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Custom Quilting Gallery – Sampler Quilts

Custom Quilting Gallery – Sampler Quilts

on Oct 23, 2018 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 0 comments

Let’s take a peek at two very different custom quilted sampler quilts. All the quilts featured in this post were created by my customers. I added the longarm quilting to showcase the blocks. Sampler quilts, or block of the month quilts, are so tricky because each block is receiving its own unique design. If you have a quilt you’d like for me to finish, read more at www.reannalilyquilts.com or drop me an email. Local Quilt Shop’s Block of the Month First up is a block of the month hosted by a local quilt shop. My customer picked up fabrics each month and created her blocks. I think this is the 2017-2018 project. See my customer’s whole quilt on her instagram. I kept the borders a bit simple so the blocks would really stand out. Now onto the ruler work and stitching designs. I tried to apply the Divide and Design method to each block. For consistency, I also tried to keep types of block units treated in a similar fashion. By that I mean, if a block had a large square, it would get a sort of 4-corner star. If it was a small square it would have orange peel stitching. It didn’t always work, but it helped quite a bit. And sometimes, I didn’t pay too much attention to the piecing at all. I jumped right in to create new shapes by connecting points with in the block. You can see four “footballs” in the block below. If you have a quilt you’d like for me to finish, read more at www.reannalilyquilts.com or drop me an email. A Kit Turned Into a Quilt My customer tells me this quilt has been in progress for quite some time. She wanted to have it quilted to be in a show next year. I cannot wait to see it. You can see more of this customer’s amazing work in her shop on etsy. I’ll be honest with you, this sampler was incredible and far outside my quilting comfort zone. It has everything. Flying geese, applique, traditional blocks, sashing, no discernible grid, and more! I don’t see too many traditional quilts come through my studio. The challenge is incredible, though. That part,...

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2002 Squares: Scrappy Trip Around The World

2002 Squares: Scrappy Trip Around The World

on Oct 18, 2018 in Blog, fabric stash, Featured, quilt | 2 comments

2002 Squares is my latest Scrappy Trip Around The World quilt. I’ve made a few Scrappy Trips, using the methods in Bonnie Hunter’s FREE pattern from her Quiltville blog. I altered the pattern slightly to accommodate my own math. I save my binding strips in big “cinnamon rolls” shapes. Once I have a few rolls, I’ll try to add them into some kind of strip-based or jelly roll based design. My binding, however, is cut 2-1/4″ wide, which means I need to switch the math a tiny bit for anything that is originally designed for a jelly roll, which are strips measuring 2-1/2″ wide. You can hop over to Quiltville to see the original, super-easy method to create these quilt blocks. Strip Method It is similar to a bargello-style quilt in terms of construction: Create a strip set Sew the strip set into a tube Sub-cut the strip set Rip out one seam to reveal a set of joined squares Rip out a second seam, etc Arrange the set to create a feature diagonal color Sew the block That is it in a very tight nutshell. Altered Math & Tips Here are some of the details & tricks for my binding scraps quilt. Since my strips were 2-1/4″, I ended up sewing 8 strips together in my sets. My sub-cut pieces were also 2-1/4″. The squares in this quilt finished at 1-3/4″ with 64 squares per block. Also, as I was using binding pieces, none of them were with regular width of fabric. To combat this, I joined many pieces of bindings that shared a similar value. Using this longer piece, I then created MEGA strip sets. Each one was probably over 2 yards long. Here’s a zoom in, below. You can see how much that bonus seam does not matter at all in the quilt block. By working with long strip sets, this quilt went together really fast. And that is saying something because, this is a fast pattern in itself. Blocks When creating my block, my only restriction was to choose the darkest color to be the diagonal line. As far as dark & light fabrics go, you’ll see from block to block the “darkest” fabric varies...

