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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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#Selfie Quilt – QuiltCon Reject

#Selfie Quilt – QuiltCon Reject

on Feb 2, 2016 in Blog, contests, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting | 0 comments

Ever wish you had a quilt tag itself in your IG photo?? I know, “See a need, fill a need.” Right? hahah. ((#firstworldproblems)) This is my #selfie quilt. It looks backwards, but it isn’t. Go ahead and grab your phone. Turn around and take quick selfie with the quilt up on the screen. See how the letters flipped? Neat, no? It was recently entered in QuiltCon West 2016. It has the honor of being one of the 1200 rejected quilts. I can now, totally show it off on my blog!! The quilt is small-ish at about 25″ x 29″. The letters on the quilt were typed, flipped, printed, traced on fabric & fusible adhesive backing, and raw-edge applied to the quilt. All the piecing is loose and improvisational. Strips and tiny teal & grey slivers were added around the outside border. The quilt is 1/2 teal and 1/2 grey when you look at the border fabric selection. The binding mirrors the border color selection. The quilting was done on my home machine. Pebbles around the text, to showcase the letters. Graffiti style quilting in the lower pieced border. Feathers and stripes in the outer border. There’s lots going on in this small piece. This quilt is for sale on Etsy! It can be YOURS!! Hop over to the Etsy shop to grab it. Tell a...

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QuiltCon 2016

QuiltCon 2016

on Aug 25, 2015 in Blog, contests, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting | 1 comment

QuiltCon 2016 Tis the season to get the modern quilts ready to enter in QuiltCon 2016. I think the deadline is in November. (I did find this quilt entry page for you.) Though I won’t be attending QuiltCon out in Pasedena, I’m totally crossing my fingers that this quilt may have a shot at it. Today’s post is a portion of my quilt entry for the “small” category. I’m choosing not to show the whole quilt. I think the Modern Quilt Movement is sooooo online that by the time the show came around last year, I had seen most of the quilts already, on instagram. Instead, I’m just going to show a portion of the quilting. I have quilted this little guy completely on my home machine with my free motion (FMQ) quilting foot. In the very slim chance this quilt makes it to the show, it will be a surprise. Um, on that note, if it doesn’t get accepted, I’ll totally be blogging the whole image. Looks like the lighting in my studio turned that right-hand side a bit yellow. Oops. Not too worry, once it is bound, I’ll be taking those fancy “show entry photos” in better lighting. There may be pebbles. There may be feathers. There might also be some lines… and there may be a bit of Graffiti Quilting!! Just to keep it interesting for you, some of these pictures are the quilt back and some are the quilt front. Strangely, you really cannot see the graffiti quilting from the front at all. I better get off to binding this dude. You can enter up to three quilts. I wonder if I’ll get around to making two more???? So far I have no plans to do so. Tell a...

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Quilting a Patriotic Quilt

Quilting a Patriotic Quilt

on Apr 16, 2015 in Blog, contests | 2 comments

My friends came to visit recently and longarm?quilted?her military-themed quilt?on the HandiQuilter. In the picture, my friend is working on a large, bed-size quilt with a patriotic, military theme. The whole project is part of a Moda challenge. She used the fabric line, Moda: Red, White and Free , I believe. For me, I pretty much quilt swirls or something really tight and reasonably intricate, though I did recently try rulers. I wasn’t much help to her for a free motion quilting design motif. Swirls don’t really scream military. Thankfully, our friend, also pictured, suggested stars with loopies. That is the official design name, by the way, Stars with Loopies. This was her first time on a longarm quilt machine and she juts hopped on like she had been quilting for years. She was so fast! The back of the quilt has a label for each family she’s know as she’s lived all over the world on various Army posts. Pretty neat, idea, right? It works like a “friend” album, with each post/base where she met the family, listed by their name. And here’s the front of my friend’s quilt, finished and fabulous:   Tell a...

