How fun is this new quilt? It is named Tic Tac Whoa! This quilt has the distinction of being one my two of the 1200 rejected quilts from QuiltCon West 2016, which is awesome because now I can share it here!
The quilt is a large, bed-size quilt at around 70″ x 90″ and is made using applique techniques from my book Learn To Sew Easy Curves.
The design was inspired by tic-tac-toe, hence the name, Tic Tac Whoa! The 9-square grid from the game evolved keeping “O’s” in all the boxes and then moving the boxes. You never know where/when a design will happen.
Iza Pearl Garden Party Tango Fat Quarter bundle makes up the appliqued lines and circle designs. The circles are prepared with a reverse-applique center in two sizes, 10″ circles and 12″ circles.
The edge-to-edge quilting is done using a giant cinnamon roll motif. Is that the official name? Cinnamon Roll? Probably not…. but that’s what you get when you blog around breakfast time.
I had to impress upon my assistant that the quilt was very white (front and back) and couldn’t drag along the ground. Clearly, that meant: carry it on head. hope I can see out. To be 13yo must be a magical time…. Thank you for not letting it drag the ground!! You rock and roll!!
Ever wish you had a quilt tag itself in your IG photo?? I know, “See a need, fill a need.” Right? hahah. ((#firstworldproblems)) This is my #selfie quilt. It looks backwards, but it isn’t. Go ahead and grab your phone. Turn around and take quick selfie with the quilt up on the screen. See how the letters flipped? Neat, no?
It was recently entered in QuiltCon West 2016. It has the honor of being one of the 1200 rejected quilts. I can now, totally show it off on my blog!!
The quilt is small-ish at about 25″ x 29″.
The letters on the quilt were typed, flipped, printed, traced on fabric & fusible adhesive backing, and raw-edge applied to the quilt.
All the piecing is loose and improvisational. Strips and tiny teal & grey slivers were added around the outside border.
The quilt is 1/2 teal and 1/2 grey when you look at the border fabric selection. The binding mirrors the border color selection.
The quilting was done on my home machine. Pebbles around the text, to showcase the letters. Graffiti style quilting in the lower pieced border. Feathers and stripes in the outer border. There’s lots going on in this small piece.
Longarm Quilting Designs
I went to my UFO (unfinished objects) to find a quilt top that was at least 4-1/2 years old. The top was a second sample created for one of my quilting patterns, Diamond in the Rough. The pattern is clearancing-out and is only available now in digital pdf format ($2.95). All the paper pattern copies are gone.
The quilt features a large, pieced circle appliqued to a square background and framed in two borders. With grand plans, I set out to mix up my border-quilting designs.
I have squares. I have infinities. I have finished! Wahooo! Unlike my previous border plan in my Bias Tape Quilt, this border worked out great. Thank goodness!!
I made a super short little video of the quilting. More specifically, the McTavish-style quilting in the background of the quilt body. See how I travel around the shape and get out of tight spots in this youtube:
Now to fill in the body of the quilt. I picked two free motion quilting fills for the longarm quilting work: McTavishing and Pointy Swirls.
Let me show you what this quilt taught me. File it away in case you need this tidbit later….
Give the quilting a good “once-over” to make sure the whole quilt was in fact quilted. It seems pretty obvious, right? That is a normal thing you should do… until you don’t do it. … and have the quilt completely off the frame only to realize at least 8-10 square inches were un-quilted in the center of the circle applique. Son. Of. A. Biscuit.
I opted to NOT reload the quilt, but instead I took the longarm quilting thread to my home sewing machine and quickly added an impov swirl in the empty space. The quilt is only 48″ x 48″- completely manageable on a home machine. No one will ever know! … unless you tell them… but you won’t, right? Right????
Fabric used in the front of the quilt is Pinfeathers by Northcott Fabrics. The binding is Kate Spain for Moda. It is a print from a previous Christmas line of fabric.
I tried to take a picture of the whole quilt for you. I ended up with two photos. One picture in the shade to better see what the fabrics look like:
And one picture in the sun because you can really see the quilting textures in the sun photo.
Sneak Peek at QuiltCon Quilt
I’m happy to show you just a bit more of a sneak peek from my QuiltCon 2016 Quilt which will hang in the Northcott Fabrics booth (616). In last week’s post, I shared some of the construction in building the quilt top. This week I can show you some of the prep work I’m doing for the longarm quilting design.
