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Double Aster Barn Quilt

Double Aster Barn Quilt

on Apr 12, 2016 in Blog, quilt | 3 comments

Barn Quilt! Last year I made a barn quilt for my mom. She lives “in the country” and actually has space for a barn quilt. It is finished and hung, though you cannot see it from the road. Why do I mention that? Well- as it turns out, when I bought the wood for mom’s barn quilt, I purchased a 4′ x 8′ sheet of plywood and had them cut the wood in half at the store. Perfect. Two 4′ x 4′ squares! This past weekend, I was able to finally use the second square for myself. I am combining a couple blog ideas from my very own blog to create my new Barn Quilt: The blog posts: First post: I chose the block, Double Aster, based on this collection of posts on my larger Double Aster quilt. It is a 50″ quilt that I made in fabric. See how small those Fiskar Scissors are in comparison to the block? The second blog post is a full?tutorial for creating the barn quilt, which I authored. I used primer (applied with a brush) and spray paint. Painting the NEW?Barn Quilt The Double Aster block when enlarged fits on a 5 x 5 grid. For the fabric quilt, it was ideal to work in 10″ sections to create a 50″ block. For a 48″ x 48″ piece of wood, I had to do a tiny bit of math to mark off my sections. I taped everything off with blue painter’s tape and masked the area with paper. I was able to spray more carefully this time around and very little paint bled below the tape line. My spray paint dried quite quickly which made this a fast project. Once the piece was sealed, it was ready to be hung. (You can see the sunlight progressing in the pictures on my day of painting.) I don’t have a barn. I have a regular house in the regular suburbs. BUT I totally have a wooden fence! My “barn quilt” cannot be seen from the road but looks fine to me from my back porch. It is the official Fence Quilt. I wonder how many other folks have Fence Quilts? Now I have to...

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Giant Double Aster – Rotary Cutting

Giant Double Aster – Rotary Cutting

on Aug 16, 2012 in Blog, tutorial | 2 comments

I recently showed you this quilt made from one block, which I SUPER SIZED in EQ7. A commenter, Ashley, asked if I could share the cutting directions, and I figured- sure, why not. You’ll have to work the placement and sewing order yourself, but I have a jpg, which you can save and print, showing you the sizes you’ll need for this pattern. (This is altered from the original Double Aster over on Marcia Hohn’s Quilter’s Cache. The original is a block set on point. This one is square and ridiculously bigger.) The block is 60″ square. If you make 4 and stitch them together you’ll have a HUGE king size quilt with only 4 blocks. Cutting the large pieces of fabric takes longer than actually whipping up the block, so you know that has to be a quick quilting project. Love to see how it turns out- Post your pics in the flickr group....

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Giant Double Aster Free Motion Quilted

Giant Double Aster Free Motion Quilted

on Jun 28, 2012 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, northcott fabrics, quilting | 0 comments

I decided to go crazy and try all sorts of quilting styles on my Giant Double Aster quilt block quilt. This is one of those quilts I made just to see if I could do it, so I decided to approach the quilting in the same manner. It was sooooooo liberating. The quilt was finished on my mid-arm frame. Since the quiltable area, or “throat area” , is narrow, the quilt required quite a few rolling-and-re-tightening moments to get the whole thing finished. I also learned a bit about direction. I quilted clamshells into some of the white spaces on the quilt. All the shells go the same direction, rather than rotating or radiating out from one point. Eh, what are ya gonna do, right?? I’m definitely not comfortable enough to reload the quilt, turned 90 degrees. I know long-armers do that so they can do vertical borders. Um… that will be later. For now, my “play quilt” will just have quilting going in one direction. I tried a different motif style in each fabric shape. Clamshells, swirls, McTavishing, channel stitching, 90 degree meandering, pebbles- all sorts of stuff. I also used variegated Sulky blendable thread. I hadn’t really planned on quilting the piece so heavily… so I really was not sure if I had enough thread for this 50″ square top. Lets just say it was a really close call!!! I’m not sure how easy that above picture will be to see; its a bit blurry. (click on it to enlarge it)? It is the quilt back. The quilt is backed with Rock and Roll flannel by Northcott fabrics. It is so soft. This is definitely one of the most densely-quilted things I’ve ever done. I do really like how it turned out. I’ll have to try it again. I have another UFO to finish up. Stay tuned, you know I’ll have...