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All The Pinks: Scrap Quilt

All The Pinks: Scrap Quilt

on Oct 14, 2018 in Blog, fabric stash, Featured | 0 comments

After a short blogging break, I’m happy to share my All The Pinks: Scrap Quilt with you! Unfortunately I do not have a pattern for this quilt, but I can share the process with you, today. I love sewing with my fabric scraps. Each fabric should be in at least two quilts, in my house. I wrote an article about my scrap process a short while ago for FaveQuilts. To start, I keep all my fabric scraps in two bins under my sewing table. The pieces are sorted by color into gallon ziploc bags. Method To start this quilt, I simply dumped out the bag of “pinks” onto my table and started randomly sewing pieces together. If they were roughly the same size on any side, I’d join those two pieces. ANY two pieces. I joined and joined and pressed and trimmed and joined more until I had weird shapes that were larger than 14″ on each side. This was a leisure/on-the-side project. The pink was all over the table for quite a while, but it was nice to be able to sit down and sew up pieces in small chunks of time. I learned that tip from Victoria Findlay-Wolfe’s book, 15 Minutes of Play. I trimmed my wild pink blobs into 14″ squares. When I finished with that ziploc, I had a not-quilt-math-friendly number squares. Does that make sense? Layout & Design If you create a basic, traditional quilt, you’ll likely use a grid design. Four blocks by five blocks, or something to give you a pleasing rectangle or square shape. I had a total of 21 pink blocks. Hum, a three by seven grid would give me a quilt that measured 42″ x 98″. Now that would be a bit unusual. I could have not used a block giving me a total of 20, sure. That would be a tidy four by five grid. However, I opted to to add in four more blocks to get my total to 25 blocks, making a five by five grid. Remember, my goal is to try to sew up and use everything in the scrap bin. Once I added four white squares, created in the same manner, I had a brainstorm:...

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Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panels From Spoonflower

Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panels From Spoonflower

on Aug 20, 2018 in Blog, Books, Featured, FMFWQ, Longarm Quilting Gallery, Notions | 1 comment

Grab Your Quilt Panels Today! I’m so happy to announce the new release of Free-Motion Framework PANELS! These 36″ x 36″ square panels are directly inspired from the best-selling title, Free-Motion Framework. Updated to add: See all the Free-Motion Framework details, workshops, projects, and samples here, on the blog. In the Isolating Shapes chapter of Free-Motion Framework, we cover how to take any linear framework and select areas in which to quilt. I’ve illustrated how easy it is to isolate shapes by color-blocking them in as a visual aid. Well, as luck would have it, those color-blocked images looked really cool. With the help of C & T Publishing, nine fabric quilt panels are now available at Spoonflower.com! Purchasing Choosing your panel couldn’t be easier. Simply head over to the Free-Motion Framework Collection at Spoonflower.com from the ReannaLily Designs shop and select your favorite design. You’ll be able to choose your fabric type. For this demonstration piece, I choose satin. It’s only $.50 more than the woven cotton, and the results are stunning. You’ll also have the option to pick a test swatch, fat quarter, or yard. Choose Yard. Notice also, the fabric width is 42″. The design will repeat a bit. (Shown marked off in RED below.) This is actually perfect because it gives you a chance to test out ideas and colors before stitching them directly onto the 36″ square panel. Neat trick, right? Threads For my own project, I opted to match thread colors with the color-blocked shapes. Here’s my suggestions: Glide Linen 10WG1 Glide Celery 60580 Glide Cerulean 30308 Glide Split Pea 60389 Glide Baby Blue 30290 Glide Jungle 63415 Quilting Using my HandiQuilter Avante longarm I set up the satin panel with wool batting, just as I would load any other quilt. You absolutely can do this on a domestic machine, as well. As suggested in Free-Motion Framework, I worked symmetrically, trying to complete a single color at a time. The satin is quite shifty, so I opted to pin baste around the quilt top as I stitched. It was so neat to work within coloring shapes. Trying to stay “in the lines” is an added level of control and practice. You can really...

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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 | 0 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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Green and Orange Scrap Quilt Wall Hanging