In the above photo, I have traced computer-generated letters onto the background (or negative space) of the quilt using this water soluble pen.
The next step is to prep batting to stitch behind the letters. I’m creating Texty Trapunto letters in the negative space. (Follow the link to my Craftsy pattern for complete directions to create Texty Trapunto.) I layered wool and high loft polyester batting, then hand-stitched the pieces together to form a piece long enough to fit behind my words.
Next, I stitched the letters to the batting with water soluble thread. I love this thread!
All the letter outlining was initially done on my home sewing machine with the free motion quilting foot set up. I’m using my machingers gloves, too. They really let you slide the quilt top around easily without totally stressing out your shoulders.
After securing the batting, I cut away the excess from behind the quilt. I cannot show you all the lettering or tell you what the word/s will be, but after all, it is only a sneak peek.
The last step I can share on sneak peek day, today, is me quilting a tiny bit on the quilt. The machine quilting will be quite heavy on the negative space of the quilt. The big reveal of the entire project will be on February 18th; the day QuiltCon 2016 starts.
I’m chugging away on this secret project. I hope if you are able to go to QuiltCon, you’ll snap some pictures for me. Post them on Instagram and tag me. (@reannalilydesigns_jen) or share them in the comments. I’m so excited for this quilt!!!
Northcott Fabrics Going to QuiltCon!
And I do really love making circles easily.
I’m applying medium-weight, sew-in interfacing to a couple of pieces.
Who knows what it will look like….
I’ll be posting pictures of this quilt as QuiltCon 2016 approaches. In the mean time, search for #northcottfabric and #northcottquiltcon in Instagram and on your favorite social media platforms to see more secret-y pictures.
The Random Circles Workshop
Join me at Mesquite Bean Fabrics on January 16th (THIS SATURDAY) to learn the technique to create awesome, perfect circles for machine applique. The Random Circles Quilt Workshop works with the ideas from my book, Learn to Sew Easy Curves.
We’ll be working with fat quarters so your quilt can be as unique and interesting as you like. The Random Circles Workshop is just that, random. You quilt will be one of a kind!
Call the shop or email them to get signed up!
Want to book the workshop at your local quilt store or quilt guild? Find more information here.
Ticker Tape Owl Quilt
If you have fabric scraps laying around, chances are you are all set to make this Ticker Tape style Owl project. What do I mean by ticker tape? Heck, I’m not sure. I think it stems from those “Ticker Tape Parades” where all the small pieces of confetti paper fly through the air. Let’s say that’s what it is… and those little pieces landed on a quilt and are arranged by color and machine stitched in place. Sure. Yes. This is sounding good. Are you with me?
Ticker Tape Quilts are perfect projects for folks who save all sizes of fabric scraps. You know who you are… you’ll save those tiny tiny tiny pieces. This is
your our project!
Scroll to the bottom to see how insanely fast you can create half-square triangles used in the border of this project by simply using a Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide.
Finished size: 18″ x 18″ – project sizes can vary depending on how you use your sweet owlie block.
- Elmer’s School Glue
- Sulky Monofilament Thread
- Water Soluble Marker
- Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide
- Fusible Woven Interfacing
- 1/2 yard linen (I used a recycled garment from the thrift store.)
- Assorted fabric scraps
- Owl Template PDF
I used a shirt back from a thrift store garment. After measuring, a 14-1/2″ square will be as big as I can cut.
Apply the fusible woven interfacing to the wrong side of the linen.
If you are using the 1/2 yard linen for your background, you can cut to any size you prefer. For my project, the background fabric is 14-1/2″ x 14-1/2″ and is cut after the interfacing is applied.
Mark the center of the linen square.
Print the 3-page owl template. Overlap the images and tape the pages together to create one chubby little owl. Fold the large page to find the center of the owl.
Use a window pane as a light box by taping the owl to the glass.
Use the water soluble marker to trace the image onto the right side of the linen background square.
I lucked into a bag of Cotton and Steel Fabrics selvage scraps from Quilt Market. (Thank you, Cotton and Steel!) I used these coordinated pieces in my owl design. Any scraps will work. All scraps will take a moment or two to sort and organize.
