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Patriotic Disappearing 9-Patch with 10″ Precut Squares

Patriotic Disappearing 9-Patch with 10″ Precut Squares

on May 13, 2017 in Blog, business, fabric stash, Longarm Quilting Gallery, tutorial | 0 comments

It feels like a Disappearing 9-Patch -a-palooza over  here lately. Using the free pattern to feature 10″ square precuts (layer cakes), I whipped up this queen size quilt (75″ x 90″) in a weekend. It really is that easy. The pattern calls for: 1 Layer Cake (40 pieces of precut 10″ squares) 2-1/3 yard white/background fabric Ok. I have those supplies. Er, but wait. No. I didn’t have them. Instead I used a 10″ square ruler to basically cut my own 40 squares from assorted blue and red fabrics. Here’s how that math breaks out: 1/3 yard of FIVE different reds 1/3 yard of FIVE different blues Cut the pieces down to 10″ x width of fabric. (If you are buying fabric for this project, I’d go with 1/3 yard, just to be sure you have a bit of wiggle room if the cuts aren’t square. And, if they are square- voila! You’ll have 3″ leftover to make matching binding for your quilt.) From each 10″ wide piece, cut four 10″ x 10″ squares, which will yield 20 reds and 20 blues. Easy, right? We needed a total of 40 so that is right on pace. Cut the background fabric as described in the original pattern and follow the original directions from here on out. I’m so glad to have cut into some of my fabric stash to create this quilt. I will definitely be doing this again. In fact, any scraps that happen to meet the 10″ x 10″ requirement might go into their own special “Future Disappearing 9-patch Ziploc.” That is the official organizational method I use: Ziploc. Fancy, right? Using my HandiQuilter Avante 18, I stitched meandered stars all over the design. When its washed, it will have some great shrinkle! Do you know shrinkle? When the quilt shrinks a tiny bit in the was and comes out all crinkley = shrinkle. I hope you give the Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes pattern a try. It is every bit as easy as the popular Disappearing 9-patch patterns all over Pinterest. The only difference is you sew a bit less and are done a bit faster. It is excellent for a quick gift! If you are looking for...

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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/. Tell a...

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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...

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QuiltCon Top Secret Quilt – Part Two

QuiltCon Top Secret Quilt – Part Two

on Jan 26, 2016 in Blog, business, northcott fabrics | 0 comments

Sneak Peek at QuiltCon Quilt I’m happy to show you just a bit more of a sneak peek from my QuiltCon 2016 Quilt which will hang in the Northcott Fabrics booth (616). In last week’s post, I shared some of the construction in building the quilt top. This week I can show you some of the prep work I’m doing for the longarm quilting design. In the above photo, I have traced computer-generated letters onto the background (or negative space) of the quilt using this water soluble pen. The next step is to prep batting to stitch behind the letters. I’m creating Texty Trapunto letters in the negative space. (Follow the link to my Craftsy pattern for complete directions to create Texty Trapunto.) I?layered wool and high loft polyester batting, then hand-stitched the pieces together to form a piece long enough to fit behind my words. Next, I stitched the letters to the batting with water soluble thread. I love this thread! All the letter outlining was initially done on my home sewing machine with the free motion quilting foot set up. I’m using my machingers?gloves, too. They really let you slide the quilt top around easily without totally stressing out your shoulders. After securing the batting, I cut away the excess from behind the quilt. I cannot show you all the lettering or tell you what the word/s will be, but after all, it is only a sneak peek. The last step I can share on sneak peek day, today, is me quilting a tiny bit on the quilt. The machine quilting will be quite heavy on the negative space of the quilt. The big reveal of the entire project will be on February 18th; the day QuiltCon 2016 starts. I’m chugging away on this secret project. I hope if you are able to go to QuiltCon, you’ll snap some pictures for me. Post them on Instagram and tag me. (@reannalilydesigns_jen) or share them in the comments. I’m so excited for this quilt!!! Tell a...

