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Pratt Quilt Show April 21-22nd

Pratt Quilt Show April 21-22nd

on Apr 10, 2012 in Blog, book, business, recycle, Seamingly Accurate, trunk show, wichita kansas | 0 comments

Come on out to the Pratt KS Quilt Show April 21-22nd! They’ll have plenty to see and shop and you can see most of the projects from Deploy That Fabric, as well as pickup a signed copy of the book. I’ll even bring a few of the eco-friendly Messenger Tote Bags. I will be bringing the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide and patterns for you. Mark your calendars, call your friends and gas up the car. I’ll see ya...

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Fabric Choices

Fabric Choices

on Mar 7, 2012 in accessories, Blog, recycle, sewing | 0 comments

I’m working on a project with a magazine, and unfortunately, that is all I can tell you right now. I am making the project out of recycled fabrics. I’m using a men’s sport coat and a woman’s skirt. Pulled out the Benihana chopping blades and voila- the pattern pieces look good and the project is coming together. I cannot wait to tell you what the project is, and where to find it, later this year. Of course, I didn’t pay that price for my fabric pieces. I purchased these items at the thrift store for $3.99 and $6.99. I did have quite a good day at the thrift store because I also found an original Burberry’s Men’s coat as well. I didn’t chop that one up- though I did a search on the internet and the tailored coat may have brought in up to $600 – $1500 retail* at one time, and based on the label, the coat is at least 9 years old. For my price, $6.99, it is still quite lovely. *I'm soooooooo in the wrong...

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Book Signing for Fort Riley Kansas

Book Signing for Fort Riley Kansas

on Sep 26, 2011 in Blog, book, recycle, trunk show | 1 comment

This is your official invitation to the Manhattan Kansas Book Signing event for Deploy That Fabric! Place: All About Quilts 8651 E. U.S. Hwy 24 Manhattan, Kansas 66502 Date: Sat Oct 8th Time: 1p-3p? (aka 1300-1500) This will be the second time my little book will take me to Manhattan. =)? Of course, this time I’ll be going to the home of K-State on a home game afternoon. The Cats play the Missouri Tigers, if you were curious. I hope all of Ft. Riley is able to come out and see the trunk show and pick up a signed copy of the book. The show is already on display there and will be there until Oct 8th. You’ll have plenty of time to grab the book and start making all the holiday gift projects you’ve been considering. Tell your friends and share this FB link. See you...

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Quiltin Country Book Signing

Quiltin Country Book Signing

on Jul 27, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, book, quilt shop, recycle | 1 comment

I’m all packed up and in TEXAS!? {{It has been the summer of road trips.}} I hope you are in Texas also, getting ready for the book signing event on Saturday at Quiltin’ Country in Killeen. I’ll see you soon! Many of the projects featured in the book are already on display at the shop, so drop in and see what it’s all about. Date: July 30th, 2011, Saturday Time: 1p- 3p? (or as my people like to say 1300-1500) Place: Quiltin? Country, 4904 Stan Schlueter Loop,...

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Stash Books Give Away

Stash Books Give Away

on Jul 15, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, contests, recycle | 4 comments

Stash Books is sponsoring a big two-fer give away. The contest is open until Monday the 18th of July. You have a chance to win a copy of Deploy That Fabric as well as the fabulous Eco Friendly tote, based on a quilt pattern IN the book. Yep, that cool half-square-triangle quilt shown on the flap of the Eco Tote is actually a smaller scale image of a quilt from the book. Those folks at C&T Publishing have thought of everything. You have to hop on over to their blog post to...

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Book Launch Party Ft Hood TX

Book Launch Party Ft Hood TX

on Jul 13, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, book, quilt shop, recycle | 1 comment

I am so honored to have Quiltin Country in Killeen TX host my first book signing event! You are invited!! Date: July 30th, 2011, Saturday Time: 1p- 3p? (or as my people like to say 1300-1500) Place: Quiltin’ Country, 4904 Stan Schlueter Loop, 76549 You may have heard of Killeen TX. It is home to a little army post named FT HOOD! Yes, Ft Hood will be the kick-off location for Deploy That Fabric. Projects from the book are on display for the month of July to promote the event. I will be there signing books, & answering questions. I’d love to meet you, so if you are in the area, come on down. Tell your friends, they are totally invited, too! Hop on over to the Quiltin Country website to sign up for their newsletter or LIKE them on Facebook to be updated with even more details about the party. See you...

