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SAMQG Mini Quilt Auction Pieces

SAMQG Mini Quilt Auction Pieces

on Mar 23, 2017 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting, SAMQG | 4 comments

The first-ever San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild (SAMQG) Mini Quilt Auction fundraiser is fast approaching! My general plan was to make a satin, wholecloth butterfly. You’ll see… that didn’t quite happen. The auction rules are to create a 16″ x 16″ mini quilt. The quilts will hang at a local quilt shop, Sew Special, and will be in a silent auction which ends on May 11. Very exciting. It will be a mini show and fundraiser for our group. After marking three 16″ squares, a 20″ x 60″ piece of polyester satin is loaded onto my HandiQuilter frame. I started with a practice piece to warm up my arms. (Remember, I’m aiming to make a butterfly….) I LOVE how the heart turned out! It is quilted with Pink Glide thread. Ok, that was fun. Since I had three areas marked off, I went ahead and practiced the graffiti quilting all over the second mini quilt space. I switched to NEON Green Glide thread. WOWSA. This stuff is day-glo for sure. The black light looks really cool, right? Lastly, one square remains. Do I try to make a symmetrical butterfly or try to make an improved heart? Well…… I went NEON Green heart. I ended up taking the whole piece off the frame, squaring up the designs, and binding them all. Here’s how all three mini quilts turned out. Pink Graffiti Quilting Heart And a side view for some fantastic quilty-shadows: Green Graffiti Quilting Heart And another side view of the mini quilt: Random Green Graffiti Quilting The side view: And a close-up just for fun: The butterfly concept didn’t make it. (YET!) For now, I just have to decide which quilt to submit to the auction!!! Cast your votes in the comments. Tell a...

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Big Secret Sewing Project – Still Secret

Big Secret Sewing Project – Still Secret

on Feb 15, 2017 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 0 comments

My blog has been a bit quieter in 2017. Sorry about that! I have a really good reason, I promise. I’m working on a big project. I thought I’d show you some frustratingly-vague photos until I can share more details. I’m working with a whole handful of quilters. A HUGE thank you to all the folks who are working away on this little idea I have. You guys are making it all possible!!! And I’m working with generous companies! Fairfield Batting Clover USA HandiQuilter Bobbin Central / Fil-Tec And I’m making great progress as the days go on. Quilt a bit. Take some notes. Quilt a bit more. Make some more notes. Snap a few photos. Zoom in on a few spots. Take some more notes. Try to make complete sentences. Quilt a bit more. That is pretty much my process right now. Phew. It is a blast! I’ll still posts sewing projects when I can, but know I’m working really hard to bring you something really really cool. I’ll be sure to share more details as they unfold! Be great today! Tell a...

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Textured Ruffle Bag

Textured Ruffle Bag

on Feb 7, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Textured Ruffle Bag Tutorial This is my Textured Ruffle Bag! It is my project for the third week’s challenge for Project Quilting. It started as a way to use up extra binding pieces. Yes, extra binding leftover from every quilt under the sun. My texture inspiration is couture fashion. Go to Pinterest and type in “couture ruffle dress” – I’m tellin ya, all sorts of things come up. Some designs are elegant & fantastic, while others are rockin a big bag of NOPE. I decided I needed some ruffles in my life on a much smaller scale. I save my binding in rolls, but only recently realized that I might have enough binding saved to have my own jelly roll quilt race! Seriously. That is a bit too much saved binding. I picked out a couple of my favorite pieces. These measure 2-1/4″ wide, but really anything from 2″ – 3″ will work. Then I opened them and ironed them flat. Next, I folded them in half, wrong sides together. Right about now I was thinking- well, I surely should have skipped the ironing step. Crazy. Anywho. I stitched along the length with a 1/4″ seam allowance, using my Seamingly Accurate as a guide. Press the seam allowances to one side, centered on the back of the strip/tube. Yep. Ok. I have two tubes: one really long one and one about half that size. Stitch a long basting stitch down the center of each strip. Pull the bobbin thread gently to gather up each strip into a ruffle. Do this for both strips, even though, turns out, I only took a photo of this blue strip. Find a batting scrap or fat quarter to make a quilt sandwich. My quilt sandwich is slightly larger than 9″ x 12″. Pin across the whole project to hold the layers securely. Now, watch this cool trick: Trim one side square with a quilting ruler. Pin the center ruffle roughly 4″ from the cut edge. Pin at the top only. Use the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide to stitch the ruffle 4″ from the cut edge. Stitch down the center of the ruffle with a straight stitch. Simply align the cut edge with the...

