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Sorting Fabric Scraps

Sorting Fabric Scraps

on Jun 7, 2016 in Blog, fabric stash | 2 comments

Sorting Fabric Scraps When the bin is out of control, it is time to sort fabric scraps! I really enjoy the “messy” look of a good scrap quilt. Turns out, though I really also enjoy complete organized order in trying to create the scrap quilt look. Shame. As the bins fill up, I start looking for scrap quilt ideas. I think my next scrap project will be based off this block in the Sister Sampler book by AnneMarie Chany of Gen X Quilters. (amazon link) Here’s a few scrap quilts I’ve made in the past.   I sort by color. I know many quilters sort by value or by scrap size. Me, nope. I go with straight up color families. (sorry about the blur) Working on the floor, I pull whatever color is on top and fold it neatly in a pile. Off white/beige and grey fabrics get their own color pile. Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Purple Brown Black White Off-white Grey What about fabrics that seem to have many colors mixed in? If there is a main background color, I use that as my sorting indicator. For example, if there are 10 colors of flowers all on a pale green background, that fabric is going in the greens. If there is no discernible background color, for me, I go with a knee-jerk reaction and think, “Which color do I see first.” OR “Which color will I most likely match first.” Strangely, in these cases, I most often end up putting the fabric in with the blues. I love blues. What do I do with fabric scrap piles? My fabric scrap piles are sorted in to gallon ziploc bags. (amazon link) The ziploc bags are then added back into the sorted plastic bin (amazon link), in color order. Any apparel fabric or blocks-in-progress or fabric collections are put back into the second fabric bin. The second bin still acts as a catch-all near my sewing machine. Sometimes my husband’s cats like to lay in the fabric scrap bin. The ziplocs also help in the fight against the fur. Once the ziplocs are full, it is time to make another scrap quilt! My personal goal is to have every piece of fabric I own...

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Ticker Tape Giraffe Quilt Block

Ticker Tape Giraffe Quilt Block

on Feb 23, 2016 in Blog, fabric stash, tutorial | 1 comment

Ticker Tape Giraffe Quilt I recently posted a tutorial for this guy’s friend, Ticker Tape Owl. It was so fun to make using my fabric scraps, that I decided I needed a giraffe. Of course, he can be any color but if you have yellow, brown and orange fabrics, you’ll want to jump right in! Scroll to the bottom to see how insanely fast you can create borders with an applied trim used in the border of this project by simply using a Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide. Finished size: 18″ x 18″ – project sizes can vary depending on how you finish the block. Supplies Elmer’s School Glue Sulky Monofilament Thread Water Soluble Marker Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide Fusible Interfacing 1/2 yard linen (I used a recycled garment from the thrift store.) Assorted fabric scraps 1 fat quarter (18″ x 22″) solid yellow fabric 1 package brown single fold bias tape PDF Giraffe Template Prep The first thing you’ll need to do for this project is print the downloadable PDF Giraffe Template. Tape him together, matching his nose and neck lines. I used a shirt back from a thrift store garment. After measuring, a 14-1/2″ square will be as big as I can cut. Apply the fusible woven interfacing to the wrong side of the linen. If you are using the 1/2 yard linen for your background, you can cut to any size you prefer. For my project, the background fabric is 14-1/2″ x 14-1/2″ and is cut after the interfacing is applied. Mark the center of the linen square. Use a window pane as a light box by taping the owl to the glass. Tape the linen background over the template, matching the marked centers. Use the water soluble marker to trace the image onto the right side of the linen background square. Ok. He looks good and I can see all his marked lines. Fabric Scraps Any scraps will work. All scraps will take a moment or two to sort and organize. I’m going with traditional-ish colors on this first giraffe. My ticker tape giraffe uses pieces ranging from 1/4″ to 2″ in size. Work on a surface that will allow for ironing. By that I mean, a towel, portable ironing pad, or ironing...

