Google ReannaLily Designs Sewing and Pattern Company Google+

Sewing Patterns, Free Sewing Tutorials, and Recycled Military Uniform Designs

Blogger’s Quilt Festival

on May 15, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, quilt, quilting | 28 comments

Tis the season to have a little quilt in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. (#351!!)

Quilting Detail

As you know, I was super inspired by the MQS 2011. For this quilt I wanted to see if I could mix quilting textures to make my very own, cough cough, Whole Cloth Quilt. I also wanted to try different quilting motif’s, use a premarked design and use colored thread. I {heart} a good challenge.

Technically– I totally did it.

Quilt Design

The little quilt block is about 18″ square and will likely become a throw pillow cover. The pink polka fabric is a recycled vintage sheet, on the front and back, which I purchased at a thrift store. Hum, I think I’ll need to go back to the thrift store to purchase a pillow form, too.

The actual design shape was made in Adobe Illustrator. You can download and use my quilting guide design, if you like. I designed 1/4 of the design, so it would be the size that would fit on a piece of paper. Yeh- that is how precise I am for this “test piece”. I taped the paper onto the glass portion of my screen door and started tracing. Then once I had the shapes blocked in on fabric, with blue water soluble pen, I started brainstorming on what kinds of things I’d quilt to fill in each design. I even quilted it in PINK thread!

I’m branching out, people. =)? Needless to say, I have about a zillion practice hours to go before I can make something MQS quality. It was a very fun start and quite a relaxing afternoon’s project.

Be sure to check out all the other amazing quilts on the Blogger’s Quilt Festival!

Amy's Creative Side

*Since this original posting, I went back and made another funky version of this mini. Check it out at this blog post.


  1. Fabulous quilting – I should stop meandering and start something like this!


    May 15, 2011

  2. Wow, Jen! Gorgeous! I am always impressed with your mad quilting skillz, and this really takes the cake. I predict you will have a piece in MQS 2012!

    Kerri Kowal

    May 15, 2011

  3. I love this little quilt. I have done a couple of wholecloths, mostly to practice quilting and using fabric like yours is a great idea. Your quilting also looks great and goes well with the fabric. Thanks for sharing.


    May 15, 2011

  4. What a marvelously fun quilt. Good things come small, that’s for sure! Those inspiration quilts are unreal. Continue to be wowed by all seen on quilt festival. Thanks for sharing your great little piece and have a great day


    May 15, 2011

  5. Beautiful quilting! I love the big polka dots contrasted with the classic quilting design.


    May 15, 2011

  6. Wowzers!


    May 15, 2011

  7. Who would have thought a whole cloth quilt on polka dotted fabric would be so great. I love it. Will need to study how you’re designing your quilt designs.

    Barbara Sindlinger

    May 15, 2011

  8. Nos this is really unusual. Who would have thought? Just love it when I see someone thinking outside the box. In this case, the result is spectacular. Fantastic quilting!

    Angie Padilla

    May 15, 2011

  9. Gorgeous! oh and soo soooooo inspiring!
    Thanks for sharing this beauty with us!


    May 15, 2011

  10. Superb quilting! I love the polka dot fabric too.


    May 15, 2011

  11. That is wonderful!!! I am so hooked on FMQ and this looks like a great design to try. Nice job!!

    Sue Daurio

    May 15, 2011

  12. Oh my gosh! Gorgeous quilting!


    May 15, 2011

  13. Someday, in the distant future, I am going to attempt at whole cloth quilt. Thanks so much for giving me a bit of inspirations!

    Mary Miller

    May 15, 2011

  14. Nice pick for BQF!! Your quilting is top notch!!


    May 15, 2011

  15. It’s so vibrant and i love the stitching 🙂


    May 16, 2011

  16. Such a cool idea to do a whole cloth design on a print, don’t think I’ve ever seen that before. Fantastic quilting!


    May 16, 2011

  17. Love the polka dot fabric, and your quilting is fantastic. That’s a great idea.


    May 16, 2011

  18. This is STUNNING!


    May 16, 2011

  19. Beautiful! I think you’ve got a knack for this!!


    May 17, 2011

  20. I absolutely adore the quilting on this mini.

    Penny G

    May 17, 2011

  21. Just so you’re aware, I LOVE THIS!!

    Lisa Sipes

    May 17, 2011

  22. Just popped in to say hi – we’re neighbors on Amy’s quilt festival LOL! Your piece is fabulous!! You inspire my to take a piece and just give it a go. I’ll be back when I can stay longer. Great job!


    May 19, 2011

  23. Your quilting looks great. I would be delighted if my work looked that good! Love the fabric you chose.


    May 20, 2011

  24. I love your creativity and the quilt is wonderful. Can’t wait to see more from you. Judy C

    Judy C in NC

    May 21, 2011

  25. This is wonderful! I am practicing fmq and have not yet tried drawing design to follow. You are inspiring me to give that a try.


    May 22, 2011

  26. You all are such an inspiration. I’m just dipping my toes into thie FMQ World and having a ball. I’m so into dots since my nickname is Dottie. Love this one!


    August 12, 2011


  1. Whole Cloth Quilt | ReannaLily Designs - [...] making my tiny whole cloth experiment, I decided I wanted to try it again.? Crazy, right?? I wanted to…

Post a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  Receive ReannaLily Designs Blog in your email so you won't miss any updates. Sign up here:
Enter your email address: Delivered by FeedBurner
468 ad