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Folding Chair Makeover – DIY

Folding Chair Makeover – DIY

on Jan 4, 2017 in Blog, tutorial | 0 comments

These folding chairs may have been some of my first furniture in my college apartment. That was, shall we say, a few years ago. They are looking pretty rough! After checking them out to see if I could easily remove the padded section, the “makeover” wheels started turning. This is how I upgraded my crummy, handy, trustworthy folding chairs with spray paint and recovered the chairs with about a 1/2 yard of fabric. Supplies Here’s what you’ll need: Screwdriver Sharp Scissors (fabric scissors, if you have them) Hot Glue About 1/2 yard of fabric Spray Paint Old Crummy Folding Chairs (or new ones, if you fancy) I picked my fabric to match my wild paint color. It is Maui Blue. My chair only has a padded seat. The back of the chair is solid metal. Step 1 Take out the six screws that are holding the pad onto the metal chair. Step 2 Remove the plastic feet. Turns out, I couldn’t get the little feet off, so I ended up masking them off with painter’s tape. Step 3 Shake the spray paint and follow the directions to apply paint to the chair. If your paint requires spray primer first, prime it. If the chair needs to be sanded first, sand it. Paint the chair from one direction. Remember- you won’t have to paint the seat of the chair. It will be covered with the fabric pad. (Hey, don’t spray too much! You don’t want to have paint drips like in the below picture. I ended up wiping those with a paper towel and fixing it on the second coat.) Once the paint is dry, flip the chair upside down and paint it from another angle. This will help you cover all the areas. Step 4 This is the step where we cover the pad while waiting for the paint to dry outside. So you’ll notice when the pad is removed, the cheap vinyl is held on by staples. I’m thinking “Awesome, I have a staple gun.” Then I started thinking more…. My staples are quite long and don’t really look like these staples. If I staple this fabric to my chair pad, I bet I get poked in the...

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Project Quilting – Eight is Great Challenge

Project Quilting – Eight is Great Challenge

on Jan 2, 2017 in Blog, tutorial | 8 comments

Project Quilting has kicked off its eighth season! This is my first year to play along with the weekly challenges. The first challenge was to make something with the number 8. Then, it is wide open after that. I knew I wanted to make 8 Flying Geese blocks, and I knew I wanted them 3-D. The rest is made up along the way. I did take pictures and make notes, though. Here’s how I made my Flying Geese Mini Quilt. Cut 16 squares 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ for the background Cut 8 rectangles 1-1/2 x 2-1/2″ for the geese Each geese block uses two background squares and one rectangle. Fold the rectangle in half, matching wrong sides. Lay it on a the background square with the folded edge 1/4″ from the top. (see below) Can you see the fold along the top edge? Next, lay the remaining background square on top, matching right sides. Pin. Sew along the pinned edge from the top to the bottom, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Open the background square. Press. Press it just like it is pictured above, with the white geese fabric still folded on the left. See the “folded flap” of white? Use the pressed fold line to align the new triangle shape with the center seam. You can pin the right and left edges of the triangle, super press/starch them, baste along the lower edge, or simply press them & set them aside. (Y’all know I went with the last option!) Chain piece the remaining 7 geese. This cool chain piece cutter was an exchange gift this past Christmas. Holy smokes, I love this thing. Forget the scissors! I was using the thread cutter on my sewing machine to snip through the chains. Not anymore. Once the pieces are cut apart, press each one, and create the triangle shapes. This is going to sound crazy, but I thought the regular 2 x 4 layout looked to plain. I wanted to mix it up with two odd numbers, 5 and 3. Next, using the background fabric, I added a blank end piece so my two rows would be equal sizes. The end piece is cut 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″. Then I added a...

