Green and Orange Scrap Quilt Wall Hanging

Green and orange scrap quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLiy Designs | ReannaLily QuiltsScrap 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.

Green and orange scrap quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLiy Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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.

Green and orange scrap quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLiy Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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.

Green and orange scrap quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLiy Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

This quilt lived on my design wall for quite a while before deciding to add more fabric, or simply quilt and finish it. I opted for the later. Maybe because it was a gift? Maybe because it was a creative-block? Either way, no other fabrics were added. I was ready to load this guy onto the longarm.

Machine Quilting

So much thinking and over-thinking went into the quilting design of this project. Thankfully, once I started, it became clear that the quilting really didn’t show up that well on so many wild fabrics. I could quilt anything I wanted and didn’t have to go back to the over-thinking step. Wahoo! The orange bands all have the same meander design and each green area, light, medium and dark, have different filling designs.

Green and orange scrap quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLiy Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

And as you’d expect, the plain white back really showcases the quilt design.

Green and orange scrap quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLiy Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

This gift has been shared with its new owner, the college student who will be attending school with these colors. She was surprised even though she saw me working on it for the past few weeks. Funny how that works out, right? She says she didn’t put it together that it was her college colors until I told her.




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 Book Tour

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

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

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLilyQuilts.com

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?

Longarm Quilting | ReannaLily Designs

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 your own border designs to the 40″ square “frames,” but largely the Free-Motion Framework projects can be created at a low cost.

2. I need more practice, but don’t want to commit to a big patchwork quilt.

When a person decides to start machine quilting, especially free-motion quilting, you may find that you need many more practice pieces before diving into your own beloved patchwork project. Often new quilters will take on charity quilts to stitch with one all-over design. We may also quilt bed sheets just for practice. I wanted to practice many quilting motifs while still producing something neat. Unlike practicing a single style on a “real quilt,” Free-Motion Framework presents the opportunity to create more than one fill or quilting design on the same project. By isolating shapes to essentially color in, you can try all sorts of different ideas.

In the two quilts below, notice how, by choosing different design lines/shapes and arranging different types of quilting motifs, the exact same framework, Shark Attack, turns out completely different. Each chapter has four different interpretations of the design by quilters of all skill levels and backgrounds. I think you’ll be surprised with the variety of inspiration.

3. How can I make a wholecloth quilt easily?

I know that sounds crazy, right? The idea of a Wholecloth Quilt by nature doesn’t really give off the EASY vibe. Pre-printed panels exist to create wholecloth quilts, but really, I wanted my own design. I am inspired by the incredibly talented machine quilters who spend months tweaking and perfecting their wholecloth competition quilts on paper then transfer every single stitch to a fabric design.

Do I love the look? Yes.
Would I love to plan something elaborate like that? No way.

The brainstorming began. Fundamentally, many wholecloth designs are symmetrical. Starting there, I decided if I just had some guidelines to work symmetrically, I may be able to turn out something that looks planned. That turned into: If I just had guidelines, I could fill-in whatever I wanted. I just need to remember where I stitched what motif. Using the Goals Worksheets provided with Free-Motion Framework, you’ll be able to write down the notes for the design as well as keep track of what you are practicing on each piece.

Another tip- Save the printed designs to make full-size notes while quilting. I traced a quadrant of a design four times onto fabric. With that quadrant, I loosely draw the designs as I stitch them to remember what to symmetrically stitch on the other areas of the quilt. Remember, this is just a guide, not a masterful drawing.

Platinum Garden | Whole Cloth Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

4. Quilt with No Pressure

By working small and unplanned, the project takes on a freeing feeling. Working without any outside pressures is a fantastic path to self-growth. Jump in and give it a try. Free-Motion Framework is great for any skill level as everyone has room to improve that one little thing.

  • Hey, this is just 1-1/3 yard of fabric.
  • It’s only practice; no need to worry.
  • This is for my own quilting self-journey, if it turns out, cool. If not, I haven’t invested hundreds of patchwork hours (and CASH) into it.
  • I’ve always wanted to try X-Y-Z design. Let me try it in four or eight small spaces to see if I like it.
  • Rulers have always fascinated me, but I’m not sure where to start. Start one small shape at a time.
  • This will be great to work on at retreat!!! It’s small.

All in all, writing this book from concept to “holy crap that worked” to pitching to the publisher to sourcing all the many contributing quilters, this has been an amazing experience. I hope you’ll enjoy hearing all about the title on this week-long blog hop.

Stop by each blog this week for a possible chance to win a copy of Free-Motion Framework. (International winners, outside the USA, will receive a digital copy.)

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

To be considered for one of the following gifts from our sponsors, leave a comment sharing what area of machine quilting you’d most like to improve. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by email.