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Giant Double Aster Block and EQ7

Giant Double Aster Block and EQ7

on Jun 14, 2012 in Blog, blogging others, eq7, free spirit fabrics, quilt, tutorial | 9 comments

I came across a neat block on Pinterest. It is a link for a flickr image found here. Turns out the quilt block is a Marcia Hohn Quilter’s Cache block called the Double Aster Block. (Her block is “on point” where mine is straight on, by the way.) Well that background story is all good, but I really thought the block had enough interesting lines by itself, to make it into a quilt. One block- one quilt. Not 12 identical blocks. I mean really ONE BLOCK = ONE QUILT. You read that right. Doesn’t look too big in the photo, right?? Just look like a block? Let me show you how I went about making the block super-sized. This is the how-to, which I did, of course you can always go all MATH on it to make it bigger also. My method uses Electric Quilt software. (EQ7)? If you have the software, this is super easy. You don’t even have to work in the quilting worktable. It is just one BIG block. {{Click on the images to make them larger.}} First, I had to draft out the block in the Easy Draw board. It might already be a block in the block library EQ provides, but I thought it’d be quicker to just draw it out. (You can do this One Block = One Quilt with any block) See that red arrow in the above picture?? That box tells you the blocks finished size. My default is 10″ (I don’t know why, I’ve never made a 10″ block???) Simply, change the 10 to whatever you like. In my case, I made the BIG block quilt 50″ square, so both number 10’s were changed to 50’s. See how the ruler changed along the edges? Next up- super easy, color it in. Or don’t. It’s up to you. Then all you have to do it go to FILE-> PRINT-> ROTARY CUTTING… There are a few variables to change around when you are looking at the print menu, like rounding all seams to 1/8″ of an inch or allowing for a 1/4″ standard seam allowance, but that stuff isn’t tricky, so I didn’t do a screen shot. Now you have the cutting...

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Find Quilts Around the World on Instagram

Find Quilts Around the World on Instagram

on Jun 30, 2018 in Blog, Featured, tutorial | 2 comments

Customize an International Instagram Feed! Instagram is a wonderful photo-based networking platform perfect for creative inspiration. Of course, Instagram has gone through many changes over the years but there are still ways to see your favorite content. Make your instagram feed international by including hashtags from many other languages. Today, I want to share with you my trick for seeing quilts from all over the world. Hashtags First, lets talk hashtags. If you don’t already know, a hashtag is a # symbol followed by words that basically creates an imaginary folder (and automatic search filter) for everyone to use.  Instagram and Twitter seem to be the primary users of social hashtags. Hashtags in Profile Instagram has allowed users to add hashtags into their profiles. In my own profile, I’ve added #reannalilydesigns to see all posts about my business & folks making things from my patterns, #reannalilyquilts to feature things I’ve quilted for myself or others, and #fmfwq & #freemotionframework to showcase all the projects and promotions for the new book, Free-Motion Framework. On someone’s profile page, you can click on any hashtag to see more images with that tag. Hashtags in Photo Descriptions An instagram user may also add any kind of hashtag into their image description. Just like hashtags in a profile, you can click on one to see more similar images from anyone on the internet. These were used on a recent customer’s gorgeous quilt. Her Metro Rings quilt was made using the Quick Curve Ruler, so I thought it’d be fun to associate the posts with other image that have used the same ruler and other machine quilting hashtags:  #quickcurveruler, #customerquilt, #loveit, #reannalilyquilts, #reannalilydesigns, #ilovemyjob, #longarmquilting, #machinequilting, #freemotionquilting, #quiltedfeathers, #feathers, #sewkindofwonderful, #fmq, #freemotionquilting, #dwrquilt, #doubleweddingring *Note- In the actual description, you don’t need commas between hashtags. Customize Your International Instagram Feed Armed with the information on hashtags, it got me thinking: I should search for tags in other languages. Unfortunately, I don’t know any other languages fluently. (Does sarcasm and pig latin count? No.) Google Translate to the rescue! Now sure, Google Translate is sometimes a disaster, but it does know more than I do when it comes to quilty vocabulary. I started here, with Spanish: Ok, now I have a word to grow search and browse. You don’t need the right word,...

