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Swirl Border Longarm Quilting Design

Swirl Border Longarm Quilting Design

on Jun 18, 2016 in art gallery fabrics, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 1 comment

Swirl Border Longarm Quilting Design Today I’m sharing a fantastic customer quilt with a swirl border longarm quilting design. Take a closer look at how I created the machine quilted design in the wide border: The wide swirl border design is stitched on?HandiQuilter Avante 18″ longarm quilting machine. Pure Elements, Nocturnal, by?Art Gallery Fabric with Iris Glide Thread. Dreamy! The video above is 1.75x speed. The border went together smoothly. A lighter thread, Wisteria Glide, was added to?quilt in the bright pieced rows. I went with a?wishbone design.This was a design in one of the fabrics my customer used. If you need a quilt finished, send me a message! I’d be happy to work with you. See more longarm quilting ideas and designs in the...

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Dallas Modern Quilt Guild Workshop

Dallas Modern Quilt Guild Workshop

on Feb 27, 2014 in art gallery fabrics, book, classes, Hexagons Made Easy, trunk show | 0 comments

I cannot thank the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild enough for having me out. That meeting was an absolute blast. The guild members were so friendly and ambitious. The Get Published lecture was first up, then the Hexagons Made Easy Wall Hanging Workshop. The guild meeting was actually moved to a Saturday and to a larger venue to accommodate the workshop. If you follow me on Instagram, reannalilydesigns_jen, you may have already seen a few of these pics. Each of the workshop students received a fabric kit. There’s plenty of fabric in the kit to learn the technique, make the project OR learn the technique and branch off to create something totally unique. The workshoppers embraced that and made some of the most innovative little 30″ square quilts. With their permission- check out some of these cool works-in-progress: We have purple. We have blue. We have floral. We have stripes. …. AND most importantly we have HEXAGONS! Look at ’em go! I cannot wait to see some of the finished mini quilts. Thanks again for having me out! If your guild or shop is interested in the lecture or workshop, please see this link for more information. Have quilts. Will travel. *Fabric used in the kits showcased is by Art Gallery...

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Cutting Kits for Workshops

Cutting Kits for Workshops

on Jan 25, 2014 in art gallery fabrics, Blog, blogging others, classes | 0 comments

I haven’t been sewing too much lately. I’ve been busy cutting kits. LOTS of kits. I’ve been working in small blocks of time, so it is slow going. The kits will be ready for the Hexagons Made Easy Workshops at the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild in February and Houston Modern Quilt Guild in April. I will be presenting the program and offering the workshop to members. If you are in those areas, contact your local Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) chapter for more information.  ...

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Angela Walters Booth

Angela Walters Booth

on May 23, 2013 in art gallery fabrics, Blog, blogging others, Portland Quitl Market 2013, quilting | 1 comment

Oh man- I met Angela Walters. As it turns out, we had met before in Fall 2011 when I had my own booth at Market. In my defense, I think I met about 2,000 people in 3 days that market. I’m sure she’s having the same feeling right about now. Either way, this time we got to meet, say “Hi!” and I totally got to go all FAN GIRL on her amazing quilt hanging in her booth- which features her new line from Art Gallery Fabrics. I already have my favorite prints picked out. And I totally took pictures of the quilt for you – I’m sure you’ll be seeing lots of this around the blogosphere in the next couple days/weeks. Just seriously amazing work. Very...

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Quilter’s World Feb 2013 – 7-Patch Quilt

Quilter’s World Feb 2013 – 7-Patch Quilt

on Dec 29, 2012 in art gallery fabrics, Blog, pattern, Press, quilt | 3 comments

It happened. It finally happened!!! My quilt is one the cover of a magazine. Sure, it is the small inset circle image, but it totally counts! Making the cover of a magazine has been one of my goals ever since 2004. Seriously. I’ve made a back cover or two and even a table of contents, but now I can actually check off the COVER box. Wahoooooo!!! Over the Christmas holiday, my Mother In Law and myself were at Joanns. She asked if I had any quilts in any of the magazines on the rack in front of her. “I have one in Quilter’s World in February, but I don’t know if it is out yet.”?? So she looked around and says “This one?”?? OH MY GOSH! YES!!! When I arrived home, the Designer’s Copy and finished quilt were on my couch. They were delivered that afternoon. Best.Friday.Evah. So what did I make?? Something super easy and super fast and a tiny bit “Something About Mary” (Hitchhiker 7 minute abs scene). 9-patch, that sounds good, but what if someone came out with 8-patch or 7-patch? Well, that is what I did- I took the 9 patch and made it faster, simpler and more modern…. oh, and eliminated 2 patches. It is a contemporary traditional style of quilt, for sure. All the blocks are 15″ finished in the quilt design, and are all made using a strip piecing technique, just like in traditional quilting. I used Art Gallery Fabric solids, Pure Elements, for the entire design and my friend, Evelyn, did the square quilting design. You can see that much better in the magazine article. ((*The real quilt and magazine pattern are much bigger than the digital mock-up, pictured above.)) On newsstands, at craft stores and at quilt shops now! If you need a quick project, this one is for...

