I’m so happy to offer this funky fresh shirt in sizes 2X and 3X. Those sizes will ship on Dec 24th.
Not too worry, I have a fun printable, if you need it, to let your bff know that the shirt will arrive shortly after Christmas.
Ok. that is alot alot alot of CURVES. I showed you how I was drafting the pattern and setting in the seams in the last post. I decided to prep everything first to make curved seams as easy as possible in a “chain piecing” fashion.
I only used 3 pins per seam: one pin at each end point and one pin at the apex of the curves.
I also worked in a manner to have all the “middles” done at once, then all the “second arches” on the background, then join those three units. Very factory-like construction over here in big curve land.
It was working out. I have every kind of color mixed with every other kind. And, like all scrap-bin projects, this one was a walk down memory lane. Oooh, I got this one fabric from my very first fabric.com order in 2005. And Oh, this piece right here is from Melanie Testa, last May. And This one over here is from Art Gallery when I was working with their bag pattern division. I’m gonna super love this quilt.
Remember, the blocks are 18″ square, so this quilt is roughly 72″ x 90″. That is a big quilt for me. Man, I need to press some blocks….
And all I need to do is get these blocks arranged where like colors aren’t touching & stitch it together. …. oh and quilt it and bind it and wash it for shrinkle…. But really, I’m in the home stretch. Hopefully, I can have it quilted over Christmas. Stay tuned.
If you have any quilting motif /design ideas, feel free to share them in the comments. I have a couple ideas, but I’m not too sure which way I’m gonna go.
I’m working on a new quilt for myself. It is going to be pretty great. Each block is 18″. I mean, that is huge!!
I did the regular ole drafting with paper and rulers and curved edges and seam allowances and everything. No computer on this one. The templates are on freezer paper.
My plan is to make the whole queen size quilt with fabrics from my scrap bin. I have to scrap bins: one with weird little pieces and another one with weird pieces that are big enough to fold. These cut arches come from the “big enough to fold” category.
Having said that, I did have to add some “bonus seams” to my fabrics to make them large enough for the arch.
All of these large curves are going to be set-in seams. Since the block is so big, the curves should be easy enough to sew. None of that sharp, tight curve seam business. I guess it is crazy that I want to set in the seams. That would be the opposite of Learn To Sew Easy Curves, where you stitch a facing to your curves and applique them to a background. But you know, trying all sorts of techniques is pretty fun, right?
I’m even using scrappy “off whites” for the background. Thankfully, I was able to trade my mom for some of her “off -white” fabric, too. (That is the big-enough-to-fold scrap bin in the picture.)
Yep. I think the blocks are gonna work out.
On this day of families, thankfulness and gathering, I wanted to share a family quilt story with you.
Wowsa, right? This is a quilt top made by my grandmother’s granny. I guess that would be two greats, for me. As the story goes, great-great-granny was a twin back when twin’s names matched. Nora and Dora, cute right? This quilt was made towards the end of her life and we estimate it was in the 40’s or 50’s. It is not too terribly big.
My grandmother, however, likes to tell the story: “Jenni, I have made two quilts, total. And both in one day. Those would be 1/ My First Quilt and 2/ My Last Quilt.” So, turns out quilting skips generations. hahahah. She was glad I was into quilting, though, and passed this along to me.
It is machine pieced and then hand sewn black blanket stitched for applique. I received this top from my grandmother around 2003-2006. I loved it and didn’t want to “mess it up” so I packaged it in plastic, then in a rubber tote, and surrounded by other stored fabric items. Well…. then we moved. Um… 4 or 5 times.
GREAT NEWS- I just re-found the quilt in October. Now that is kinda awesome, too, because my mom’s birthday is in October. As far as family pass-downs go, this should rightfully be hers. Thank goodness I found it and was able to get it to her.
The top is currently with my mom. She’ll be quilting it and finishing up her antique family quilt. Stay tuned. I’m so happy to be able to share this find with you guys.
New Kits are HERE!
I’ve decided to mix up the selection a bit for my Hexagons Made Easy workshops. Happy to announces the Wishes by Sweetwater MODA Fabric Kits are here! Hooray! Hooray! You can grab one right now, over in the shop.
This is what 30 un-assembled kits look like. Oh, bolts are so beautiful. Only thing lovelier might be those pre-cut hexagons.
This is how kit making goes: Fold. Fold. Sort. Count. Fold. Layer. …shoot, where are the baggies…. Oh. Fold. Stuff. Count. Sort.
