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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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Deploy That Fabric – Cataloged

Deploy That Fabric – Cataloged

on May 19, 2011 in Blog, book, military monster, Press, recycle, sewing | 3 comments

It’s here! Um… the catalog, that is… It is all feeling so real. With less than a week before my NYC Book Signing trip, my little book is already in the C&T Publishing catalog! The catalog was released at the Salt Lake City Quilt Market last weekend. Not only is it in print, but it is on the C&T Website! Even Amazon has the cover image on their site now! Oh man, these are exciting times. Y’all, I have an ISBN number!! (Yes, I know the N stands for number. Just like UPC code… I know.) I cannot wait to see the book in person. Not sure you can see the small thumbnails in the catalog page above-? They showcase 3 of the projects in the book. The quilt on the far left was made by my friend Leigh (US Army Active, Spouse at Ft. Hood)? and the stocking on the far right was made by my friend Debbie (USAF, Retired, spouse, at Altus AFB)? Pretty cool, right? I’m so thrilled to be able to share my designs and my “how I did its” with everyone! Big thanks to C&T for giving me a shot. And a big thanks to the military service members and their families who inspired the projects. I cannot believe I wrote a book. See that little bag in the screen shot above?? I don’t think I’ve mentioned to ya, yet. It is a green messenger bag with my quilt image on the messenger flap of the bag! The bag is made entirely of recycled plastic bottles and is very eco friendly. It is like – DOUBLE RECYCLED. I love that. The quilt featured on the bag is the same one on the cover of the book. And if you signed up to receive the newsletter, or if you browse my newsletter archives, you’ll see the Countdown Calendars book in there. I’m a contributing designer for that collaboration book. Hopefully there will be a give-away right here on the blog for that title, soon. And I’ll be able to share more about my calendar then. Just know- it totally has military uniforms in it. =) I can’t wait to tell you more about each project...

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101 Patchwork Projects GIVE AWAY

101 Patchwork Projects GIVE AWAY

on Apr 11, 2011 in accessories, art gallery fabrics, Blog, pattern, Press, recycle, sewing | 44 comments

Have you seen the first ever, biggest issue, most busting-at-the-seams-full magazine, 101 Patchwork Projects? {give away is now closed.} I’m honored to have one of my designs included in the pages. It is a coin purse. I made the purse using recycled linen (pants from a thrift store) and English paper-pieced hexagons, each side of the hex is 1/2″ long. My blog followers know how many hexagons constitute “plenty” on a project… and this one is no exception. The purse is trimmed with a whopping 4, count’em 4!, hexagons. (I blurred the construction images on purpose- copy right and all.) One of the goals I set for myself and my company was to have something accepted into a magazine and make the cover. So far, no cover. I have a few other things in the works, we’ll just have to see if those projects make it to the covers. I have to say, though, I do feel like I’m getting closer. I found the coin purse on the table of contents and in the chapter header. Yes, this magazine is so big and awesome, it has CHAPTERS! You can see some of the other 101 projects in the pictures below. The one thing I’m itching to make is the Pojagi headband, p 46. Here’s a fun little bit about the coin purse project. This isn’t some run-of-the-mill zippered coin purse. This is a divided purse for your to add your credit cards, money and coins. The project even includes a back pocket for your business cards. 3 pockets in a project so small. AND all three pockets are very easy to construct. To celebrate the ReannaLily Designs coin purse in the new 101 Patchwork Projects magazine, I’m giving away a copy of the magazine AND a stitched coin purse! I have to say, the stitched coin purse included in the prize is one of the test purses I made when I double-checked my construction directions. Sadly, this sample does not have cute hexagons, but I thought you might be able to overlook that since it does feature LOVELY Amy Butler Fabrics. Here’s how to enter:? {international players are welcome} Simply leave a comment to be entered once. You can...

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Quilter’s World April 2011

Quilter’s World April 2011

on Mar 8, 2011 in accessories, Blog, Press, recycle, wichita kansas | 2 comments

I am so honored that Quilter’s World has published another purse design, of mine, for their “In The Bag” series in the April 2011 Issue. The purse is called the All ‘Round Tote and features a military uniform as the bag body and a fabulous large circle as the bag base. Complete with grommets, a scarf handle and semi-circle accents! It really is a very easy bag to make, either with uniform fabrics or with traditional cottons. The bag is big enough to hold a couple towels for the pool, a few skeins of yarn for soccer practice, or a couple items to take on an over-night trip. (above) That’s a screen shot from the Take A Peek Inside feature on the e-Pattern Central website. The bag in the magazine is made using an ARMY uniform + Kate Spain’s Fandango line of quilter’s cottons, by Moda. The picture below shows green BDU camouflage + Sandi Henderson’s beautiful orange fabric, by Michael Miller. Note: This picture was snapped at TWIST– the Yarn Store (that is such an understatement, they have every yarn-ish, roving-ish, knitting needle known to woman kind down there!!!)? So, the Yarn Store down in the Historic Delano District- Wichita KS. Check out the newest issue of Quilter’s...

