ReannaLily Designs made the papers! On my recent Kansas/Oklahoma road trip, to my surprise, my quilty lecture announcement was published in the Ponca City News!
It was a treat to be welcomed by so many local guild members. Thank you so much for having me out!
Make the Hexagons Made Easy Sampler Quilt
The 18 blocks featured in the book Hexagons Made Easy is perfect for a Sampler Quilt.
What is a Sampler Quilt? This is a (generally) traditional quilt which features unique, different quilt blocks. Usually, a sampler quilt has no two blocks repeated. In the case of this sampler quilt, I had to repeat two blocks to create a total of 20 for a 4 x 5 block quilt.
All the blocks in the book are based on an 15″ square background. Perfect! Now you can make only 20 blocks and have a BIG quilt. In fact, with the sashing (cut 2-1/2″) the quilt is 70″ x 87″.
The new design wall helped tremendously with arranging such a large project. I choose a grey and black sashing to match the mock-up in the book. The grey is actually an IKEA flat sheet that has a bit of a chintz type sheen to it.
Last seam and the quilt is finito!
Finito? Yes. This quilt will now be part of my traveling “If a Person Werta” lecture and to keep the traveling suitcase lighter, I will not be quilting it. Hooray! It is finished and all the blocks have their own little framed square.
As of September 2015, I’m a listed teacher on the Modern Quilt Guild website! If your guild or shop is looking for a lecture/trunk show with a definite modern flare or a class/workshop featuring hexagons or curves, I’m your girl! More information can be found on my website or on the MQG website.
As a board member of our local guild chapter and as a presenter, I’m thrilled that the MQG has set up this resource for guilds and shops. There are so many folks listed on the MQG teacher directory and as time goes on I’m certain loads more will be added. I’m thrilled to be included on the page.
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A Quilted Christmas Coming to a Store Near You!
A Quilted Christmas published by Quilter’s World and Annie’s Publishing is coming soon to a store near you! This is a great collection of over 30 holiday projects.
I’m honored to have my Trapunto NOEL Banner included in the mix. Make the banner with the trapunto or without. The letter templates are included in the magazine, or simply spell a different word using fonts on your computer!
Solid fabrics compliment Kate Spain‘s NEW Jingle fabric line by Moda and the little ball ornaments in the banner feature the prints. Make ball ornaments or make adorable snowmen! The design is wide open for your imagination.
Grab your copy at your local retailer or online at Annie’s Craft Store.
*Some photos for this post have been borrowed from Annie’s Craft Store.
Blue Scrappy Trip Along Quilt
The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a Scrappy Trip Along Quilt Along project. As I mentioned in a couple previous posts, I’m not really good at the quilt along setting. Turns out, I just want to sew sew sew until I’m finished. I’m not too great at waiting for deadlines and pacing myself. Le’Sigh.
The pattern is from Bonnie Hunter over at Quiltville. It is a free tutorial. I changed the math, ever so slightly, so that my strips are cut at 3-1/2″ wide and my finished block is 18″.
But this quilt was FUN to make. After my pink Scrappy Trip Along quilt, I decided I’d make something with much darker tones. Darker than hot pink? Well, yes.
These are my browns. Yes, I realize they all have bright punchy flowers on them… but in my mind these are my brown fabrics. I pulled a pile of browns and added one single row of blues to create my diagonal effect.
First, you stitch the strips into strip sets. I laid mine all out on the ironing board, but opted not to iron the sets…. just to see how it would work out.
In my case, not ironing worked out fine. Hooray!
The next steps involve sewing the strip sets into tubes and cutting the tubes.
For me, six of these little babies would make up one quilt block. See all the pieces I cut in the background? There were little sets everywhere! Ripped a few seams, organized a few columns…
Stitch the whole sha’bang back together and voila – quilt block.
Turns out all the browns ended up reading like a blended quilt. I suppose that is fine by me, I just needed to decide on a layout. If you head to Instagram and use the hashtag #scrappytripalong, you’ll see loads of this style quilt and tons of ways to arrange them.