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Million Pillowcase Challenge

Million Pillowcase Challenge

on Sep 14, 2012 in art gallery fabrics, Blog, charity, SAMQG | 0 comments

I’m joining the challenge. More accurately, the SAMQG is joining the challenge as part of our charitable efforts. I considered stitching up some of the yardage I own, on many occasions. I guess I just needed that extra push to get it done. Not only did they announce the challenge at the evening meeting, but that very next day the pattern for the APQ Pillowcase showed up in my facebook feed. It was a sign I tell you! These pillowcases, all 8, are made from Art Gallery Fabrics. The prints are from some of the older lines, including Girlie Girl. Then of course, there are blenders mixed in as well. I was grabbing fabrics willy-nilly to use up some of my AGF stash. The prints might not be the perfect quilt-pallet combination, as they are stitched here, but they will make some GREAT pillowcases. Why 8 pillowcases?? Well, that was the amount of fabric I had to cut this morning. And I was able to blast through sewing them, since I did it all on my serger. I’d be surprised if the whole thing took me an hour to do. It feels great knowing I can give these over to someone who needs...

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101 Patchwork Projects GIVE AWAY

101 Patchwork Projects GIVE AWAY

on Apr 11, 2011 in accessories, art gallery fabrics, Blog, pattern, Press, recycle, sewing | 44 comments

Have you seen the first ever, biggest issue, most busting-at-the-seams-full magazine, 101 Patchwork Projects? {give away is now closed.} I’m honored to have one of my designs included in the pages. It is a coin purse. I made the purse using recycled linen (pants from a thrift store) and English paper-pieced hexagons, each side of the hex is 1/2″ long. My blog followers know how many hexagons constitute “plenty” on a project… and this one is no exception. The purse is trimmed with a whopping 4, count’em 4!, hexagons. (I blurred the construction images on purpose- copy right and all.) One of the goals I set for myself and my company was to have something accepted into a magazine and make the cover. So far, no cover. I have a few other things in the works, we’ll just have to see if those projects make it to the covers. I have to say, though, I do feel like I’m getting closer. I found the coin purse on the table of contents and in the chapter header. Yes, this magazine is so big and awesome, it has CHAPTERS! You can see some of the other 101 projects in the pictures below. The one thing I’m itching to make is the Pojagi headband, p 46. Here’s a fun little bit about the coin purse project. This isn’t some run-of-the-mill zippered coin purse. This is a divided purse for your to add your credit cards, money and coins. The project even includes a back pocket for your business cards. 3 pockets in a project so small. AND all three pockets are very easy to construct. To celebrate the ReannaLily Designs coin purse in the new 101 Patchwork Projects magazine, I’m giving away a copy of the magazine AND a stitched coin purse! I have to say, the stitched coin purse included in the prize is one of the test purses I made when I double-checked my construction directions. Sadly, this sample does not have cute hexagons, but I thought you might be able to overlook that since it does feature LOVELY Amy Butler Fabrics. Here’s how to enter:? {international players are welcome} Simply leave a comment to be entered once. You can...

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Doll Quilt Swap 10, the thrid

Doll Quilt Swap 10, the thrid

on Feb 16, 2011 in art gallery fabrics, Blog, quilt, quilting, recycle, swap | 0 comments

  I had this fun idea for a Doll Quilt Swap Quilt.  Its little, its hexagons, and its bright blue + Art Gallery Fabrics + USAF uniform. It was just a matter of time before I got those fun USAF hexagons into a modern design. I think making these small quilted items are just so fast and quick.  (Once those crazy hexagons are prepared.) They use up fabric scraps, let you try different quilting methods and finish up quickly.  This doll quilt is very jen-centric.  It has Art Gallery Fabrics + USAF hexies + pale blue.  I might keep this one, too. Man, I’m not a very good swapper if I want to keep everything!  HA!  Ok, but honestly, the blue background in this doll quilt is broadcloth (50% poly/50% cotton) so that means I’m not allowed to swap it since it’s not 100% cotton.  Shame….  Get your own 1 1/2″ hexagon paper for English Paper Piecing,...

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Wichita Modern Quilt Guild Secret Sister Swap

Wichita Modern Quilt Guild Secret Sister Swap

on Jan 14, 2011 in art gallery fabrics, blogging others, quilt, quilting, sewing, WMQG | 3 comments

Whooo, that title is quite a mouthful!  Thank goodness I’m only typing it and not actually saying it, right? Our Wichita chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild is going strong.  We are adding fun elements to the guild it seems, every meeting.  I’m LOVING it.  Back in November we did a name draw to get a “secret sister”.  Then we each filled out a likes/dislikes sheet.  The information was shared with the group and we are to make something quilt-y/fabric-y based on the our sister’s likes and dislikes.  As it turns out my secret sister and myself have very different likes and complete opposite dislikes. In the end I went with a quilted word banner loosely based on the Word Play Quilts by Tonya Ricucci.  I followed her blog for about 3 years now, off and on.  She used to have the letters on her blog as tutorials.  I don’t quite remember how to make them all and I’m pining away for the actual book.  My birthday is right around the corner (cough cough).  In fact, you only have 7 months and 2 days of shopping ’til the big day is here. (cough cough cough). The fabric in my QuiLT banner is Art Gallery Fabrics + some white from a discount chain.  Whenever I’m fortunate enough to work with a fabric company, I find myself hoarding all the small pieces of fabric that didn’t make into their projects.  Smaller scraps like this totally worked out for Tonya’s letter technique. The free motion flowers, quilted in this design, were made using this tutorial on the ReannaLily Designs Tutorial page. Hopefully my secret sister likes the quilted banner for her studio.  I am also giving her a little pin...