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Deploy That Fabric! Book Cover Reveal!!!

Deploy That Fabric!  Book Cover Reveal!!!

on Mar 2, 2011 in Blog, book, business, recycle | 15 comments

I’m so thrilled to finally be able to share a bit more about my brand spankin’ new first ever book! As you can see in the picture, the title is Deploy That Fabric and features 23 unique sewing projects which feature recycled, reused, re-purposed military uniforms! The book is published by C&T Publishing and is part of the uber-popular Stash Books Series. Each pattern actually has fabric requirements for sewing the project with a uniform or sewing it with all traditional quilter’s cottons. Oh, I’m so thrilled! Its the only book like it, of its kind, on the market and it is LIVE on Amazon available for pre-order. As soon as I get the “green light” I’ll be able to share more about the projects, the book proposal process, the writing/editing and finally the big release. Stay tuned & subscribe to the blog to join me on the...

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The Flapper Purse in a TREASURY

The Flapper Purse in a TREASURY

on Feb 27, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, business, recycle | 0 comments

This treasury was made by a fellow Home Front Team member, Lilac Ave, over on Etsy. I’m honored to have The Flapper Purse included in a treasury. Treasuries are member created lists grouped by some theme or design. Tons of treasuries are in the public treasury gallery for your shopping enjoyment. Thank you! Thank you! I also wanted to try my hand at making a treasury. My theme (big surprise) was Recycled Military Uniforms. Check out all these talented sewists working with military uniforms. Army, Navy, Air Force- even an old recycled wool general issue blanket. Click on either images to see the handmade collections up close, shop and browse through the handmade...

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18? Doll Spring Clothes

18? Doll Spring Clothes

on Feb 17, 2011 in Blog, fashion, ReannaLily Designs Fabric, recycle, sewing | 2 comments

Hum… I might have a problem… I LOVE to design and make these little doll clothes. They use very little fabric, the client never complains and they finish up in a snap! (Above Photo) This outfit is a square-neck, empire waist tank top and Capri jeans. If you are blog follower/subscriber, you might recognize that fabric on her tank top. Its from my NEW Modern Complements Line. The jeans are made from a recycled pair of actual soft denim jeans. I added pockets at the hip and was oh-so-proud until I realized 1/ You cannot see them because her shirt covers that area of the pants and 2/ She can never put her arm in them because her arms don’t bend. HA! Both of those garments have a Velcro back closure. This outfit is a top with a gathered hem and gathered sleeves with white shorts. The picture below shows the back closure. I used two bits of Velcro back there. I had to Velcro where the elastic waist is, to keep the elastic stretched when in use. You can click the photo to see it larger. The fabric used in this outfit is Polka Dots- thrifted bed sheet, and the White is an IKEA bed sheet. The dresses above were made with my daughter and her friend. (10yo)? I used the same IKEA bed sheet white fabric and let the girls draw whatever they wanted to on the dresses. They got to plan the design, make it on paper, trace it on to the dress with Crayola Fabric Markers (which I LOVE. They are sold on the crayon aisle not in the craft/fabric departments) and then I whipped up the dress by extending the tank top pattern. I’m lovin this butterfly and I’d totally wear it on a t-shirt! —————————————————————————- The patterns used in the doll outfit are my original...

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Doll Quilt Swap 10, the thrid

Doll Quilt Swap 10, the thrid

on Feb 16, 2011 in art gallery fabrics, Blog, quilt, quilting, recycle, swap | 0 comments

  I had this fun idea for a Doll Quilt Swap Quilt.  Its little, its hexagons, and its bright blue + Art Gallery Fabrics + USAF uniform. It was just a matter of time before I got those fun USAF hexagons into a modern design. I think making these small quilted items are just so fast and quick.  (Once those crazy hexagons are prepared.) They use up fabric scraps, let you try different quilting methods and finish up quickly.  This doll quilt is very jen-centric.  It has Art Gallery Fabrics + USAF hexies + pale blue.  I might keep this one, too. Man, I’m not a very good swapper if I want to keep everything!  HA!  Ok, but honestly, the blue background in this doll quilt is broadcloth (50% poly/50% cotton) so that means I’m not allowed to swap it since it’s not 100% cotton.  Shame….  Get your own 1 1/2″ hexagon paper for English Paper Piecing,...

