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Text Trapunto Technique

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Text Trapunto Technique

Text Trapunto Class | Monogramed Quilt Block | ReannaLily Designs

I’m so excited to share the Text Trapunto Technique with you!  This workshop is coming to the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild on January 10th.  We’ll be making the Ampersand Quilt Block shown.

Can’t make the workshop?  Grab the Text Trapunto Technique pdf over on Craftsy.

We’ll be using regular home sewing machines to create this 15″ square block.  An ampersand stencil will be provided, but you can, of course, use any letter/monogram you choose.

Text Trapunto Class | Monogramed Quilt Block | ReannaLily Designs

 

I’ve added the alphabet trapunto letters to a few quilts in the past.  They seem to go over really well and a few folks have asked how I get the letters to appear “puffed” or “stuffed”.  Well, that is the magic of trapunto.

From Google:

  1. Trapunto, from the Italian for “to quilt,” is a method of quilting that is also called “stuffed technique.” A puffy, decorative feature, trapunto utilizes at least two layers, the underside of which is slit and padded, producing a raised surface on the quilt.

In the workshop we’ll go over the basics; as well as, talk about other ways to incorporate text into quilting.  Unlike the definition above, we will not be making any cuts/slits into the fabric to actually stuff or pad.  We WILL be trying out Free Motion Quilting  (FMQ) designs and sharing tips for which styles work best with the puffed-letter-look.

Text Trapunto Class | Monogramed Quilt Block | ReannaLily Designs

Free Motion Quilting | ReannaLily Designs

 

If you’d like to grab the trapunto technique directions for yourself, you can find them over on Craftsy.

If you’d like the Text Trapunto workshop to visit your guild or shop, read more over on the ReannaLily Designs Lectures & Workshops page.

Celestial Star Quilt Along

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Celestial Star Quilt Along

ReannaLily Designs | Celestial Star Pattern From Blank Pages | #celestialstarqal

 

Have you seen this Celestial Star pattern by From Blank Pages, Diane Bohn?  It is amazing.  It is so versatile and the block finishes at 24″.  THAT’S HUGE!  After seeing all the different variations all over instagram, #celestialstarqal, I had to try it.   Proud to say the block is made mostly from background scraps and color scraps  from the Monster Madness quilt.

ReannaLily Designs | Celestial Star Pattern From Blank Pages | #celestialstarqal

The hardest thing about the pattern is planning your colors, but Diane provides a coloring page so you can plan before you cut.  Neat, right?

It is a pretty straight-forward paper piecing quilt project.

I decided early on that I wouldn’t stress out about the colors.  I figured if I made each of the 3 sections identical, the block would turn out just fine.  So then the paper piecing really got under way.

ReannaLily Designs | Celestial Star Pattern From Blank Pages | #celestialstarqal

 

ReannaLily Designs | Celestial Star Pattern From Blank Pages | #celestialstarqal

The light is really the best part of the paper piecing.  Just hold it up, and you can see the seam allowances.  No problemo.  Unfortunately, I’m still not very good at the whole paper piecing.  Thinking asymmetrically is NOT my jam.  So there was alot of this…

ReannaLily Designs | Celestial Star Pattern From Blank Pages | #celestialstarqal

 

And to coin a phrase my friend Sarah J says – I had loads of Bonus Seams.  You know, when you stitch your piece and you flip it over…. and then you realize it was asymmetrical and you are now missing just about an inch of fabric to cover up the paper.  Le’Sigh.  (Side note: Run on sentences ARE my jam.)

ReannaLily Designs | Celestial Star Pattern From Blank Pages | #celestialstarqal

 

So now that’s settled, I could trim up my pieces.  They look so lovely and so accurate.  Thank you, Paper Piecing!  I used a tiny bit of stick glue to hold the points to the paper.  Smart move.

ReannaLily Designs | Celestial Star Pattern From Blank Pages | #celestialstarqal

 

 

 

 

Now to try to see how my whole “just make each section identical” plan is working.  Yeah… not so good.   I was on pace to have an awkward amount of orange and some seriously stray green center points.  So, brace yourself, I ended up ripping out some of the orange square and re-stitching them.  I used the seam ripper more on this project than I have in the past month.

ReannaLily Designs | Celestial Star Pattern From Blank Pages | #celestialstarqal

ReannaLily Designs | Celestial Star Pattern From Blank Pages | #celestialstarqal

ReannaLily Designs | Celestial Star Pattern From Blank Pages | #celestialstarqal

 

 

Ok, I think my new plan will come together.  Phew that is a LOAD of paper.  It is pretty great.  There’s tutorials online about “spinning” the middle intersection so the center seams don’t get too bulky.

ReannaLily Designs | Celestial Star Pattern From Blank Pages | #celestialstarqal

 

Yeah, I wasn’t too good with that “spinning” method.  I did not do that well at all. I’d say the middle constitutes a tiny disaster.