Clover USA | ReannaLily Designs

Handi Quilter Rulers | ReannaLily Designs

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

The prize portion of the tour will close at 5pm central time, June 18th and winners will be announced June 19th, right here on ReannaLily Designs Blog. Thank you so much for joining the Blog Tour.

See all the Free-Motion Framework details, workshops, projects, and samples here, on the ReannaLily Designs blog.




Intro to Free-Motion Framework: A New Workshop

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing

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

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.

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing

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.

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing

The water soluble pencils from Clover work great for this project; keep a pencil sharpener handy.

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing

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 the center, I isolated a few shapes. I stitched ruler guided straight lines; I echoed design lines; I made feathers; I stitched tiny pebbles.

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing

From here, I decided I need a bit of “all-over-filler” type designs inside the circle.

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing

I finished by trying to make a diagonal grid behind the circle. Each quilt is a different challenge for myself. Hopefully showing all three of the same design will give you a few ideas, too.

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing

Grey Mini Quilt

The grey fat quarter fabric was quite a bit more opaque than the pink. To trace the design, I taped the paper template to a window, then taped the fabric over it.

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing

Again, I used the water soluble pencils from Clover.

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing

To create a design that was less complicated, I decided to isolate less shapes than I did in the pink mini quilt.

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T PublishingFree-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing

The grey mini quilt only has three total quilting designs.

  • Wishbone lines in the center square
  • Meandering in the four cardinal directions
  • Pebbles in the background

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing

Side story: Let’s go on record and say Pebbles are not my favorite. I can make them alright, but boy, I always regret stitching them after the first two inches. Who’s with me?

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing

Comparing the grey quilt to the pink one, you can see how choosing different shapes and fills makes for a unique challenge each time.

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing

White Mini Quilt

As you may have guessed, the white fat quarter was plenty light to see through and trace the Intro design straight onto the fabric without the window/light board set up. For this, the simplest of the three designs, I only have two fill designs: Straight lines and meandering. It stitched up so quickly that I forgot to snap any progress pictures.

Free-Motion Framework Quilts- A Workshop by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | C&T Publishing


Booking the Workshop

The Free-Motion Framework lecture and workshop are available for quilt guilds, shops, and private groups. Please see this page on my site for more information and contact me directly at reannalilydesigns@gmail.com. I cannot wait to start quilting with you.




Writing a Book- Free-Motion Framework

Bound Quilts | ReannaLily Designs

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:

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

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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

Fairfield Batting | ReannaLily Designs

Clover USA

Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

HandiQuilter

Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Hab And Dash (previously Bobbin Central/Fil Tec)

Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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 blue, 10 fat quarters from this-that-matches-blue, and 6 yards of backing.” Easy stuff. For this book, I had to think, “Wait, I’m going to present a whole collection of squares, and I need the colors to match, or coordinate, or at the very least not bore anyone reading.” Yet another spreadsheet was born. Here’s a peek. Excel Spreadsheet for Free-Motion Framework Machine Quilting Skill Builder Book | Wholecloth book | Jen Eskridge | C&T Publishing

I looked at fabric company’s websites to find beautiful anchor fabrics. From there, I decided to choose all the wholecloth color pieces from that anchor fabric. Each chapter, which is also each linear design, is coordinated by backing fabric (aka the anchor). All four quilt concepts in the chapter have the same binding, which helps tie them together and keep them organized for me and the publishing team.

Big thank you to:

My company, ReannaLily Designs, isn’t sponsored by any single fabric company, which made it easier and wonderful to work with five different companies to provide variety and selection when assembling this concept. Thank you, thank you!

Ok, with quilters assembled and supplies procured, I then needed to sort, mark, and ship everything to my team. This happened right before Christmas in 2016.

Shipping Boxes | ReannaLily Designs

 

Early 2017 was spent feverishly quilting and writing. I also needed to write the organize book, decided on some specific things that you’ll see in the table of contents, and create my work in Adobe Illustrator.

Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

 

Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

All quilts were returned, with contributor notes, by mid February 2017. By June the entire thing was authored and ready to send to the publisher for them to wave a magic editing-wand over the whole thing. I mailed digital files, quilts, tools, thread, paper files, more straight pins identifying samples than I care to think of, and more. It was a HUGE endeavor to get those boxes to the post office.

The final edits by the publishing team (and then a micro-tiny bit by me) were all done around Christmas 2017, with the book heading to print in early 2018. It has been a long time, but all-in-all an amazing time.  I think you will love the way the book is arranged. It is better than I could have imagined, and I’m so glad to have worked with such an accomplished group at C&T Publishing.