Green and Orange Scrap Quilt Wall Hanging

on Jun 21, 2018 in Blog, Featured, quilting, tutorial | 2 comments

Scrap Quilt: Wall hanging Today, I’d like to share my recent scrap quilt finish. As you know, I enjoy a good scrap quilt! This small wall hanging is was originally set to be two colors: orange and green. I decided early on, though, that I’d like the greens to move from light to dark outward from the center. Starting with many fabric pieces I made little sections of fabric large enough for each template. This is the technique of Made Fabric that Victoria Findlay Wolfe uses in her book, 15 Minutes of Play. I used a triangle template for the greens and a diagonal 6″ wide template for the orange. I don’t have the templates to share today, but they are easy to make. Making Templates Supplies Blank Paper or Scratch Paper Ruler Scotch Tape Pencil Drafting Tape sheets of paper larger than your finished block size. I opted to create my blocks to be 15″ square when finished. Draw a 15″ square in the center of the page. Add a 1/4″ seam allowance around the entire square. Lightly draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other. Measure and draw a line 3″ to the right and left of the diagonal to create a 6″ diagonal bar. Cut the paper apart on the diagonal drawn lines. Tape paper behind the new cut to add 1/4″ seam allowances. This technique works for any shape and for any size. If you want your diagonal bar to be 2″ wide, you can do it. If you’d like to make the block more complicated, try that, too. Draw. Cut. Seam Allowance. How It Started I didn’t always love the quilt. I started thinking the contrast between green and orange would be enough to make this quilt visually “work.” Boy, I was wrong. Check out the left side of the quilt. Each block is 15-1/2″ square, but it wasn’t until I added in little black strips did the quilt start to pop. Those lines give the eyes somewhere to rest in this sea of green and orange. Of course, now the blocks do not measure 15-1/2″. That is alright, I’d just have to cut them down a bit before adding them together....

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Free-Motion Framework Book Tour Winners

Free-Motion Framework Book Tour Winners

on Jun 19, 2018 in Blog, Featured, FMFWQ | 1 comment

Thank you! Thank you for following along with the Free-Motion Framework Social Media Blitzo and Book Tour. I appreciate each of you for stopping by and seeing how this little book came together. Today, I’m happy to announce the three prize winners on ReannaLily Designs stop along the tour. Just a quick update, if you don’t yet have your copy of the book, the book is rolling along smoothly and is included in the C&T Publishing Best Sellers. Holy smokes! What an honor, y’all! Here’s a quick recap of the tour stops: Monday | June 4 ReannaLily Designs (here!)  C & T Publishing Tuesday | June 5 Joey’s Quilting Co Helen Ernst Longarm Quilting Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC The Blog Thursday | June 7 Wise Craft Handmade Friday | June 8 Kustom Kwilts Living Water Quilter Seamingly Slawson Quilts – Susan Lawson Congratulations to our Winners First Prize The first prize includes the following sponsored items: Generously Donated by Hab and Dash (formerly Fil-Tec & BobbinCentral.com) Glide Thread(Autumn) Generously Donated by Clover-USA: Dressmaker’s Carbon & Tracing Wheel and Wonder Clips  Generously Donated by HandiQuilter: Handi Versal Tool Machine Quilting Ruler Generously Donated by C & T Publishing: A copy of Free-Motion Framework (digital copy for international winners) The first prize goes to Christi! Her comment is, “I need to improve all of my skills. Ruler work has caught my attention but so has feathers. I haven’t mastered either one. Each day I practice both and dream of improving.” Look for an email soon! Second Prize The first prize includes the following sponsored items: Generously Donated by Hab and Dash (formerly Fil-Tec & BobbinCentral.com) Glide Thread(Autumn) Generously Donated by Clover-USA: Water Soluble Pencils and Wonder Clips  Generously Donated by HandiQuilter: Handi Versal Tool Machine Quilting Ruler Generously Donated by C & T Publishing: A copy of Free-Motion Framework (digital copy for international winners) The second prize goes to Carol. Her comment is, “I would like to improve the consistency of my stitch length when doing FMQ.” Look for an email soon! Third Prize Generously Donated by C & T Publishing: A copy of Free-Motion Framework (digital copy for international winners) The third prize goes to Susan. Her comment is, “I’m struggling in vision....

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Free-Motion Framework Launch Party Recap

