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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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Forest Floor Longarm Quilting

Forest Floor Longarm Quilting

on Mar 4, 2018 in Blog, Featured | 4 comments

Quilting the Forest Floor My wonderful customer brought me a HUGE Forest Floor quilt to finish. The quilt measures 106″ x 106″. Have you seen this gorgeous batik design by Wing and a Prayer? The Plan First I had to size up the quilt as to how much space I’d be quilting at once time. How many blocks in Forest Floor would I be able to stitch as I make one pass with the HandiQuilter Avante 18″? This guy is BIG! Although seeing it helped tremendously, it ultimately proved useful to sketch out the block placement on a blank sheet of paper. This way I could see everything at once, instead of sections draped over the longarm bars. Sketching also helps me remember what I added in each spot as I rolled the quilt up and back over the course of a few days. Forest Floor Front From the front, it is tricky to see all the quilting textures. In the pictures below, though, try to match up the design with the sketches above. I used a warm grey Glide 40wt thread in the top thread and a 60wt Superior Bobs in the bobbin. Forest Floor Back My customer opted to have a Forest Green pieced backing. With the Superior Bobs white thread, you can see the quilting design much better on the back. Though it looks cool, it really puts the pressure on to make the quilting fantastic: you’ll see every stitch! I did alter the colors of these images slightly in Photoshop so you’d be able to really see the quilting lines. You’ll notice squares that appear to be outlined in pebbles, but left blank in the interior. Those are the featured nine batik leaf designs of the Forest Floor Quilt Kit. They are left unstitched as the quilting would most likely detract from the beautiful fabric print. Would you like me to finish your quilts? Read more at ReannaLily...

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Spinning 4-Patch Quilted by Jen Eskridge

Spinning 4-Patch Quilted by Jen Eskridge

on Feb 24, 2018 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 0 comments

Custom Quilted Spinning 4-Patch Pattern In early October 2017, I had the honor of quilting Spinning 4-Patch Quilts for Nancy Zieman. I work as the free-lance blog and social media person for Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC. (NZP) As a fantastic bonus, the team selected me to custom quilt new patterns NZP would be releasing which feature the Farmhouse Florals collection for Penny Rose Fabrics, a division of Riley Blake Designs. NZP is releasing three patterns for this fabric collection. The first one, Shiplap Ahoy was the focus last month. Read more here. Today, the second pattern, Spinning 4-Patch is showcased. The quilt is constructed using simple strip-pieced sewing techniques which are on the NZP blog today. All the quilting shown here is created with longarm quilting rulers and free-motion quilting designs. I work on a HandiQuilter Avante 18 and generally use Glide Thread in the needle and Superior Pre-wound Bobs in the bobbin. Read more about my set-up and style at ReannaLilyQuilts.com. Planning to Quilt   Each block has exactly the same seam lines. The color palette is soft so picking a quilting thread color wasn’t too tricky. I opted for Bone color glide 40wt thread. Before I started quilting, though, I really needed a design! I started with a piece of Plexiglas laid over the quilt, which was already loaded on the longarm frame. With a dry erase marker, I am able to audition different design lines to see if they fit, if I could stitch them, and if they looked fantastic. This first concept did not look fantastic to me. The spineless feathers wrapping around the block would be interesting, but it wasn’t enough. I ended up stitching in the ditch around all the block shapes first. On the advice of my artsy daughter, (@meepsketch on Instagram), I created diagonal lines with a ruler, to connect opposite corner rectangles. The spineless feathers would still be in the space that didn’t feature ruler work. The pale yellow sashing is quilted with a simple wishbone design. Also know as, my solid go-to design. The quilting is hard to see on a few of the beautiful floral prints, but the consistent texture is very neat. By quilting diagonal lines, alternating direction...

