My friends came to visit recently and longarm quilted her military-themed quilt on the HandiQuilter.
In the picture, my friend is working on a large, bed-size quilt with a patriotic, military theme. The whole project is part of a Moda challenge. She used the fabric line, Moda: Red, White and Free , I believe.
For me, I pretty much quilt swirls or something really tight and reasonably intricate, though I did recently try rulers. I wasn’t much help to her for a free motion quilting design motif. Swirls don’t really scream military. Thankfully, our friend, also pictured, suggested stars with loopies. That is the official design name, by the way, Stars with Loopies.
This was her first time on a longarm quilt machine and she juts hopped on like she had been quilting for years. She was so fast!
The back of the quilt has a label for each family she’s know as she’s lived all over the world on various Army posts. Pretty neat, idea, right? It works like a “friend” album, with each post/base where she met the family, listed by their name.
Well, what I couldn’t share on the blog was the PLOT TWIST: The group project actually was to make two quilts. Three friends and two moms made a total of 40 blocks. (That would be only 8 blocks per person.) ONE quilt will be donated to MD Anderson’s Quilt Auction and the second, identical quilt, will be given to my friend who lost her mother to cancer in December.
I prewashed both quilts so they would have nice shrinkle all over them. You know shrinkle, right? Crinkle and Shrink? It is a fabulous combo-word. I love quilt shrinkle so much. Hopefully, my friend will enjoy the shrinkle, too.
Still good. Let’s try to just straighten it out a bit more…
Not always an easy task to grab a quilt picture, but it worked out.
To celebrate National Quilting Day, today, I thought I’d post a geeky project round-up for design inspiration. You cannot have enough design inspiration, right?
My Star Wars pun quilt. I love a good pun and you know I need a quilt in my kitchen…. See the original blog post here.
Not geeky, but still total “fangirl” is my Wizard of Oz Mug Rug. This project was also created as an online swap. I thought it was clever. Every time you set your coffee down, you crush the witch, again and again and again. Poor terrible bad witch. See the original blog post here, for more information on the mug rug swap projects.
Second geeky quilt: Old School PAC-MAN Ghosts. This one was created for an online mini quilt swap. It is adorable and currently lives in its new home. See the original blog post here.
Not quite a quilt, but let’s not forget Minecraft shirts. For more on these super green, easy-to-make creeper shirts, see the original blog post here.
I also have a fun Zoidberg shirt, too. Man, I love Futurama. I hope Netflix re-buys it again. Professor Ziod was part of a set of “team jerseys” for a birthday party. Read more and see a general overview for Freezer Paper Stenciling on the original blog post here.
Happy National Quilting Day! I hope you also find inspiration in everyday geeky pop-culture.
If you are in the San Antonio area Saturday, March 14th or as some say – THIS SATURDAY – I’ll be giving my Get Published Lecture to the Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild. Find out more on their website. Meeting starts at 10am at Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church.
At the break and after the lecture I’ll have patterns, Stitches Be Crazy shirts, and signed copies of my books for sale.
Maybe I’ll see you there.
I have been making a handful of class samples for the Texty Trapunto Class. Really fun projects are coming out of that quilting workshop.
In an efforts to diversify and test a design for something else, I decided to give a damask design the trapunto treatment.
My first design comes from The Graphics Fairy. ((How great is that site?!))
The photo, above, is the “before” picture. I have two layers of wool batting temporarily basted to the wrong side of my fabric. The picture is from the wrong side of the fabric. You are looking at the fluffy wool batting.
I didn’t size the original damask graphic at all and it printed smaller than my original design idea. That meant I’d have to scale my quilting design motif down a bit to match the scale of the graphic.
Here’s the “after” picture. Holy smokes. The quilting was on my home/domestic sewing machine, as opposed to a longarm machine. I did about 1 square inch worth of pebbles and instantly regretted my decision to quilt so small… BUT I had to see if the idea would work, so I powered through.
The thread is a variegated Sulky Blendable. I love that stuff and here’s why: The variegation isn’t from white to black or from one color all the way to the other end of the spectrum. The colors blend from Rust-to-Yellow or Avocado-to-Grass. They are natural, non-extreme ranges. Perfect.
The After Picture
You can see how big the pebble quilting is, relative to the stick pins. YIKES. Here’s a ruler, just for fun:
I had to wait a couple days to actually draft this blog post as I WAS BLIND FROM THE QUILTING. Nah, but seriously, after working on this super small, sheet-of-paper sized project for about an hour, my eyes really did feel like pulling in towards the center.
I do need to finish the quilting motif outside the super tight pebbles… that will be later though.
