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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 | 2 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. 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 I can still see the lines though the weave. Trace all the design lines onto...

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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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Huge No-Waste Flying Geese with Fat Quarters

Huge No-Waste Flying Geese with Fat Quarters

on Mar 1, 2016 in Blog, charity, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting, tutorial | 4 comments

My huge no-waste flying geese quest continues! Oh my goodness. I made them recently from layer cakes (precut 10″ fabric squares). I then thought, “What if I don’t have a layer cake and I only have fat quarters?” Oh… this could work, too.  So here we go! The size shown in this quilting tutorial is a finished Baby Size quilt- 48″ x 40″ made with 8 fat quarters (precut 18″ x 22″ fabric pieces). Here are some size options: Baby Size – 40″ x 48″ 8 Assorted Fat Quarters Quilt is arranged in a 3 x 5 grid with one extra flying geese block left over. Queen Size – 80″ x 88″ 28 Assorted Fat Quarters Quilt is arranged in a 5 x 11 grid with one extra flying geese block left over. ———————————————————- Divide your fat quarters in half. One half will be used as the large triangle (geese) and the other half will be used as the smaller corner triangles (sky). From the large triangle (geese) pile, cut a single large square measuring 17-1/4″ x 17-1/4″. (For this step, I layered a few fat quarters and cut the squares all at once. From the smaller corner triangle (sky) pile, cut four squares -from each fat quarter!- measuring 8-7/8″ x 8-7/8″. ———————————————————- No-Waste Flying Geese Method For each no-waste construction block, you’ll need: 1 large square 4 smaller squares Each construction block will yield FOUR flying geese units. Baby Size = 16 geese units. Queen Size = 56 geese units. Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each smaller square using a non-permanent fabric pen. (The red line is digitally added for better visibility. The pen really does mark blue and wash out easily.) Lay two smaller squares in opposite corners of the larger square. Make sure to match right sides and make the marked diagonal lines appear to connect across the entire large block. Pin. Notice the cut edges meet at the outer corners. Use a 1/4″ presser foot to stitch 1/4″ away from the marked line. Flip the entire large square and stitch 1/4″ away from the marked line on the other side. Cut the two halves apart with a rotary cutter. Open and...

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Ticker Tape Giraffe Quilt Block

Ticker Tape Giraffe Quilt Block

on Feb 23, 2016 in Blog, fabric stash, tutorial | 1 comment

Ticker Tape Giraffe Quilt I recently posted a tutorial for this guy’s friend, Ticker Tape Owl. It was so fun to make using my fabric scraps, that I decided I needed a giraffe. Of course, he can be any color but if you have yellow, brown and orange fabrics, you’ll want to jump right in! Scroll to the bottom to see how insanely fast you can create borders with an applied trim 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 finish the block. Supplies Elmer’s School Glue Sulky Monofilament Thread Water Soluble Marker Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide Fusible Interfacing 1/2 yard linen (I used a recycled garment from the thrift store.) Assorted fabric scraps 1 fat quarter (18″ x 22″) solid yellow fabric 1 package brown single fold bias tape PDF Giraffe Template Prep The first thing you’ll need to do for this project is print the downloadable PDF Giraffe Template. Tape him together, matching his nose and neck lines. 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. 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. Ok. He looks good and I can see all his marked lines. Fabric Scraps Any scraps will work. All scraps will take a moment or two to sort and organize. I’m going with traditional-ish colors on this first giraffe. My ticker tape giraffe uses pieces ranging from 1/4″ to 2″ in size. Work on a surface that will allow for ironing. By that I mean, a towel, portable ironing pad, or ironing...

