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Swirl Border Longarm Quilting Design

Swirl Border Longarm Quilting Design

on Jun 18, 2016 in art gallery fabrics, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 1 comment

Swirl Border Longarm Quilting Design Today I’m sharing a fantastic customer quilt with a swirl border longarm quilting design. Take a closer look at how I created the machine quilted design in the wide border: The wide swirl border design is stitched on HandiQuilter Avante 18″ longarm quilting machine. Pure Elements, Nocturnal, by Art Gallery Fabric with Iris Glide Thread. Dreamy! The video above is 1.75x speed. The border went together smoothly. A lighter thread, Wisteria Glide, was added to quilt in the bright pieced rows. I went with a wishbone design. This was a design in one of the fabrics my customer used. If you need a quilt finished, send me a message! I’d be happy to work with you. See more longarm quilting ideas and designs in the gallery. Tell a...

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Rising Star Quilt Block in Fabric Scraps

Rising Star Quilt Block in Fabric Scraps

on Jun 14, 2016 in quilt | 2 comments

Rising Star Quilt Block in Fabric Scraps The studio was recently cleaned a bit and fabric scraps were sorted by color.  I’m now putting those scraps to good use and making AnneMarie Chany’s Rising Star Quilt Block. It will take a little while to cut all the scraps, but I think it will be worth it. I decided to make a two sample blocks using white/off-white background colors and fabric scraps from the “blues” bag for the foreground color. I first chose my scraps by size: Will this piece be big enough for the four squares I need to cut. Then I sorted again based on value: Will this blue appear dark enough next to a neutral background fabric. Here’s a tip for cutting into your fabric scraps– Make durable templates. These are cut from extra comic book boards, which were previously used when refolding/organizing yardage. I lay the templates on my fabric scrap to see if it is big enough to work with. It is wonderful; no surprises when cutting. Once I know the piece is usable, I still rotary cut my shapes. First step, make half square triangles. I make them without marking the center diagonal lines. Watch this video to see how it is done with the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide— Once the smaller and larger triangles were complete, I was able to arrange my test blocks. My block will finish 16″ x 16″.  I plan on making 30 of them and having one really large quilt or possibly two small ones. I haven’t decided yet. I’m happy to report the blue blocks went together really well. The neutral/white background pieces are cut and in the project ziploc bag. I’ll now start cutting into all the fabric scrap color bags to create an additional 28 blocks. Who knows when this guy will be finished. =) It will be that on-going, pack-for-retreat project. Of course, I’ll keep you posted on the progress. Tell a...

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Sorting Fabric Scraps

Sorting Fabric Scraps

on Jun 7, 2016 in Blog, fabric stash | 2 comments

Sorting Fabric Scraps When the bin is out of control, it is time to sort fabric scraps! I really enjoy the “messy” look of a good scrap quilt. Turns out, though I really also enjoy complete organized order in trying to create the scrap quilt look. Shame. As the bins fill up, I start looking for scrap quilt ideas. I think my next scrap project will be based off this block in the Sister Sampler book by AnneMarie Chany of Gen X Quilters. (amazon link) Here’s a few scrap quilts I’ve made in the past.   I sort by color. I know many quilters sort by value or by scrap size. Me, nope. I go with straight up color families. (sorry about the blur) Working on the floor, I pull whatever color is on top and fold it neatly in a pile. Off white/beige and grey fabrics get their own color pile. Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Purple Brown Black White Off-white Grey What about fabrics that seem to have many colors mixed in? If there is a main background color, I use that as my sorting indicator. For example, if there are 10 colors of flowers all on a pale green background, that fabric is going in the greens. If there is no discernible background color, for me, I go with a knee-jerk reaction and think, “Which color do I see first.” OR “Which color will I most likely match first.” Strangely, in these cases, I most often end up putting the fabric in with the blues. I love blues. What do I do with fabric scrap piles? My fabric scrap piles are sorted in to gallon ziploc bags. (amazon link) The ziploc bags are then added back into the sorted plastic bin (amazon link), in color order. Any apparel fabric or blocks-in-progress or fabric collections are put back into the second fabric bin. The second bin still acts as a catch-all near my sewing machine. Sometimes my husband’s cats like to lay in the fabric scrap bin. The ziplocs also help in the fight against the fur. Once the ziplocs are full, it is time to make another scrap quilt! My personal goal is to have every piece of fabric I own...