Free-Motion Framework Launch Party Recap

on Jun 16, 2018 in Blog, FMFWQ | 2 comments

Free-Motion Framework Launch & Book Signing Party Thank you to everyone who came out to the Free-Motion Framework Launch & Book Signing Party! I had a great time, even if I’m making crazy faces in these photos. Thank you to Sew Special Quilts SATX for hosting the event. The many quilts from the book were hanging around the classroom last Friday night. I’m happy to report that as a result, the book inventory sold out before the actual party. The shop was able to get a second order in the day before the event. And to everyone’s delight, the book sold out that night and special orders were placed! Thank you, so much! I am honored that you like the new project. For the event, I shared different areas of the book and explained how these complicated-looking quilts can be created by simply working in small & symmetrical areas. Also, I may be getting ready to sneeze in this picture below. We’ll never know. The small mini-quilt, in white, is created from the line drawing above. Choose shapes to fill in with quilting practice designs. If you want to practice straight lines, stitch those. If you want to practice pebbles, meanders, swirls, feathers, etc, stitch those. It is up to you! Use the lines as a guide! Choose to stitch directly on them to fill in your space, or use them as bounding boxes for your designs. There are so many options. The designs are offered in 12″, 15″ and 40″ sizes. These smaller sizes can be traced and stitched onto traditional quilts to quilt within a quilt block, stitching directly on the lines. The Circles design is shown below in the 15″ scale. Only a few of the many design lines within the framework are darkened for future quilting onto a block-based quilt. (Thanks, MOM, for holding up the demo items!) We talked about colors, shapes, sizes, time-frames, processes, threads, and we even have door prizes! Thank you to Clover-USA, HandiQuilter, and Hab and Dash Threads for book sponsorship! It was quite a night. I thought you may enjoy some of the silly faces I make when I’m talking at an event. It happens every time. I did have my...

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Fabric for Military Retirement Chevron Quilt

Fabric for Military Retirement Chevron Quilt

on Jun 14, 2018 in Blog, Featured, tutorial | 0 comments

Celebrating a Military Retirement In my recent post, I shared the first quilt which celebrates a military retirement. If one quilt is good, at least two or three is better, right? This is the second military retirement quilt for another member of the family. This time, I used the Chevron Grande Quilt Pattern to make a quick quilt. As I mention in my lectures and in the book Deploy That Fabric, when quilting, I treat the military uniform as a neutral. If green and shades of green match everything in the garden, they can match everything in a quilt. Also, the nature of camouflage is to blend in, so place it where ever you like! Fabrics Working exclusively from my own fabric stash, I pull nine fabrics that measure at least 21″ x width of fabric. I spent a bit of time trying to rearrange them in a suitable order as they will stay in this order for the Chevron Grande Quilt Pattern. The Chevron Grande Quilt Pattern Using the very-fast No-Waste Flying Geese method and giant sizes listed in the free Chevron Grande Quilt Pattern, I got to work. The quilt top really does finish up in a weekend. Here are the highlights for construction: Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of all four smaller 10″ squares. Lay two squares on the 19-1/4? larger square, matching right sides, to create a large diagonal line. Pin pieces together, perpendicular to the marked line. Sew 1/4? from the marked line on the right and left sides. Cut along the marked line. Open the smaller triangles and press the seam allowances towards the smaller triangles. If you’ve created two slightly-weird heart shapes, you are on the right track. Lay the remaining 10? squares on each of the larger triangle pieces; making sure the diagonal line points “deep in the heart.” Easy to remember, right? Sew 1/4? from the right and left of the marked line. Cut along the marked line. Open and press seam allowances towards the smaller triangle. Each pile of five fabric pieces will yield four large flying geese blocks. Check out the entire free pattern here: Chevron Grande Quilt Pattern. Next, sew the flying geese units in to...

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Fabric Scraps for Military Retirement Quilt

Fabric Scraps for Military Retirement Quilt

on Jun 12, 2018 in Blog, book, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 1 comment

Adding Fabric Scraps to a Military Retirement Quilt Thankfully, we are celebrating a retirement here in the family! How does a quilter celebrate? With a quilt, of course! The quilt is a gift for someone very close to the retiree. I hope she likes it! Design Inspiration Back in January, Heather Kojan on Instagram shared a photo of a blue scrap quilt. On her instagram feed, she mentions that her quilt is loosely based on a design she created for 100 Blocks years ago. My quilt is based on her single image, which is, of course, a traditional signature-style block: The design is gorgeous and simply elegant. Scraps set on the diagonal. Of course, her scraps are much more orderly and of more uniform size, hue, and value. The Scrap Quilt My blue scrap pile was a big ole wild mess of color values and scrap piece sizes. I was still able to piece and create shapes from which to cut one diagonal piece and two setting triangles. The templates were created from freezer paper. My 20 blocks are 15″ square with a 6″ wide diagonal section. Since this retirement quilt celebrates 20 years in the United States Air Force, I mixed in a few pieces of military uniform, too. My quilt is 4 blocks x 5 blocks. With borders it measures roughly 70″ x 85″. Using the military uniform in the quilt was a no-brainer for me, since almost 10 years ago I authored the book Deploy That Fabric. Man, I love that book so much! Longarm Quilting Design What I didn’t do 10 years ago was longarm quilt my own military uniform + fabric quilt designs. I was nervous, but the quilting was actually quite smooth. My basic block design features two curling feather designs in each white triangle and a wide wishbone pattern on the scrappy/military diagonal line. This was the first time I tried curling feathers. Thank goodness for practicing on a white board to develop muscle memory. The diagonal wishbones were quilted in one long quilting pass. The quilt is loaded onto the frame horizontally. As in, I rotate the quilt 90 degrees from how it would lay on a bed. By doing this,...