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Grumpy Cat Quilt

Grumpy Cat Quilt

on Dec 20, 2016 in Blog, quilt, quilting, SAMQG | 3 comments

Grumpy Cat Quilt Yes, you read that right. It is a Grumpy Cat Quilt. The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild has a Pop Culture Sewing Bee: everything from Pusheen to Zelda, from Comic-Con to Memes and more! I chose Grumpy Cat as my project for the December meeting. I do not have a pattern for the Gato Gru??n, but here’s how I made him: First, you’ll need an image. I did a google search for “Grumpy Cat Cartoon” thinking the colors and shapes would already be broken down into easy, usable areas. That worked. Save the image Using software, scale the image to the size you want. (I assume you could do this in MS Office/Word, but I used Illustrator.) Print the image using the “tile large pages” or “poster” option. My finished piece is about 18″ x 24″. Tape the image back together. You might find it helpful to outline the shape edges with sharpie. I tried, but the sharpie I was using was on its way out. I taped it to a window (to act as a light board) and traced the outlines of the shapes onto Heat’n Bond fusible web. Label the pieces before you cut them out! If you are making a portrait or image using this method, be advised that the final image will be “flipped” from what you printed. (You can flip the image on the computer before you print, if it isn’t symmetrical – like letters or recognizable places.) Cut out the wacky little heat’n bond shapes and fuse them to the wrong-side of your project fabrics. Now arrange the shapes, using the original printed image as a guide. I worked in little sections. If I had something in the wrong place, I wouldn’t screw up the whole project with one press. Right-side of the Grumpy Cat face Left-side of Grumpy Cat face Nose/Mouth Left ear Right ear Tail and body shadows LAST- eyes. I was nervous about really messing those up. As Melissa Averinos says, the eyes are the most important part of the portrait. Hey, are those cheese-y pigs in a blanket on my plate in the lower right corner (above)? Why, yes they are! You cannot have a sewing...

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Graffiti Quilting Dream Strip Quilt

Graffiti Quilting Dream Strip Quilt

on Dec 14, 2016 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 1 comment

Graffiti Quilting on my Dream Strip Quilt Graffiti quilting was the plan for this old old old unfinished object, UFO, quilt. The larger solid stripes were perfect to showcase designs and the printed stripes provided a great practice area for other ideas. I used a facing technique to prepare the edges of all the letters before appliqueing them by machine. You can find more details about the technique which is featured in Hexagons Made Easy. Turns out the method is great for any shape! Here’s a closer look at the quilting around the word “dream.” The designs were quilted on my HandiQuilter Avante and used Glide Aquamarine thread on the darker fabrics. On lighter fabrics, I used a really really light Pearl color thread by MaxiLock. The aquamarine shows up great on the navy blue fabric! It isn’t wildly distracting, but you can definitely see all the graffiti quilting lines. The narrower borders of the quilt are filled with border designs. In the above picture you can see a small wishbone quilting design. This quilt was so fun to finish! It isn’t my oldest UFO, but it was one I recently re-discovered. If you need any of your quilts finished, please check out my longarm quilting service page: ReannaLilyQuilts.com Tell a...

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HUGE Cross and Plus Quilt

HUGE Cross and Plus Quilt

on Oct 27, 2016 in Blog, charity, quilting, tutorial | 1 comment

I have seen the Cross?and Plus?Quilt everywhere thanks to the great tutorial on Amy’s Badskirt Blog.She credits the block design to Nancy Cabot. I loved the block, but would like to make it HUGE. Thanks to EQ7 and a bit of math, it totally worked out. Each of these quilt blocks finishes at 15″ square. That is a BIG block. With only 30 blocks, the quilt measures 75″ x 90″. Since this quilt uses fat quarters, it will definitely still look scrappy, even though it is mega-giant. Here’s how I made it: Supplies 30 Fat Quarters* (I used Red and Blue. Choose 15 Fat Quarters from one color family and 15 from the other.) —OR 3-1/4 yards color 1 (red) and 3-1/4 yards color (blue) 3 yards?white fabric *A fat quarter is a precut fabric piece measuring 18″ x 22″. Cutting For this quilt- one fat quarter will be one block’s worth of pieces. If you’d like a 4 block x 6 block quilt, use 24 fat quarters instead of 30. From each colored fat quarter cut the following: Four 6-1/2″ squares Two 3-1/2″ squares One rectangle 3-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ Two rectangles 2-1/4″ x width (for binding) NOTE: Only cut binding from nine fat quarters. The rest will be extra/scrap fabric. Once the 6-1/2″ squares are cut, remove two triangle corners using this template and rotary cutting tools. (Grab the template pdf here.) You will need a grand total of: 120 squares 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ (then cut to fit the template) 30 rectangles 3-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ 60 squares 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ 9 pieces cut 2-1/4″ x width of fabric (for binding) From the white yardage cut: 120 squares measuring 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ 120 squares measuring 3-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ !!! Cut these squares in half on the diagonal to yield 240 triangles. Block Units Each block is made up of three basic units: Two double square blocks which measure 3-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ One long center unit measuring 3-1/2″ x 15-1/2″ Four 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ squares Assemble the Units Use a 1/4″ seam allowance on all seams for this project. I worked in a?sewing?assembly line style and jammed this big double/queen size quilt out in a weekend. First, I sorted my...