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Geometric Longarm Quilting

Geometric Longarm Quilting

on May 31, 2016 in commission, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 1 comment

Geometric Longarm Quilting Lines I’m so excited to share these geometric longarm quilting lines on my latest customer quilt. She’s given me permission to share images online. The whole quilt is pieced fantastically and created in this style. With quite a bit of negative space, this quilted needed a design to compliment the overall design and I felt it needed to still replicate the geometric look of squares floating on a grey. When the needle arrived at the floating foreground, I added more organic quilting lines within the blocks. This time around I was trying Surelock thread by Coats and Clark (amazon link) in the needle with Superior thread pre-wound bobbins underneath. I have to say, the surelock was definitely strong enough for the task. Almost every block has a different quilting motif within the shape. Borders have continuous feathers, some squares have a clam shell design stitched (above) and others have waves, pointed swirls, chevrons, stacked teardrops, and infinity loops. It is a collection. You can see the feather design pretty well in the picture below. Pointed swirls and feathers featured below here, too. Hopefully the geometric design lines crashing into the organic foreground will work for my customer. I love how it turned out. It is modern and relaxed and interesting and varied. See more longarm quilting projects, designs and pictures in the gallery. If you are looking to have your quilt finished, check out my longarm quilting page. Tell a...

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Longarm Quilting Skill Builder – With Circles

Longarm Quilting Skill Builder – With Circles

on May 22, 2016 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting, tutorial | 4 comments

Whole Cloth Quilting Skill Builder Now with CIRCLES I recently created a little tutorial for a whole cloth quilting skill builder design. You can find that post here. It was a really fun project where you take a template, which you can download, trace out all the lines onto your fabric, then quilt different fill designs within spaces. Sounds pretty straight-forward, right? Well, I decided to develop a second template. (I can see me going down a rabbit hole…. ) With both skill builder designs I wanted to have a small quilt to practice: Filling in shapes with different designs Consistency in the filling motifs Ruler work Speed & Confidence The Template The template is designed in Adobe Illustrator and fits on a 40″ square of fabric. The design itself is 38-1/2″  x 38-1/2″. The plan was to make a quilt that is big enough to practice on and small enough to not have a large financial commitment. Does that make sense? It is 1-1/8 yard of fabric. I used pieced batting scraps inside the design and pieced some scraps for the quilt back. I also chose this size for my whole cloth because it would be easy enough to trace out four designs to create a much larger bed-size quilt. That is pretty neat, right? However, there’s no way I wanted to print a bunch of pages, tape them together and have a 38-1/2″ piece of paper. Designing just a quadrant solved the problem. Hooray! It prints on only 6 pages. Click here to download the quadrant pdf for yourself. Using the whole cloth skill builder design: Print the quadrant and choose to “tile pages” to print 6 pieces of paper on a pc or do this for a mac. Fold your fabric in half lengthwise and width-wise to find the center and mark the exact vertical and horizontal guide lines. Press. Tape or pin the printed design quadrant to a wall (or use window to act as a light board). Align the pressed vertical and horizontal lines with the edges of the quadrant. My fabric is light, so I can still see the lines though the weave. Trace all the design lines onto the fabric using a water soluble marker. I know...

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10 Year UFO – Convergence Quilt

10 Year UFO – Convergence Quilt

on May 12, 2016 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 1 comment

The Convergence Quilt UFO The UFO (UnFinished Object) As best I can tell, I made the center black and white portion of this quilt over 10 years ago. It is a pattern from Ricky Timms Convergence Book, which I’m pretty sure I purchased in Albuquerque NM somewhere between 2003-2005. Gees, that was a while ago. Evidently, based on this blog, I deemed the project a UFO back in 2008. Once I had the center square done, I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I didn’t have a whole piles of black/white squares to create a whole quilt and even if I did, how would I set them or finish it? Finishing I rediscovered this top in a bag in my closet. Doesn’t that seem fitting for this poor under-loved little quilt top/block. I decided it needed borders, so I went with one of the brightest colors I had to “set” the black and white center. Once the three borders were added, I decided to applique the heart shape using a facing and machine applique methods from my book, Hexagons Made Easy. Ok, so it is all set. Bordered, accented with a little heart, & ready to roll. Literally. I got this guy rolled onto the longarm this morning. Quilting I started with a little infinity-looking design in the 1″ black border. That is fantastic shimmery white Glide Thread in the needle. Turns out, you cannot see any stitching in the white outer border. Just as well, my swirls were a bit loco. Let’s just say the white border was my practice for the much more visible yellow-green border. The heart got a cool echo treatment inside. When it came to the center of the quilt. The real convergence portion, I first thought I wanted to quilt in a design that would really lead the eye to the center of the quilt, like you are getting sucked into the visual vortex. But alas, I still was at the same place I was 10 years ago. Not sure exactly how to quilt it. In an instant I decided, “Heck, it’s been 10-d a n g- years just finish it already.” I added an all over super-simple meander over the quilt’s center....

