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Taggy Blanket

Taggy Blanket

on Oct 8, 2014 in Blog, sewing | 0 comments

  Taggy Blanket ~~~~Let us call this the BEFORE picture.~~~~ I used the Scrappy Taggy Blanket tutorial?and simply omitted the “scrappy part”. Instead I had two pieces of fabric cut 16″ square. One quilter’s cotton and the other one is dot minkie. OH an my ribbons, those didn’t match anything at all…. Each ribbon is secured with three different stitching lines so it should be secure for the little ones. The Taggy Blanket is so fast; I was able to make up the three I needed before work one morning. Three little baby’s head to three friends. And three taggy blankets headed to three babies. ~~~~Lets call this the AFTER...

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Seamingly Accurate Pajama Pants Waistband

Seamingly Accurate Pajama Pants Waistband

on Sep 25, 2014 in Blog, sewing, tutorial | 0 comments

Ever need to make the elastic waist band on a pair of pajama pants or shorts? Need the top of a drawstring bag? Check out this accurate way to make the hemmed fabric casing (for the elastic) using the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide: ps- Sorry the video gets funky at the very end, but it is still a neat...

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Pet Postcards SAMQG

Pet Postcards SAMQG

on Aug 20, 2013 in Blog, blogging others, charity, SAMQG, sewing, tutorial | 3 comments

  Pet Postcards Are you in on the Pet Postcard Project? It is a Quilted/Artist Postcard Sale benefiting Friends for Life. Each card is sold, at the Houston Quilt Festival, for $20 with the proceeds going to charity. SAMQG has launched our involvement as our first charity endeavor for the new board year. Let me get you a link to Pokey’s Ponderings where you can find all the information about the project. Working small, 4″ x 6″ , is so fast and quick, you might just want to make up a few for your own donation. The postcards range so much in style and technique. I just dove on in. I started with all fabric scraps and inktense pencils. I haven’t really mastered these inktense fabric ink pencils, but they are super fun to play with. I started drawing the “cats” before I had any real plan at all. I forged ahead. I found my groove when I bailed on “art quilt” style and went back to “quilt girl” style. I drafted up a few cat templates, which helped me tremendously. These shapes are HERE for you to download and use in your own Pet Postcard designs, if you choose to give it a whirl. So what’d I turn out with these little cat shapes? A mess. Working small is great but boy, it is so easy to make a colossal mess. You’d think I had planned out a quilt to wrap my house for a bug bomb it was such a mess. Alas, it was just a pet postcard marathon. I ended up making a whole handful of these little guys. Here’s what I have so far. I hope they are able to raise the money for?Friends for Life, Houston?s fastest growing No-Kill animal adoption and rescue organization. I hope you are inspired to go forth and make a few cards for the cause. Whether inspiring means: “wow, that is inspiring” or more like “whoa, I could make better cards than that” So whatever you take from it- get on out there and make some cards!...

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Altered Tuxedo Shirts

Altered Tuxedo Shirts

on Apr 18, 2013 in Blog, commission, sewing | 1 comment

That would be four (4) of the finished tuxedo shirts for a client in Illinois. The 4 are only a fraction of the 11 total shirts for this project. Turns out, it is going to be a big, wild, fun wedding. Here’s what happens, if you don’t already know- The gentlemen are wearing suits/tuxedos/military service dress/mess dress. The cuffs and collar and front of the shirt are all white and traditional looking. Once the party is in full swing and the jackets come off- a total personality is revealed. If the collection of cotton fabrics is any indication- this should be a blast! I should have photos of the men after the big event. What I do is receive a shirt and 2 to 1 2/3yards of fabric in the mail. I take the shirt apart and use the actual sleeve and back as the pattern pieces to cut out fun novelty prints. Then I just build the shirt back. Then I … The magic wand gets waved. Fairy dust fills the air. Angels sing and then- bammo- Tuxedo Shirts for everyone! You get a tuxedo shirt and you get a tuxedo shirt. (Say that in your best Oprah voice!)? hahahahah. These babies are ready to hit the mail on Friday! I hope the wedding is a blast. Thanks for letting me be a part of...