ReannaLily Designs | Celestial Star Pattern From Blank Pages | #celestialstarqal

 

I was so happy to have my block all done.   I pressed it and smoothed it out and stared at it and put it on the design wall and took a picture and everything…..

ReannaLily Designs | Celestial Star Pattern From Blank Pages | #celestialstarqal

 

Then I remembered it still had all that dang paper in the back.  Lordy Pete.  All that work and fabulousness, and bonus seams and seam ripping and I STILL HAVE TO RIP OUT THAT STUPID PAPER.  

So… paper piecing is not my favorite, but Diane’s  block is pretty amazing.

Now, the giant block will live in the UFO box until I decide on how I’m going to make this the center medallion in a round robin style quilt.  You know the kind, where each border has a different theme/motif/pattern.  Anyway, more on that later.

 

 

 

Stitches Be Crazy Shirt Winner

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Stitches Be Crazy Shirt Winner

Stitches Be Crazy

T-Shirt WINNER

ReannaLily Designs | Contest Winner

 

 

Congratulations!

to @WhatTheBobbin over on Instagram, who reposted the t-shirt picture to win her very own shirt!  Please email me, and I’ll be happy to drop your shirt in the mail.  reannalilydesigns@gmail.com

If you didn’t win, not too worry – you can still grab your shirt over in the shop.

Stitches Be Crazy T-Shirt

Stitches Be Crazy T-Shirt

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Stitches Be Crazy T-Shirt

Stitches be Crazy | ReannaLily Designs | Novelty T-Shirt

 

Are you laughing?
You NEED this shirt.

Stitches Be Crazy

is a fun novelty shirt from ReannaLily Designs.

Buy it in the Shop.

Currently, the shirt is only offered in Dark Heather Grey with white print.

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Stitches be Crazy | ReannaLily Designs | Novelty T-Shirt

New Monster Madness

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New Monster Madness

Monster Madness | ReannaLily Designs

 

Just in time for Halloween.  I stitched up a sample of Monster Madness in Purple and Orange colors.

Monster Madness | ReannaLily Designs

 

Of course, the free motion quilting really gives these monsters their personalities.  The FMQ design ideas are included in the pattern.  I cannot wait to quilt this Halloween Monster Madness quilt.

Monster Madness | ReannaLily Designs

15 Minutes of Play – Quilted

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15 Minutes of Play – Quilted

Free Motion Quilting | Scrap Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

Oh my gosh.  I love quilting.

Hum… I guess after the 6th year of running a sewing/quilting blog, that might be a bit redundant.

But seriously.  I was lucky enough to get to quilt my 15 Minutes of Play scrap quilt on my mom’s longarm Handi Quilter.   If you haven’t flipped through the book, 15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, I highly recommend it.

Free Motion Quilting | Scrap Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

This is the largest quilt I have ever quilted for myself.  It took about 3 hours or so.  I went with an edge-to-edge swirly design.  That is a free motion quilting technical term, edge-to-edge swirly. *wink wink*  The top is just “floating” which means it isn’t rolled on a bar at all. (In case you were wondering why it was hanging down.)

Free Motion Quilting | Scrap Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

Holy smokes it was hard to see the thread on some of those fabrics.  WOWSA.

Since every color is in the quilt, it was really really really hard to narrow down a fabric for binding.  So…

I picked every color.  I used 9 pieces of 7 different striped fabrics.  Commitment Issues.  =)

Stripe Binding | ReannaLily Designs

 

LOVE LOVE LOVE how it turned out.

Free Motion Quilting | Scrap Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

 

The quilt has all sorts of fabrics that remind me of all kinds of projects.  I made the quilt for myself – which is kinda unusual – but its gonna look great on my bed!  It was tricky to grab a picture of the whole thing.  It is 100″ x 70″

Free Motion Quilting | Scrap Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

 

The binding worked out.  Loving the every-color shade of every-color I picked out.

Stripe Binding | ReannaLily Designs

 

Stripe Binding | ReannaLily Designs

Finished Mini Dresden Quilt

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Finished Mini Dresden Quilt

Free Motion Quilting | ReannaLily Designs

Here’s the Elspeth Baby Quilt.  Fingers and legs in the quilt photo.  Quilting has and assortment of Stripes, Crazy Worms, Pebbles and Trapunto.  The overall vertical design has three main bars, which is kinda cool because little Elspeth is the 3rd kiddo in the family.

Free Motion Quilting | ReannaLily Designs

The dryer will be taking taking out those red lines in just a moment.

Free Motion Quilting | ReannaLily Designs

 

 

 

Free Motion Quilting | ReannaLily Designs

 

 

Free Motion Quilting | ReannaLily Designs

 

I learned that if you have a mostly-white front, you’ll need a back that is “light”.  Maybe it was just that brand of white I used.  Who knows.  Just to be safe, the back on this one is pieced greys from my stash.  The piecing wasn’t wide enough, so the white stripe was added.   You can really see the Dresden quilting from the back.

Free Motion Quilting | ReannaLily Designs

 

And then the binding.  I must be going through a serious stripe binding phase.