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Hand Applique Charity Quilt

Hand Applique Charity Quilt

on Feb 19, 2018 in Blog, charity, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 2 comments

Longarm Quilting the Hand Applique Quilt As a longarm quilter, I don’t see too many hand applique quilts. It isn’t because the quilts aren’t out there; I just don’t seem to travel in those circles. When the opportunity arose to finish a hand applique charity quilt, I jumped on it. The Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild has this in their collection of “Projects to Finish.” Yes, my guild has its own UFO pile! I’m on the committee to help finish them. The finished quilts then get donated to our bi-annual quilt auction fundraiser. We do not know the quilt’s original maker or makers. While longarm quilting, it does appear that a single person stitched all six blocks. The applique needs to shine! I followed applique quilting the inspiration from my very-quilty mother-in-law. First, I outlined each block’s 12″ perimeter by stitching in the ditch. Or more accurately: Stitching-in-the-vacinity-in-a-sorta-straight-ish-line-around-near-the-seam ditch. The fills are pretty wild and random around each shape. I added a few stitching lines within the applique to secure the design a bit further. Not every shape has quilting on top of it, though. Here’s a closer look at the blocks: The sashing is untreated. I thought by leaving it without quilting it will “puff” the way the applique shapes puff. The border was a different story. During a Karlee Porter Graffiti Quilting Class, she says something to the effect of: If you don’t want the hassle of making feathers symmetrical on both sides of the spine, don’t quilt feathers on both sides. Pretty smart! Hooked feathers are on the inside of the wavy spine and free-hand drawn lines are on the outside. This quilt inspires me. The challenge is exciting! The pink  hand applique quilt is now onto another guild member, Janet, for binding, then off to the auction in...

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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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Buggin Out: Machine Quilted Wholecloth

Buggin Out: Machine Quilted Wholecloth

on Jan 2, 2018 in Blog, Featured, FMFWQ, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 10 comments

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Another practice wholecloth quilt came to being over the winter break. I challenged myself with purple Glide thread on orange cotton fabric. Yikes! At first it seemed a bit counter-intuitive, but I really wanted to have high contrasting colors so I could focus on making better stitches, lines, and curves. I used HandiQuilter Avante 18″ longarm to create the quilt. The whole thing is stitched using free-motion quilting and rulers. There’s no computer guided quilting. Design As you may know, I’m enjoying a quilting series of whole cloth quilts, like the one in this wholecloth post, this wholecloth post, and Platinum Garden, which will be seen at Road to California January 2018. As described in those previous adventures, I start with a linear quadrant design like this one: Print the quadrant once, tape it together, and trace it onto the wholecloth four times, or simply print it four times. I opted to just print the full-size quadrant once. Note: This quadrant design is not available for free full-size download. The design is a bonus pattern in the Free-Motion Framework Pattern Package. For more on this style of quilting, using a linear design/framework to accidently stitch a wholecloth quilt, check out Free-Motion Framework. Updated to add: See all the Free-Motion Framework details, workshops, projects, and samples here. Once the design is traced, I isolate shapes to fill in. As long as I fill them in symmetrically, I’ll get a cool wholecloth quilt. It will look like I took time to plan this quilt, but really, I just made notes of what I stitched in each shape and repeated the design in all four quadrants. I was be-bopping along at a good clip when I remembered to take pictures! I had the good sense to draw what I stitched, as I stitched it, on the full-size paper tracing template. It was so easy to use it as a reference. It doesn’t look like much, but here’s a peek: The entire quilt is traced with a blue water soluble marker. Spray the quilt with water while it is still on the frame to see all the marks disappear. Of course, if I were planning to block this quilt so it will...

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Custom Longarm Quilting: Blue Patchwork Stars Quilt

Custom Longarm Quilting: Blue Patchwork Stars Quilt

on Dec 16, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 2 comments

Custom Longarm Quilting Lets talk for a minute about Custom Longarm Quilting. I’ve recently dipped my toe into the custom quilting world after practicing extensively using the Longarm Skill Builder method. It is a journey but the pay off is amazing. The look of custom quilting is really one-of-a-kind.  If you make a wholecloth skill builder, like the one linked, and share it socially, please use the hashtag #FMFWQ. Why you ask? This concept has grown into a full-on book, Free-Motion Framework, shipping May of 2018. Pre-order it on AMAZON. The Longarm Skill Builder method is wonderful to really get into the groove of filling spaces, but I needed a bit of direction to help me decided which spaces to fill if I were working on an actual patchwork quilt. Enter Lisa Calle’s Divide and Design book. If you don’t have this book, add it to your wish list right now. I applied her methods to my last customer quilt of 2017 to create a really unique finished quilt. Using the “markup” feature in my iphone images, I snapped a pic of the quilt and then proceeded to brainstorm how I would divide the space on my customer quilt. When I had something I liked, I saved it to my camera roll. (Turns out I went with a different design than what is pictured below.) I love how it turned out so much that you’d better go grab a cup of coffee because there are many many many photos of this baby. Blocks One pass along my HandiQuilter Avante 18″ only covered about 2/3rds of the block. This is what one pass looks like: I then went back and stitched the bottom 1/3 of each block. Sashing It took me far longer than it should have to decide on a style for the sashing. Ultimately, I went with an easy/fast design. I traced the arc of a ruler twice on the right side and twice on the left side. The arc intersecting is what creates this seemingly complex design. Borders Lastly, I had to decide a style to add into the 4″ wide, two-color border design along the top and bottom edge of the quilt. I ended up going with...