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Ultimate Owl Quilt – Cheater Panel

Ultimate Owl Quilt – Cheater Panel

on Oct 13, 2015 in Blog, fabric stash, Featured, ReannaLily Designs Fabric, spoonflower | 0 comments

Introducing the Ultimate Owl Cheater Quilt Panel I’m so happy to finally share my Ultimate Owl Cheater Quilt Panel with you! It has been in the works since MAY 2015 and it is finally here!! Let me show you the evolution of the the sugar skull or candy skull style owl on a retro quilt cheater panel: Creating the Owl I can draw “so-so.” Luckily I can use the computer better than I can draw! I started with a half owl doodled on two sheets of paper taped together. That is pretty sophisticated, right? From here I scanned the image, waved a magic wand in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to create a complete owl. Some of the sketched design motifs were moved, re-sized or eliminated. I created one of those coloring pages for myself and gave it a go with colored pencils. That is pretty festive! (Dias de los Muertos is right around the corner here in San Antonio.) Since the image was manipulated in Illustrator and was now a vector graphic, it occurred to me to make it as big as I possibly could ON FABRIC. The panel measures 42″ x 36″. You may recognize the background bars image. It is a cheater panel concept for my quilt pattern 1976.  With the owl in place and the bars printed directly on a brown plaid background, my cheater panel was ready to become a quilt. I’m going free and loose with the word “quilt” here because there is no batting or quilting in this first final project. Finishing the Panel: I started by making rounded corners;tracing a salad plate with a FriXion Pen. I then cut away the excess fabric 1/4″ passed the marked lines and 1/4″ passed the printed fabric. I then layered the panel right side up on top of Minky Dimple Dot ORANGE Fabric, matching wrong sides. I basted the two layers together (wrong sides together) with a simple straight stitch, 1/4″ from the printed edge of the panel. Next, I cut a narrow binding to apply to the edge. It is machine applied, so I stitched it to the minkie-side first, then folded it to the front to edge stitch it in place. For the curve, it...

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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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New MODA Hexagons Made Easy Kits

New MODA Hexagons Made Easy Kits

on Nov 22, 2014 in Blog, fabric stash, Kits, quilt, website | 0 comments

New Kits are HERE!   I’ve decided to mix up the selection a bit for my Hexagons Made Easy workshops.  Happy to announces the Wishes by Sweetwater MODA Fabric Kits are here!  Hooray! Hooray!  You can grab one right now, over in the shop. This is what 30 un-assembled kits look like.  Oh, bolts are so beautiful.  Only thing lovelier might be those pre-cut hexagons. This is how kit making goes:  Fold.  Fold.  Sort.  Count.  Fold.  Layer.  …shoot, where are the baggies…. Oh.  Fold.  Stuff.  Count.  Sort.   Like the other fabric kit, which is blues & purples by Art Gallery Fabrics, there is enough fabric in the kit to really mix up the project ideas as well.  In the workshop we focus on the technique & brainstorm original design creations.  The workshop is loosely based on the project in Hexagons Made Easy: Hexagon Wheel pg 42.   Wanna see fabrics in the pre-cut honeycomb stack?  Sweetwater really knows how to make some fun fabrics.   I’ll see you at the next Hexagons Made Easy workshop. Tell a...

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15 Minutes of Play QUILT

15 Minutes of Play QUILT

on Jul 17, 2014 in Blog, fabric stash, quilt | 1 comment

15 Minutes of Play Scrap Quilt So I told you about the 15 Minutes of Play book, right?  I LOVE the quilt that came from “yeah, just sew your scraps together however you want.”  It is such a liberating process. I opted to sew all my scraps together in color families.  I made the finished “Made-Fabric” pieces any size.  Really, whatever size turned out is what size it is.  So, here’s how the pieces fell together. Now I just need to plan an arrangement. Here’s something funny:  In the book Victoria Findlay-Wolfe talks about what you’ll see from the accidental pairing of unlikely fabrics and what shapes will evolve through the improv process and all…  And what you learn about yourself – what you like and don’t like… Um.  Yeah.  I like rectangles and 90 degree angles.  Not too terribly surprised, but it is pretty funny.  All kinds of improv and wild, as long as it can be 90 degrees for the most part.  =) Honestly the neutral/off whites did kind of throw me a bit.  I just added them in the corner over here: I was floored that most of the pieces seemed to match up with one another give or take an inch or so. Chaos Theory, right! Happy to report that this is the layout that stuck.   Of course, it is now it is my new favorite thing. It super super needs to hang out with the iron for a bit.  I’ll be doing that on quilting day, though.  There are a couple areas that I do think will have a “That will quilt out” moment, but over all, pretty square and uber scrappy!! Tell a...