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QuiltCon Top Secret Quilt – Part One

QuiltCon Top Secret Quilt – Part One

on Jan 19, 2016 in benartex, Blog, business, northcott fabrics | 0 comments

Northcott Fabrics Going to QuiltCon! I am sending one custom project to QuiltCon 2016?for the Northcott Fabrics booth. It is going to be BRIGHT! I can only share a few sneak peeks – but let’s just say, I LOVE this solid color: And I do really love making circles easily. I’m applying medium-weight, sew-in interfacing to a couple of pieces. Who knows what it will look like…. I’ll be posting pictures of this quilt as QuiltCon 2016 approaches. In the mean time, search for?#northcottfabric?and #northcottquiltcon?in Instagram and on your favorite social media platforms to see more secret-y pictures. Tell a...

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Random Circles Quilt Workshop at Mesquite Bean Fabrics

Random Circles Quilt Workshop at Mesquite Bean Fabrics

on Jan 14, 2016 in Blog, business, classes, quilt shop | 0 comments

The Random Circles Workshop Join me at Mesquite Bean Fabrics on January 16th (THIS SATURDAY) to learn the technique to create awesome, perfect circles for machine applique. The Random Circles Quilt Workshop works with the ideas from my book, Learn to Sew Easy Curves. We’ll be working with fat quarters so your quilt can be as unique and interesting as you like. The Random Circles Workshop is just that, random. You quilt will be one of a kind! Call the shop or email them to get signed up! Want to book the workshop at your local quilt store or quilt guild? Find more information here. Tell a...

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Modern Quilt Guild Teacher Directory

Modern Quilt Guild Teacher Directory

on Sep 29, 2015 in Blog, business, Hexagons Made Easy, Learn To Sew Easy Curves | 0 comments

As of September 2015, I’m a listed teacher on the Modern Quilt Guild website! If your guild or shop is looking for a lecture/trunk show with a definite modern flare or a class/workshop featuring hexagons or curves, I’m your girl! More information can be found on my website or on the MQG?website. As a board member of our local guild chapter and as a presenter, I’m thrilled that the MQG has set up this resource for guilds and shops. There are so many folks listed on the MQG teacher directory and as time goes on I’m certain loads more will be added. I’m thrilled to be included on the page. Screen shot from https://www.themodernquiltguild.com/content/teacher-lecturer-directory   Sign up to receive this blog’s feed in your email so you won’t miss any updates. Sign up here: Enter your email address: Delivered by FeedBurner Tell a...

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New Random Circles Workshop

New Random Circles Workshop

on Jul 7, 2015 in Blog, business, classes, Learn To Sew Easy Curves, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 2 comments

Random Circles Workshop The new Random Circles Workshop is finally here! Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! This wall-hanging or baby size quilt will be offered with my traveling lectures. The pattern supports the title Learn to Sew Easy Curves.   The workshop is only 3 hours long and requires only 8 Fat Quarters (or assorted fabric scraps), interfacing, and 1-1/2″ yard of background fabric. I am currently researching fabric companies to be able to provide the best Random Circle Workshop kits, too! The class sample is created using Windham Fabrics designed by Lotta J. I’m so thrilled that the project will not only feature techniques in the book but will also include a “donut” or reversible-applique technique, as well. Since the workshop is only 3-hours long or half-day, it can easily be combined with the Hexagons Made Easy Workshop, which is also a half-day workshop. Find out more about pricing and student numbers on my Lectures and Workshop page. I look forward to hearing from your guild/shop!   Tell a...

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Craftsy Pattern Fabric Kits

Craftsy Pattern Fabric Kits

on May 21, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, business, quilt | 0 comments

Craftsy to cross-promote fabric kits: Craftsy is rolling out a “test” on fabric kits for FREE patterns. I have a couple freebie download patterns that slip in and out of the Top 20 Free Quilt Patterns (Plus Quilt and Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes). Since they are Craftsy-popular patterns, they were selected to run the test program. Oh my gosh! I’m loving the fat quarter bundle in this digital mock-up of the Plus Quilt. The bundle is?Cotton +?Steel Fat Quarter Bundle, Playful by Melody Miller.You’ll have all the fabric you need (12 fat quarters are required) for the quilt top and binding, right there on one screen. It is a pretty neat set-up. Go Craftsy, Go! You’ll probably start to see the cross-promotion on more patterns as the program grows.   Tell a...