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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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Patriotic Quilt Round Up

Patriotic Quilt Round Up

on Nov 11, 2017 in Blog, Featured, tutorial | 0 comments

Red, White, and Blue Red, White and Blue is the theme for this how-to tutorial round up! As I’ve started to create more and more quilts for veterans, I noticed a themed collection in the works. I’m happy to share my quilts and quilt pattern tutorials here, all in one place. For the most part, when I approach a quilt pattern to adapt it to look patriotic, I treat the fabric requirements as “all shades of red” with “all shades of blue” and “as many whites as I own.” This works for any three-color quilts. The quilt will look scrappy as I’ve cut the red pieces from as many reds as I have in my own fabric stash. Same with blues and whites. If the quilt pattern is a two-color quilt or has an even balance of background and foreground pieces, I simply treat all backgrounds as white and all foregrounds as red and blue. You can do this with any pattern you already own. Of course, if you switch that up (i.e. all backgrounds are red and blue; all foregrounds are white,) you’ll turn out a completely different quilt still using the one original pattern! HUGE Cross and Plus Quilt Ohio Star Barn Quilt Inverted Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes Patriotic Wonky Star Quilt Tutorial Patriotic Disappearing 9-Patch with 10″ Precut Squares Red, White OR Blue Sometimes a more monochromatic look is just what you need. Turns out, side-by-side these two monochromatic quilts look great together as Red and White or Blue and White quilts. Incidentally, both quilts below are made from the same Giant Flying Geese tutorial. Giant Fat Quarter Flying Geese – Queen Size Blue Flying Geese: Queen-Size...

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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 | 4 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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Greater San Antonio Quilt Show – Winner!

Greater San Antonio Quilt Show – Winner!

on Sep 28, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 8 comments

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

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Inverted Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes

Inverted Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes

on Sep 20, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting, tutorial | 9 comments

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes pattern is a pretty popular free tutorial here on my blog. I decided to create another quilt using the same pattern, but mixing up the background and foreground fabric placement. I’m calling this one the Inverted Disappearing 9-Patch. I’ll show you how easy it is to make this design appear completely different. Check this out! This is the exact same quilt pattern: Scroll up. Seriously, the two above quilts look completely different! Constructing the Quilt In both quilts, I cut my own pile of 10″ fabric squares. These precuts are affectionately known as a Layer Cake, though I believe Moda Fabrics does have the trademark on the actual name. I’ll show you how the inverted design works. In the original pattern the red/blue (foreground) colors were placed in the corners and center. For the alternate version, the foreground colors are placed to make a “plus.” You can see in the photos below, I’ve already done the slashing step. If you are diggin the military uniform in this quilt, you may love the Deploy that Fabric book. It features 23 different patterns to use military uniforms. In the book, there’s a guide as to how to break down a uniform to yield flat workable pieces which will incorporate into your next project or pattern. (***Note: This 9-Patch Quilt is NOT in the book. It is a free tutorial from ReannaLily Designs.) Ok, back to the quilt, following the original Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes pattern, I simply rotated the upper right and lower left blocks. You’ll notice two little squares meet at the center, that is how you can tell the block layouts are identical. From here, I arranged the HUGE quarter blocks per the original diagram. To actually assemble the quilt I used a serger. As I’ve mentioned before: You can go fast! The serger stitches must faster than my home sewing machine. You don’t need to wind a bobbin. Ever. The seams are wrapped neatly together making them easy to press. This quilt doesn’t require pins or detailed piece-work. Quilting the Patriotic Quilt For many of the red, white, and blue quilts, I like to quilt them quickly featuring a meandering star design....

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