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Tic Tac Whoa! Quilt – QuiltCon Reject

Tic Tac Whoa! Quilt – QuiltCon Reject

on Feb 4, 2016 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting | 0 comments

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!! Tell a...

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#Selfie Quilt – QuiltCon Reject

#Selfie Quilt – QuiltCon Reject

on Feb 2, 2016 in Blog, contests, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting | 0 comments

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. This quilt is for sale on Etsy! It can be YOURS!! Hop over to the Etsy shop to grab it. Tell a...

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Longarm Quilting – Baby Boy Quilt

Longarm Quilting – Baby Boy Quilt

on Jan 28, 2016 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 2 comments

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...

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QuiltCon Top Secret Quilt – Part Two

QuiltCon Top Secret Quilt – Part Two

on Jan 26, 2016 in Blog, business, northcott fabrics | 0 comments

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!!! Tell a...

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Bias Tape Quilt Test

Bias Tape Quilt Test

on Jan 21, 2016 in Blog | 3 comments

Sometimes I try out quilting styles and/or ideas just to see if they work. Sometimes I like the results and other times I do not. As luck would have it, my affinity or disgust will not stop me blogging. HA! That probably isn’t good news…. So let’s talk about my venture into bias tape quilt ideas. I bought a fabulous Clover 1″ Bias Tape Maker. It is easy to use and the bias tape element could be pretty spectacular in Modern Quilts. Did I mention I have recently seen a presentation by Latifah Saafir? Now those are some stellar bias tape + modern quilts. This one is my favorite! Feeling inspired, I set for on my idea. First idea- make bias tape from a fat quarter. I’ve made it using this technique before… but it was about 20 years ago. I did find this youtube video, though, to describe the process. Just as she illustrates, I was able to create quite a bit of tape from one 18″ x 22″ piece of fabric. I wasn’t sure if I’d use it right away, so I wrapped it onto a piece of cardstock to save. Welp, about 15 minutes went by & my willpower was out the window. I decided to apply the pink-y tape to a grey background. I hadn’t planned any shapes; I just figured I’d go with some wavy lines. Without a doubt, I stretched in the wrong spots or along the wrong edges. My background began to wave and pucker. I then had a brilliant (cough cough) idea to cut the fabric behind the tape to relieve the tension…. OR would that rather put the bias tape in control and the whole piece would be a stretch mess? It was a risk. Iron. Lots and lots of ironing. Now for those borders – I love them. They are 4 fat quarters cut to random width strips, then sewn together. Large border pieces were then cut from the random-sized strip sets. Sure, just start cutting. Just dive in. Who cares…. Wait. What? I don’t have enough…. shoot.  Ok. Wait. Let me see.  Ok, if I take off this and move that and … dangit. Wait. Ok, I’ll add two...

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QuiltCon Top Secret Quilt – Part One

QuiltCon Top Secret Quilt – Part One

on Jan 19, 2016 in benartex, Blog, business, northcott fabrics | 0 comments

Northcott Fabrics Going to QuiltCon! I am sending one custom project to QuiltCon 2016 for the Northcott Fabrics booth. It is going to be BRIGHT! I can only share a few sneak peeks – but let’s just say, I LOVE this solid color: 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. Tell a...

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Random Circles Quilt Workshop at Mesquite Bean Fabrics

Random Circles Quilt Workshop at Mesquite Bean Fabrics

on Jan 14, 2016 in Blog, business, classes, quilt shop | 0 comments

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. Tell a...