My ticker tape owl uses pieces ranging from 3/8″ to 2″ in size. I cut the tiny pieces as I needed them. Work on a surface that will allow for ironing. By that I mean, a towel, portable ironing pad, or ironing board. Starting with the belly, arrange fabric scraps leaving a small space between each shape.
Using sharp scissors, trim the pieces as needed. (see below)
See the dark blue and pale fabrics in the picture below? Those are there as a guide to remind me which color I assigned to which section.
Continue to add fabric scraps, trim as needed and glue baste them in place.
Ok, the little guy just needs eyes. Little ovals are included on the paper template, but you can change his personality quite a bit by changing the shape of his eyes. Don’t glue these down yet.
Secure the Scraps
Use Sulky Monofilament Thread and a free motion quilting foot to stitch around each shape. Why clear monofilament thread and not a coordinated color? Using the monofilament on the ticker tape fabric scraps will allow you to “travel” from shape to shape without needing to trim threads. Simply stitch on over to your next shape. No one will ever know.
Stitch around each shape. The edges will start to look a little ragged. Be sure to press the owl really well.
Make a Half-Square Triangle Border
Select fabrics to “frame” little Ticker Tape Owlie. I selected four solids.
Cut a total of 32 squares 2-7/8″ each.
Sew pairs of squares to create half-square triangles. Check out how fast you can make them using the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide.
Position your square pair with the point aligned with the 1/4″ line on the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide. The “top point” is aligned with the edge of a 1/4″ wide presser foot. Note: This is not a traditional quarter inch presser foot.
Sew, dragging that “bottom point” along the 1/4″ line. When you flip the square to sew the other side, you’ll see the first stitching line now matches with the 1/2″ line on the seam guide.
Stitch again. And again. And again. Chain-pieces as many squares as you like.
Cut the squares apart from each other and then cut them in half, equidistant between the two stitching lines.
Open and press.
Arrange the half-square triangle units around the ticker tape owl.
- 7 blocks will be on the right and left sides of the 14-1/2″ square.
- 9 blocks will be across the top and bottom edges.
Use a water spray bottle to remove the blue marked lines.
What Will You Make?
The block I’ve created finishes at 18″ square, which is a great size for a pillow.
You could add a border to him, though and create a Ticker Tape Wallhanging size quilt.
I don’t know your scrap situation, but lets say you are swimming in scraps… You could make a whole bunch of owlie buddies to create a large quilt. In this picture, the quilt would be 82″ x 82″ with the sashing pieces measuring 2-1/2″ wide before they are stitched into the quilt.
Ok, maybe that would be FAR too many tiny scrap pieces to create 16 owls. But I bet you have enough scraps for four owls.
I cannot wait to see how your Ticker Tape Owls turn out!
If you haven’t seen the news: in November/December of 2015, I started longarm quilting for clients. I launched a site as part of ReannaLily Designs, called ReannaLily Quilts. This is an image round-up for some of my favorite and most recent longarm quilting designs.
Let me show you some of the quilting motif textures I’ve been working on for a few of my own quilts and a few customers:
Note: Since some of these images are customer’s quilts, I tried not to show the whole quilt, but rather feature the quilting design.
This Tula Pink quilt back is part of a graffiti quilt free motion extravaganza! It was a blast to quilt.
The large large large swirl quilting below is from my QuiltCon West Reject quilt. I cannot wait to show you the whole quilt in a later blog post.
The quilt below has velvet-y minkie-ish knit on the back. It quilted beautifully. On the front of the quilt, the client appliqued shapes and for quilting we decided to add a few “ghost shapes” in the negative space. I love ghost shapes.
I had an afternoon of practice and longarm quilting design brainstorming. With so much inspiration and tutorials all over the internet, I wanted to create a quilt that would work as a design sampler for my own reference. This shape below was one of my favorites.
This image below is from my first official ReannaLily Quilts customer quilt. It was a larger quilt and is covered with free-motion swirls.
The following three images are from the graffiti quilting quilt. This quilt was on my frame for a few days and I was sad to see it go. The “grey” fabric is Anna Maria Horner’s Luminous and with a gold thread in the weave, it twinkled as it was quilted. Gorgeous!
