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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 May...

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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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Melanie Testa’s Meadowlark Blog Hop

Melanie Testa’s Meadowlark Blog Hop

on Jun 2, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, fabric stash | 4 comments

Get ready for your chance to win prizes!  Win books and fabrics from designer Melanie Testa.   A big blog hop kicks off today.   Each blogger created something for Melanie’s big debut at Pittsburgh Quilt Market (2014).  See loads of sewing and quilting ideas on this hop. Mark your calendars and check out these great blogs, listed/linked below: Stop back by here this weekend, June 8th, for your chance to enter. Melly – June 2 http://melanietesta.com/blog/Vivien Zepf – June 2 http://www.sevenpinesdesigns.blogspot.com/Chrissie D – June 3 http://www.madebychrissied.blogspot.com/Sue Bleiweiss – June 4  http://www.suebleiweiss.com/blogLeslie Tucker Jenison – June 5 http://leslietuckerjenison.blogspot.comJamie Fingal – June 6 http://JamieFingalDesigns.blogspot.com/Lyric Kinard – June 7 http://lyrickinard.com/blog/Jen Eskridge – June 8 http://www.reannalilydesigns.comJacqui Holmes Calhoun – June 8  http://melanietesta.com/blog/ (guest post)Stephanie Forsyth – June 9 http://thefibernation.blogspot.com/Victoria Findlay Wolfe – June 10 http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.comTeri Lucas – June 11 http://terificreations.wordpress.com/Scott Hansen – June 12 http://bluenickelstudios.comHelen Eckard – June 12  http://melanietesta.com/blog/  (guest post) Tell a...

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Stamped Fabric

Stamped Fabric

on May 6, 2014 in Blog, fabric stash, painting | 0 comments

Let’s stamp some fabric! Because that is totally a natural thought on the past Sunday afternoon. First up – make a stamp.  I decided to carve my stamp from a piece of insulation sheet foam.  My hubbs had some extra pieces and it seemed like it would be a perfect texture and weight to make stamp.  Strangely, he also owns a hot wire foam knife.  So that is how that works out.  I traced my shapes and tried to carve them out with the foam knife. Start small.  Circles.  That seems like a safe bet. I ended up using acrylic paints mixed with textile medium.  3 colors – orange, charcoal and blue.  Three brushes mixed the paints, one per color, and applied the paint directly to the stamp design.   It should be good… if the ceiling fan doesn’t dry out the tiny amount of paint.  But of course, turning off the fan is not an option.  I live in Texas.  We have more ceiling fans than sinks.  Just sayin. Hum.  That seems to be working out alright.  Now time to mix up some of the colors. Ok. I got blue here.  I got orange there.  I have some charcoal as most of the larger circles.  It is working out. I’m loving the finished piece. It doesn’t have “depth” and “layers” but it is a nice start.  I wonder what I’m going to add next?  Maybe stamp some thinner, large circles by stampin an ole’ faithful solo cup?  We shall see. Tell a...

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NEW Fabric Collection – Right Side of the Brain

NEW Fabric Collection – Right Side of the Brain

on Oct 24, 2013 in Blog, fabric stash, sketches, spoonflower | 0 comments

  I’m happy to blog my new mini fabric collection over on Spoonflower.  The concept was to create a basic sketched design using those “doodles” you make when you should be doing something else.  Like, as the fabric names indicate, working in class, watching a webinar, listening to a lecture and waiting on hold.  Now was I actually listening in all those instances, probably, but you know, I also happened to have a marker in my hand.  The mini fabric collection is called Right Side of the Brain.  It only has 5 coordinated pieces in the collection.   It started something like this, while On Hold with an I. T. support company.  I made some shapes.  I over lapped some shapes.  I liked the look.  I scanned it into the computer and waved the magic photoshop wand to create this design: I also wanted to show you the original sketch created During a Lecture.  It evolved the same way my On Hold was made.  That photo has an instagram filter on it.  In fact, if you follow me on instagram, you might have already seen a couple of the fabric designs from Right Side of the Brain. Scan.  Wave magic wand.  Get Fabric. (Btw, I seriously love Spoonflower.)  Anywhoo, here’s the design tuned out:   So head on over to Spoonflower and check out the designs.  Pin ’em and share them with your friends.  As luck would have it, I believe each of the designs is available in each of their printed media.  Fabric, wall paper, wrapping paper and decals. Tell a...

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