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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 legs or...

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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 Gruñón, 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/.   Note: ReannaLily Designs does not receive compensation for this blog post. I just wanted to share the great news about QuiltyBox & Seamingly Accurate. 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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Quilting a Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Quilting a Double Wedding Ring Quilt

on Oct 11, 2016 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 1 comment

The double wedding ring quilt is absolutely classic. It is on my “probably won’t ever make it” list, but I love the look. Thankfully, I have the best longarm quilting customers! My customer, Ellen, made this fantastically bright double wedding ring quilt and let me quilt it. First, I sketched out a few different designs on a dry erase board. I ended up wanting to go with this one. Dry erase boards are excellent for brainstorming. And, if you think you like a design, but want to keep trying other ideas, just snap a picture with your smart phone. Ellen even let me use her lovely quilt in this quick video. The video shows how I stitched out the center square design in the double wedding ring quilt. She wanted a fun design and interesting thread color. Perfect. This is a bright green background with a Wedgewood Surelock quilting thread shown in the demo. The thread is a baby blue shade, in my opinion. Looks pretty easy, right? Start with loops on north, east, south, and west, then just add some kind of hook/swirl in each of the corners. Oh, I should mention that the video is sped up by 1.25x. I ended up leaving the actual cornerstones and narrow arches un-quilted. I filled a wishbone quilting design in the small wedge/melon background shapes. It was a blast to quilt. Sure, there were starts-and-stops, but I love how the double wedding ring quilting turned out. Thanks so much, Ellen!! If you are looking to have your quilt tops finished with machine quilting designs, or if you know a quilter who needs a very practical & thoughtful Christmas gift, head over to ReannaLily Quilts or grab the $50 gift card, here. Tell a...

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Halloween is Monster Madness Quilt Time!

Halloween is Monster Madness Quilt Time!

on Oct 6, 2016 in Blog, quilt | 0 comments

Halloween is Monster Madness Quilt time! The Monster Madness Quilt is a fun fast project for your little monster AND it is a wonderful Halloween Quilt. Grab the kids and let them be involved in the organic monster shapes, the eyes, and of course, the glasses. The applique shapes are created using Heat’n Bond Lite and raw edge fusible techniques. The pattern is Fat Quarter Friendly! Fat Quarters are 18″ x 22″ pieces of fabric, generally sold in coordinating bundles. Use solid colors or monochromatic prints to make this quilts. This fun pattern comes to life with the “furry” machine quilting designs. The motifs are included in the pattern and can be replicated on your home/domestic sewing machine. Since this quilt is a 45″ square, it is manageable to free motion quilt in your own space. Let’s see what you create for this holiday (I mean Halloween!) season. See more pictures and get your copy of the Monster Madness Quilt Pattern here in the ReannaLily Designs shop. (paper pattern copy is also available) This quilt is so fast, it might be a fun project for your next children’s group activity or charity quilt project. Tell a...

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Fabric Scrap Star Christmas Quilt

Fabric Scrap Star Christmas Quilt

on Oct 4, 2016 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 5 comments

Back in June I started cutting up my fabric scrap pile to make a Rising Star quilt block. I’m happy to report that I finished that little-big project! Here’s the info on the quilt block itself. I ended up only needing 12 blocks. I originally thought I needed 30 blocks. Turns out, I was using the wrong end-block-size. My blocks are 16″ x 16″. The finished quilt measures 60″ x 79″. The take away from that tidbit- I have enough blocks cut to make another quilt of the same size, or slightly larger. YIKES. This quilt, like last year’s fabric scrap project, will also be a Christmas gift. This quilt doesn’t have any actual Christmas fabric in it, though. This scrap star project was also my first “low volume” fabric project. I’m definitely going to do that again. It gives the whole design much more depth, from an artistic standpoint. I did grab a picture of the flannel quilt back. Y’all, let’s talk about best kept secret for quilt backs: I found 100% cotton KING size flannel sheet sets at the end of the season last year for $19. Those included KING pillow cases, too. That is a ton of wide, soft fabric for $19. You better believe I’ll be stalking that section again in February/March. The top of the quilt is actually quilted with Glide Peacock quilting thread. In person on the spool, it is an ice-y pink-almost-purple shade. Crazy, right?  I wasn’t sure which color to use, since their are quite a few fabric scraps in the quilt top, and I know I wanted edge-to-edge, all-over quilting. It reads like “interesting white” on the front of the quilt. Since it is white thread on white flannel, I’m not sure you can totally see the super swirl design. I have curls, spikes, points, tucks, more swirls, and a hook every-so-often. Here’s a closer look with a bit of photoshop lighting: For more information on longarm quilting, visit ReannaLilyQuilts.com. Alrighty, time to pack this guy up and get him ready to go to his new home. Tell a...

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