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QuiltCon T-Shirt Contest

QuiltCon T-Shirt Contest

on Nov 2, 2014 in Blog, contests | 1 comment

Rejected. I gave it a go. This is my entry into the QuiltCon t-shirt contest. I’m not finding the link to the original call for submissions, though I know the contest entries ended Oct 22nd and was open to MQG members. I decided to go with Sugar Skull or Candy Skull theme. And what better day to share my design than Dias De Los Muertos party weekend? Maybe that’s a south Texas or San Antonio popular party theme, but holy smokes folks here love those Sugar Skulls. Peeps up north are probably not rockin’ the Dias De Los Muertos parties. Since QuiltCon is in Austin for 2015, it seemed like it might work. My design featured 3-colors, which honestly, may be expensive to produce but man, what if we could use all the QuiltCon colors???   Now that’d be a sa’weet festive party shirt! My guess is it would have to be digitally printed to even have a hope at being affordable. Either way, though, the overall design?didn’t get selected. ( I didn’t even submit the multi-color above.) ….BUT then I’m thinking, maybe I can change the words in the skull outline and the teeth, both of which say QuiltCon 2015, to different words &?still print the shirt myself. Hum. We shall see. I cannot wait ’til February, or whenever they reveal the official QuiltCon 2015 shirts. February is the actual QuiltCon event. Calendars marked!!! Tell a...

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Stitches Be Crazy Shirt Winner

Stitches Be Crazy Shirt Winner

on Oct 12, 2014 in Blog, contests | 0 comments

Stitches Be Crazy T-Shirt WINNER     Congratulations! to @WhatTheBobbin over on Instagram, who reposted the t-shirt picture to win her very own shirt! Please email me, and I’ll be happy to drop your shirt in the mail. ?reannalilydesigns@gmail.com If you didn’t win, not too worry – you can still grab your shirt over in the shop. Stitches Be Crazy T-Shirt Tell a...

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Butterfly Mini Quilt

Butterfly Mini Quilt

on Aug 6, 2014 in Blog, contests, quilt, quilting | 0 comments

I made a crazy little Dragonfly Quilt for my Michael Miller MQG Challenge 2014 entry. You may have already seen it on the blog, here.   The concept was to take some of the basic “swirl + pointy” shapes of a tribal tattoo and make something with fabric. I needed a rough draft before I cut into the challenge fabric. Enter: Butterfly Quilt The method to make the design started with pencil and paper. I sketch out a dozen or more butterflies. Each one had the wing quadrants filled with different shapes. The butterfly silhouettes varied quite a bit, too. Ultimately I decided to sketch a final butterfly, cut out the “swirl + pointy” wing shapes and trace them directly onto Heat’N’Bond fusible web. I traced each shape twice to I’d get a symmetrical butterfly. (For the Dragonfly, however, each wing quadrant is unique as I drew those shapes straight onto the fusible, with out a tracing stencil.) After fusing the Heat’n’Bond to the wrong side of the fabric and cutting out the shapes, I needed to decide on the placement.   I tried some things out. I moved some things around. I re-worked the quilt composition. I definitely definitely over-thought it. (Over thinking things is kinda my jam.) Ultimately decided it was a rough draft and I should just make it look like a butterfly. Yep. That is what the quilt will look like. I was using a fat quarter stack by Carol Van Zandt for Andover Fabrics. I actually had some leftover planned shapes and was able to make the butterfly body out of “negative” or trash pieces cut from the wings. That was totally by accident. Unfortunately, I didn’t take the time to measure twice and my border has a bit of a wave to it. The natural reaction to that problem “Oh, that will quilt out.” The real remedy, however, would be to remove and re-stitch that border. I think we all know which one I went with…. Find a great thread (Sulky Blendables) for the top thread and wind up a few bobbins with the regular ole white thread. Enter: Matchstick Quilting Do you know Matchstick Quilting? It is where you cover your quilt...

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Celebrate Christmas Winner

Celebrate Christmas Winner

on Jul 14, 2014 in Blog, contests | 0 comments

  Big Congratulations to? Linda Webster! She has won a copy of the eBook from Martingale. Linda, be on the look out. Check your email soon. Thanks to all the other blog hoppin commenters. You guys rock. Tell a...