If you are in the San Antonio/Boerne area and want to take the Texty Trapunto Class, it will be held at Sew It Fabulous on February 28th, 2015. Call the shop for more details and to reserve your spot!
I’m really looking forward to the convention…
& I’ll see you out there. Tickets are only $10 at the door.
Happy Mardi Gras!!!
This is my Jelly Bean Carnival Quilt. I had to show you today, since it IS Carnival.
My quilt is a baby sized and WILD colored. Love that. Let me show you how I quilted it:
Oh my gosh – with orange thread. I know, that never happens, but I thought I’d be bold and go orange. ORANGE. Yikes!!!
Turns out you cannot even see the quilting in the background fabric, but this is what it looks like. (More details about the quilt back in a sec.)
From the front, you can really only see the quilting in those Jelly Beans.
This was my very first time trying that “infinity” quilting shape on anything. It is so fast!
The quilting was going along pretty well. Orange thread on top and purple on the back. You cannot see any purple at all from the front. Awesome, right… cough cough cough…
Double damn, right? So are we thinking that when I wash this the threads might relax themselves into place? Or will I always look at the quilt from the front-only?
Updated to add: The quilt is washed. The threads and “pokies” are softer, but you can still see them all.
I like the front, even if each Jelly Bean has its own infinity-quilting personality.
Live and learn, I suppose…
I’m still filing this one in the “win” column. I did try colored quilting thread and I did try a new Free Motion Quilting motif. Sure, I should have been more vigilant with the bobbin thread choice. I honestly think the tension was a result of not using quilting weight thread in the back. Now I know. Win.
Scrappy Dresden Quilt Blocks, measuring 18″ square, arrived at my house. Hooray Hooray!
There are 5 groups of blocks. It turns out, the 4 other quilters made their “scrappy” blocks with layer cakes. They look great! My blocks are every fabric from every place, so…. um… it appears I sew to the beat of my own drummer. Le’Sigh. BUT scrappy is scrappy.
My mom came over and while we were sitting on the couch I said something along the lines of “Hey, lets go stitch those blocks together. It will be fast: only 4 columns of 5 rows.” Let the piecing begin!
She used the sewing machine and I set up the serger. Man, that serger is so fast! I love it.
Funny side story, that serger right there was a newlywed Christmas gift in 1996. That is REALLY the gift that keeps on giving! Thanks, hubbs!
This is what the table really looks like. Huge cutting mat covers the whole table surface. Stuff is shoved to one side. Piles are stacked on top of each other. Thimble guy, on the shelf, is always freakin-the-hell-out. (Thanks, DAWN!) Test projects are waiting for a purpose. Scissors are everywhere. It is mayhem.
The super Scrappy Dresden quilt pieced together quite quickly and very nicely. We kept order, so the matching layer cake blocks would make a diagonal line in the quilt. See it?
This quilt is so great. Each time you look at it, you see a different fabric.
Now, to get this baby quilted & bound and on to MD Anderson’s Fundraising Quilt Auction.
Instagram is going crazy over the hashtag #HelloQuiltCon. It is a way to grab a selfie, so your Instagram friends can put a face to the name at the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) Convention, QuiltCon. Do a search for #HelloQuiltCon to see some of the many faces attending this year.
I made my selfie into a little video so you’d know where to find me, too. You can see the video on my IG feed, too, if you rather. @reannalilydesigns_jen
See you there, peeps!
Texty Trapunto Workshop
The Texty Trapunto Workshop in Boerne, TX, recently was a hit. Huge thanks to Sew It Fabulous for hosting the class and thanks to Danielle of Nacho Mama Quilts for organizing it for the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild.
Students were drafting letters, tracing pre-printed letters and using the Ampersand template. It was quite a collection. Some block projects were enlarged to become pillows, some were going to be wall hangings and some were un-decided but just really really wanted to know how to make those trapunto letters puff up off the quilt.
Cutting and prep work. Stitching and pinning. And of course, quilting quilting quilting!
The pieces for this workshop are small enough that students were comfortable trying free motion quilting (FMQ) on domestic/home machines. Some folks went with the straight line, others wanted to try all sorts of crazy free motion quilting fill designs.
Students even finished blocks in class. (That is always great, right.)
The last step is to spritz the piece with water to dissolve the water soluble thread. It was very Bill Nye the Science Guy as we watched the thread disappear right before our eyes.
My friend Allison took the class and sent me a photo of the near-finished “A” texty trapunto project. Turned out GREAT!
Thanks to everyone who signed up and came out! I think we had a good time.
If you missed this January workshop, I have great news: Tish, at Sew It Fabulous will be hosting me again on, Saturday, February 28th, 2015. You’ll have to call or email the shop to grab yourself a spot.