One cool thing about the book is that the 10 linear designs are included for download once you purchase the book. I was originally thinking a CD would be included, but y’all, that is SOOOOO 2015. Evidently everything is cloud/internet based, which is awesome. But if you were thinking you’d like to have a copy of the actual paper patterns along with your book, C&T Publishing also assembled a pattern package which includes two additional BONUS linear designs.

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

It was an incredible process. I can safely say, I would love to do it again. (wink wink) But for now, watch this blog for even more details on the release of Free-Motion Framework.

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

 




Introducing Free-Motion Framework by Jen Eskridge

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

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

Shark Attack Design by Jen Eskridge

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:

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

Shark Attack: Quilted by Jen Eskridge

 

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

Shark Attack: Quilted by Joanna Marsh

 

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

Shark Attack: Quilted by Jen Eskridge

 

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

Shark Attack: Quilted by Geraldine Wilkins

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, though, know the book ships in May and is available for pre-order hereAsk for it at your local book store and quilt shop!

Free-Motion Framework on Instagram

Look for some of the designs on Instagram under the hashtag #FMFWQ

Images in this blog post are provided by C&T Publilshing.

 




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

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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

 

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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.




Disappearing 9-Patch With Layer Cakes BABY QUILTS

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 seams are wrapped neatly together making them easy to press.
  • This quilt doesn’t require pins or detailed piece-work.

Chain-piece 24 pairs of print and white fabrics. Grab them at random. No need to plan colors at this stage of the game.

Cut the pairs apart with scissors.

At this point, you will have 16 unstitched prints. And, don’t forget the 8 white squares, which you set aside earlier.

Sew a print OR white to each of the 24 pairs. Keep the alternating pattern. Print-White-Print OR White-Print-White.

Now, create a basic 9-patch block using these three-piece units.

Make eight total huge blocks.

Slice each 9-patch block into perfect quarters. Honestly, this is the hardest step because you’ll want to make sure you cut the pieces exactly in half, and you’ll need a large space to rotary cut them.

Sliced 9 Patch

Start by folding the large block in half, making sure the vertical seam lines lay on each other. You’ll be able to feel a little ridge where the seam is underneath what you can see.

Using a large ruler, line up one vertical seam line with the 4-3/4″ mark. Cut.

Open, turn and layer the halves, matching seam lines again to make the second cut.

Using a large ruler, line up one vertical seam line with the 4-3/4″ mark. Cut.

Wow. These are BIG quarter pieces.

This tutorial makes TWO quilts. Each quilt will use 16 quarter-squares laid out in a 4 x 4 grid. Every quarter will be used.

Start by sewing pairs of quarters in the exact same arrangement. See the small square in the northwest corner of block one and southwest corner of block two? Stay consistent when sewing all pairs in this fashion.

Once the pairs are stitched, join two together to form a four piece row. Add them to a design wall, large table, or floor to arrange the colors and focus fabrics. Each quilt will only have four rows, and alternating rows will be flipped 180 degrees (from the image shown above). This will make sense as you lay it out.

Quilt 1:

Add the third row.

Add the last row.

Quilt 2

Cut Border and Binding Pieces

From each of the 2/3 yard grey and pink fabrics, cut six 4-1/2″ x width of fabric strips.


From each of the 1/2 yard binding fabrics, cut six 2-1/2″ x width of fabric strips.

Add Borders

  • Each quilt should be approximately 56″ square right now.
  • Sew two sets of border strips together at the short ends.
  • Apply to the right and left sides of the quilt.
  • Trim excess
  • Sew excess to remaining two border strips.
  • Add each of those to the top and bottom of the quilt.

Quilt

Flit and Bloom- Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes Baby Quilts by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs

Flit and Bloom- Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes Baby Quilts by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs

Each of these tops were finished with different quilting designs. The quilt with grey borders got a special treatment with wishbones the border, teardrops in the corners, and a swirl edge-to-edge (e2e) design.

The quilt with pink borders has only a swirled flower edge-to-edge (e2e) over the entire quilt. There was no special border design treatment.

Binding

Use your favorite binding method to apply continuous binding to each quilt.

Thank you so much for browsing and stitching this tutorial!

Huge thanks to Patty Young and Riley Blake Fabrics for having me on the Flit and Bloom fabric tour. Check out other stops on the tour here:

Flit and Bloom- Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes Baby Quilts by Jen Eskridge - ReannaLily Designs

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Divide and Design: Planned Machine Quilting Designs

Teal Baby Quilt | Divide and Design | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily QuiltsThe 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.

Divide and Design 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?

Teal Baby Quilt | Divide and Design | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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.

Teal Baby Quilt | Divide and Design | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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 and Design was pretty neat. I will 100% be following the directions more closely and taking the time to choose a sensible block-based quilt when I try Lisa’s method again. In the meantime, this little rascal is going to be bound and likely donated to a local children’s charity.

Teal Baby Quilt | Divide and Design | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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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.