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QuiltCon Raffle Quilt Block PATTERN

QuiltCon Raffle Quilt Block PATTERN

on Mar 5, 2013 in Blog, book, pattern, sewing, tutorial | 0 comments

If you missed it at QUILTCON 2013, I passed out a few postcards while I walked the show. It is an adapted version of the quilt block I submitted to the QuiltCon Raffle Quilt. My block was accepted. It was tricky to make (see here), so I remade it in a much much much easier fashion. Here’s the free block pattern postcard right here on the bloggity blog for your stitching pleasure. Click on the image to download a pdf with both postcard sides featured. The block is made using a simple shape-facing technique and machine applique methods. Incidentally, these methods are the main focus of one of my new books, Learn To Sew Easy Curves, published by Leisure Arts. Check your local quilt shop for the title as...

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Hexagons Made Easy by Jen Eskridge

Hexagons Made Easy by Jen Eskridge

on Jan 18, 2013 in Blog, book, Books, Hexagons Made Easy, quilt, quilting, sewing | 3 comments

I can finally reveal something I’ve been working on for the past year. Hexagons Made Easy This is my newest book, releasing with Martingale Press. (!!!!!!)? It is full of tips and techniques to make truly hexcellent projects. From Martingale: Create stunning hexagon quilts and so much more–without Y-seams or hand sewing. Sound impossible? Expert quilter Jen Eskridge makes it easy with a quick facing technique, a great alternative to English paper piecing. Learn to use hexagons two ways: appliqu?d onto a background or stitched together without a background for a two-sided quilt. Select from 15 clever projects in a huge variety of sizes, from large quilts to pillows, wall hangings, table runners, pot holders, and more Stitch hexagons easily and accurately by machine; learn a handy way to make hexagons of any size Find patterns for 18 different 15″ x 15″ blocks that showcase hexagons, plus numerous motifs for quilting the designs WANT THE BOOK AND A QUILT KIT FOR THE WALL HANGING ON PAGE 42??? BUY IT HERE FROM REANNALILY DESIGNS. ?(Buy the book, buy the kit OR buy the book AND kit.) In the next few weeks, I’ll show you more projects from the book and tell you how they came into being. It was a huge joy to work on such a straight-forward technique based book to yield such interesting contemporary results. See a more in-depth review of the book by following this link to Jen’s blog post coverage of title. ?Shops- This book is also available at United Notions. ? All books ordered directly from ReannaLily Designs will be signed by Jen Eskridge. Thanks so much for your support! Shipping is $2.95 for standard USPS mail. International orders will be contacted via email for shipping adjustments. Don’t just take my word for it. Check out these reviews: Easy Quilts by Fons and Porter Fall 2013: Australian Homespun July 2013:...

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SEW IT ALL VOL 5

SEW IT ALL VOL 5

on Dec 4, 2012 in accessories, Blog, pattern, Press, recycle, sewing | 1 comment

Last year, I did a filming of Sew It All TV out in Golden Colorado. That was an amazing experience. The show was very cool behind-the-scenes and the editors of Sew It All were outstanding. I decided on the plane ride home that I would try to submit work to a “non-quilt” magazine for a change. I’m delighted to tell you that worked out very well. I submitted a bound wool hound’s tooth bag. The bag is made from recycled skirt from the thrift store and mixes techniques (in my opinion) since the bag is finished with a traditional quilt binding. I first showed you a version of the bag her on the blog, early last year. Not only is by bag, with 3 variation designs, rockin page 53, but Sew It All does a bio on their contributing authors, complete with a head shot. Hooray!!! I have a tiny Jen in the Author Section. And look at the great company I keep. Exciting times!!! The magazine is on news stands now and can also be ordered online at sewitallmag.com. It was great to work with the ladies over at Sew It All. Thank you for also featuring my pattern as one of the home page slide show pictures. Hooray hooray...