Like the other fabric kit, which is blues & purples by Art Gallery Fabrics, there is enough fabric in the kit to really mix up the project ideas as well. In the workshop we focus on the technique & brainstorm original design creations. The workshop is loosely based on the project in Hexagons Made Easy: Hexagon Wheel pg 42.
Wanna see fabrics in the pre-cut honeycomb stack? Sweetwater really knows how to make some fun fabrics.
I’ll see you at the next Hexagons Made Easy workshop.
Each year the Quilt Alliance hosts a challenge open to quilters all over the world. The challenge this year was “Inspired By“. You were to use the QuiltIndex.org to find inspiration for your mini quilt. The mini measures 16″ x 16″ when complete.
The Quilt Index is unbelievable, and the amount of work they have put into organizing so many great historical quilt stories needs your support.
“Quilt Alliance (the Alliance for American Quilts) documents, preserves and shares the rich history of quilts and quiltmakers.” -Quilt Alliance
After the annual contest, the Quilt Alliance organizes an Ebay Auction for all of the pieces with 100% of the proceeds going to the preservation of quilt history & documentation.
“The Alliance for American Quilts, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1993, supports and develops projects to document, preserve, and share the history of quilts and quiltmakers. The AAQ brings together groups and individuals from the creative, scholarly and business worlds of quiltmaking to advance the recognition of quilts and their makers in American culture. Visit us at www.AllianceforAmericanQuilts.org.” – Ebay Auction Description Notes
My piece is string and hexagon based. See the whole piece in the Ebay Auction HERE.
My piece is titled Eight Hexagons because there are 4 appliqued hexagons and another 4 hexagons hidden in the quilting design. The quilting lines are all within 1/4″ of one another. It is meticulously crafted with an assortment of fabric strips, or strings, which gives a chaotic interesting composition to this small piece.
Quilt Alliance needs YOUR help in their fundraising efforts. Bid on the many mini’s up for auction. The auction for this week’s quilts expires on Monday, Nov 24th at 9pm Eastern.
Click HERE to see all the 16″ square mini-quilts up for this fundraising effort. Many quilts, artists & design styles are represented. It is definitely worth the click to see the virtual quilt show of designs.
Looking to see many many many quilts & stitched projects on Tuesday, Nov 11th?
Are you in the Arlington TX area?
I’ll be presenting a trunk show featuring projects from Deploy That Fabric, Learn to Sew Easy Curves and Hexagons Made Easy. Swing on by.
I’ll have books, patterns and shirts available at the show.
See you Tuesday!
Meeting information can be found on the Quilter’s Guild of Arlington website.
If you weren’t with the blog a few years ago, you might have missed this Mystery Row Robin Quilt Along organized right here on ReannaLily Designs. It was a summer project in 2011. The mystery is over and all of the row patterns are revealed.
This project was really fun. Each row is authored by a different blogger. So you get Mystery, Rows, Blog Hoppin, and a free quilt pattern all in one event.
It was a really fun. The premise is, at the time, you got the surprise of not knowing what each row design would be. (Like a real Row Robin Quilt) You also got the satisfaction of making the rows yourself, so they would all coordinate and fit together nicely. Each row also had a few options for you to make more blocks-per-row to grow your Row Robin quilt to your own desired size.
See some of the color ways and completed variations & add to the official Rockin Row Robin FLICKR Group.
I gave it a go. This is my entry into the QuiltCon t-shirt contest. I’m not finding the link to the original call for submissions, though I know the contest entries ended Oct 22nd and was open to MQG members.
I decided to go with Sugar Skull or Candy Skull theme. And what better day to share my design than Dias De Los Muertos party weekend? Maybe that’s a south Texas or San Antonio popular party theme, but holy smokes folks here love those Sugar Skulls. Peeps up north are probably not rockin’ the Dias De Los Muertos parties. Since QuiltCon is in Austin for 2015, it seemed like it might work.
My design featured 3-colors, which honestly, may be expensive to produce but man, what if we could use all the QuiltCon colors???
Now that’d be a sa’weet festive party shirt! My guess is it would have to be digitally printed to even have a hope at being affordable. Either way, though, the overall design didn’t get selected. ( I didn’t even submit the multi-color above.) ….BUT then I’m thinking, maybe I can change the words in the skull outline and the teeth, both of which say QuiltCon 2015, to different words & still print the shirt myself. Hum. We shall see.
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.
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.
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.
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.