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Free-Motion Framework Book Tour

Free-Motion Framework Book Tour

on Jun 4, 2018 in Blog, book, Featured, FMFWQ, quilting | 69 comments

Join the Book Tour As you may know, my new book, Free-Motion Framework was made possible with the help of contributing quilters. A total of 17 quilters, including myself, stitched 41 quilts featured in this inspiring, machine-quilting skill-builder resource. This week we’ll hear from some of them on how the worked with the concept, interpreted their assigned designs, and how their quilts turned out. Today kicks off the Social Media Blitzo tour for Free-Motion Framework. Stop by the blogs, listed below, to read more about the new title, and when on Instagram or Twitter, check out the hashtag #FMFWQ or #FreeMotionFramework. The Overview Choose one of 10 Framework designs, or one of 12 if you have the Free-Motion Framework Pattern Sheets, to transfer onto your own 40″ square fabric using tips and instructions in the book. From here, prepare the fabric for quilting, as you would any other quilt. Choose shapes from the linear design to fill, symmetrically, with quilting designs. Practice as many design motifs as you like. Each time you create a small project, it will help grow your machine quilting skills and turn out completely different than the one you stitched before. Note: Build your skills on a domestic or longarm sewing machine. And, after you’ve practiced and quilted the entire piece, you’ll accidentally turn out a wholecloth quilt. Neat, right? I thought it might be fun to share the reasons you may want to keep Free-Motion Framework in your own library, and the “problems” I was trying to solve when I authored the book. 1. Quilting can be expensive. From machines and fabric to time and planning, quilting is a luxury hobby. For a past-time that started out utilitarian, it has grown to be an amazing creative art form. Turns out, art can get pricey. I wanted to develop a way to quilt without breaking the bank. All the projects in Free-Motion Framework are presented at 40″ x 40″.  You can create a quilt using 1-1/3 yards of fabric, batting, and backing. Even better, if you were to purchase 108″ wide backing, you can create two 40″ pieces from the one back. Sure you can make larger quilts by combining designs or adding a variety of...

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Free-Motion Framework Special Trunk Show Exhibit

Free-Motion Framework Special Trunk Show Exhibit

on May 20, 2018 in Blog, FMFWQ, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 4 comments

Free-Motion Framework Quilts Trunk Show! Take a peek at the Free-Motion Framework Quilt Trunk Show at Sew Special Quilts, in San Antonio, Texas. The show will be installed from May 18 through June 8th. See work from the contributing quilters and myself. If you are in the area or on a short holiday here at the end of May, please swing by! Trunk Show The show features a selection of quilts from the book as well as the three workshop samples and two quilts made from the bonus designs included in the Free-Motion Framework Pattern Package. Launch Party & Book Signing In addition, I’m so honored that Sew Special Quilts has offered to not only share the show but also host a Launch Party & Book Signing on June 8, from 6:30-8p. SAVE THE DATE. Bring your copy or pick up one the night of the event. Meet the author (me!), and ask all the questions you like while I demonstrate how to take a simple line drawing and, surprisingly easily, create a version of a wholecloth quilt. The photo below shows the finished quilt, left, and the line drawing used to create the quilt on the right. I’ll elaborate more at the party or grab your copy of Free-Motion Framework to see how the magic happens. I’ll see you at the party! Updated to add: See all the Free-Motion Framework details, workshops, projects, and samples here, on the...

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