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Spouses Social

Spouses Social

on Apr 25, 2011 in accessories, Army Cube, Blog, charity, inventory | 0 comments

I had a good night at the spouses social event.  The recycled military uniforms were covering my table.  I had quilts, bag, make-up bags and of course, patterns.   I had the booth all set up and the business cards hoppin’ off the table. I even brought my office assistant to help with the event.  Man, she was thrilled to be “in the shop” for a bit.  And I have to say, she’s pretty good at working in the booth, too.  (Can I open her IRA yet??!!) See if you can find me: We were foolin’ around with the camera and this happened to be the picture where my eyes were NOT shut.  Shame.  But that’s ok. Myself and the other spouse-business booths raised a bit of money for the Ways and Means charity!  I do, though, have a couple-a-three flight suit bags left over and will be adding them to my Etsy shortly. Tell a...

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Cube Purses for Spouse Social

Cube Purses for Spouse Social

on Apr 14, 2011 in accessories, Army Cube, Blog, blogging others, business, charity, sewing | 2 comments

I’m super excited to be able to take a few finished Cube Purses to the Spouse Social in April.  This will be on McConnell AFB and 20% of all sales/custom orders taken that night will be donated to the McConnell Officer’s Spouses Ways and Means fund.  The funds are then given back to the community in the form of charitable donations, community support and scholarships.   I wanted to share the 7 bags I have, in the Cube Purse style, that I’ll be taking that evening. All the bags are made from Recycled Military Uniforms.  6 of the 7 bags are all FLIGHT SUITS.  There so many zippers and pockets on a flight suit.  As a result, these bags have a serious amount of storage and unique features.  Each bag is different, from its complimenting fabrics to its pocket placement.  Of course, every bag has 4 drop in pockets inside AND a zippered pocket in there as well. If you see one above (ready made) that you want, please contact me via email and I’ll put your name on it.  A portion of that sale will be donated.  And of course, if you are a sew-aholic and would like to make a bag of your own, please check out the Recycled Uniforms Patterns section of the shop to purchase your very own Cube Purse pattern. Grab your uniforms, flight suits, abu’s,  and I’ll see you at the social! Don’t forget to enter the 101 Patchwork Projects Give Away. It’s open until Friday, April 15th, 2011. ** Sorry, the picture isn’t the best picture in the whole entire world… But I’m guessing you may have seen The Cube Purse design around a couple times. Tell a...

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The Cube Purse CLASS!

The Cube Purse CLASS!

on Jun 13, 2010 in Army Cube, classes, pattern, sewing | 0 comments

Logo from www.henfeathersquilts.com website Yes, its true. My local quilt shop, Hen Feathers, carries The Cube Purse pattern and has asked me to teach a class on it! So very excited about it. This will be the first sewing class I’ve ever taught of this pattern and the first in a quilt shop. Its broken down into two class sessions. The first class will be learning the elements of the bag, like the handles, welt zipper, pockets and magnet clasp. The second class will be the construction (including those pesky Y-seams). The class is Monday evenings, June 14th and 21st. If you are here in Wichita and want to take the class, you should give Hen Feathers a call. See you there! Tell a...

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The Cube Purse

The Cube Purse

on May 18, 2010 in accessories, Army Cube, pattern | 0 comments

Hey, holy smokes- over on the QuiltWoman.com blog, my Cube Purse pattern is listed as the 4th top selling pattern of 2010. YeeEEEEeHaW!!!!! Yes, I write the QW blog, but all my information comes straight from the top. It’s still quite surreal. Go Cube Purse Go! Tell a...

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Recycling!

Recycling!

on Mar 10, 2010 in Army Cube, business, commission, recycle, sewing | 0 comments

Ok, now that I’m all settled into the new-ish house and the routine is coming back, slowly but surely. (Hey, stop calling me Surely.) I am doing some commissioned sewing. HOORAY! Here’s a couple pictures for Karen- And while we are on the topic of recycling uniforms- I want to give a big fat THANKS to my little brother (Active Duty USAF) for sending me a couple-a-three uniform donations. I’m always taking uniform donations, it seems. I’ll have to show you how they are organized in the studio one day. Anywhooo- Thank you!!! Those pants (with a stain on the left leg that I can totally work around) are going into a fresh little tote bag. Tell a...

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I finished!

I finished!

on Nov 16, 2009 in Army Cube, business, etsy, inventory, sewing | 2 comments

Guess what?!!? I finished the 8 new bags for the shop. I’m exhausted. Thank goodness for the crock pot! The crock pot is a family friend when mommy becomes sewing obsessed. I do love sewing!And I have some great new bags for you. Drum roll please- DESERT FLIGHT SUITS! The 4 desert bags are all the same color family- I’ve used the green version of the very popular pink paisley Michael Miller fabric. And of course, like the original pattern, they have 5 pockets, guaranteed. BUT the way the flight suits are made and used, they have more zippers than a little bit, so the odds are very good that your bag will have more than 5 total pockets, when you consider the ones on the bag exterior. In my last post I mentioned some design variations. Well, let me tell you about them- I replaced the nylon webbing handles with 1 1/4″ cotton woven webbing. Its softer. I already love it. I do still have some nylon webbing, though, should your custom bag require that. Speaking of handles- I’ve also branched out with the ribbon adornment too. Check this out: Eyowwwwwwser! Its awesome huge funky-chunky ric-rack. I LOVE it. BUT, of course, I’m not my customer, so I didn’t include this bold ric-rack on all the bags. Only two. Ok, so they are two minor detail changes, but I do think they make a big impact when added together. Do you like the big chunky Prints Charming fabric as much as I do??? Pink, orange, aqua, and red! Its a party on fabric. Yes, I’ve mixed floral and plaid. I’m happy I did. Both pieces are from Anna Maria Horner’s Chocolate Lollipop collection for Free Spirit. There are 8 total NEW FLIGHT SUIT bags over in the Etsy Shop. You’ll have to drive over to see them all. And of course, if you want to make one for yourself, please check out my Cube Pattern over at www.reannalilydesigns.com -> the patterns. ~jen~ Tell a...