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QuiltyBox and Seamingly Accurate

QuiltyBox and Seamingly Accurate

on Oct 21, 2016 in Blog, blogging others, business, Seamingly Accurate | 0 comments

October QuiltyBox If you are a subscriber to Quilty Box, you’ll find a fantastic collection of goodies each month in your mailbox! I”m so thrilled to report that the October 2016 box includes the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide! Along with fabrics, thread, a pattern and more, this book will get you started or round out your quilty collection of supplies & gadgets. If you missed the box but want your own seam guide, you can grab it here. And if you have your box and need installation videos and super easy how-to-use videos for the seam guide watch them here or on YouTube. Find out more about Quilty Box and subscribe to their monthly boxes on their site? http://quiltybox.com/. Tell a...

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Star Trek Cosplay Halloween Dress

Star Trek Cosplay Halloween Dress

on Oct 18, 2016 in Blog, sewing | 0 comments

When I showed the dress pattern, M7152 from McCall’s,?to my daughter she seemed pretty excited to have one of her own. I was a bit surprised. I wanted to make it for Nancy Zieman’s Knit Dress Sew Along. My daughter says, “Yeah, I’d totally wear that, but make it red at the top with a black bottom.” That was really specific and a very fast answer from a then-14 year old. After talking to her a bit more, this is what she had in mind: Pretty great, right? Hello- STAR TREK inspiration!!! I found black ponte knit and red matte jersey knit and set out to sew where no woman has sewn before. The red jersey was lighter weight than the black ponte knit, but since the red will have a facing, I thought it would be ok to use the lighter weight. The Nancy Zieman’s Knit Dress Sew Along was?spread out over 3 days in May: Cutting, construction and finishing. Unfortunately, my local shop didn’t have the fusible tricot interfacing to be used with knit fabrics, but the woven fabric I purchased felt like it had a little give in it. In hindsight, if I was going to use a woven interfacing, I probably should have cut my interfacing pieces on the bias, so I’d be certain they’d have stretch in them. Grading seam allowances. Clipping corners. Notching curves. It was all really fast construction. In fact, the “hardest” part is remembering that the top is asymmetrical and pieces have to be, with certainty, face up or face down. The facings are on- next stops: Top-stitching, fitting, side seams, shoulder faux-button closure and machine-stitched hem.   I didn’t alter the pattern at all for my daughter, but I probably should have made a couple adjustments. For now, though, all it needs is a Star Fleet Federation shape covered in tin foil for the ultimate dress accessory. Or maybe I’ll just hop over to Amazon and grab one of these: Overall, it turned out well. Definitely perfect for the end of October, Halloween party, cosplay, or convention. Yes, you can totally switch the color placement of the red and black fabrics. Google tells me either way will look fine....

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Clamshell Pillow Tutorial on Sew Mama Sew Blog

Clamshell Pillow Tutorial on Sew Mama Sew Blog

on Oct 14, 2016 in Blog, tutorial | 2 comments

The Quilted Clamshell pillow is easy to make a is a “no pressure” way to practice quilting clamshell designs. This complete tutorial with step-by-step instructions is over on the Sew Mama Sew Blog. Stitch the designs by hand, on your home sewing machine, or on a longarm machine. We’ll transform these simple supplies into a decorative home accent. With design tips and styles from the quilting resource guide, The Quilted Clamshell, you cannot go wrong. Make the arrangement as shown or make any clamshell design you prefer. It is a very customize-able project. The pillow in the tutorial only has 11 total clamshell shapes to let you dip your toe into the free motion quilting arena. Grab your PDF download templates at Sew Mama Sew Blog. Post your projects to Instagram using the hashtag #thequiltedclamshell. If you love the process and tutorial and want more design ideas for your next clamshell quilt, don’t forget to get your copy of The Quilted Clamshell. Tell a...

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