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Recycled Wool Sweater for 18″ Dolls

Recycled Wool Sweater for 18″ Dolls

on Feb 16, 2011 in Blog, recycle, sewing | 1 comment

A while back I posted that I was using up some felted wool sweaters for all sorts of crazy things. …And I might be hoarding the felted wool scrap pieces… Well, am I glad I did! Turns out, adorable little doll shrugs don’t require very much fabric. I was also able to plan my cuts to have the finished original sweater ribbing fall right along the sleeve edges. The grey sweater is Lamb’s wool and the red one is cashmere (from the GAP, no less). The shrugs turned out great, but I really wanted to make t-shirts to go under the sweaters. Is that a weird thing to want to do, yeah, maybe. So what. Whilst the hubbs was at work, I *might* have snagged a v-neck undershirt (worn with USAF blues) and well… um…. chopped it up. I used the original lower edge hem of the t-shirt to also be the lower edge hem of the doll’s tank top. I wanted to also show you a picture of how I made the closure on the back. I pretty much just folded the cut edge to the inside of the shirt, and added a velcro strip at the top/shoulder/neck area. The patterns for the shrug, shirt and pants are my own original...

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Recycled Sweaters

Recycled Sweaters

on Jan 2, 2011 in accessories, blogging others, illustrator, pattern, recycle, sewing, tutorial | 1 comment

Welcome to the first post of the new year! Happy 2011 to you all! Over the holidays I made an ugly sweater dress from ugly sweaters, for an ugly sweater party. That got me hooked sewing thrift store sweaters. Eventually I started buying the “nice” thrift store sweaters, ala Betz White. I have 100% natural fibers in solid colors with a few fun knitted designs on there. That rockin’ hat (below) was the crowning jewel on the ugliest dress, ugliest sweater, ugliest Christmas attire known to woman-kind. I made scarflettes using the U-Create tutorial as a guide. (This scarflette is made a synthetic fiber sweater.) Instead of using the entire torso of a sweater, I made two narrower scraflettes from the sleeves. My sister-in-law has the matching cream colored scarflette. I’m sure she has some kind of fabulous felt flower or rolled rosette on there by now. My blue vintage brooch is also from a thrift store. Well, I liked sewing with the sweaters. Its like thrift store linen, but in the winter. =) The next thing I made were a couple plain pillows from the main torso of the sweater. (The quilt on my couch is a pattern by Toby Lischko called Mosaic Magic.) The creamy white one pillow is the torso from the scarflettes sweater. The red sweater pillow is felted cashmere. The cool thing about buying the 100% wool fiber sweaters at the thrift store is that the ones I seem to be finding are there because the original owners accidentally shrank/felted them. Thank you, Ms Original Owner; you have totally saved me a step! Ooooh- what did I make next??!!! Inquiring minds want to know. Well, that red sweater had some leftovers. I couldn’t possibly just have felty cashmere-y leftovers! I decided to make the “WHAT? REALLY!” Punctuation Pillow. I kinda have a quirky sense of humor. I’m sure we all do in some capacity. This Punctuation Pillow, with a ? and !, is only one total pillow. The red cashmere used to be sleeves. The grey lamb’s wool is from the torso of one sweater. It measures approximately 13″ x 18″ & is stitched shut. The two punctuations are raw-edge appliqued to the sweater...

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McCall’s Quick Quilts Feb/Mar

McCall’s Quick Quilts Feb/Mar

on Dec 28, 2010 in book, business, free spirit fabrics, Press, quilt, quilting, recycle | 8 comments

Guess who is going to be in McCall’s Quick Quilts Feb/Mar 2011? ME! I have a great little snuggle quilt pattern in there. In fact, its called Home Front Snuggler. Its a fast pattern, fat quarter compatible, and finishes at 60″ square. Its the perfect size for the couch- specifically, for the kids cuddling up to you this winter on the couch. Kids don’t necessarily understand deployment, but hopefully this will bring them a little closer to their loved one while they are apart. Thank you for serving! “This soft lap quilt provides a bit of comfort while a parent’s deployed.” McCall’s Quick Quilts Feb/Mar 2011. I’m so thrilled that its also a recycled military uniform pattern. One lovely BDU has a new life in this family pass-down quilt. (Image above from McCall’s Quick Quilting website) You’ll see this in the article- The quilt is quilted with the free motion flowers. Its really an easy technique and great alternative to meandering. Give it a try. *Fabrics in the quilt are Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey + US Gov’t And that’s not all… McCall’s Quick Quilts is the first publication to break the biggest business related secret I’ve ever kept. Are you sitting down? In fact, we’ve only scratched the surface of the secret but check out this Designer Information section (from the magazine) “Jen Eskridge is a quilt designer, author, and teacher. Look for her upcoming book from C&T Publishing at your local quilt store or visit her website, reannalilydesigns.com.” Yep- you read that right!!! That’s all I can tell you for now. And yes, I’m so happy I might explode. More details will emerge as we get closer to the release date. You totally have to subscribe to the blog or sign up for the newsletter (on the right side bar over there) so you don’t miss a bit of the...

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