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Snowman Table Runner

Snowman Table Runner

on Jan 12, 2016 in Blog | 2 comments

Snowman Table Runner Sewing Tutorial It is winter somewhere in the world and now we can celebrate with this Snowman Table Runner! This table runner is very fast to create and can be created with fabric scraps or purchased yardage. Have the kids help and give your winter a bit of personality with this little fellow. This project is so fast and easy, it also makes a great hostess gift for the holiday season. My Snowman Table Runner finished up at 11-1/2″ x 50″. Yours can be any long rectangular size. Supplies Assorted white fabric scraps Black and Orange fabric scraps 3″ x 42″ (width of fabric) scarf fabric Heat’n Bond Lite fusible adhesive Construction To create the white background for the snowman, you may opt to purchase 1/2 yard of white fabric. Going this route will have your snowman ready in record time. Your finished snowman will be around 17″ x 40″. Create a background from fabric scraps: Use your 1/4″ presser foot and/or Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide to join all your assorted white fabric scraps. Match the cut edges with the 1/4″ mark on the seam guide. In my case, I had portions of quilter’s fat quarters (18″ x 22″ pieces of cotton) left. I joined these large chunks to create a rectangle slightly wider than I’d like and slightly longer than I’d like. Next, fold the long rectangle in half twice, to trim the edges. Cut the large rectangle in to four wide strips. Anything from 3″ – 5″ will work. Now here’s the magic: We’d like to create an interesting “low volume” scrappy background, but we do not want to spend loads of time finding, trimming and joining loads of tiny pieces. This is a variation of my own Fractured Background Technique. Watch this: Simply stagger two rows at a time and join them with a 1/4″ seam allowance. (These long seams are why we needed the runner wider than we originally planned.) Press. Join the pairs of off-set rows. (This is why we need the initial large rectangle shape longer than we originally planned.) Return to the cutting mat and trim the two ends even with the shortest piece. Create the Snowman Face For this step, you’ll...

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Ticker Tape Owl Quilt

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt

on Jan 7, 2016 in Blog, quilt, sewing, tutorial | 4 comments

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. Supplies 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  Prep 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. Tape the linen background over the template, matching the marked centers. Use the water soluble marker to trace the image onto the right side of the linen background square. Fabric Scraps I lucked into a bag of Cotton and Steel Fabrics selvage scraps from...

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Longarm Quilting Designs – ReannaLily Quilts

Longarm Quilting Designs – ReannaLily Quilts

on Jan 5, 2016 in Blog, commission, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 1 comment

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...

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NJHS Volunteer Hours Charity Quilt

NJHS Volunteer Hours Charity Quilt

on Dec 29, 2015 in Blog | 2 comments

It is the same story for generations of parents and children: “Mom, is that the bus? Did I tell you I need to take 65 cupcakes to school today?” “I know it’s Sunday night and I’ve already showered for bed, but did I tell you about the Science Fair Project that’s due tomorrow?” Thankfully, I had a bit more lead time to help my son with his request. NJHS volunteer hours with only a few days to go. He seems to like sewing more than he admits and I love that he likes it even a little bit. It was his idea to make another strip-pieced quilt.  This is a FREE pattern available on my site HERE. Sew a few strip sets. Slash up a few strip sets. Sew a few more pieces. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. It is a very very striaght-forward process. He arranged all the pieces to create a zig-zag-ish quilt design. I think the original strip-pieced quilt was a plain diagonal line. Changin’ it up for this charity quilt. I set him up on the longarm. This quilt was 36″ x 48″ so quick-enough to finish. For this project, though, he got to practice a couple different fill designs. He has vertical bars in the blue portions and in the pink squares he has a little orange-peel design. Last step, binding the quilt. Stitched the binding fabrics end-to-end, pressed them and applied the binding to the back of the charity quilt. I helped him only a little by flipping the binding to the right side and machine stitching it in place. He’ll be doing that step on the next project. I have full faith that this will come up again. It is finished and ready for Project Linus or other charity he chooses. Tell a...

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Disappearing 9-Patch – Longarm QUILTED

Disappearing 9-Patch – Longarm QUILTED

on Dec 22, 2015 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 0 comments

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes -QUILTED 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. As a general rule, you can see the quilting better from the quilt back than the quilt front. I don’t know if that is really the case for this quilt. 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. Tell a...

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