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Car Shade Lunch Bag

Car Shade Lunch Bag

on Sep 17, 2012 in accessories, sewing | 11 comments

How about that for a funky blog post title???? It will all make sense in a minute. Back story- I went to one of those trendy 31 Bag parties a while back and I didn’t purchase anything. I did really enjoy checking out the monograms and styles, though. One thing that really stuck with me was their insulated bags. I kept touching that shiny silver lining thinking “I’ve seen this somewhere, but I cannot put my finger on it.”? Ah… Then we moved to Texas where I’ve been grabbing my car shade daily to keep the sun off the driver’s seat in an effort to not FRY my buns. CLICK! That was it. $2.49 later, I have an experimental project to share with you. Here’s the el’cheapo car shade and the divided ziploc containers that would become my pattern inspiration. And the cut pieces. I was thrilled to use this IKEA decorator weight fabric, which I have been hoarding for way too long. I was also thrilled that the rotary cutter just whizzed through the car shade easier than it did fabric. Then some stitching, some thread changes, some presser foot changes, some Y-seams, some snipping and oh yeah – NO IRONING (as to not melt that car shade) Let me show you what turned out- Just big enough for the Ziploc container, a juice box and a cold pack. The bag is 4 1/2″ tall total. I made sure to have the shiny side face inward, just like on the 31 Bags. Not only does the shiny insulate, but it also gives the bag a great shape. The handle was added last, centered on the top of the bag. I put the orange bow on there because, well, you just cannot have enough orange. This is (obviously) not a tutorial. There are a zillion zippered bag tutorials online. Heck, you don’t even need the zipper- just go to your favorite tutorial and instead of interfacing, use the car shade as lining/interfacing. The sewing machine needle stitched through it like butter and you can totally pin through it. For this size, I bet I could get 3 bags out of one car shade, so there is plenty left...

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Pillow Pizzazz Book

Pillow Pizzazz Book

on Jun 26, 2012 in accessories, Blog, book, Books, sewing | 0 comments

Have you seen this fun new title from House of White Birches?? It is Pillow Pizzazz! With the continued popularity of the Pillow Talk Swap on flickr, this book comes at great time. 12 different pillow designs by various contributing designers. I was honored to have one of my pillow designs selected for this publication. The pillow set uses jelly roll precut fabric strips, includes piping, instructs you how to make a custom pillow insert and is a bolster shape, rather than a traditional square or rectangle. Pretty fun, right?? The fabric isn’t quilted, so the project is really quite quick. Hopefully I will have a few copies in the ReannaLily Designs shop soon for you, but until then, please pick up or request your copy at your favorite sewing book shop. You can see more photos of the various and diverse pillow projects in the book on this gallery linked below: Pillow Pizzazz Project...

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Sewing Bags FREE eBook

Sewing Bags FREE eBook

on Jun 18, 2012 in accessories, Blog, book, Books, Press, sewing, tutorial | 0 comments

I’m happy to announce this fun new title, Sewing Bags, from our friends at AllFreeSewing.com. They compiled 10 fun bag patterns from 10 different designers, into a FREE FREE FREE eBook for your sewing enjoyment. I was thrilled that the popular Beach Bag was invited as one of the 10 patterns. The book is a downloadable file available on their website. You’ll have to check it...

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Making Life Beautiful- Book Tour & Give AWAY

Making Life Beautiful- Book Tour & Give AWAY

on Jun 12, 2012 in Blog, blogging others, quilting, recipes, sewing | 32 comments

Welcome to the Blog Hop Book Tour for A Year of Making Life Beautiful. I’m happy to share with you, my friend, Melissa Stramel’s first book! Melissa is the blogger over at Lilac Lane. You might also recognize her from her pattern company or her row in the Rockin Row Robin Quilt Along, which ReannaLily Designs hosted last summer. She put together this lifestyle book with 45 projects. That is ALOT of projects. The book is broken into chapters, by month. Wait ’til you see the table of contents- there is so much to this book. Melissa and her family live on a farm in western Kansas and the whole book features her family, her interests and life on the farm. Everything from cooking and crafts to garden and sewing/quilting.   The book is available in hardcover directly from Melissa or in spiral bound from QuiltWoman.com. I know many craft/quilt/sewing enthusiasts like the spiral bound books because they stay open when you are working within one chapter- without cracking the spine. —————————————————————————————- If you’d like a chance to win a free copy of the book, simply leave a comment on THIS blog post. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on this site on Wed June 20th. Good luck! —————————————————————————————- Be sure to stop by the other Blog Hop Blogs during the tour: Monday June 11 QuiltWoman.com Crafty Gemini– Vanessa Wilson Lilac Lane– Melissa Stramel Tuesday June 12 Sis Boom – Jennifer Paganelli ReannaLily Designs– Jen Eskridge Freda’s Hive– Nanette Merrill Wednesday June 13 Quilting Gallery – Michele Foster Sew Many Ways – Karen Sew Pretty Dresses – Jenny Fish Thursday June 14 Pat Sloan That Crazy Quilty Girl– Lisa Sipes Friday June 15 Fat Quarterly The Undercover Crafter – Hollie Lobosky...

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