Project Linus Charity Quilt Drive

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



I am a contributing designer over at 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.


Starting May 1st to the 23rd of June.


Prime Publishing, LLC
Attn: Charity Blanket Drive
3400 Dundee Road
Northbrook, IL 60062


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.


Need an idea for a quick quilt to make?  There are LOADS of free patterns over on  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.

Quilting the Plus Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

Personally, I think I’m going to send my Plus Quilt.  It is so fast and is just the right size.

Quilting the Plus Quilt | ReannaLily Designs


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 fabric has baby bottles and ducks on it, a smaller blanket should be crafted for a toddler.  If the fabric has sports teams or other teen age images, the blanket should be made for an older child.
  • It is acceptable for the blanket to be “tied,” although Project Linus requests that embroidery floss be used instead of yarn.
  • Nothing should be attached to the quilts–no buttons or other ornamentation, no glitter, etc.
  • If the blanket is made in a house that has pets, the blanket must be washed, dried and put into a plastic bag.
  • The blanket must be checked for pins before donating it to Project Linus.
  • We cannot accept any blanket made in a smoking environment.


Portions of this blog post were borrowed from

SAMQG President’s Challenge Quilt

Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in Blog, contests, SAMQG | 1 comment

Purple Polka Dot Doll Quilt | ReannaLily Designs


It is square in person, I promise.

The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild issues a challenge each year… well, I say that, this is only the second time we’ve done it.  So EVERY year, the SAMQG current President issues a challenge.

Purple Polka Dot Doll Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

Last year the challenge was Pantone Color of the Year (Emerald)  based.  This year it is Pantone Color of the Year (Radiant Orchid) + a fabric based.  The challenge – “Use this polka dot fabric and make something quilted, and under 36″ on each side.”  Pretty straight forward.

I decided to use some Learn to Sew Easy Curves techniques to add a wave and a couple applique’d circles to the design.  My curves came out pretty well, though I did have a few hiccups in the quilting.  I started quilting with a regular presser foot on my home machine.  The quilting started looking better when I switched to my free motion quilting foot.  … of course by then, it was already later in the evening…

Purple Polka Dot Doll Quilt | ReannaLily Designs


I think I’m going to name this quilt LUMPY to celebrate the quilted swirls.  Note to self – don’t try to swirl after 9pm.

Oh and the last thing I added to this quilt was the signature.  I didn’t want to sew on a label and I had seen this done somewhere online – Sign the Binding!  I don’t know how durable it would be for a full-on, big, real-deal quilt – one where the binding is always handled, but for little LUMPY, this seemed to be a good fit.

Purple Polka Dot Doll Quilt | ReannaLily Designs


Having a bit of de’javu?  Yes, I did post about the 2014 SAMQG President’s Challenge recently, but I got stumped and decided to start over.  There’s still time, though.  The pieces aren’t due ’til May 1st, so I might finish up the other quilt.  Both quilts are about 16″ square.

Radiant Orchid Challenge Quilt | ReannaLily Designs


Block of the Month SAMQG April 2014

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, SAMQG | 0 comments


Block made by Kelli

These are the SAMQG’s block of the month for April.  Our group has a pattern posted on our Facebook page.  Then, each member makes as many blocks as they want.  All the blocks go in a “lottery” and you have as many chances to win, as blocks you’ve brought.  Easy.  I think many guilds (traditional or modern) make Blocks of the Month or Lotto Blocks this way.

This block is so fast and easy.  I really think we’ll have loads of them at the May meeting.  As of right now, my name is in the hat only twice… but keep in mind, it only takes 1 to win, right?  Man, I hope I win!!!


Quilt Blocks by Jen


Free Motion Quilted Flowers

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Blog, business, pattern, quilting | 0 comments

Guess who quilted one of her 4 Plus Quilts??  This girl!