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New Projects

New Projects

on Dec 21, 2010 in art gallery fabrics, business, quilt, sewing | 1 comment

I’m working on a new project set to appear in a magazine next summer. ~hence the blog neglect~ I can’t tell you too much in advance, but just know with a pallet like this, (Dreaming in French by Art Gallery Fabrics) its going to be just lovely! Stay tuned, or subscribe, to find out the whats and whens of this new...

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Modern Hexagon Quilted Pillow Tutorial

Modern Hexagon Quilted Pillow Tutorial

on Dec 3, 2010 in art gallery fabrics, blogging others, tutorial | 2 comments

And this is the 3rd in the 3-part tutorial. This part will show you how to take a quilted orphan block and make it into an Envelope Style Back Throw Pillow. Each part can stand alone, but if you’d like to make the project just as its presented here, check out parts 1 and 2. Supplies: 1 Quilted Quilt block (This tutorial uses a block that is cut to 14″. The directions for making this hexagon quilt block is here.) 2 plain pieces of matching cotton fabric 10″ x 14″ each- for the envelope backing Continuous quilt binding (for this, mine is cut 2″ wide and about 68″ long, pressed in half lengthwise) Binding tips can be found here. Matching Thread Note: Using an orphan quilt block to make this pillow? It will probably measure 12 1/2″. If that is the case, cut your 2 rectangles for the envelop backing to measure 12 1/2″ x 9″. Step 1. Fold the long side of each of the envelope rectangles twice, towards the wrong side 1/2″ to create the hem along this edge. Stitch the hem 3/8″ from the folded edge. Step 2: Flip the quilted block over to reveal the backing fabric. Lay one envelope rectangle across the back. Make sure to align 3 sides of the rectangle with 3 sides of the quilted block. Step 3: Lay the remaining envelope rectangle over the exposed area of the block. Both hemmed edges should be pointed towards the center of the block. (click to enlarge the picture above.) Pin baste the envelope rectangles around the perimeter of the block. The two rectangles should overlap 4″ to conceal the pillow insert, once the project is finished. Step 4: Baste the envelope rectangles to the back of the quilt, using the sewing machine and stitching within 1/8″ from the cut edge. Its narrow, but you can do it! Step 5: We will now use the “machine applied continuous binding method” Binding is the last step, so if you are comfortable using another method- free free to do so. Apply the binding to the ENVELOPE side of the pillow. (pictured above) Step 6: Flip the binding around to the front of the project and...

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Modern Hexagon Quilting Tutorial

Modern Hexagon Quilting Tutorial

on Dec 1, 2010 in art gallery fabrics, blogging others, tutorial | 1 comment

This is the 2nd part in a 3 part tutorial to make a small very gift-able project. This second part will tell you how to quilt an orphan block. You can use your quilted block to add into a “quilt as you go” style quilt, or make it into something else completely. In this case, our block isn’t an orphan, exactly, but you could certainly use any extra quilt block and apply this idea. (See how we made the block here.) Supplies: Any unquilted quilt block you may have lying around (The directions for making this one can be found here.) Batting slightly larger than the quilt block (I used wool, by Hobbs.) Backing fabric slightly larger than the quilt block Water Soluble marking pen Matching thread Step 1: Pin baste the three layers together to make a quilt sandwich. The layers are in this order: backing fabric wrong side up batting quilt block right side up I use straight pins when I machine quilt, though I know quilter’s safety pins are very popular, too. Step 2: Decide on a quilting pattern. Usually, you mark the quilting pattern on the right side of the project before it is pinned to the batting and backing, but for this project, I planned on doing a more organic free-motion idea. So my plan is to echo quilt, or simply follow the shapes of the block design stitching each line about 1/4″ – 3/8″ from the previous line. Step 3: If you are making and quilting the hexagon block from the Modern Hexagon Block tutorial, now is the time to whip out one of those extra paper hexagons. I decided to trace three hexagons onto the block, to replicate the motif on the right and left sides of the project. Step 4: Trust yourself. This is a small quilted project and its the perfect time to try out a new idea or style. Go for it! I decided to change up my echo quilting, slightly, to add visual interest to my solid color fabric. There are no *real* rules. On my design, I did want to keep the consistent echo quilting look in a sort-of modified echo. Step 5: Remove the water soluble...

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