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Always Plan Ahead Quilt

Always Plan Ahead Quilt

on Jul 9, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, fabric stash | 1 comment

  Funny because it is ironic.  =) I think I’m going to hang it in my office.   I first saw the: Always Plan Ahea d phrase online.  I think it was some graphic/typeface/font website where I found it.  It cracked me right up so, of course, I needed to make it in fabric. Gathered the scraps and set forth to make improv letters from the Word Play Quilts book.  I seriously love those techniques and letters by Tonya Ricucci.  I think the last time I used the improv letters was for my “May The Fork Be With You” Star Wars quilt.  Loved it. It is so funny how much planning actually did go into “not” planning ahead.  But there it is, the little “d” on the last row.  By himself.  Poor little guy. Got everything squared up and put together.  It was small, so it really took an evening to make this up.  After all, it is only 15 letters. My plan to quilt it was to quilt channeled lines.  I was aiming to try to quilt 1/8″ apart, but it turned out to be a bit bigger at 1/4″ apart.  Still worked for me though.  Since this piece is so small, relatively, it quilted it quickly on my home sewing machine. Next up the binding.  I used scraps there, too.  I have loads of binding scraps mixed into my scrap bin.  Note to self: I should really pull those out.       Slight blur on that last one.  Sorry about that. And that is my quick little “Always Plan Ahead” picture.       Tell a...

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Scrappy Pillow Cases

Scrappy Pillow Cases

on Jul 5, 2014 in Blog, fabric stash, recycle | 1 comment

  My 15 Minutes of Play has gone off the rails.  Seriously. I started with the sorting scraps …medium scraps, big scraps, small scraps…  It is out of control!  Anywho – I realized some of my scraps were really big.  That’s not so bad.  Um… then there were alot of big scraps…. Every year we have a family reunion and with 8 total grands, I decided this year we all needed wacky scrappy pillowcases.  Seems like a good use for big big big scraps. All the seams for these cases are serged, so they’ll hold up for a while.  And man, that serger is so much faster than my regular home sewing machine.  It zooms through! These turned out crazy.  Bonkers pillowcases.  I love them.  They are really fun.   I asked the kids how we should decide which kids get which cases and the 14 yo suggests we hide the cases all over the house and let the kids go on a wild treasure hunt.  Which ever case you get, you get.  That seems pretty fair.  I’m certain they’ll still trade with each other.  We’ll see how it turns out. The kids may get to use the fabric markers to write their names, in adorable kid handwriting, on the cases, so each year these can be their special reunion cases.  … just have to find the fabric markers… I think I will put a dent in this scrap pile yet!! Tell a...

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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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15 Minutes of Play

15 Minutes of Play

on Jun 27, 2014 in Blog, fabric stash, quilt | 1 comment

Scrap Bustin’ I know the Victoria Findlay-Wolfe book, 15 Minutes of Play, has been out for a couple years… but I just got it.  If you don’t have it, you should totally check it out.  OH MAN. I have a few fabric scraps and after the Great Fabric Re-Fold of 2104, I realized I had a few more than originally estimated…  It happens, right?  These (below) are fabric pieces that were big enough to fold, but were not fat quarters and not sooooo small that they got tossed into a separate scrap bin.  Yes, even my bins of “too small” have a method.    ((Maybe this is what a cry for help looks like!! hahahah))   Here’s the extra scrap bin.  This one is tucked under the sewing table and really has lots of colors and sizes going on.  It is a hot mess, but great for art projects and paper piecing.  I had already pulled out some scraps for my “15 minutes” when the picture was taken, so the box it significantly more tidy than usual.  cough cough.   The last place I have scraps is in this cool glass jar.  I got the jar at Salvation Army in Kansas.  It says “made in Italy” but I think it was really from Hobby Lobby or Home Goods, not necessarily some amazing treasured Italian glass piece.  These scraps are small slivers of fabric that I just like.  I don’t save everything in this jar, just snips of the fabrics I want to remember.  And who doesn’t love a great colorful jar??? Ok, back to the 15 Minutes of Play process: Basically you take every scrap you can get your hands on and sew it to one another.  This will eventually get you a big piece of “new” scrappy fabric, which she calls Made-Fabric. My journey begins with sorting all the scraps into color families.  I had piles and piles all over my sewing room floor.  I planned on working on a color each day before work.  I don’t really have a full-on plan yet, but making scraps back into fabric seems like a GREAT idea. Reds, Oranges, Pinky, Purple and a bit of white is coming along.  More colors to...

