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Custom Quilting Gallery – Sampler Quilts

Custom Quilting Gallery – Sampler Quilts

on Oct 23, 2018 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 0 comments

Let’s take a peek at two very different custom quilted sampler quilts. All the quilts featured in this post were created by my customers. I added the longarm quilting to showcase the blocks. Sampler quilts, or block of the month quilts, are so tricky because each block is receiving its own unique design. If you have a quilt you’d like for me to finish, read more at www.reannalilyquilts.com or drop me an email. Local Quilt Shop’s Block of the Month First up is a block of the month hosted by a local quilt shop. My customer picked up fabrics each month and created her blocks. I think this is the 2017-2018 project. See my customer’s whole quilt on her instagram. I kept the borders a bit simple so the blocks would really stand out. Now onto the ruler work and stitching designs. I tried to apply the Divide and Design method to each block. For consistency, I also tried to keep types of block units treated in a similar fashion. By that I mean, if a block had a large square, it would get a sort of 4-corner star. If it was a small square it would have orange peel stitching. It didn’t always work, but it helped quite a bit. And sometimes, I didn’t pay too much attention to the piecing at all. I jumped right in to create new shapes by connecting points with in the block. You can see four “footballs” in the block below. If you have a quilt you’d like for me to finish, read more at www.reannalilyquilts.com or drop me an email. A Kit Turned Into a Quilt My customer tells me this quilt has been in progress for quite some time. She wanted to have it quilted to be in a show next year. I cannot wait to see it. You can see more of this customer’s amazing work in her shop on etsy. I’ll be honest with you, this sampler was incredible and far outside my quilting comfort zone. It has everything. Flying geese, applique, traditional blocks, sashing, no discernible grid, and more! I don’t see too many traditional quilts come through my studio. The challenge is incredible, though. That part,...

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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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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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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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Nested 9-Patch Quilt Finished by Jen Eskridge

Nested 9-Patch Quilt Finished by Jen Eskridge

on Mar 24, 2018 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 2 comments

  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. 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. 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! 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. 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.” 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. Next, I stitched another diamond shape in the center of the 9-patch. I added wishbone stitches in each new corner created. Here’s a top view. You can really see the arch and diamond shape...

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Shiplap Ahoy Quilt Finished by Jen Eskridge

Shiplap Ahoy Quilt Finished by Jen Eskridge

on Jan 28, 2018 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 2 comments

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. 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. 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. Stretched-out wishbone shapes are quilted into the sashing. 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. 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. I switched up the quilting design in this multi-color quilt to stitch wishbones in the block. The Bone color glide 40wt thread shows up differently on each background color. 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. Fabric and Pattern Give Away Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC is giving away a fat quarter bundle and pattern...

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Longarm Quilting Edge-to-Edge Designs

Longarm Quilting Edge-to-Edge Designs

on Dec 14, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 0 comments

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. 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. The pattern she used is called Tall Trim the Tree, I believe. 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. 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? 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. 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! Patchwork Stocking And to take a quick break from quilting, I...

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Disappearing 9-Patch With Layer Cakes BABY QUILTS

Disappearing 9-Patch With Layer Cakes BABY QUILTS

on Nov 9, 2017 in Blog, fabric stash, Featured, quilt, quilting, tutorial | 7 comments

Disappearing 9-Patch is quite popular. My blog tutorial for this quilt style made with 10″ precut squares, Layer Cakes, is one of my most popular. Readers and quilt class students often ask how to create the Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes in a smaller size. Well, I have great news! This tutorial will show you how to create TWO small quilts from one precut fabric bundle and a small bit of yardage. Don’t you love that bright layer cake? Fabric designer, Patty Young of Mod Kid Boutique, asked a few pattern designer/bloggers to take her beautiful new collection for Riley Blake for a test drive. I’m thrilled to showcase her line Flit and Bloom in this tutorial. Skill Level: Super Easy Beginner Finished Size: Two Quilts approx 64″ x 64″ Supplies: 1 Layer Cake* Flit and Bloom by Patty Young is featured in this tutorial. 2 1/3 y white polka dot yardage (Bloom Scalloped Dot) 2/3 y pink fabric, border of quilt one 2/3 y grey fabric, border of quilt two 1/2 y binding for EACH quilt *Layer Cake is a precut 10″ x 10″ square fabric bundle with at least 40 pieces. 40 pieces are used in this tutorial. The term “layer cake” is a trademark of Moda Fabrics. Cut Quilt Pieces: 32 total white squares From the yardage, cut 8 strips at 10″ wide From the 8 strips, cut 4 squares 10″ x 10″ each TIP: Using a large cutting mat, stack sets of strips to make faster cuts. Construction: Remove two 10″ squares from the precut pack. In this case, I removed the Bloom Scalloped Dot, since it is going to be used elsewhere in the quilt design. These two will not be used. Also count out eight white squares. Set these aside. You will use them. Make eight basic, although GIANT 9-patch blocks using four white squares and five prints. Stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Grab a Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide to make sure your 1/4″ seam is always accurate. To assemble the quilt quickly, I used a serger. Here’s why: You can go fast! The serger stitches must faster than my home sewing machine. You don’t need to wind a bobbin. Ever. The...

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Divide and Design: Planned Machine Quilting Designs

Divide and Design: Planned Machine Quilting Designs

on Oct 3, 2017 in Blog, quilting | 6 comments

The look of planned quilting designs is amazing. I love how they compliment the quilt and bring out a whole secondary design around the quilt block. In fact, I love it so much I grabbed the Divide and Design book by Lisa Calle. Her work is stunning (#fangirl), and she breaks down the method to design quilt motifs in her book. I’ve basically been putting off trying the technique until I had the perfect block-based quilt ready to go. Well, it occurred to me that may never happen. Lisa’s book outlines how to choose points to divide your block/space. Starting with that notion, I should be able to try her method on anything, right? Side story: This teal baby quilt has been in the UFO pile for nine years. Yes, I really just wrote NINE YEARS. I know because I won the fabric from Karen Combs’ booth at my first-ever quilt market in Fall of 2008. The fat quarter bundle was sponsored by Blank Textiles. Yes, NINE years ago. Now seems like as good a time as any to get this guy quilted up. I remembered making the quilt square. (cough cough) I based my divide-points on the fact that I must have 12″ blocks in this design. Unfortunately, I didn’t follow the directions as closely as I should have. Lisa mentions tracing paper and black & white copies and other things to be really successful with this technique. Well….  I said “Ok, dots. I’m gonna do this right now!” I was really excited to try the technique! After I loaded the quilt and was about 2/3rds the way finished with the longarm machine quilting, I noticed that my quilt was in fact a rectangle. Dangit. But, this revelation is ok. This is a practice piece, remember? No problemo. This quilt also did not have defined 12″ quilt blocks as I had remembered. Turns out, nine years is a long time to remember details. Good gravy. See along the top edge and bottom edge in the picture above? There are three 1/2 circle shapes, except the bottom edge’s circles are 3″ longer and look much more like pope hats. Failing memory aside, I think my first go at Divide...

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