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Graffiti Quilting and Hazel Hedgehog

Graffiti Quilting and Hazel Hedgehog

on Apr 19, 2016 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 1 comment

Graffiti Quilting on a Hazel Hedgehog Quilt I have some details from a customer quilt to share. My friend, Leslie, trusted me to stitch graffiti quilting in the vast negative space of her new Hazel Hedgehog baby boy quilt. Since this isn’t my project, I do not have a whole “quilt reveal” here. Rather, I’m sharing some extensive free motion quilting designs on the beautiful grey Essex Linen fabric. I tried to snap pictures over the entire quilt (63″ x 45″) for my own personal reference. There are so many swirled, pointed, hooked and feathered design motifs in this piece. The design is stitched with black Superior Thread. I was quite nervous to start stitching. I don’t think you’ll be able to see in these pictures, but the Hazel Hedgehogs were simply outlined with in-the-ditch style ruler-work quilting. I wanted them to be stabilized and secure, but I didn’t want to lose them in the the dense quilting. The in-the-ditch work makes the hedgehogs pop a bit. And that is my graffiti quilting extravaganza! Huge thank you to Leslie, who trusted me with her project. If you are looking to have a quilt finished, please send me an email. Find out more about my longarm quilting services at ReannaLilyQuilts.com.   This post contains affiliate links. Tell a...

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Double Aster Barn Quilt

Double Aster Barn Quilt

on Apr 12, 2016 in Blog, quilt | 3 comments

Barn Quilt! Last year I made a barn quilt for my mom. She lives “in the country” and actually has space for a barn quilt. It is finished and hung, though you cannot see it from the road. Why do I mention that? Well- as it turns out, when I bought the wood for mom’s barn quilt, I purchased a 4′ x 8′ sheet of plywood and had them cut the wood in half at the store. Perfect. Two 4′ x 4′ squares! This past weekend, I was able to finally use the second square for myself. I am combining a couple blog ideas from my very own blog to create my new Barn Quilt: The blog posts: First post: I chose the block, Double Aster, based on this collection of posts on my larger Double Aster quilt. It is a 50″ quilt that I made in fabric. See how small those Fiskar Scissors are in comparison to the block? The second blog post is a full tutorial for creating the barn quilt, which I authored. I used primer (applied with a brush) and spray paint.  Painting the NEW Barn Quilt The Double Aster block when enlarged fits on a 5 x 5 grid. For the fabric quilt, it was ideal to work in 10″ sections to create a 50″ block. For a 48″ x 48″ piece of wood, I had to do a tiny bit of math to mark off my sections. I taped everything off with blue painter’s tape and masked the area with paper. I was able to spray more carefully this time around and very little paint bled below the tape line. My spray paint dried quite quickly which made this a fast project. Once the piece was sealed, it was ready to be hung. (You can see the sunlight progressing in the pictures on my day of painting.) I don’t have a barn. I have a regular house in the regular suburbs. BUT I totally have a wooden fence! My “barn quilt” cannot be seen from the road but looks fine to me from my back porch. It is the official Fence Quilt. I wonder how many other folks have Fence Quilts? Now I have to...

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SAMQG Block of the Month Quilt

SAMQG Block of the Month Quilt

on Mar 29, 2016 in Blog, SAMQG | 0 comments

In February, I was the proud winner of 24 quilt blocks from the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild! Hooray!!! These were our block of the month designs for January. (Assigned in January, bring to February meeting.)  I had enough blocks to create two quilts and today I’m sharing the finished, second quilt. Huge THANK YOU to everyone who made a block or two. This littler guy measures about 50″ x 50″. I ended up stitching an additional two blocks to ensure the quilt would turn out square. This quilt did not get the white border. I left it as a blocks-only design. Originally, I sorted the blocks by “mostly cool colors” and “mostly warm colors.” I don’t know that I was successful since each block was such a wild assortment of fabrics. (LOVE!) But this smaller quilt represents the “mostly cool color” blocks. Unlike the first, larger quilt I made with these blocks, I did a simple swirl design from edge to edge to finish this quilt. Once it was on the frame, the quilting went very quickly. I bound the quilt with this great Alexander Henry black plaid fabric. (Amazon affiliate link.) The weather was absolutely perfect on Sunday to grab a few pictures. I say perfect, but technically there was some wind… Luckily, my assistant was a great sport and even held the quilts in place from an awkward squat position behind the metal gate. You can see a little video of his expert help on my Instagram account. Tell a...