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Great Fabric Re-Fold of 2014

Great Fabric Re-Fold of 2014

on Jun 18, 2014 in Blog, fabric stash | 2 comments

    The Great Fabric ReFold of 2014 It is almost complete!  Phew.  It is so worth it. This picture (above) was at my last house.  My fabrics were sorted by color and I thought I was doing pretty well.  My space was even on the Prairie Quilt Guild Studios tour one year.  Click here to see that video.  But… then we moved…  I bet you guys saw that coming. In the new house, I had to rearrange some things and purge some things.  At the end of the day, though, everything fit in the sewing room.  it just looked a bit “junkie” and full.  I decided maybe folding the fabric better would help.  Turns out, there are tons of tutorials and blog posts on how-to fold fabric around comic book boards.   Why comic book boards? The can do the job. They are acid free and “safe”. They are $25 for 200.  Seriously.  Two HUNDRED.   Now to tackle the cubbies one color at a time.  My cubbie organization system is from Target.   Brace yourself.  It is a total of 48 cubbies in 5 total shelf pieces.  I’ve acquired them all over time.   The re-fold took about 2 weekends.  It was coming along nicely when I realized – WAIT, why am I trying to fit each fabric exactly back where it was?  I could completely re-organize the whole deal.  I could take those smaller-than-1/2-yard pieces, which you see folded, and get those in a rubbermaid.  I could consolidate the actual colors a bit too.  The 1/2 shelf of white is going to look nice next to the 1/2 shelf of black…  on and on. Each board neatly wraps 1/2 yard and up.  My largest piece was about 6 yards.  The board held that nicely, but as I found on the internet, it is recommended to use two boards, for added strength,  for larger pieces of fabric.  One blog site actually says she folds her Fat Quarters around the boards so that every single fabric size can be uniform.  It could work.  I just opted to keep my Fat Quarters bundled and off to the side.   Oh also, some sites recommend you secure the fabric with...

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Melanie Testa’s Meadowlark Blog Hop

Melanie Testa’s Meadowlark Blog Hop

on Jun 8, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, fabric stash | 68 comments

<<Comments are now closed>> HI!  Welcome to the ReannaLily Designs stop on the Melanie Testa Meadowlark Blog Hop.  Read through to the bottom to learn about entering to win prizes. Let me introduce my new favorite friends: Meadowlark | Windham Fabrics   As you probably know, if you’ve been hopping along the blog hop, Melanie is an FIT Graduate and textile/fiber artist.  Her hand-stamped, original designs are now available to everyone.  Hooray!  Her work has been published numerous times and she’s even been on TV.  In fact, you probably already know who she is.  When I was contacted to work with her line, I totally had a “fan girl” moment.  The art on her website alone is pretty, inspiring and unreal at the same time.  Check it out.  Amazing work. Her debut fabric line, Meadowlark,  was showcased at Pittsburgh Quilt Market, spring 2014.  I was lucky enough to work with the line to create samples for her booth at the big show. Cool Palette My projects for the booth used all cool colors from her collection.  Everything matched so well and looked so great together.   How great are those birds?!   First up Table Runner made in the style of Hexagons Made Easy.  This table runner pieced up almost all the scraps I had left from the variety of projects.  Scrappy Hexagons is a great way to use up small pieces. Loads of free motion quilting on the table runner. Ghost hexagons to compliment the appliqued hexagons.  Now, I don’t know if you’ll be able to see it in the next picture, but I was able to mix in selvage edges in the scrappy piecing.  It is not a total selvage project, obviously, but it was pretty cool to be able to feature the designer’s name with the fabric line. Second Project The Cube Purse.  This is a popular pattern from my own company.  I went ahead an made up a sample.  Now, here’s something cool- one of the prizes from ReannaLily Designs and Melanie Testa on this blog hop is a fabric stack of 10″ precut squares.  Well, what do ya know?  The Cube Purse is made from 10″ precuts!  If you win, you’ll receive the the...

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