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Ohio Star Barn Quilt

Ohio Star Barn Quilt

on Jun 30, 2015 in Blog, tutorial | 2 comments

It is warm enough to finally put together a small barn quilt project. I have been wanting to make a barn quilt for about 5 years now. Unfortunately, I have no barn. In fact, I live in HOA-suburban-America-land. (Ok, but it would be awesome if I could just hang a barn quilt over my garage!) Thankfully, my parents live in a rural area where a barn quilt would look awesome. My quilty-mom doesn’t seem to object to the idea of getting a barn quilt as a gift. How To Make a Barn Quilt Unlike traditional barn quilts, designed to be seen from the highway on fabulous barn quilt trail drives, this project will be 4′ x 4′ and hang in a large backyard. Please keep in mind: This is not the exact science of all things woodworking and painting. This is how I made my little barn quilt. First up, I priced the plywood. Turns out it is much more cost effective to buy a large sheet of plyboard and have the folks at the home improvement store cut it in half. Hooray – I have a spare piece for when I mess up the first piece! Side note– If you really do screw up the first try, you can always flip the wood over to the back before you have to bust out the second piece. Supplies: This is a “here’s what I bought” list. Interior/Exterior Spray Paint Painter’s Tape Paint Brush Kilz 2 Primer Ruler (not pictured) Pencil (not pictured) Poster board (not pictured) I might still go back and buy a sealer used for exteriors, even though the paint and primer is rated for outdoor use. I just didn’t grab it on the first day. The hardest part of this project was determining which block to use. For the first, traditional barn quilt, I decided to go with the uber-traditional Ohio Star quilt block in patriotic colors. Maroon, Navy, and Cream. I thought the darker colors would wear better over time. – I’ll let you know in a few years if that holds true. – Step 1– Prime the whole 4′ x 4′ square with Kilz2. Make sure to add the primer to the edges to give them...

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Project Linus Charity Quilt Drive

Project Linus Charity Quilt Drive

on Apr 22, 2014 in Blog, charity, quilt | 0 comments

  I am a contributing designer over at FaveQuilts.com and an author with Leisure Arts. When they contacted me about promoting a Quilt Drive for Project Linus I was thrilled to hop on board. I’ve donated to Project Linus, individually in the past. This is different. This is a full-on drive. It even has prize opportunities sponsored by Leisure Arts. Read more about the drive HERE. Read more about Project Linus HERE. Donate: Starting May 1st to the 23rd of June. Mail: Prime Publishing, LLCAttn: Charity Blanket Drive3400 Dundee RoadNorthbrook, IL 60062 Prizes: Of course, we understand that making blankets of any kind takes time and materials. With that in mind, we’re offering an exciting?Leisure Arts?six-title book bundle valued at over $100! Send us a quilt and you’ll be?automatically entered?to win the following titles: Beginner Friendly Quilts: The Best of Quilty Best of Fons & Porter: Paper-Pieced Quilts Best of Fons & Porter: Quilting Quickly Best of Fons & Porter: Scrap Explosion Quilts Best of Fons & Porter: Easy Collection Totes and Bags: A Stylish Collection for All Your Needs! When the contest is over, FaveQuilts will contact the lucky winner and send you your new pattern books. Make: Need an idea for a quick quilt to make? There are LOADS of free patterns over on FaveQuilts.com. Of course, there are a few really good ones right here on ReannaLily Designs Blog, too. Plus Quilt. A Giant Block Quilt?. Rockin’ Row Robbin. Wonky 9-Patch. Large ZigZag/Chevron Quilt. Personally, I think I’m going to send my Plus Quilt. It is so fast and is just the right size. Specs: There are, however, a few rules to make sure that Project Linus can accept and distribute your generous donation. So while you’re planning, please keep in mind the following: The smallest size quilt that Project Linus can accept is 36″x 36″. It is important the length and width are in proportion to each other. Some blankets that Project Linus receives are very long and narrow which makes a nice scarf instead of a blanket! Project Linus donates blankets to children from newborn up to eighteen years of age. The materials must be all new, washable and in child-friendly patterns. If a...

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GIANT Swoon Block Quilt

GIANT Swoon Block Quilt

on Sep 9, 2012 in Blog, quilt | 6 comments

In keeping with my new favorite thing- GIANT Quilt Blocks– I’ve made a HUGE Swoon Block Quilt. The quilt/block measures 60″ square and I already have a plan for the quilting design on it. … that will be a post for another time … This is the first quilt top made in the new house & new studio. The light blue and orange (Denyse Schmidt) fabrics are all from my stash with some Art Gallery Pure Elements White Linen as the white background. I’m happy to report that this whole quilt was made with fabrics from my stash....

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