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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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Color Wheel Fangirl by Jen Eskridge

Color Wheel Fangirl by Jen Eskridge

on Sep 27, 2016 in Blog, book, Learn To Sew Easy Curves, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 0 comments

Color Wheel Fangirl!! I suppose Color Wheel Fangirl might be a weird name for a quilt, but surely, I am a super fan. The color wheel doesn’t lie and it always guides you to a reasonably good design decision. What’s not to love? This quilt is roughly 48″ x 48″. Not too big at all. The quilt top was constructed a few years ago, so not only am I excited to share it here, I’m excited to cross it off my UFO list! (UFO- unfinished object) The design is inspired by the techniques in my book, Learn to Sew Easy Curves. In this case, I used a solids charm pack to create six 9-patch blocks, sorted by color family. I think used the method in the book to prepare the shapes for machine applique. For those of you looking really really closely, you’ll see there were not enough purple pieces in the charm pack, so I added in grey square. I just do not own very many pieces of purple fabric. This quilt is slightly stiff and puffy. In the quilt-sandwich, I used a dense needle punch batting. I purchased 75 yards of it 10 years ago. TEN. At this point, I just want to use it up. The wall hanging size quilt will hold its shape nicely and the quilting lines are really pronounced. Speaking of quilting lines, I had the best time mixing all sorts of designs on this quilt. I used a bit of graffiti quilting around the shapes, a nice swirly-hook design in the center and featured on each of the six circles: two types of feathers. Phew. You can see so much texture! The other unique thing I tried on this project was thread color. I tried to match, or at least attempt to match, my thread with my fabrics. The background is quilting in grey and the color wheel shapes are quilted in a thread from their color family. Color theory is so neat. (Fangirl!) Take the purple thread below, when stitched on lighter purples the thread looks down-right brown. When stitched on deeper purple fabrics, it looks a bit pink-y. (Some may even go so far as to say Blush or Bashful.) Amazing stuff. So...

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Lime Green Clamshell Quilt

Lime Green Clamshell Quilt

on Sep 13, 2016 in Blog, book, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting, ReannaLily Designs Fabric, spoonflower | 0 comments

Lime Green Clamshell Quilt is Here! Wow! This clamshell quilt is really green! I think the lighting in the (above) picture have it tamed down a tiny bit. I’m talking green green green; mixed of course, with black and fabulous shades of grey. You’ll see. It is a really fun quilt panel. As you might know, I have lost my mind with these quilted clamshells. I started quilting one single quilt and that spiraled into a design collection in the book, The Quilted Clamshell. While down this rabbit hole, I designed and created three fabric panels at Spoonflower. I couldn’t help myself. I needed one more panel. This newest (4th) panel is inspired by the colors of Minecraft. I know, crazy, right? Inspiration is everywhere. Of course, my fan club was quick to tell me that Minecraft does in fact have EVERY color. Yes. Ok. Got it, kids. =) Perhaps I need an EVERY color panel next??? Side story: One thing you’ll notice in my actual real quilt panel above is that the lowest row stops on green. This was a test order to see if the colors and scale are correct in my design. Well, they were off. ((Operator error!!)) I have corrected the hiccup, and you’ll see in the 36″ x 40″ panel available, the lowest row finishes with a dark grey.  (The logo watermark doesn’t appear on the available panel, either.) How’d ya quilt it? I’m so glad you asked! I used the design methods in The Quilted Clamshell to change up the quilting design motif variables. By changing the motif variable, I was able to achieve a different look in each row of clamshells. With the book as a reference, it was easy to create something new without too much “Oh, what should it look like next.” thinking. Sometimes coming up with a concept is the most frustrating part. I used a sour apple green thread on all the lighter colored clamshells. Thanks to the always-fun color theory, some clams look like I’ve used yellow threads. Some look like I’ve used darker green.  Nope; all Sour Apple Maxilock green. (amazon link) I switched to a Oxford Grey thread in the needle and bobbin for the black clamshells. (amazon link) When quilting...

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The Quilted Clamshell on Instagram

The Quilted Clamshell on Instagram

on Sep 6, 2016 in Blog, book, contests | 0 comments

Find #TheQuiltedClamshell on Instagram! Grab some quilting ideas from #TheQuiltedClamshell hashtag on instagram. See what I’ve posted and brainstorm your own designs. Want to join in the fun? This one is easy. During the week of September 12-18th, simply share at least two photos of your version of designs from The Quilted Clamshell. The design can be sketched or stitched– no pressure. Tag your photo with #thequiltedclamshell Don’t have your copy of the book yet? You are more than welcome to share the campaign image (above), too. You can win! Once the hashtag is used on Instagram 100 times, three winners will be drawn to receive one of the one-yard Clamshell Quilt Cheater panels printed by Spoonflower, designed by Jen. (Choose blue, pink, or yellow.) ReannaLily Designs will sponsor the fabric portion of the event and fabric will ship directly to the chosen winners. Wait, why not give away a book? Heck, I can do that, too! THREE lucky winners will also receive a copy of The Quilted Clamshell eBook. Get out there and ### !   **Disclaimers– Winners will be selected randomly. Six different winners will be chosen. If a single person were to use the hashtag 100 times, he/she will only receive one prize of their choice. This campaign is designed to promote Jen’s new book title, and is not currently affiliated with any official sponsors. Instagram photos must relate to the book &  hashtag to be considered for the prizes. Tell a...

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SAMQG President’s Challenge – The Cure Wish

SAMQG President’s Challenge – The Cure Wish

on Sep 2, 2016 in Blog, SAMQG | 2 comments

San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild President’s Challenge Each year our San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild (SAMQG) issues a quilting challenge set out by that year’s current president. This year’s challenge was art inspired: Remember that you can choose any artist/author/musician, etc. and you can make anything you want. I just want you to be inspired! I can’t wait to see what is inspiring to you. Well, that sounds awesome. I chose The Cure’s Wish album cover. Those black lines in the artwork (pictured above) are screaming to become quilting lines. Here’s how I made my challenge piece: Supplies: I have some blue and red fabrics from my scrap bins and batting leftover from a longarm quilting project. I also used a small bit of heat’n’bond fusible web. First, I needed to make a few heat’n’bond circles to make that sand dollar. I figured if one sand dollar was good, more was better. At this point, I also didn’t know what exactly I was making. My only size restriction was the piece of red fabric. Who knows how many circles I’d need. I auditioned the placement of my sand dollar circles. Following the package instructions, I fused the circles to the red back ground. Of course, half way through I thought “Oh man, I hope I don’t actually make Mikey Mouse!!”   ((Great. Now I’m picturing Goth Mikey with black clothes and eyeliner.)) Marking the Quilt I used the frixion pen to throw a few lines as reference. Loosely following hands and eyeballs design of the inspiration piece. . Yep, that seems good. Quilting My plan was to quilt the piece heavily in red to is would have texture without too much taking away from the heavy black quilting lines that would be stitched last. The black lines will not be enough to hold the piece together, either, so I really did need these red lines first. I also used a shade of blue on all the sand dollar circles. The original artwork has such a hand-drawn look, I thought the best way to achieve that would be to go over my stitching lines multiple times. And lastly, black lines. Each black line is stitched over-and-over at least twice. The heavier eyes...

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