Around the World?
Yep. That is the one I went with. Around the World. I haven’t ever made a quilt with this all-squares-square layout. (However, a similar squares-made-from-half-square-triangles is on the cover of my book, Deploy That Fabric and pattern is included in that book.) Anywhoo, 720 squares later, I’m set!
I have picked out the stripe binding, but it will be a while before I get to that step. I did have the good sense to cut it, ziploc it and keep it with this top.
I think that is all. I think I can only make three Scrappy Trip Along quilts.
I wonder what I’ll make next?
Each year the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild issues a President’s Sewing Challenge. For the past three years, the sewing challenge has been Pantone color related. This year we were asked to make something smaller than 36″ on any side and feature Pantone Classic Blue:
Working from my fabric stash, I decided to mix in a little Tula Pink Frog Prince fat quarter with a couple of blue solids I had on hand. Hopefully, this will match the Classic Blue Swatch.
I ended up working from Nancy Zieman’s Heartbeat Table Runner tutorial to make my challenge piece.
The pattern is so much easier than it looks.
- Chain piece a bunch of strips.
- Create fabric tubes from the strips.
- Cut the tubes in halves.
Of course, that is the super short version. Her tutorial has all the measurements, pictures and step-by-step to make the runner.
Good gravy, my desk is a MESS. Avert your eyes. Only look at the fabric, ok?
In January, I declared 2015 The Year of the Feather. I haven’t been too vigilant, but I did add some feather-esque quilting to this project.
There are lumps, but that’s ok. I’ll get there. I had convinced myself that if I “echo” around the feather shape, you’d never notice the lumps. All part of my diabolical master plan. …..I still have 4 months left in The Year of the Feather. =)
The quilting really does look better from the back, though.
Why’d I use baby pink and blue batik on the back? Well, why not? It is a table runner, where you will probably never see the back of this piece. I had the fabric in my stash and figured it was just wide enough to use as a quilt back for my sewing challenge. There ya go, perfect. (ha!)
I think the challenge is due at our October meeting.
Tis the season to get the modern quilts ready to enter in QuiltCon 2016. I think the deadline is in November. (I did find this quilt entry page for you.) Though I won’t be attending QuiltCon out in Pasedena, I’m totally crossing my fingers that this quilt may have a shot at it.
Today’s post is a portion of my quilt entry for the “small” category. I’m choosing not to show the whole quilt. I think the Modern Quilt Movement is sooooo online that by the time the show came around last year, I had seen most of the quilts already, on instagram.
Instead, I’m just going to show a portion of the quilting. I have quilted this little guy completely on my home machine with my free motion (FMQ) quilting foot.
In the very slim chance this quilt makes it to the show, it will be a surprise. Um, on that note, if it doesn’t get accepted, I’ll totally be blogging the whole image.
Looks like the lighting in my studio turned that right-hand side a bit yellow. Oops. Not too worry, once it is bound, I’ll be taking those fancy “show entry photos” in better lighting.
There may be pebbles. There may be feathers. There might also be some lines… and there may be a bit of Graffiti Quilting!!
Just to keep it interesting for you, some of these pictures are the quilt back and some are the quilt front. Strangely, you really cannot see the graffiti quilting from the front at all.
I better get off to binding this dude.
You can enter up to three quilts. I wonder if I’ll get around to making two more???? So far I have no plans to do so.
Pink Scrappy Trip Along Quilt
Recently, I told you about my sew along/quilt along experience with the Scrappy Trip Along hosted by the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild. The pattern is by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. It is a GREAT pattern and is so easy to make.
In fact, the pattern is toooooo easy. That’s right, I said it. I planned on sewing along with my quilty friends and making my quilt with the quilt along schedule. Well, I made the first one, a brown quilt, pretty fast. I had decided I’d make a much bigger quilt using red and whites from my stash. This would take me a while… right?
I went to my fabric stash only to find I didn’t own very much real “red” fabric. I did, however, how a big ole pile of bright pinks. Red, pink; tomato, tomahto. Right?