Quilting the Plus Quilt | ReannaLily DesignsClick Image to Enlarge


I decided to try a flower design.  Someone posted a flower tutorial – it might have been a free Craftsy sneak-peek video deal.  Anywhoo, I watched a few weeks ago and decided I had to try it.  I think I kinda screwed it up, since you can’t exactly see the flowers.

In the video they make the “stem” and “circle middle” part, then build a flower around it.  They took a couple laps around to make the petals.  I think they may have done a little 1/8″ echo around the flower, once it was as big as she wanted it.  I think, cough cough, I may have forgotten that step.   I have petals all willie-nilly around this quilt.

Quilting the Plus Quilt | ReannaLily DesignsClick Image to Enlarge

Honestly, I’m just glad it is quilted.  It is not a deal-breaker that you cannot see each exact flower.  Live and learn, right?   Those Plus Quilts are so fast to piece and so great to try out designs.  Next one, I’m thinking I’ll put a different fill in each fat quarter.

This FREE pattern is available for download here on the site and on the super-dee-dooper CRAFTSY.COM, too.


Can we talk Chaos Theory for a minute.  I have 12 fat quarters in the quilt.  I have 10 of those same fabrics to make the scrappy pieced binding.  What are the odds that the exact piece of binding would cover the edge of that particular fat quarter?  Well, a thousand million percent because it has happened.  To be exact, it happened 3 different times in this quilt.  I also always wonder what the odds are that a scrappy binding with a handful of seams will have a seam land on a corner….  well, that happens all.the.time too.  Good thing I quilt and don’t wrestly with odds and stats, right? I’d be a mad woman.  =)

Quilting the Plus Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

To my math nerds out there – Yes, I realize there’s a whole “But not all 12 fabrics are on the perimeter”  Yeah.  And a whole “Are the strips of equal length?”  Yep.  And let’s not forget the little stray squares, so we should break it down into squares, not total fabric used.  28 -chance of hitting a fabric square along the edge.   Heck break it down in to actual inches of binding vs inches of squares.  On and on.

These are the things I think of when I’m binding.  Is that normal??

Jelly Roll Quilt Book

Posted by on Mar 29, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, book, Books, e-Pattern, pattern | 0 comments

Jelly Roll Quilt Book


Love precuts?  Love Jelly Rolls?  Love cutting your stash into 2 1/2″ strips to save for the perfect patterns? just released a new FREE FEE FREE eBook.  It has 9 different Jelly Roll quilt patterns in there.  Since this is a compilation-type book, there are all sorts of styles and designers represented.  See one of the most popular ReannaLily Designs Patterns, the Batik Braid Quilt, on page 14.


I think my favorite quilt in the book is the Striped Chevrons Baby Quilt Tutorial, page 30.
It is a design by Erica Jackman from Kitchen Table Quilting.

Click here to be magically transported to the download page.

Inspired By Quilt Entry

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, contests | 0 comments

Ok, I’ve been hard at work making my entry for the Inspired By Quilt Alliance Challenge.

These are my inspiration quilts.

My entry doesn’t quite have a name yet.

Inspired By Quilt Challenge | ReannaLily DesignsClick to Enlarge


The project is 16″ square and has a total of 8 hexagons featured.  Don’t try to count them.  You can really only see 4, machine appliqued using techniques from Hexagons Made Easy.  The other 4 are quilted into the design.  I’ll get you a close up.

Inspired By Quilt Challenge | ReannaLily Designs

You might be able to see the quilted hexagon over on the left.  The whole project has machine quilting lines about 1/4″ apart.  There’s loads of variegated Sulky thread on this tiny quilt.

Inspired By Quilt Challenge | ReannaLily Designs


You can see the pebbles quilted inside this “ghost” hexagons a bit better.

The back of the piece is quilted with grey/smoke color thread, so the quilting looks very subtle on the back.

Inspired By Quilt Challenge | ReannaLily Designs


Of course, both of my inspiration quilts are hand stitched.  I figured technique wasn’t a deal breaker.

Inspired By Quilt Challenge | ReannaLily Designs


And like my inspiration quilt, this quilt is made entirely of fabric scraps.  It is so nice to dive into the scrap bin and get those pieces used up.