Free Motion Quilting | ReannaLily Designs

MORE Pet Postcards

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MORE Pet Postcards

Pet Postcards | Custom Stamp | ReannaLily Designs

Still going strong with Pet Postcards for 2014.  I used my stencil/template cat shape to draw out a fat cat, onto house insulation foam.  If you follow me on Instagram, I accidently referred to the foam as having an R-rating, which it does.  R3, to be exact.  BUT if you use “r-rated” foam to make naked cats…. well….  oops.  hahahaha.

I’m not too good with the stenciling and stamping for composition and interest, but you know it is crazy fun to do.

Pet Postcards | Custom Stamp | ReannaLily Designs

 

 

I’ll probably turn in a couple more postcards for the Pet Postcard Friends for Life Fundraiser ( @ Houston Quilt Festival in October/November 2014).

 

Pet Postcards | Custom Stamp | ReannaLily Designs

Mini Dresden – Quilting

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Mini Dresden – Quilting

Free Motion Quilting | ReannaLily Designs

Ooooh – I got to take my ELSPETH quilt top to my moms to use her super awesome Handi Quilter.  Normally, quilting a project this size would  have been done on my home machine, but the tension is doing something crazy. I need to take it in.  BUT can I just say, I love that HandiQuilter so much, maybe I subconciously broke the tension on my home machine so I’d HAVE to go to my moms….   Anywho, enough of my HQ-FanGirl-ness, let’s talk quilting.

The quilt is loaded horizontally, so I could tackle outlining the trapunto letters first.  Can you see in the picture above, the “whiter” letters?  That is because I have two layers of Hobbs 80/20 stitched behind them with water soluble thread.

Free Motion Quilting | ReannaLily Designs

First step is to re-outline the letters with quilt stitching lines.   Trace each letter, then add a pile of free motion quilting pebbles to really make the letters stand out on the quilt.  The pebbles are quilted with a “haphazard” approach.  Whatever size.  Whatever overall finished shape.  Seemed to work.  Afterall, I know what it is going to look like in my head, right?

Free Motion Quilting | ReannaLily Designs

I’m going to not call that an attempt at feathers….  I’m going to call it a success story for Crazy Worms.  That’s right, I’ve quilted Crazy Worms along a spine, to set off my pebble design.  I think the straight-ish lines (along the edge) help the design, too.

Free Motion Quilting | ReannaLily Designs

 

There are basically two rows of Crazy Worms, horizontal lines, swirls, pebbles and loopies in the Dresden circles.  Here, let me get you a closer-up picture:

Free Motion Quilting | ReannaLily Designs

 

Crazy Worms and all, I LOVE how this quilt finished up.  Loads of people can do feathers.  Not everyone can rock the worms. …cough cough…

Free Motion Quilting | ReannaLily Designs

I’m already planning my stripe binding for it.  I know which one I’m picking and just need to get those strips cut.

Free Motion Quilting | ReannaLily Designs

I should have some finished pictures really soon.  ….after the trimming…. after the dryer to take out the frixion marking… after the binding…  I’m in the home stretch!  Stay tuned.

Mini Dresden – Trapunto

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Mini Dresden – Trapunto

Trapunto Letters | ReannaLily Designs

 

Ok, this is the quilt layout.  I needed a design with enough white space to add in the baby’s name into the design.  I did this before on these quilts:  the Tessa Baby Quilt and the Weaver Baby Quilt.  In fact, this quilt is going to be for Tessa’s little sister, Elspeth.

Neat name, right?

My plan is to trapunto the letters, vertically on the right hand side of the quilt.

Trapunto Letters | ReannaLily Designs

 

Yep.  That is roughly where I want the letters.  If you need letters for a project, I used Cooper Std font at size 600.  Nice big fat chunky letters.  600 point font yields one letter per page, so that is about how big the letters are.

Next step is to get these guys lined up.

Trapunto Letters | ReannaLily Designs

 

The bottom of the letters are measured about 10″ from the edge and the H ends in line with the center of the horizontal Dresden lines.

Trapunto Letters | ReannaLily Designs

Plan out the spacing and then trace the letters.  Cue:  Frixion pen.  I love those pens so much.  At the end of the project  throw the quilt in the dryer and volia- the ink will all disappear.

Trapunto Letters | ReannaLily Designs

 

I pinned two layers of Hobbs 80/20 batting behind the row of letters, then stitched around each letter using water soluble thread.

Trapunto Letters | ReannaLily Designs

 

After the stitching, it’s time to sit on the couch and carefully remove the batting from outside the stitched area. Cut within 1/8″ of the stitched line.   Turns out I didn’t grab my camera, but I do have photos from the other times I’ve trapunto’d letters.  (Is that a verb?  Can you make it a verb?  Somewhere, there is an English teacher shaking her head. )  See trapunto step pictures here:  Tessa Baby Quilt and the Weaver Baby Quilt.

During the quilting step,the letter shapes are traced again with regular quilt thread.  I have BIG plans for the quilting.  Stay tuned.

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