green and orange would be enough to make this quilt visually “work.” Boy, I was wrong. Check out the left side of the quilt. Each block is 15-1/2″ square, but it wasn’t until I added in little black strips did the quilt start to pop. Those lines give the eyes somewhere to rest in this sea of green and orange. Of course, now the blocks do not measure 15-1/2″. That is alright, I’d just have to cut them down a bit before adding them together....

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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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Fabric for Military Retirement Chevron Quilt

Fabric for Military Retirement Chevron Quilt

on Jun 14, 2018 in Blog, Featured, tutorial | 0 comments

Celebrating a Military Retirement In my recent post, I shared the first quilt which celebrates a military retirement. If one quilt is good, at least two or three is better, right? This is the second military retirement quilt for another member of the family. This time, I used the Chevron Grande Quilt Pattern to make a quick quilt. As I mention in my lectures and in the book Deploy That Fabric, when quilting, I treat the military uniform as a neutral. If green and shades of green match everything in the garden, they can match everything in a quilt. Also, the nature of camouflage is to blend in, so place it where ever you like! Fabrics Working exclusively from my own fabric stash, I pull nine fabrics that measure at least 21″ x width of fabric. I spent a bit of time trying to rearrange them in a suitable order as they will stay in this order for the Chevron Grande Quilt Pattern. The Chevron Grande Quilt Pattern Using the very-fast No-Waste Flying Geese method and giant sizes listed in the free Chevron Grande Quilt Pattern, I got to work. The quilt top really does finish up in a weekend. Here are the highlights for construction: Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of all four smaller 10″ squares. Lay two squares on the 19-1/4? larger square, matching right sides, to create a large diagonal line. Pin pieces together, perpendicular to the marked line. Sew 1/4? from the marked line on the right and left sides. Cut along the marked line. Open the smaller triangles and press the seam allowances towards the smaller triangles. If you’ve created two slightly-weird heart shapes, you are on the right track. Lay the remaining 10? squares on each of the larger triangle pieces; making sure the diagonal line points “deep in the heart.” Easy to remember, right? Sew 1/4? from the right and left of the marked line. Cut along the marked line. Open and press seam allowances towards the smaller triangle. Each pile of five fabric pieces will yield four large flying geese blocks. Check out the entire free pattern here: Chevron Grande Quilt Pattern. Next, sew the flying geese units in to...

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Fabric Scraps for Military Retirement Quilt

Fabric Scraps for Military Retirement Quilt

on Jun 12, 2018 in Blog, book, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 1 comment

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! Longarm 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,...

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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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Afternoon Picnic Quilt by Nancy Zieman Productions for Riley Blake

Afternoon Picnic Quilt by Nancy Zieman Productions for Riley Blake

on May 17, 2018 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 6 comments

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. 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. 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. 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. 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? 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. 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....

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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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