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Deploy That Fabric

Deploy That Fabric

on Jul 12, 2011 in accessories, Blog, book, Books, pattern, recycle, Recycled Military Uniform Designs Gallery, Recycled Military Uniform Patterns, sewing | 0 comments

“Show your pride in our troops every day! All members of the Armed Forces have to buy multiple uniforms, some of which become decommissioned. Learn how to recycle these uniforms and blend in some cheerful, contemporary fabrics to create useful family treasures with one-of-a-kind style. Even if you don’t have a service member in your life, you can make these cool projects using camouflage fabrics or uniforms purchased from surplus stores.”? –C&T Publishing   SALE PRICED!! $12.00 That’s it! The book you’ve been waiting for, the first one of its kind, is HERE and available though the ReannaLily Designs shop! All books purchased in the shop, right here, will arrived signed by Jen Eskridge. In fact, if you’d like a personal inscription, please note that in your order and Jen will sign your copy to whomever you like. The title features 23 sewing projects for your lifestyle. Each project re-purposes a military uniform in to a fun hip sewn creation. Whether it is for the home, for the baby, for a deployment or for yourself, be proud to carry and use the uniform. Want a copy of the book in eBook Format? Check out these popular outlets: iTunes Amazon Google Play...

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Countdown Calendars

Countdown Calendars

on Jun 26, 2011 in Blog, book, recycle | 0 comments

I was asked to be a contributor in this book, Countdown Calendars, by C&T Publishing. It is just hitting the shelves now and C&T has put together this fun book trailer to showcase 10 of the designs. I thought I’d share it with you. If you follow my blog, I’m sure you’ll guess my calendar is the Deployment Countdown (#5)? “Home in XX Days” complete with recycled military uniforms, fun shapes and felt numbers. Check out all the other amazing designs! Those Christmas House slippers might be some of my favorites. And did you see the stitched notebook paper?? How cool is that?! I can’t wait to see the book in person. Big Thanks to C&T Publishing for including me in this fun...

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Pat Sloan’s Radio Show

Pat Sloan’s Radio Show

on Jun 20, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, Press, recycle | 0 comments

Today is the big day! I hope you’ll tune in to the American Patchwork & Quilting + Pat Sloan Radio/Podcast show. She’s interviewing me about sewing with uniforms. Very exciting times. I’m a tiny bit nervous. The show is live and my segment will be on 4:40p Eastern. If you miss the podcast, you can always subscribe via iTunes and listen to it later. Or check out her show archives....

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Grocery Tote Tutorial

Grocery Tote Tutorial

on Jun 11, 2011 in accessories, Blog, fabric stash, recycle, sewing, tutorial | 1 comment

How about a quick grocery tote?? I can fit two gallons of milk in one of these babies. And yes, every big grocery trip, I seem to buy 3 gallons of milk. Crazy, right? This tutorial is a simple how-to for making a green-bag or recycled grocery bag. My family has 5 people in it, so I needed a few bags. I made 5 on the day I did the tutorial and at the every end I thought, “I wonder if my pictures are of the same fabric bag?”? Hum… We’ll see. The bag’s finished size is approximately? 13″ tall, 12″ wide and 8″ deep. Let’s get down to biz-? :: Sorry it’s not a glamorous picture, but it is just a grocery tote… I wonder if the grocery store would be cool with me filling it up and snapping shots, IN the store?? Now that’d be a good picture. :: Supplies for ONE bag- 1 rectangle of decorator weight fabric measuring 41″ x 19″ 2 rectangles of matching fabric for handles measuring 2 1/2″ x 22″ 1 rectangle of foam core board measuring 8″ x 12″ Note- I used decorator weight fabrics purchased in South Korea. Since I use these bags and really fill them up, I am pretty confident with the heavier weight fabrics. I haven’t tried these bags with lovely quilter’s cottons. Step 1. Build the Body Fold the larger rectangle in half width-wise. Stitch along one short edge and across the lower edge. Press the folded edge and treat that crease as a side seam. I busted out my old faithful Juki serger for this project. It stitches a million times faster than my sewing machine and finishes the edges. Since I was sergering, (yeh, that’s a word…) I also sergerd around the top to finish that edge. I love my serger so much. Step 2. Give it Shape Next make the bag shaping darts at each lower corner. Lay the side seam onto the bottom edge seam to form a point. Measure and draw a perpendicular to the stitching line, 4″ from the point. (In the picture below, the folded “crease” is treated as a side seam.) Stitch or serger across the marked line....