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Longarm Quilting Skill Builder

Longarm Quilting Skill Builder

on Mar 22, 2016 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting, tutorial | 9 comments

Small Whole Cloth Quilting Skill Builder I love to look at whole cloth quilts, but I’d need some serious skills to be able to make one! I decided I should make a skill builder design for myself to practice my longarm quilting. Specifically, I wanted to practice: Filling in shapes with different designs Consistency in the filling motifs Ruler work Speed & Confidence First steps in Adobe Illustrator. The design I’m sharing with you today will finish at 38″ square. I figured this way it would be a small enough piece to not agonize over, but larger enough to apply to quadrants of a quilt if I wanted to make a bed size quilt. (Well, it’d have to have borders to really be bed-size, but that is neither here nor there.) Ok- page set up 38″ square. In a nutshell- draw a line this way, pull a curve that way, rotate around a center mark…. Ta’dah! Well, it wasn’t THAT easy, I made a rough draft, tested it, tweaked it and then TA’DAH – the image below. That is pretty neat, right? Then I realized that there’s no way I wanted to print a bunch of pages, tape them together and have a 38″ piece of paper. Designing just a quadrant solved the problem. Hooray! It prints on only 6 pages. Click here to download the quadrant pdf for yourself. Updated to add: Grab a second longarm skill builder design here, on this blog post. Let me show you how I used my whole cloth skill builder design: ((I was working from the rough draft illustrator design so the design lines vary slightly. )) Print the quadrant and choose to “tile pages” to print 6 pieces of paper on a pc or do this for a mac. First, I found a piece of fabric roughly 1-1/4″ x 42″ (width of fabric). Fold it in half lengthwise and width-wise to find the center and mark the exact vertical and horizontal guide lines. Press. Tape or pin the printed design quadrant to a wall (or use window to act as a light board). Align the pressed vertical and horizontal lines with the edges of the quadrant. My fabric is light yellow, so...

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Threads of Love – NICU Blankets

Threads of Love – NICU Blankets

on Mar 15, 2016 in Blog, charity, SAMQG | 0 comments

I’m so happy to have participated in the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild’s (SAMQG) Threads of Love NICU Blanket Sewing Challenge. Fabric was donated. Kits were cut. Fun fact: NICU blankets are made from 21″ x 21″ cut squares. Seems easy enough to rotary cut, right? It is incredibly fast to create a template from poster board and use that to cut the kits. Our SAMQG has a few quilt shops as sponsors, so the Threads of Love sew-in was hosted by The Quilt Shop in Castroville. Thanks! At the end of the sew-in we had a total of … around 40-45 blankets. At the March meeting members brought in blankets they had stitched with cut kits or fabric which they donated. Sooooooo many blankets were donated! 97 at the March meeting alone. With all the NICU blankets combined, I was lucky enough to drop these off at the member-liaison’s house. 148 so far. The blankets will be on their way to the Threads of Love sewing team to double-check the labels and then off to the preemies. I anticipate a few more or few dozen more as months go on and members bring more in. This was a very fun, very easy and very wonderful sewing challenge. Consider setting one up for your guild. Tell a...

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SAMQG Block of the Month Winner

SAMQG Block of the Month Winner

on Mar 8, 2016 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, SAMQG | 5 comments

WOWSA! I won the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild’s Block of the Month. Do you have this at your guild? Some guilds call it Lotto Block. Everyone makes a predetermined block. Ours for January was designed by the Block of the Month Chairperson and is inspired by Rex Ray. The “humps” are hand appliqued to a white background. However many blocks you make is how many chances you have to win all the blocks turned in. In January – 24 blocks were up for grabs! The block was made in two sizes that would fit together when rotated 90 degrees. I ended up splitting the group of blocks into a “mostly warm” and “mostly cool” color groups to create two lap/couch size quilts. The first one, “mostly warm,” is 60″ x 80″. For some reason I thought I wanted to try to quilt the first “mostly warm” quilt in a very difficult diagonal type design. I set forth to use rulers to stitch on my marked outline of a main zig-zag and then fill in sections of the quilt in a controlled graffiti-style of quilting. Turns out, it was really really hard to do. HA!! But ya gotta try, right? In the free-motion quilting fills there are feathers, swirls, McTavishing, echoing, pebbles, windy-swirls, meander, straight lines… everything. My main regret is that I used white thread. I do love the thread itself, but I probably should have used some kind of white/grey variegated thread on this project. I recently ran out of my favorite King Tut Morning Sky and figured the other white would work out. The current white thread is very lightweight and hard to see on the finished quilt (without the help of dim light + shadows). Although I’m loving how this one turned out overall, I think it is safe to say, I’ll be creating the “mostly cool” color version a bit differently. I don’t think the quilting will be nearly as complicated and I will own the thread by the time the blocks are pieced together to quilt. The wheels are turnin’ and who knows how the second version will look. Tell a...

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