This project should be up for auction later this year.  I’ll be sure to post a link for you when I find out more.


Inspired By Quilts

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, charity, contests | 0 comments

As I mentioned, I’m jumping in and giving the Inpsired By contest a try.  The first step is to cruise on over to the Quilt Index and find your inspiration.

Quilt Index

It was really really hard to narrow down.

When I was in college, at LSU, our Historic Textile Museum put on a show of local (Baton Rouge/ Louisiana area) quilter Anna Williams work.  Her story and work are amazing.  {{I guess it made a pretty big impact as it was my first “quilt showcase” to see, ever, at age… 19 or 20.}}  At that time, she hand-pieced loads of hand-cut fabric “strings” to make a very improvisational, free string style quilt.

I had to see if her quilts were documented in the Quilt Index.  Good news!  She has at least one quilt documented in the database.

Anna Williams Quilter

Anna Williams Quilter “A Lil’ Bit Crazy Two” Image borrowed from

Love the strings.  Love the angles!!!  

Then I thought… I wonder if there’s hexagons and strings?  Well, well, well, what do ya know?

Crazy Quilt with Hexagons

Crazy Quilt (c1880)

Hexagons! Stripes!  Random!  Scrappy!

All in all AWESOME.

These are my inspiration for Inspired By challenge.  Stay tuned.

And in case anyone was wondering- I will not be hand piecing or hand sewing any part of my entry.  OH- maybe the binding.  Yeah, I’ll do the binding by hand.  But the rest will be rocking along on my sewing machine.


Inspired By Contest

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Blog, charity, contests | 0 comments

Inspired By Contest

Quilt Alliance is holding a contest!

From The Quilt Alliance Website:

Our annual contest is all about Inspiration this year.
Our mission is to document, preserve and share the stories of (all) quilts and (all)quiltmakers. We encourage everyone who makes quilts to enter our annual contest regardless of their style (traditional, modern, art) or technique (longarm, hand quilting, applique, pieced…) –all are welcomed and valued!”

Not only will the 16″ x 16″ works be auctioned off for a great cause, but you can also win prizes!

For all the info- CLICK HERE to learn more.

This is the next project I’m working on.  Check it out.
And oh my goodness, the Quilt Index is so extensive; you’ll be inspired in a hot second!

Triangle Convergence Quilt Quilted

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Blog, quilting | 0 comments

So last week I showed you how I made my Triangle Convergence Quilt.  I want to show you how I quickly quilted the project.



I used all batting scraps for this project, which meant I needed to spend a tiny bit of time building a rectangle from my pieces.  Frankenbatting as it is affectionately known.  I did end up having enough of one type of batting, so although you see that white batting in the sea of ivory/bone colors, I ended up not using it.

First, to prep my quilt top, I drew 4 LARGE 60 degree diamonds randomly on the quilt with my Frixtion non-permanent pen.  I then loaded my quilt onto my mid-arm quilt machine to give “ruler work” a try.  That was much harder than I had anticipated, but I did start to get the hang of it right towards the very last diamond.  If I was quilting this quilt, 51″ x 62″ again, I would probably have had better luck on my home/domestic sewing machine + walking foot.

Free Motion Quilting Triangle Convergence


Anywho – ruler work.  I traced out the diamonds and then did an echo line around each diamond.  My plan was to make those wavy lines to fill in the majority of the negative space and then practice some neat-o filler within the diamond.

Free Motion Quilting Triangle Convergence Roses


I tried out these roses for the first time.  I definitely have these planned for the next quilt I make.  They were WAY easier than I estimated.  Jump in, give them a try!

 Free Motion Quilting Triangle Convergence McTavishing


I gave McTavishing a little try in one of the diamonds.

 Free Motion Quilting Triangle Convergence Filler


It was coming along nicely.  And having to only fill in 4 big shapes made it really really fast.