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Deploy That Fabric- Book Signing

Deploy That Fabric- Book Signing

on Jun 3, 2011 in Blog, book, recycle | 4 comments

Ok, my favorite blog readers know that I was recently in New York to sign the first copies of my book. (Holy Jeepers!)? I’ve never been to NYC before, so I have just tons to show you! In fact, I have a whole blog post written (in my mind) on Mood and the fashion district, alone! But for now- back to the book signing- I was invited to attend the BEA book trade show at the Javits Center on the western side of Manhattan. C&T Publishing invited me. I was to be there at 2pm. One of my closest friends and myself arrived a bit early to check out the show. There were quite a few authors there. In fact, we saw a few famous people. Well, famous people who you might not think of having their own books. First up was Michael Moore. Yeh, the crazy film guy. We just caught a glimpse of him and I have to say, I wasn’t to interested in seeing anything he had done. Next we saw Duff McKagan, the bassist from Guns ‘N Roses, doing a book signing. My inner 13-year-old self was pretty excited. James Patterson was doing a signing at the same time I was! Ok, and if that wasn’t enough- we saw Flavor Flav. The guy who wears clocks as necklaces. You know who I’m talking about. I guess he has a book out, too. Honestly, of all the “big” people we saw, not only was he literally the shortest, but he was also the one with the biggest crowd. Crazy! My friend is in sales, in the oil industry. She can sell stuff! That turned out really well when Amy, from C&T, and she held up copies of the book to indicate “Book Signing HERE”. Y’all, I had a line! A LINE. The show is open to large book stores, small book stores, indie book stores, librarians, authors, publishers, etc. I have to say, most of the people in my line seemed to be librarians. I was really flattered when the librarians, who know all sorts about ALL sorts of books, said they hadn’t seen anything like my title before. I know the recycled uniform patterns (and...

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Military Monster Bags- Finished

Military Monster Bags- Finished

on May 21, 2011 in accessories, Blog, book, commission, military monster, recycle, sewing | 1 comment

Whooo- I was sewing and sewing and sewing and sewing. And I’m thrilled to report that I’ve finished these two lovely bags a couple days early! The clients picked out their fabrics and mailed me flight suits. In one case, her husband’s flight suit, and in the other, the flight suit was the one she wore when she was pregnant. I {heart} recycling uniforms. I have to say, the brown desert flight looks awesome with those pinks. I’m loving what she’s picked out. And I’m a total sucker for diagonal stripes. It makes quilting binding WAY more interesting (since you don’t actually have to cut the binding on the bias.)? When I saw that she picked it for the lining I was thrilled! It is so bright. Both of these fabrics are from Joann’s, in case you were wondering. And the green flight suit bag- It is so subtle and still fabulous. I love how you see blue and purple when you look at the fabrics- but really, there is just enough (of the exact same green) in the cotton to match the flight suit. I wanted to get a picture of the bag from a different angle… but the photo above makes the bag look smaller than it actually is. I tell ya, this bag is a MONSTER. =) The pattern for this bag, and 8 other fun bags, are in Deploy That Fabric. Now, I’m off to see outside again in between loads of laundry. Lordy Pete, I know how to have...

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