On a 1600 or Jelly Roll Quilt, I challenged myself to add rows of feathers over the entire quilt. The free-form quilted feathers really have a lot more motion than I anticipated, once finished.
My new favorite border design – SWIRLS. These are pointed swirls that lock into each other.
This is a quick grid meander longarm quilting design on a Plus Quilt. You create it just like a regular meander design, but instead of curving around, you turn corners. Watch the video:
If you need a quilt top finished and longarm quilted, leave a comment or send me a message. I’d be happy to chat about quilting. …well, that is always a true sentence… I LOVE to talk about quilting! =) In the mean time, check out ReannaLily Quilts online.
A short while ago I posted this popular free quilt pattern tutorial to create a queen-size quilt which combines the Disappearing 9-Patch piecing method with 10″ precut squares (layer cakes). Today, I’m happy to report the quilt is finished, longarm quilted and bound! Hooray!
After watching this video called “Loopy Clams” by Lyn Durbin, I decided I had to give that quilting style a try. My loops and clams are echoed quite a bit more than the original style presented, though.
I quilted the design on my HandiQuilter machine and used Glide Thread. That thread left ZERO lint in my machine. It was beautiful and so shimmery when I was finished.
The design really does quilt rather quickly and is pretty forgiving.
I say that, but it turns out if you get going too fast and don’t “baste down” the right and left sides of the quilt as you work…
Thank goodness I was able to get a little seam ripper into the middle of the quilting foot to take out the stitches. Everything turned out fine, but Holy Error Message, Batman, I didn’t even realize that could happen. Livin’ and learnin’ !
The Loopy Clams longarm design gives a pretty neat texture to the whole surface of the quilt.
I cannot wait to see it washed with fantastic shrinkle all over. You know shrinkle, right? Shrink and crinkle as created after the first trip in the washer/dryer.
You have to see the back, too. It is a bit green and a bit brown.
All in all, this baby is bound in stripes and ready to do whatever it is going to do next. I do think I’m going to look back on my blog in a few years and think “I WAS really stripe obsessed.” But yes, yes I am.
The layer cake or precut 10″ squares used in this quilt is Stitch by Betz White.
This Quarter Log Cabin quilt is a total fabric scrap buster! I sew alot and generate loads of scraps. I have decided to just start sewing them together until I have a large enough quilt. So far, in 2015, this is my 3rd total scrap quilt. (Here’s the first one.)
The first scrap quilts I stitched were inspired by Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s 15 Minutes of Play book. This quilt, however, was inspired by an instagram hashtag: #logcabinswapfun I wasn’t in the instagram swap, but I loved following along! It absolutely motivated me to try to make a quarter square log cabin quilt block.
Since I was digging through the scraps, I decided to make a couple-a-few blocks at a time, while I had the fabric everywhere. That turned out to be 6. Wellllll…. Then I thought, “I’m not going to really see the square/log design with only 6. I’d better make a couple-a-few more.”
Of course, this got out of control. Big surprise, right?
I ended up with 36 total blocks. Each block finishes at 12″. The scrappy fabric quilt top is 72″ x 72″.
You’ll notice the design wall has the blocks arranged in the same direction. Turns out, I’m married to an engineer. He walked into the sewing studio and was a bit concerned that the blocks didn’t make anything. He turned them into the large square design in the finished quilt. Luckily, he’s also tall enough to reach the top row of the design wall so “the same fabrics won’t touch.” Thanks, Mr Hubbs!
This big guy took a quick trip on my HandiQuilter longarm.
I opted to free motion quilt some large swirls into the quilt top. I used variegated hot pink thread. It really doesn’t look crazy, since the quilt is already every single color. Click the photos below to see them larger.
I have to tell you, I tried to use up a piece of batting that would “just fit” the quilt size. Ended up ok, but oh man, I was sweating there for a bit. Lets just say I cut it a little too close.
In keeping with the fabric stash buster/scrappy quilt theme, I build the quilt back. Which fabric will match “every color”…. um… all of them, I guess?
Now, about that title “Christmas Quilt – Quarter Square Log Cabin”
This quilt is going to be a Christmas gift for someone this year!! AND of course, there is Christmas fabric:
Christmas fabric makes a Christmas quilt, right? Surely….
I think the recipient will like the quilt. She’s got a free-spirited, every-fabric-color, super-scrap-quilt kind of vibe.