 Free Motion Quilting Triangle Convergence Angela Walters


I added a little mixed filler ala Angela Walters, of course.

 Free Motion Quilting Triangle Convergence Filler

And that was that.  The quilt is pretty much ready to come off the frame.  I did end up working from top to bottom, the way you do on a quilt frame.  For that reason, if you are familiar with longarm/mid-arm, there was LOTS of “rolling the quilt” up on the bars and down on the bars in order to make those large diamond shapes.  I would block in my curvy background lines, then part of the diamond, then the background lines.  Then when I got to the end of the diamond outline, I’d roll the quilt back up and work on the filler at that time.  LOTS of rolling.  Of course my machine has about 9″ of quilting space, so that does affect the amount of rolling, too.

 Free Motion Quilting Triangle Convergence Filler


The quilt is bound in the same navy blue cotton fabric as the border.  Gees.  I guess I didn’t get a picture of it bound.  Trust me, it’s bound and finished.

Triangle Convergence Quilt

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, quilt | 1 comment

I really like the math behind visual illusion quilts.  I like that quilts look 3D or “hard to figure out”.  For that reason, I really enjoy the Ricky Tims’ Convergence quilts.  I bought the book made a couple squares/blocks in 2009, which, evidently I made into a bag.

Well, since then, I’ve seen a few convergence quilts made with triangles.  Check out some of the cool ones by Caryl Bryer Fallert.

I set forth to finally give it a try.  I wanted to mix the basic ideas of convergence from the book with the triangle shapes.

Triangle Convergence Quilt

I think it worked.  It’s converged.  It is modern.  It is using up some fabric scraps.

Let me show you how I made it.

Triangle Convergence Quilt Steps


First up, I took 4 pieces of fabric and cut them identically.  My pieces happened to be about 16″ x 19″.  Why?  Why not a full fat quarter size?  Well, these were scraps.  Big scraps, but still.  The smallest one was the light blue (plaid) made from the back panel of one of my son’s too-small dress shirts.  Everything else was cut to that size.  You could certainly do this with any size, though.

Triangle Convergence Quilt Steps

I had a light and dark green and a light and dark blue.  Switch up the triangle “corners” and “main” piece to make a positive and negative shape.  These, pictured above, are already stitched.  That will leave you with 4 rectangles, each with a large triangle in the center.

Triangle Convergence Quilt Steps


Stack TWO rectangles on top of each other, with the triangle points aiming in the same direction.  For my project, I mixed up design so that each set would have one blue and one green based rectangle.  With the rectangles stacked, make cuts across the triangle at ANY point.  My measurements are arbitrary.  A couple 1″ cuts.  A couple 2″; one or two 2 1/2″ and a 3″ leftover end piece.

Triangle Convergence Quilt Steps


This step is where the magic happens.  With those cut strips, lay out the new convergence design by alternating one blue, one green, one blue, one green until you are out of strips.  Make sure to keep the strips in order, so that the triangle looks like it is stretched out or growing.

Triangle Convergence Quilt Steps


Once the pieces are all inter-mixed.  Stitch the strips together.  Easy easy easy straight sewing.

Triangle Convergence Quilt Steps

My two large blocks are not identical, though are cut to be identical finished sizes.  The design variation happened because on one set of stacked triangles I made all my narrow cut strips (1″ wide) closer to the top pointy-point of the triangle.  That is shown in the right-hand block.  The other stacked rectangles sliced the 1″ strips across the widest part, the triangle base area.  That is on the left-hand side block.  I think the left-hand block is more successful because you sorta cannot see the triangle top points on the right-hand side.  Live and learn, right?

What next?  Borders!  I saw a Modern Quilt Lecture that pointed out, generally, modern quilts don’t have borders.  Well, I thought I’d wing it and see how it turns out.  I did add a 2″ wide navy blue border and then a larger white frame.

The quilt is 51″ x 62″.  That’s a nice usual size, right?  Good for the couch, for sure.

Triangle Convergence Quilt


Stay tuned and I’ll show you how I quilted it.