Ok, it looks good. I altered the original pattern to cut 3-1/2″ strips. In fact, I cut a total of 60 strips: 50 were “scrappy pink fabrics” and then 10 were the white diagonal pieces I’d need. I stitched 10 strip sets, each with 6 strips.
It was at this step, I realized that pink is really really really pink. Oh man. What have I done?
I decided to forge ahead.
I made my 20 blocks, each one will measure 18″ when finished. Good gravy it is sooooooo pink. Here’s a little test layout to see if you can even focus on the white diagonals in that sea of Pepto.
Hum. Ok. I’m not a pinky-pink girl. Most of these fabrics were purchased when I sewed for military spouses. Sewing using military uniforms and pink is a great combination, by the way.
In this moment I was happy again. Look, when you see only the backs of the fabric, it is not nearly as in-your-face with the saturated color of all things Barbie.
Welp, time to see how it is going to turn out… Time to see the whole sha’bang out on the floor…
Whoa. Holy Cotton Candy, Batman!
Now, how’d I do time wise? Well, the family had gone upstairs to watch a sequel and I hadn’t seen part one… So instead of ruining the movie for me, I decided to sew that night and most of the next morning… and well, um, I didn’t do great for the sew along but time wise – knocked it out of the park!
This huge quilt used up most of my bright pinks (9 fabrics) and measures 72″ x 90″.
Unfortunately, it will likely go on the back-burner for machine quilting, though. I need a pink break. Maybe in a month or so, I’ll pick it up and think “Oh my gosh, this is the best pink thing ever!”
Each year she organizes a swap via Facebook Group page. This year you can make a mug rug or a mini quilt up to 18″ square. You pay a small fee to join the swap, get a partner, make your creation, mail it, and swap. The fee goes directly to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Pretty neat, right? There is a whole FAQ page for the event, so you can find out all the details and time frames.
This year the event sponsor is Blank Quilting Corporation.
Scrappy Trip Along Quilt
The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild fired up a Scrappy Trip Along quilt along this summer. It is a fun fast pattern AND it uses precut strips (jelly rolls). Cool, right?
I started out with a collection of strips that I cut myself. I ended up not using a precut jelly roll fabric bundle.
The design is a strip-pieced quilt. You sew rows of strips, sew them into “tubes” and then cut them. All the directions are over on Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville website. Strip-piecing quilts are so easy! If you haven’t tried one, you should give it a go.
The pattern can look super scrappy by using any color in any placement. The trick to making this scrap quilt have order is to choose a common color/fabric to place in the diagonal position of each block. I went with a dark browns.
Fortunately/Unfortunately, I didn’t follow the directions exactly. My blocks are 16″ square and I decided to make as many as I could with the strips I had cut. This turned out a little brown baby quilt sized piece.
I know on the Quiltville site there are many Scrappy Trip Along quilts with borders. I think the whole modern quilt movement is anti-borders, but then again this is not a very modern quilt pattern. I thought on it for a little while and decided to try to add a modern-esque border to my traditional top.
I ended up adding an off-white color, squares leftover from an extra strip set, and an asymmetrical flare.
On the top and left lower edges, the squares go all the way to the edge and will eventually touch the orange binding.
Do I think it is modern? Nope.
Do I super like how it turned out? Yeppers.
How big is it now? 64″ x 80″
To quilt it, I’m thinking I might try to make little “points” all over the quilt, to emulate the zigzag/chevron design in the block arrangement. Of course, who knows how I’ll actually quilt it.
Now here’s the kicker… I’m not good a quilt-alongs. I thought I’d be using up my scraps and sewing with my friends online. The time table is set up (1) for people who followed the directions and (2) for people who are making bigger quilts. So I started sewing and thought “This is awesome, I’m just gonna make a few more blocks…” Yep. I finished the top in a weekend, rather than pacing myself with the group. I did use up my scraps and I am seeing everyone’s progress in our online group.
“Not a problem,” I thought. “I’ll just start another quilt top, using only fabric I already own, and I’ll be able to pace myself better, with this next one….”