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Northcott Fabrics QuiltCon 2016 Quilt Revealed

Northcott Fabrics QuiltCon 2016 Quilt Revealed

on Feb 18, 2016 in Blog, blogging others, business, Longarm Quilting Gallery, northcott fabrics | 5 comments

Northcott Fabric’s QuiltCon 2016 Quilt – Revealed Today is REVEAL DAY!!! Hooray! You know it is hard to keep a good secret. Thankfully, the designers working with Northcott to create QuiltCon 2016 booth quilts were all allowed to share sneak peeks along the way. (See the sneak peek blog posts here and here.) Let’s talk about making this quilt! I was provided the official logo font for Northcott’s NEW fabric line ColorWorks. With that, I was able to determine the placement of the text on my quilt using this quilt as inspiration. I decided how high I wanted the letters and had to find the center of the letters which will line up with a vertical line on the quilt. I then traced the letters onto the quilt with this water soluble pen.  I used steps in my Texty Trapunto style to add batting behind the lettering. You can see more in this sneak peek preview. To begin the quilting process, I first had to outline the letters on the longarm, using rulers when I could. After each letter was outlined twice, I filled in around the shape with little pebbles. The maxi-lock gold thread I used to longarm quilt was the perfect match for the ColorWorks solid. I planned to add a chunk of pebbled words along the right side of the quilt. Pebbles turned into a few swirls every so often. Once the letters were complete, I could move to deciding what I’d quilt on the rest of the negative space. I opted for feathers. The appliqued pre-printed shapes are part of Northcott’s ColorWorks concepts collection and were applied using the techniques from my book, Learn to Sew Easy Curves. I quilted around the circles with a looping design. Once those two areas were complete, I needed to connect the space with straight-ish lines. Hum. After stewing on the design, I think I need more feathers. I added another row of feathers, right next to the first one. When that was finished, I needed to connect the quilting designs with more straight-ish lines. After quilting the appliqued circles with monofilament thread, it is finished. Let me show you the festive backing fabric. It is on the Northcott Fabrics site here and is #20799-99. (The band across...

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Giant No-Waste Flying Geese with Layer Cakes

Giant No-Waste Flying Geese with Layer Cakes

on Feb 9, 2016 in Blog, tutorial | 8 comments

Huge Giant Mega Flying Geese Quilt Block Tutorial What if a person werta make the mega flying geese block using the No-Waste Flying Geese method (which is found all over the internet) and precut 10″ squares? Well… that just might work!! I tested my idea and I’m happy to report the easy-peasey, HOLY-HUGE-BLOCK, Batman!, flying geese quilt block tutorial. How big are we talkin? Ok, each traditional flying geese block (flying goose???) will measure 9-1/2″ x 18-1/2″ before is it joined into the quilt.  Decide on the Size Lap Size: (This is the size I used for my rough-draft, bohemian, test quilt. I also used the bigger pieces from my fabric stash and scrap bin.) Finished Quilt Size: 54″ x 54″ 5 LARGE squares 19-1/4″ (purchase in three, 2/3 yard increments) 20 squares 9-7/8″ (cut from layer cake squares OR 5 fabric pieces cut 1/3 yard each) You will make 20 geese units.  You only need 18. Use the extra two on the back. Queen Size: (This is the size I used for my Kaffe Fassett fabric version, shown at the end of this blog post.) Finished Quilt Size: 72″ x 90″ 10 LARGE squares 19-1/4″  (OR 3-1/3 yard. If you are making a “scrappier” quilt, purchase in five pieces,  2/3 yard increments) 40 squares 9-7/8″  (cut from layer cake squares OR 10 fabric pieces cut 1/3 yard each*) *If you are using cut yardage for your 40 squares: From each 1/3 yard piece of fabric, cut 4 squares 9-7/8″ x 9-7/8″ No-Waste Flying Geese Method For each no-waste construction block, you’ll need: 1 large square 4 smaller squares- For best results, trim 1/8″ off two sides of each 10″ square to create the 9-7/8″ squares. If you skip this step, and I know you want to, you may need to do more work in the squaring-up process once the geese unit is completed. Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each smaller square using a non-permanent fabric pen. Lay two smaller squares in opposite corners of the larger square. Make sure to match right sides and make the marked diagonal lines appear to connect across the entire large block. Pin. Notice the cut edges meet at the outer corners. Use...

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