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Boerne Quiltfest 2015

Boerne Quiltfest 2015

on May 4, 2015 in Blog, business, fabric stash | 0 comments

Hauptstrasse Quiltfest The first weekend in May is Quilt Weekend in Boerne Texas! The city’s Parks and Rec department organizes an outdoor quilt show with works of art hanging in the downtown square, the Veteran’s park and throughout the downtown shop store fronts. The event is called Hauptstrasse Quiltfest. I’m not finding, online, how many years this has been going on, but this is my second year to attend and first year to attend as a quilt show vendor. I shot a quick little video of my view from my vendor booth and posted it to my ReannaLily Designs facebook page. The vendors are set up right in the middle of the town square. Quilts lined three sides of the square with a beautiful antique quilt display on the fourth side. Boerne Quiltfest Vendor’s Row I was so fortunate to have the folks from Busy Fingers Workshop in the booth next to me. They took care of me all day. The work that she does, with miniature paper piecing is absolutely beautiful. If you get a chance, you should check out her pieced greeting cards and paper piecing patterns in her Etsy shop. My booth had more of an eclectic mix of items. The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild will be having our annual market days, or as we call it, “May Mercado” very soon, so I already had a few pieces of fabric to “destash.” This was a great opportunity to sell fabric with my patterns, books and shirts. Along with all those items I also have quite a few Vintage Linens Fat Quarters. I suppose that might be a strange thing to have. The fabrics are all so soft, though. I love those vintage sheets. The quiltfest was well attended and the weather was gorgeous. Unfortunately, I do not have too many more photos of the quilts, though. The whole show is put up and taken down on Saturday. Vendors arrive, set up and are ready to sell by 9a. We “break down” when the show ends at 4p. By the time the booth is down, so are all the quilts. 🙁 The quilt?view from the booth was pretty amazing, though. Now the big question, after the...

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Hip Stitch Albuquerque NM – Trunk Show

Hip Stitch Albuquerque NM – Trunk Show

on Jan 27, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, business, quilt shop, trunk show | 0 comments

Hexagons Made Easy – Trunk Show If you are in Albuquerque, New Mexico and if you are in Hip Stitch Sewing Loung & Quilt Shop, you will want to check out the Hexagons Made Easy Trunk Show! Suzanne was kind enough to let me share a few of her pictures from her shop.   And one of my favorites, certainly one of the favorites at guild presentations is the Reversible Hexagon Quilt. No binding is needed when you use the “reversible” technique in Hexagons Made Easy. Pretty neat trick, right? It is also a perfect Quilt-As-You-Go design, too.   Again, a huge thank you to Hip Stitch in Albuquerque for hosting the trunk show! If you are a shop and would like more information on hosting the show, please click this ReannaLily Designs?link.   Tell a...

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Working with Nancy Zieman Productions

Working with Nancy Zieman Productions

on Jan 9, 2015 in Blog, business | 3 comments

I have some news, though the blog title *kinda* gives it away… I am going to be working with Nancy Zieman Productions! This is a fantastic opportunity. Did you know Sewing with Nancy is the longest-running, sewing based television show? 30+ years. Did you know it is one of the only nationally syndicated shows? The original job post came across my Facebook feed and said “Writer and Product Developer”. Oh that would be an amazing career! I set forth to clean up my resume and get that over to their HR people. I did a phone interview, a skype interview, and a pattern writing audition interview. WOWSA. I cannot believe it, still. The company is based in Wisconsin. Thankfully, my experience writing for other fabric companies, designers and magazines has geared me up to the responsibilities of working “off-site”. I gave my notice at my 40-hr-week day job on Dec 22nd. I had worked there for just a little over 2 years. It wasn’t sewing/quilting related, so I really didn’t talk about it much. Anywho – now we are back on the sewing/quilting track. High fives all around! “Look under your seats! You get a high-five, YOU get a high-five, EVERYONE GETS A HIGH FIVE.” …. did you read that in your best Oprah voice? I’m going to keep writing here, at ReannaLily Designs. I’ll also keep providing free patterns and tutorials, as well as, new designs in the shop. Lectures and Workshops will still be rockin’ and rollin’, too. Of course, I’ll keep you posted! Stay tuned. Pinch me!! Tell a...

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