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The New Cubes are Almost Ready!

The New Cubes are Almost Ready!

on Nov 15, 2009 in Army Cube, business, etsy, sewing | 3 comments

I’m so excited to be out of the sewing room for a little break right now. I’ve been in there working away on the 8, YES 8, new Flight Suit Cube Purses for the Etsy shop. I’m officially 65% finished, thereabouts. These purses will be listed in my finished goods shop under my seller name, llyrric. If you’d like the pattern for The Cube Purse, you can find that on my website, www.reannalilydesigns.com or in my Etsy supplies shop under the seller name reannalilydesigns. Here’s a sneak peek at the fabrics: And I have a few fun {minor} design changes to tell you about once the bags are finished and the pictures are up here on the blog. The bags would not be complete, or hold their shape at all, without the inner construction. Here’s a fraction of the small pile of 48 squares: Ah… I love that batting picture. Well, I’d better get back in there. Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be over and Christmas will be upon us. Or more accurately, BLACK FRIDAY! See ya soon, with pictures! ~jen~ Tell a...

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Upgraded

Upgraded

on Sep 30, 2009 in accessories, Army Cube, Houston Market 2009, sewing | 2 comments

My friend, Adreann had the cutest little fabric flowers on her daughter’s skirt. She was gracious enough to share with me how she made them. I think the flower is the perfect up grade to my quilt block sampler purse. {You can see the purse on that link in the previous sentence.} This is my jazzed-up side of the bag. Well, I say “side” this is now, officially, the front. I’ll be carrying this bag at the Houston Quilt Market next weekend, so if you see it- say Hello! ~jen~ Tell a...

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The Marriage

The Marriage

on Sep 24, 2009 in accessories, Army Cube, art gallery fabrics, blogging others, quilting, sewing | 4 comments

Ok, I just think this is the neatest development in The Cube Purse pattern area… I’m so excited about it!!! You’ve got to see this connection… You know how the Cube has square sides AND quilt blocks are square…Yep!!! Those two ideas got married.They said their vows, gave a big mwuuaaah,and look what they’ve produced together: aawwwweeee…. I spent a little time the other day surfing around Marcia Hohn’s Quilter’s Cache website. On there, if you don’t already know, she’s got a catalog of every quilt block… EVER. and on her site, she has a category for block sizes (as well as having them alphabetized) so I clicked on the 10″ finished blocks, chose a few I liked, sorted the fabrics, stacked the squares, sorted the squares again, and voila! You can click that little picture above to see a “straigh-on” picture of each of the blocks. Yeh, I couldn’t commit to just one block, so I made a sampler quilt purse of sorts… … but then the ideas kept coming… 4 blocks on the outside, and two scrap blocks on the inside… {Yes, I did put a zipper pocket right through my pieced block, on the inside.} That would be 6 total pieced blocks. How fun would this be as a Block Of The Month (half year) with a Super-Cute-Cube-Purse class at the end of the 6mos, at your local quilt shop???!! If the demand is there, I’d love to package up a BOM + Purse Class for shops. {not necessarily the same sample blocks in this quicky sample.} Not too mention, the potential we have here for the orphan blocks… Oh man, I’m so happy those two ideas got married and made all these other little fledgling ideas! Ask your local quilt shop if they have The Cube Pattern for you. If not, please ask them to stock it. And as you just might have already guessed- The fabric in this bag is by Art Gallery Fabrics. The pieces I used are scraps from other sewn samples that will be in their booth (#936) at the Houston Quilt market in a couple weeks. The line is Ahambra II. Its absolutely lovely. This one print, especially is my...

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Another Cube Purse

Another Cube Purse

on Sep 16, 2009 in accessories, Army Cube, sewing | 2 comments

I wanted to show you this “all fabric” Cube Purse. The fabric is by In The Beginning. This collection launched this past spring at the Pittsburgh market. The fabric is called Proud designed by Keri Beyer. I love the fabric and the bright color party going on. Super fun bag! It will soon be living in the Land of Aloha on the island of Oahu. Tell a...

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Labor Day

Labor Day

on Sep 5, 2009 in Army Cube, art gallery fabrics, business, commission, sewing | 0 comments

I hope you are having a GREAT holiday weekend, if you’re here in the good ole U S of A. I’m getting some sewing done for the Art Gallery Fabric booth at the Houston Quilt Market. Man, I cannot tell you how crazy excited I am about this. But, unfortunately I cannot be too big on the details yet. Just know those pictures above are part of the … um … display samples. I’ve also finished up some custom orders here at ReannaLily Designs. My first ever Coast Guard uniform order! Its already in the hands of my client in Hawaii. {THANKS!} Of course, this is The Cube Purse pattern, which just released this past Tuesday. Don’t forget to check out this post for the give away information. I’ll be drawing on Sept 8th. I also did a custom diaper bag. Yes, believe it- its a diaper bag. Its has two sippy cup elastic pockets on the right and left sides- its got a wallet pocket and the secret zipper pocket. The entire purse is only about 10″ tall and 14″ wide. Its cute, small and trendy and the prefect size for the mom-of-toddlers who ordered it. The Alexander Henry Fabrics she picked turned out excellent with the solid red. This bag is loosely based on my Gathered Bag from the ole’ recycled uniforms catalog. So that’s all the news worth tellin. Thanks again for all the support with my big layer cake + pattern give away. You guys rock and roll! Tell a...

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