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MQG Challenge Quilt 2014

MQG Challenge Quilt 2014

on Jul 3, 2014 in Blog, contests, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting, SAMQG | 5 comments

Modern Quilt Guild Challenge 2014 Have you seen the fabrics? Have you read the rules? Here’s a link. Dragonfly Quilt is my entry. ?   We each received 1/8th yard of 6 fabrics. I used 5 fabrics. The whole piece needed to be constructed of Michael Miller Fabrics. The background is Michael Miller Cotton Couture Midnight, from Material Girls Quilt Shoppe in Wichita, KS.   The finished quilt is a little way from my original plan. I wanted to make a butterfly. I wanted to take all the fabrics, cut them into 1″ strips and have a wild striped butterfly. And I wanted to try “matchstick quilting” lines. I made a test design before I received the challenge fabric… turns out the stripes + the pointy shape would probably not work too well. I’ll have to blog my test butterfly on another time. For the Challenge-> new plan: I decided if I went with a cool dragonfly, I could fit each wing on the 1/8 yard (4 1/2″). Of course, that wasn’t entirely right either. I did still have to seam the larger wings in order to the design to fit. So I kept sketching. I have been posting sneak peeks in my Instagram, so you may have already seen a few of these, if you follow. My whole dragonfly is raw edge applique. I used Heat’n’Bond for the fusible. Each wing is a unique design. Once the fusible was on the back of the fabric, I drafted out an “oval” shape on the paper side. Then I started drawing the pointy, tribal-tattoo-inspired wings.     Next up, cut out all the shapes. Man, it was tricky to pull of that paper from behind the shape. In fact, the cutting and prepping was a very patient process. I decided to reward myself by making the “raw edge applique” double as the quilting lines. Patience-schmacence. =)     Mmm… quilt sandwich.     Turns out, making the raw edge applique double as the quilting is also a patient process. That’ll show me. So I took my time to trace along all the cut edges for the wings, body and head.       Once I had the wings and body...

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Inspired By Quilt Alliance Quilts & Auction

Inspired By Quilt Alliance Quilts & Auction

on Jun 30, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, contests, fabric stash | 0 comments

The Quilt Alliance had 92 entries for this years contest. The 16″ square mini quilts will be traveling and on exhibit in the following places: June 26, 27 & 28: at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo at the Raleigh Convention Center August 14, 15 & 16:?Original Sewing & Quilt Expo at the Monroeville Convention Center in?Pittsburgh September 11, 12 & 13:?Quilting LIVE! at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta?.. where Jodie Davis will host a Quilt Walk through September 18-24: The City Quilter shop in Manhattan?s Garment District September 20: Fashion Institute of Technology during the Quilters Take Manhattan event October 2, 3 & 4:??Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Fredericksburg, VA October 9, 10 & 11:?Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Overland Park, KS October 16, 17 & 18:?Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Fort Worth, TX If you cannot see them in person… guess what? They have a whole cataloged directory of them online!! It is really cool because the Inspired By challenge had you go through the Quilt Index and Quilt Alliance archives to find a quilt to inspire your mini quilt design. In the cataloged directory, each mini is on a page with its original inspiration quilt. Very neat. Check them out: Quilt Alliance: Inspired By Gallery     These mini’s will also be up for Auction in November. I’ll have more information on that as it gets closer. You can see more about the initial contest announcement here: Tell a...

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Melanie Testa Blog Hop Winner

Melanie Testa Blog Hop Winner

on Jun 13, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, contests | 0 comments

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Melanie Testa Meadowlark Blog Hop! We had a total of 66 comments on the post for your chance to win a “fat stack” of 10 inch?squares of every print in her line + a The Cube Purse pattern from my shop. Random Number Generator has picked comment number 38 as the winner. Congratulations to: Barbara Corbitt Barbara, look for an email coming your way! Tell a...

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