Jen started sewing in 1993 on an old burnt yellow, Harvest Gold, Singer sewing machine. Her mother taught the basics. Jen made her first quilt in 1993. She didn’t use any books or templates, and that poor quilt eventually fell apart. It was recycled, though, into a curtain, duct taped over a dorm room window.
Fast forward a bit: Jen earned a Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design in 1998 from Louisiana State University. By 2003, she found herself quilting and sewing for her own company, ReannaLily Designs. During that time, Jen also taught quilting at a national crafting store. The website and company was launched in 2007.
Jen has traveled the world gathering inspiration and ideas for designs and patterns. From Korea, and China, Japan, to North America, England and France, she has found many cultural and historical elements to guide her interest and creativity. It was in South Korea, while shopping at fabric manufacturer’s mill markets that Jen decided to apply her Apparel Design Degree to her very own quilting and sewing pattern company, ReannaLily Designs.
Once she returned to the United States in summer 2008, Jen launched the company with the trademarked Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide and commissioned sewing jobs. The company has evolved into a pattern and design company in addition to its humble sewing beginnings.
Jen Eskridge is the author of three books: Deploy That Fabric by C&T Publishing; Learn to Sew Easy by Leisure Arts; Hexagons Made Easy by Martingale Press/That Patchwork Place. Jen’s designs have been featured in multi-author books, as well as, over 20 magazines. Jen has been featured in numerous magazines, Sew It All TV and Pat Sloan’s Radio show for her design work.
To see her lectures and workshops, please visit Jen’s site: http://reannalilydesigns.com/contact/lectures/